I feel like month four has been our most trying one yet. As soon as we were in a great sleep rhythm at three months, the four month sleep regression set in. Mix that in with a move, a mental leap, and holy moly...I felt so bad for Em this past month. Because of the move, his schedule got all messed up; we were so busy moving and unpacking it was all I could do keep track of his feeding and nap times.
Here's what Emory's up to at four months old...
So we went to our new pediatrician in Michigan for Emory's four month well check visit and I LOVE her! Such a relief to find a doctor that is a great fit on the first visit! However, their scales and measuring practices are different than our pediatrician in Chicago so I'm not sure if the stats are 100% correct, but hey, we're going with it. Emory weighed in at 12 lbs, 13.5 oz (he weighed 13 lbs at his Urgent Care visit a couple weeks ago...more on that later), and measured 21.5". He's growing perfectly on his growth chart!
This past month gave us our first visit to Urgent Care (Emory is totally fine!); I think with the move and the stress of it all, it just threw him off all together. Emory's pretty consistent with poo poos (God, I'm such a mom now), but I noticed about a week or two before our move he wasn't going every day, it started to be about once or twice a week, which can be normal for breastfed babies, but not normal for Emory.
John had to go back to Chicago for work a few days after we moved into the new house, so thankfully my dad took some days off work to help me unpack and be at the house when our new appliances were delivered. Over these days, Emory would just scream all day. I couldn't put him down, he wanted to be held constantly and he wasn't taking very long naps--the poor guy was SO stressed. I didn't know what was wrong so I called our new Michigan pediatrician and they said he needed to be taken in. Unfortunately, since it was so close to Christmas they were booked solid, so I had to take him to Urgent Care. Turns out, Emory needed some probiotic drops. His ears, lungs, and tummy were all perfectly fine. After a couple days on the drops, he started going poo poo regularly! Now he's back on his schedule of going every day. Thank goodness! Our pediatrician is a big fan of probiotic drops as well so he'll be staying on those as long as he's doing well on them.
At Emory's well check visit, we learned he is a VERY healthy baby! He's just a smaller baby, so that means he likely won't be sleeping through the night yet because he needs to eat a lot still. But we're just so thankful he's so healthy and doing so well!
Emory is still loving his hands (and he's drooling a LOT more, so he might be teething). He chews on his fingers all the time and constantly sticks his whole fist in his mouth. He's getting more ticklish and he's starting to laugh at the most random things. Hearing him giggle is seriously the best, so I'm constantly doing silly things and whatever I can to make him crack up. He's very social and loves being around people (he seriously is his daddy's boy). He's starting to get more into toys as well; he's great at grabbing for things and LOVES watching and petting his cat brothers!
This month, sleeping and being put down! Emory did NOT want to sleep on his own, or be alone. Towards the end of the month we started to see his old sleep patterns come back, he would sleep in the Dock A Tot and he would be fine just laying on his back or in his Mamaroo. But for the most part, it was back to holding him all night long so we could just get some sleep. This month was a rough one...
Emory is in 3-6 month clothing. As for diapers, we're still in size 2.
Emory is still exclusively breastfed right now and we are no longer using nipple shields, yay!! He typically goes three hours inbetween feedings, so I typically feed him about 5-6 times during the day. He rarely gets a bottle because I'm with him most of the time, so for the most part, it's straight from the source 24/7.
Our pediatrician doesn't recommend starting Em on solids until he's at least 6 months old. Emory is showing a big time interest in our food and always tries to grab our food when we're eating, but he's such a little nugget I'm fine with waiting until he's a bit older to introduce solids/food to him.
As mentioned earlier in this post, we had a major set back this month in the sleep department. Emory would wake up multiple times during the night and had a very hard time falling asleep. A lot of times I would have to nurse him at night until he fell asleep. Again, I'm not sure if it was sleep regression, the stress of the move, the mental leap, or the fact that our house was SO cold when we moved in (we had to get a new hot water heater and furnace within the first couple weeks...yay homeownership!) so he had to be really uncomfortable. I felt SO bad for him. After speaking with his pediatrician, it was likely a mix of all of those changes and growth. Little man does NOT like his schedule to be thrown off.
He still typically gets four naps during the day. He will nap in his car seat if we're out running errands or he's in the stroller (he really is an extrovert baby, he LOVES being out in public!). We didn't get to any crib transitioning this past month due to the move--I didn't want to overwhelm him, but we'll certainly be working on that this next month.
Emory is still loving the items I mentioned in my 0-3 month baby gear must haves post! He's starting to grab at more toys and chew on things so I bought him a Sophie la Girafe teether ring that's more lightweight than the popular Sophie la Girafe teether and he LOVES it! I also put him in an exersaucer at my parents (he needs to be propped up a bit because he's not quite big enough, yet, but mentally he's so ready to play with these types of toys! He loved grabbing at all the toys and pushing the buttons. Emory also loves story time, he is even starting to try to turn the pages!
-Emory is getting more and more ticklish! His nana can really get him to laugh! -Emory celebrated his first Christmas!
-Em is starting to try and give us kisses and it's the cutest thing ever! He'll grab our face and smoosh his open mouth on our face, I love it!
-He made the move to Michigan and took his third plane ride, despite making a very stinky toot (sorry to those who sat by us!) he did great and slept the entire flight.
-Emory has discovered his feet and he's always grabbing at his thighs and feet now; when doing a nappy change he now grabs onto my sleeve and just watches my hands. It makes changing him a bit more difficult, but he loves it.
-Emory is still very alert (I mean, the child came out of the womb with his eyes wide open)! Everyone that meets him, it seems that's the first thing they notice.
Even though this has been an extremely hard month on all of us, I couldn't be more proud and love being Emory's mom. I'm sure he could feed off of our energy; it's been so hard to say goodbye to our city life, our Chicago friends that are more like family, find our new normal, and handle the growing pains of this move and homeownership! Looking back at these photos, it was such a beautiful time for us and we still found a way to incorporate our family traditions despite the chaos (we truly couldn't have done it without my parent's help!). I can't wait to make new memories here in Michigan; it's so crazy to think how much more involved Emory will be next year at Christmastime! Cheers to 2018!