I feel like I just wrote Kevin’s 4 month update. Where is the time going? I say that every month, but it’s so true! He’s such a little boy now!
Last month I said that Kevin is becoming so much fun, and that is even more true these days. He is truly such a happy baby, full of smiles, giggles, and loud noises! He is cooing and babbling like crazy, and he only cries now if he gets too hungry or tired. Such a nice change from those fussy newborn days.
We will be taking him to the doctor on Wednesday for a check-up, but I know according to our home baby scale that he is at LEAST 12 and a half pounds, and has grown another inch or two as well. He’s so tall! I’ll update this once we get his official measurements.
Here are the monthly comparison shots… 1 month to 5 months.
He still in 0-3 month clothing (barely), and we’re just now starting some 3-6 month stuff. The pants fit in length but not quite in the waist since he’s a long and lean baby. They fit better when we have him in cloth diapers though. We have been using them off and on though, because he’s been dealing with some nasty diaper rash. We have had to break out the strong medicated stuff to fight it, which is not cloth diaper safe. My babysitter told us that her son would get a nasty rash when he teethed, so I think that may be upon us. He’s showing lots of signs: excessive drooling, gnawing (not just sucking anymore!) on anything and everything, diarrhea occasionally which is due to swallowing saliva. Who knows when a little tooth will actually pop through!
99% of the time I think he looks exactly like his dad. This gets to be more and more apparent as he gets older. However, sometimes I’ll see glimpses of myself in him, too. I like those moments
One thing that Kevin started doing right at the beginning of this month was blowing bubbles! It is his new favorite thing and it is so cute!
He is SUPER grabby and wants to touch and hold everything that comes into his line of sight. He will grab it and put it directly into his mouth. This includes toys, my hair, his burp cloths, blankets, our phones, etc. Lately he has loved holding his own bottle. It is hilarious to watch him when we bring it over. His eyes get big, he reaches for it, and brings it right into his wide open mouth. He’s able to hold it there himself for a while now too. Such a big boy!
Another new development is that he can now roll from back to tummy. We first noticed it when he was swaddled and sleeping in his crib. I heard him make a noise and looked on the monitor to see him on his belly. It scared me to death, because him rolling while swaddled was something I didn’t want to happen! Luckily we were able to catch him doing it and I started swaddling him from the waist down instead. Since then he has rolled many, many times without a swaddle. The first time was at 20 weeks and 3 days (February 2nd). It took him a little while to learn how to roll over his arm, but he’s a pro now. We put him down on a blanket and just watch him go.
He is now big enough to go in his Baby Einstein jumper. He absolutely loves it! It’s so fun to watch him explore all the toys and learn how to use his legs to jump in it.
We did take him to the doctor a few times this month. Last month at his well baby check up our pediatrician wanted us to bring in a poop and urine sample to test for any signs of allergy or infection. Since he has been slow to gain weight, he just wanted to make sure that there wasn’t an allergy or something that was causing him to not absorb all the nutrients, or some kind of infection (like a UTI) burning up his calories. Both tests came back clear, so that was good. We are continuing to monitor his weight, but the doctor said that may just be his growth pattern since he seems perfectly healthy in every other way.
We are still supplementing. It’s gotten to where he gets my milk probably only 25% of the time and formula 75% of the time. That is due to yet another supply drop during my second post partum menstrual cycle, and his increasing appetite. His belly can finally handle larger amounts without spitting up a ton, and he can easily eat 5-6 ounces per feeding these days. All of this eating has led to a lot more pooping. He went from pooping once a day to many times per day. It also looks different, which is most likely because of all the formula. As a sidenote, I hate having to buy formula. It’s so expensive (especially since we have to buy the hypoallergenic kind) and makes me mad every time we have to get some.
Sleep. We are at the end of the 4 month sleep regression. It has lasted over a month (ugh!) but I can tell he’s slowly getting back to where we was with his sleep. When we had to stop swaddling his arms due to his rolling it seemed to bother him for a few days, but he is okay now. We bought a sound machine that plays all night long and that has helped. It takes a while to get him down for the night, but once he does he will sleep for 4-6 hours. After that he will wake up and we’ll try to get him back to sleep in his crib. If that doesn’t work we take him into our room. He will then sleep for a few more hours. Sometimes he will wake up in his crib and roll around, making happy noises until we go in to him. How can we be upset with him when he does that? There have been a few nights lately where he lasted in his crib all night long, so that is encouraging!
Baby Kevin is quite the little flirt. He will smile at anyone, but he especially likes other babies. It is so fun to watch him with my friend Alicia’s baby, Olivia, who is 3 months younger than him. He will reach out to touch her and stare at her with a concerned look on his face when she cries. They have had a couple play dates already and it will be so fun to watch them grow and interact more in the future.
As I mentioned before, I had my second cycle this month after pregnancy. Let me tell you, I think my body is making up for not having a period for a year. It is back with a vengeance and I can tell my hormones are all out of whack. I had the WORST acne I have ever had in my life during this month. It was little bumps all over my chin and forehead, two prime spots for hormonal acne. It was so bad that my fifth graders asked me what was wrong with my face. Ouch. It disappeared after my cycle was over. I also had horrible, uncomfortable cramps that feel like the beginning of labor, my supply dropped again during my cycle, and my period was super heavy. I hope it’s not going to be like this every month!
I’m still at 130 pounds which is my pre-pregnancy weight, but thanks to emotional eating and no core/strength-training I look exactly the same. Honestly, it’s hard to make my body a priority right now when I can barely fit in time to run! I’ve been running pretty much once a week, which is my long run. Not a form of training I would recommend but I know it’s only temporary. It will be easier to get back to it once things slow down at work and the sun doesn’t rise so late and set so early.
Here is the comparison of all my post partum photos. I didn’t take a picture this month because I have looked exactly the same since 3 months post partum.
I wish I could say that everything has been great with me mentally and emotionally, but that would be a lie. I had another tough month after my last good one. I felt like I had a million responsibilities, things that I wanted to do and things that I had to do, and I wasn’t doing any of them well. After Winter Break my work stress increased a TON, and I just felt so overwhelmed with everything in my life. Between school work, home work, taking care of baby, being a good wife, trying to fit in exercise, trying to get enough sleep, and trying to make sure I could produce enough milk, it was too much and turned into a vicious cycle. No matter how hard I try, I can never get caught up with all the school work I have to do at home in the evenings, even when I stay up until midnight. This means I don’t get enough sleep and I am extra cranky and have no energy. Having no energy means I don’t run which doesn’t help my mood at all. Plus that would require me to miss out on more sleep or not do my school work. I feel guilty that I have to use my time in the evenings doing this rather than spending time with my baby, but it’s literally making the choice- do I want to keep my job or not? All of this stress combined takes a big toll on my already terrible milk supply, along with the annoying constant comments from people that our baby is so small. That hurts.
Poor Kevin (my husband) ends up dealing with the wrath of it all. He is the one taking care of all the housework I don’t have time for like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I feel guilty about this too because I know it’s not fair to him either. I had quite a few emotional breakdowns to him about feeling like I can’t keep up. I hate to blame everything on hormones, but I do think my post partum and period-returning hormones have caused me to feel extra emotional lately. It definitely comes and goes and I have good days and bad days. I know last month I said I was trying not to sweat the small stuff, but the problem is that all of this feels like BIG stuff and I can’t help but stress about it all.
It has been quite the roller coaster, but no matter how stressed I am my baby and husband bring me SO much joy with their unconditional love. It is the best feeling knowing that they are there for me.
Let’s end this update on a happy note- here is a video of one of the first times Kevin rolled from back to belly. As you can see he is a good listener
I can’t believe that next time I write an update baby will be HALF A YEAR old! Craziness!
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