Ace is now 4 months out of the womb and still having a great time. This month we started sleep training, went to our first library story time, and met some old friends. Ace’s rapid growth has slowed down, but he is still at a robust 19 lbs and is 28 inches long.
Facial recognition has increased this month and Ace shows more emotions when he sees us or when we go away. We are getting more and more smiles everyday. Ace’s favorite way to greet us is with a high-pitched squeal. He sounds an awful lot like an excited teenage girl.
Ace loves to stand up with the assistance of Mom or Dad these days.
Ace is rolling from his back-to-side and is THIS CLOSE to rolling from back-to-front. He can also roll side-to-back, but when placed on his belly he most often will just lay there and begin sucking on whatever fabric is beneath him. He looks very sloth-like in this position.
I began sleep training Ace with “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” this month. Last month, I thought we had a pretty good sleeper because he was sleeping through the night 2-3 times a week. Turns out it was short-lived and Ace had some regression where he started waking up 2-3 times every night. I decided to try this book after seeing it suggested on so many websites. So far, so good. Ace’s frequent napping (and frequent non-napping) is slowly transitioning into 2 long naps during the day, typically starting around 9-10 a.m. and the other starting between 1-2 p.m. With this, our routine during the day has shifted also. Before our routine was pretty non-routine with only our morning walks scheduled in. Our new routine loosely looks something like this:
6:30-7:15 Wake up
7:15-9:00 Ace plays while Mom mainlines coffee and eats breakfast
11:00-1:00 Ace plays while Mom cleans and eats lunch
2:00-3:00 Play/Attempt to leave house to run errands or do chores around house.
3:00-4:00 Long nursing session/mini-nap
4:00-5:30 Play with Dad or take walk with Dad in Baby Bjorn
5:30 Bath, baby massage, books
6:00-6:30 Bed time
The other notable change in his schedule has been his earlier bedtime. We used ot struggle to keep him awake until 7:00 so that he wouldn’t wake up too early, but the book taught me to put him to bed when he was tired regardless of how early it is and expect that he will usually still sleep in to the regular time. For the most part this has been true, but Ace has had those days where he wakes up early. The extra hour or so in the evening has been so nice for relaxing, cooking dinner, and just spending time with my husband, that I think we will keep the early bedtime, no matter how early he wakes up.
Like everything, I expect this schedule won’t stay the same for long. Ace is growing so quickly, that his schedule seems to change quickly also.
This month Ace got a new apparatus to monkey around on. It is the Baby Einstein jumper, which is a hand-me-down from his cousins. It is like the ExerSaucer but he can bounce up and down in it. It also looks like it is bigger, so he will probably be able to use after he outgrows the ExerSaucer.
- Seeing Mom and Dad (OH MY GERD, I KNOW THEM!)
- Waking up from long naps
- Library story time
- Baby Bjorn walks/hikes with Dad
- Car seat (he seems to be suffering from PTSD since traveling 4 hours each way to GJ)
- *cough* constipation *cough*
- Bottles of pumped breast milk (which is driving Mom mad, since it makes it difficult for others to care for him or for her to have a glass of wine. AHHH, MAMANEEDSABREAKTOO!).
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