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July Happenings

I’m dealing with a little bit of scrambled egg brain right now due to lack of sleep. I don’t think I’d be sitting here looking at my computer at all if it hadn’t been for the Keurig this morning (love my Keurig!). Let’s just say Josh has not been sleeping the best lately. Both me and the hubs are exhausted today. So I don’t have anything profound to say, just some “firsts” that have happened with Josh that I want to remember later on.

The State Fair.

Josh went to his first state fair (or fair of any kind) last week! Josh and I met up with my family around 10:30 am and my husband took some time off work that day and arrived around 1:30 pm. We got to look at the exhibits, eat some English Toffee, and look at farm animals. Josh pretty much snoozed most of the day away in the stroller. My mother found (much to my relief) a mother’s nursing room, which was awesome because I have a lot of anxiety about nursing in public (sometimes I feel like I am wrestling with Josh under those nursing covers and it drives me nuts!). We left around 4 pm and I’m glad we left when we did because Josh cried the entire trip home (he normally loves being in the car).

Grandpa taking a turn with the stroller before Daddy arrived.

Grandpa taking a turn with the stroller before Daddy arrived.

 

Daddy taking Josh to see the animals. Pretty sure Josh was alseep through most of this too!

Daddy taking Josh to see the animals. Pretty sure Josh was alseep through most of this too!

I thought these cows were kind of cute!

I thought these cows were kind of cute!

4 Month Photos by Mom.

A dear friend of mine took pictures of Josh with many fun props and outfits. I haven’t received them yet but I’m looking forward to seeing them! On Josh’s exact 4 month birthday though, I took Josh out to the backyard and decided to try taking some shots with my camera. I have this nice camera and barely know how to use it! One of these days I’ll read the tutorial and actually learn how to use the settings properly. Josh cooperated by not crying but I only got one shot of him smiling, which I unfortunately permanently shrank the file in order to send to my sister overseas. So I am not posting that one because it would either be really tiny or extremely grainy!

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4 Month Check-up & Vaccines.

Last week Josh had his check up with his pediatrician. Several people have mentioned to me that Josh has a really “flat head” — and they are right. He does have a flat head! The kid just loves to be on his back. He’s gotten really good at tummy time but he still doesn’t prefer it and likes to sleep on his back. I began to research “flat head syndrome” and got mildly freaked out that I had missed the window of time to really correct it, even at only 4 months. I even ordered a special pillow (think: Mini boppy) called the Baby Moon pillow for his head to rest on when he’s on his back playing or in the swing. When I asked the pediatrician about it, he said Josh was fine and that I didn’t need to worry about it– it would correct itself once Josh rolls over more and can sit up and spend more time off of the back of his head. So that was good news!

The Baby Moon pillow for flat head syndrome.

The Baby Moon pillow for flat head syndrome.

Josh had a rough time with vaccines and it ended up being a huge blessing that we didn’t go camping last weekend. Pretty sure it was the oral Rotovirus vaccine that was causing him grief (not to mention that he’s got a second tooth coming in). He has had long, intense crying episodes at least once a day since he got the vaccines last Wednesday, and he always straightens out his legs and acts like his tummy is hurting. Thankfully he hasn’t had any vomiting or diarrhea like some babies can have with the Rotovirus vaccine. I know almost all kids under 5 get the Rotovirus (which comes with severe vomiting and diarrhea) so I’m glad he got the vaccine, but the past 6 days have not been fun. I hate to see him so miserable.

Josh weighed 13# 13.8 oz and was 25 1/4 inches long. His OFC was 17 inches. 15th percentile for weight and 50th percentile for head!

Josh takes being weighed very seriously, every time!

Josh takes being weighed very seriously, every time!

Haircut.

My hair was falling out and what was left was broken off because Josh kept pulling on it. So my hubby tells me I got my mom haircut. I kind of like it now. I don’t have any good pictures so the one below is lame but it will have to do.

I was apparently into striped patterns this day

I was apparently into striped patterns this day

Josh’s First Swim.

Josh “swam” (i.e. sat) in a baby pool for the first time at his cousin’s house two weekends ago. But he went into a big pool at my friend Katherine’s place last Friday. I went a little overboard and bought swim glasses (they were too small–the kid’s got a big head), a washable swim diaper (it was too big), a baby swimming outfit (thankfully at least it fit!), as well as Babyganics sunblock. Folks, this was all for 20 minutes in the pool! (Does this mamma sound a little like a worrier?) I think he had fun splashing a little and watching the other kids play in the water. Best of all, he didn’t get sunburned, which was what I was most worried about with this hot weather. I don’t have a picture in the pool (bad mommy) but I did get a picture of his little swim outfit.

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Other Happenings.

Lastly, here’s some random pictures from various days and times over the past two weeks. So many fun times with this kiddo!

Mmm, bib.

Mmm, bib.

Getting better at that tummy time!

Getting better at that tummy time!

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I sure love this kiddo!

I sure love this kiddo!

Hope you have a great week!

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4 Month Update

So Josh is not officially 4 months old yet — he’s still got 3 days to go. But as a rather non-punctual blogger, I figure I’m close enough! The months are passing by at an alarmingly speedy rate, and I find myself in a bittersweet mode. I look back at Josh’s newborn pictures and already miss those sweet, sleep deprived days. To see pictures of his tiny body, to remember how I fretted over how much milk he was getting and whether he was warm enough or not. Four months later there are new worries and equally new delights– all to be processed in due time. Each stage is a gift, a truly wonderful gift that I never thought I’d be able to watch unfold. There is rarely a day that goes by when I don’t look down into my son’s bright blue eyes, his big smile beaming back at me, and a few tears of overwhelming gratefulness fill my eyes. I love being Josh’s mommy.

Love this little guy!

Love this little guy!

The latest news with Josh is that he’s teething. Last night he cried loudly for what seemed like an eternity until I finally figured out what was going on. Upset tummy? Maybe, but I was guessing not. Still learning to sleep without being swaddled? That didn’t seem like it was it, either. Plus, he slept 8 hours the night before un-swaddled. Hungry? Offered him more milk but he wasn’t that interested. Hmm. So what kept waking this kid up out of a deep sleep to loud, sad, cries? Ah yes, that rough object in his mouth trying to break it’s way out of his gum! Teething! Not fun stuff. I gave the poor kid some tylenol and he fell asleep not too long after and slept for 6 hours. I’m planning on heading out to the store today to beef up my non-existent collection of teething helpers for babies. If you have advice to offer in this subject, please do share!

Just a "hunch" this kid's popping some teeth ;)

Just a “hunch” this kid’s popping some teeth 😉

This is NOT a picture of what Josh looked like from 8pm-11pm last night!

This is NOT a picture of what Josh looked like from 8pm – 11pm last night!

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Josh also rolled over recently! I was wondering if he was E-V-E-R going to roll over, to be honest. The kid still hates tummy time with a passion. I tried all the tricks of the trade to get him to like it, and it’s just not happening. But he did roll over at Grandma’s the other night for the first time while he was on his belly, and it was a real treat because Grandma and Grandpa were right there to witness it! There was a lot of happy cheering. He rolled over again the first thing the next morning but hasn’t rolled since, so we’re still trying to figure out if it was a fluke or not.

Josh still remains pretty mellow. Numerous people have commented on it! We took a day trip to the beach last week and Josh slept the entire time in the car (2.5 hours) plus the entire time in the front pack (3 hours) plus the drive home. He pretty much slept all day! And at the 4th of July party at my parent’s house, he happily got passed around from person to person and smiled and babbled most of the day except when he was napping. He’s such a great little baby!

On our adventure to the coast. About to start our 4 mile hike with Josh in the front pack. The hat lasted about 5 minutes, tops (still too big for him).

On our adventure to the coast. About to start our 4 mile hike with Josh in the front pack. The hat lasted about 5 minutes, tops (still too big for him).

Josh's first trip to the ocean! He's a little unsure about it...

Josh’s first trip to the ocean! He’s a little unsure about it…

But it's a great excuse for mommy to pull out her nice camera.

But it’s a great excuse for mommy to pull out her nice camera.

It was really bright and windy. (Did I mention that it was really windy?!) We didn't last too long on the beach. Maybe next time!

It was really bright and windy. (Did I mention that it was really windy?!) We didn’t last too long on the beach. Maybe next time!

I did finally brave an entire shift at work. 14 hours is a long time to be away from your baby. The night before I had trouble sleeping and only slept 3 hours. As I headed out the door I thought to myself, “You’re not off to a very good start!” But the day actually went okay. Grandma came and babysat and updated me with pictures and texts throughout the day, which I LOVED.  She took Josh on a walk in the stroller and gave him a bath and spent lots of time playing with our little guy. It sure did bless my heart knowing that he was in good hands while I was gone! The hardest part of the day was trying to get out to pump and still have time to eat and drink enough water. By the time I got home I could tell my milk supply had dropped off a bit and to be honest I don’t feel like it’s really recovered since then despite my attempts to get it back up.

Josh gets his 4 month vaccines next week. I’m anxious to get those vaccines in as there’s a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic going around right now. He has some immunity from the Tdap shot I got when I was pregnant and from his 2 month vaccinations but still does not have full coverage. Having seen this destructive disease firsthand in the hospital, it is one disease I do not want my son to get.

We will be skipping out on my family’s annual camping trip this month. I confess I’m really sad about that! I love camping. Maybe next year we’ll go. I have lots of friends who brave camping with their tiny newborns and sail right through it and even have a great time. I guess we’re just not brave enough–at least not yet, even though Josh is 4 months and 13 pounds! Last year when we went camping I was just 6 weeks pregnant and filled with such hope and excitement (not to mention a little nausea)! Such fond memories for me. I hope we can create many more good memories camping as a family in the years to come when Josh is a little older!

 

 

 

 

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