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.
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!
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!
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!