Saturday, December 12, 2015

Four Months

Our sweet baby boy is four months can that be?!!? He's grown and changed so much this month...more so than in previous months.  He's becoming more and more active, and he's so much fun to play with and talk to. He's the center of our world...

A few notes from Huston's fourth month of life...
  • We’ll get the “official” stats at his four-month well visit on Monday {ugh…more shots!}, but based on our attempts to weigh and measure at home, he’s about 14 pounds and 24 inches long.  He’s really started to fill out over the last month, but he’s still on the small side for his age.  Size 1 diapers are still fitting well, although his round little belly may be busting out of them before too long.  As for clothes, size 3-6 months fits him almost perfectly in most brands…we’ve found that some pants in this size are a little on the short side for our long-legged little man.  "Official Stats" update after his four-month well visit: 13 pounds, 13 ounces {16th percentile} and 25 inches long {40th percentile}.
  • Baby boy is still eating like a hoss.  Most of his bottles contain about 1-2 ounces of supplementing formula mixed with 3-4 ounces of breast milk.  In a typical day, he’ll take six bottles in addition to one nursing session {usually right when I get home from work}.  He usually eats about five ounces at a time except for his nighttime bottles, which vary in size depending on how well he nursed.  With all that said, our little guy is currently taking between 28-31 ounces from the bottle in addition to anywhere from 20-50 minutes nursing per day.  I’ve been able to build up a little bit of a stash of frozen breast milk since we’ve been supplementing with formula, and I feel like my milk supply has picked up a bit in the last week, so we may try to back off the supplementing formula in this next month…we’ll just see how it goes.
  • Sleeping. We’re still pretty consistent on the sleep schedule...putting him down around 9:30 pm and he’ll wake for a bottle around 5:30 am and then go back to sleep until about 9:00 am.  His tiny little hands get so cold in the night, so we’re still putting the newborn mittens on him while he sleeps if his pajamas don’t have the fold-over sleeves to keep his little fingers warm.  He still doesn’t have much of an interest in napping during the day…little “cat naps” {15-20 minutes} here and there, but we have learned that he’ll sleep much longer during the day if someone lies down with him in a big bed.
  • Talk, talk, talk…our little guy is a jabbering machine! His little voice is so sweet and entertaining…I could listen to him 24/7. He loves loves loves to carry on conversations and is very responsive when someone talks to him.  He’s giggled at us a few times this past month, but we’ve yet to hear a big belly laugh.
  • Roly Poly. Although he’d done it a couple of times in the past, he’s just within the last week figured out how to consistently roll from his back to his tummy…and he does it ALL.THE.TIME.  The only problem is that he can’t quite figure out how to get back to his back…and he doesn’t necessarily LOVE tummy he’s kind of like a tipped-over turtle.  Thus, we spend a lot of time turning him back over only to get a HUGE grin from him and then see him throw his legs out and roll back to his front again.  This is usually pretty cute…except when he repeatedly does it in the middle of the night.
  • Ryan and I had our first date night, and the little man stayed home with Darcy.
  • He experienced his first flight this past month…and it was a bit of a disaster.  Let’s just say that Huston and Momma won’t be flying without Daddy again for awhile.  I think the biggest problem was that we were on a small {American Eagle} plane and it was a late {9:50 pm} flight, so he was tired, hot and scared of all the people so closely surrounding him.  We got on the plane and had to sit there for 45 minutes while we waited on the maintenance crew to fix something…meanwhile, my baby who has never really cried for longer than a few minutes at a time was SCREAMING the entire time.  He was so upset, and that upset me…so then I was crying. It was just an all-around disaster.  MOST of the people on the plane were kind and understanding, but there were a few who were {like I was just a few years ago} totally annoyed with the crying baby.  The flight attendant finally told me there was a row in the back of the plane that was totally empty, so we moved back there to have more room.  Once we finally took off, he calmed down and slept the entire flight. It was just a rough start…and not an experience I want to re-live ever again.
A photo Daddy snapped before we went through security.
Sprawled out in open airplane seat...finally content! #NotAFanOfFlying
  • Once we finally made it to Kansas, we were able to celebrate cousin Nais’ 2nd birthday and see lots of family and friends…
Huston with Great-Grandma Janet, Granddad Brock & Grandma Jo
Huston with Abbey & Wes Campbell
My good friend {and college roommate} Kelly Jean Craig & her son, Cooper
Huston with Grandpa Ted, Great-Grandma Lois & Grammy
Huston with his buddy, Brendon
  • Huston met his Aunt Kiley and cousin Brexton for the first time {failed to get a pic with either of them!} and also his Aunt Lacey, Uncle Clay and cousins Hailey & Jalyn...
  • We celebrated Huston’s first Thanksgiving with my parents in Medicine Lodge…

  • On the pacifier front…a HUGE thank you to Kortney for suggesting we try the WubbaNub! We’ve had the giraffe WubbaNub since he was born, but he didn’t show much interest in it at first, so we put it away and kind of forgot about it.  Anyway, we pulled it out this past month, and he absolutely LOVES it.  Given that it’s attached to the little stuffed animal, he’s got so much more to grasp on and can actually get the paci in his mouth my himself {some of the time}…however, I think he likes to chew on the poor giraffe’s ears and legs more than he likes the actual paci. 
  • He helped decorate the Christmas tree…

  • And visited Santa...

  • And checked out Santa's Village...

    • The newest thing he loves is sitting with us at the table while we eat dinner…

      A few more pics from Huston's fourth month of life:

      Playing with his crinkle airplane  11/14/2015

      #JayhawkBaby  11/14/2015

      Snuggled up with Momma  11/19/2015

      Matching outfits with Grandpa Ted

      My handsome boys 11/24/2015

      Just reading a book on the drive back from Kansas

      Kickin' it in his big-boy seat  12/5/2015

      Hanging out with his future golfing buddy, Cameron  12/11/2015

      Dear Huston,

      Wow! Your little personality has just EXPLODED this month. You will talk our ears off, especially in the morning…and we absolutely cherish every minute of those sweet conversations with you. Keep talkin’, little buddy, we will ALWAYS be here to listen to you, no matter what you have to say.  The way you’ve taken interest in and started playing with some of your toys {especially the ones that make the crinkle noise} amazes us. It’s like you just figured it out overnight, and now you’ve even learned that you can reach out and pick them up yourself rather than waiting for us to hand it to you.  It’s so fun to watch you learn and grow, baby boy. Each and every day you show us something new and exciting.

      Your puppysister, Lily, might be getting a little jealous of all the attention you’re getting from your daddy and me.  She’s been pretty needy these last couple of weeks, and she wants to be close to us all the time…but especially when you’re in our arms.  A couple of times I’ve found her in your room {rather than our bed} in the middle of the night though, so I know she secretly loves you and is closely watching over and protecting you.  Before long {when you start eating solid foods}, the two of you are going to be best friends!

      The unique moments we’re experiencing right now and will be experiencing in the months to come are truly extra special.  I’ve come to realize that every “first” for you is a “first” for us too.  We are learning and growing right alongside you, and it’s the best trip we’ve ever been on.  You are the best thing that’s ever happened to us, and we thank God every single day for allowing us to be your parents.  Our hearts are so full they could burst! We love you so much more than you could ever know.

      Love you always,