Thursday, July 17, 2014

Four months {Austin Mitchell}

Our little chunkster is FOUR months!


Stats...
It turns out our home scales are wayyyy out. At his four month appointment, Austin weighed in at 16 lbs 4.5 oz and is 26 1/4 in long. He's still in size 2 nappies and 6 month clothing.



Milestones...
As of June 30th (3.5 months), we have a roller! Austin rolled back to front the day we got home from our holiday. Mitch and Ollie were out grabbing some groceries, I was in the kitchen and heard a lot of grunting & walked into the lounge room where Austin had rolled onto his tummy. He also rolled front to back a few days earlier in San Diego, but it was on a bed so I didn't count it as a true roll.

No teeth have popped through yet, but if he's like his big brother they won't be far off - and he's certainly been showing the same early signs this past week. He's been more fussy, drooling like nothing else and constantly chomping down on anything he can to get some relief. I *think* I can see the 2 points of a teeth under the gum, but it just hasn't broken through yet. His doctor took one look at him at his check up and was like yup, teething!

He's also become quite interested in toys. We had a Dutch friend come and visit briefly a couple of weeks ago and he brought gifts for the boys, Austin's being a little fabric book. He LOVES it - he holds it and crinkles the pages, looks at himself in the mirror, chews on it. He also loves a big long lamaze caterpillar we have - he hugs it and chews on it and loves all the textures/sounds and he's forever grabbing the toys on the activity gym above him.

Sleeping...
Same old, same old. Bed by 8 and up again around 4am for a quick feed then back to sleep until 7am. Still the occasional night where he's up twice. Naps are STILL hit & miss though. Sometimes he has a long morning nap but then is wide awake until bedtime, other days he'll have 2 x 1hr naps. It's hard to say. Ollie wasn't a fan of naps until 9mths when I got him onto 1 x nap a day and he'd sleep a good 4-5 hours each afternoon. I have a feeling Austin will be similar.





Eating...
He's had a few days of growth spurts here and there - wanting to nurse every couple of hours and just being a little more discontent. But overall, we are still on the same 4 hourly schedule as last month.

Best moment...
So, there's been a few really sweet moments. The first night Mitch was away, I had just put both the boys to bed and was sitting on the couch. I heard loud baby giggles coming from our room (Austin is still in the co-sleeper) and peeked in to discover that Ollie had snuck out of bed and was in there tickling Austin & making him laugh. Oh so naughty but oh so sweet at the same time :-)


The boys have also started interacting together nicely this past month which makes this mamas heart so happy. Ollie loves getting toys for Austin to hold and he loves to blow raspberries on Austin's tummy, taking any opportunity he can to make Austin smile & laugh. While we are driving, Ollie will pull funny faces at him and Austin just cracks up! Seeing them entertain each other already really is the sweetest thing. I really hope they are going to be good buddies.



Worst moment...
It was the second day Mitch was overseas and it had been a hard afternoon with the boys - bedtime couldn't come soon enough. I burped Austin after his last feed only to have him vomit up a golf ball size chunk of BLOOD. Cue frantic mama. I called our hospital health nurse and got a second opinion from a doctor on call, they told me it was 'normal' and from my milk (although with no soreness/cracks/nothing, I was a bit skeptical). Anyway long story short, we had a follow up with Austin's pediatrician the next morning and he deduced that it was from his nose/throat but perfectly normal given his lack of other symptoms. Not a fun 12 hours - things really do seem more scary when the husband is away, but thankfully our sweet baby boy was fine.

Loves...
He loves having his face tickled with hair! He smiles and laughs when I lean over him and let my fringe tickle his face. He also loves windy days - he kicks his legs and arms excitedly, grunting and shrieking. He loves watching his big brother - the adoring way he looks up at him always makes me smile.



Dislikes...
He hates Ollie's impersonation of a dinosaur. It always makes him cry :-( He also hates traffic. As we discovered on the way back to the hotel from Legoland...






Austin Mitchell, we are all so in love with you. You light up the room with your big infectious smile, sweet giggles and squeezable rolls. I've truly never met a more smiley, mellow baby. Happy 4 months handsome boy!

Austin at 1 month, 2 months & 3 months...

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1 comment:

  1. Well, we all hate traffic, right? ;-)
    All the pics of them together are heart melting!

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