Friday, February 20, 2015

Eli Parker...Four Months

Four Months




Weight
16lb 4oz (at 4 month appointment) 74th percentile

Length
25.25 in (at 4 month appointment) 61st percentile

Diapers
We moved up to size 2 this month after running out of size 1. They are still a little big but they get the job done. (Wore one of Everett’s size 3 diapers at Disney and no blowout - yay!)

Clothing Size
He has almost grown out of most of his 0-3m onesies towards the end of the month. 6 months fits him great for length but is a little baggy since he’s not quite a chunker yet. We put 9 month shorts on him (he has no 3 months shorts because who would think you would wear shorts in February) and they are huge but adorable!

Nicknames
E-man, E machine, E monster, Eli Eli oh, ET, little man, little boy, sweet boy, As I’m typing this I realize that he hasn’t been Mr. Crankpants very much at all this month - although we do occasionally call him crankacranks still

Health
He is a healthy boy and that makes momma happy since we are in the middle of cold/flu season and it seems like people all around us are always sick. It probably helps that he doesn’t leave the house too often (other than to go to our trainers’ house or the occasional errands/meal out). He started having blocked tear duct symptoms on his other eye this month but it wasn’t near as bad as his other eye and it seems to have cleared itself up. We thought we had seen his 2 bottom teeth under his gums for a while but on Valentine’s day we felt them for the first time. How is my little baby getting teeth already?! His 4 month appointment went great! The doctor said he can start solids (cereal) anytime now but since he is growing so well with just breastmilk we are fine to wait until 6 months (which is our plan).

Sleep
He is still sleeping through the night with the exception of a few nights the week after we returned from Disney. I was sure we were at the beginning of the 4 month sleep regression but it only lasted 2 nights (at least for now) thank goodness! We put him down for bed between 7:45-8:30 each night just depending on his schedule from the day and our evening plans. He hasn’t been the best napper this month but he’s sleeping through the night so I really can’t complain. He is waking up between 6-7:30 am and usually takes about an hour nap in the morning and 1.5 hour nap in the afternoon. We alternate between swaddling him (alternating arms out) in a Halo swaddle sleepsack and his Merlin’s magic sleepsuit. He naps in his crib and sleeps in his bassinet in our room at night. The doctor was SO surprised that he is sleeping 10-12 hours at night and said not to tell our friends because it might make them jealous haha! Let’s hope this continues :)

Eating
He is still almost always a great eater. He eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day and almost always takes his bottle.

Loves
Jumperoo
Giraffe stuffed animal grandma bought him at Disney
TV (will crane his neck to try and watch)
Oball
Piano playmat
Mamaroo swing
When dad makes faces at him/sticks his tongue out

Dislikes
Sitting - he loves to be walked around
Direct sunlight (I think he might be part vampire)

Milestones
January 21 - Screeching and loud noises from Eli started
January 23 - First plane ride (to Orlando)
January 24 - First trip to Disneyworld and first ride (People Mover)
January 25 - First “zoo” experience on the safari ride at Animal Kingdom
January 26 - Met Mickey and Minnie Mouse
January 28 - First night in his Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit & smiled at himself in the mirror for the first time
February 1 - Eli’s first Super Bowl party - and his team won!
February 7 - Eli’s first trip to church (other than Christmas Eve) - he was so good!
February 8 - Rolled over on his play mat (back to side) for the first time & got his first kiss from Lexie! (I think it might have been a mistake because she wouldn’t look at him after but she still kissed his face!)
February 14 - Eli’s first Valentine’s Day and the first day we felt his bottom teeth break through!

Baby Gear Love  (new this month)
Baby Jogger City Select Stroller - We’ve been using this stroller since he was born but would click in his carseat. This month we decided to try him in the seat that came with his stroller and he seems to enjoy walks in it. He can see more and we can tilt him back if he’s sleeping or sit him more up right.

Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit - Eli has started breaking out of his swaddle but still has his startle reflex so we aren’t ready to kick the swaddle just yet. I’ve heard lots of good things about this sleepsuit and found a deal on them so we decided to give it a try. We call it his marshmallow/michelin man/thunder suit and he looks so funny/cute in it! So far he sleeps pretty darn good in it so we are all a fan!

Things I Don't Want to Forget
His gummy little smile. I know once he gets teeth his look will change and he will still of course be adorable but I will miss the gummy smile!

I will miss him sleeping in our room and waking up to his little face.

His talking noises/screeching - it’s so loud but so cute!

His sweet innocent baby giggles.
Our first trip to DisneyWorld. I know Eli won’t remember it but we will! We had so much fun and loved seeing Eli soak everything in. I can’t wait to take him back when he’s a little older!