Recently I found myself reading back through my pregnancy posts. I remember wondering at the time if there was any point in writing them - there was nothing out of the ordinary and they're similar to any other pregnancy update. But, actually, I loved reading back through them even a few months later and that's how I feel about these baby updates too. They're probably not too different from other babies of the same age, but I love having an online diary of my boy that I'll be able to look back on in months or even years to come. I love the baby stage and I don't want to forget any little detail.
So, Oliver is now 4 months old. Almost 18 weeks actually, but I think there's a certain point you stop counting weeks and start counting month to month so, as of the 20th February, he was officially 4 months.
Oliver is such a smiley boy and I'm not joking when I say I almost cry every morning when he wakes up, sees my face and gives me the biggest grin in the world. He's been sleeping well most of the time, usually from 10pm until 5.30am, then back down until half 7ish. However, this week has been a tough one. We've been trying to bring his bed time forward to 7/8ish and in doing that, we've thrown his whole sleep pattern out. He's been waking for two bottles during the night and despite my efforts, he won't take a dream feed before I go to bed. I'm going to persevere with it though and hope he gets used to it because it's been absolute heaven having my evenings to myself. He's still swaddled for his night time sleep - he just won't sleep without it and I'm starting to worry if we'll ever be able to phase them out. His arms still fly all over the place when he's lying down and it wakes him up instantly.
Acid reflux is still a pain and it's his trademark to leave a circle of sick on the shoulder of anyone who holds him. We go through a ridiculous amount of clothes and bibs every day which, coupled with the fact that he's sick all over us too, means our washing machine is constantly on the go. Luckily, he is still happy and doesn't even flinch when he's sick so it's not bothering him too much. I'm hoping it'll get better once he can be upright in a baby-walker, or when I can eventually start weaning him.
He's been better at tummy time ever since I started using his elephant toy as a support. His legs, neck and back are getting really strong and he absolutely loves sitting up if I hold his hands or again, use the elephant for support behind him. Having a new perspective is really exciting for him, and he's so curious to watch everything from a new angle. I laugh every time I hold him upright on my knee, he gives me this cheeky, show-off kind of look as if he's really proud of his new trick.
He's also getting so much better with his hands - he can grasp onto his rattle and he loves holding onto his comfort blanket (who we've named Fraser Fox). He still won't take a dummy, but this is the substitute and one of the easiest ways to send him to sleep is to pop it by his face so he can suck it or, alarmingly, cover his face with it. Apparently this is a common thing for babies to do but seriously, I can't handle the anxiety it gives me when I see him like that on the monitor.
Oliver went into his 3-6 month clothes when he was around 16 weeks. I haven't had him officially weighed in a few weeks, but this morning I weighed myself and then the two of us together and he came in at 14.2 pounds. That's more than double his birth weight and explains why I've noticed my arms getting a bit of muscle for the first time ever!
His latest development started in the last few days, and it's constant 'singing'. It's as if he's found his voice and he just babbles away constantly, loudly, while pulling different faces as if he's explaining something really complicated. It's hilarious and adorable, I feel like I'm actually having a conversation with him sometimes and he's started imitating the noises that I make to him. He's not quite mastered a full on laugh, but he does a little half-giggle which I absolutely love.
Every little development Oliver makes is so exciting and I love that me and Andy can now chat to him, get big smiles and play with him. He is just the sweetest little boy and I can't imagine life without him. As I write this, he's having a day out with his dad and although I was super stressed before they left, I miss him already and I can't wait to give him a huge cuddle when he's home!
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