caleb at 4 months

Another month over–this time last year, I was just finding out that I was pregnant with Caleb!

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Growth

Caleb continues to be a looong boy. Neither Seth nor I is exactly sure where this length/height comes from. Maybe he’ll be tall and end up on the Duke basketball team? A girl can dream. Anyway, his weight gain continued to be less than stellar at the beginning of the month, but after making a difficult decision regarding his eating (more on that below), we seem to be on the right track. He’s finally getting some of that adorable baby chub! He now wears 6 month size clothing. I’m slightly bummed that we skipped right over the 3 month size–I had so many cute outfits for him. I guess that just means I’ll have to have another little boy in the future.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb continues to love singing, which, quite frankly, is a godsend when it comes time to soothe him. We recently discovered that he enjoys several Disney songs, particularly “A Whole New World” and “Part of Your World”–two favorites that I’ve had memorized since, oh, 1992. We’ve also figured out that Caleb loves being tickled, so obviously Seth and I have been exploiting that fact to get our daily fix of baby giggles. While I don’t think it’s reached the level of “dislike,” Caleb is not a big fan of his car seat these days. He’ll tolerate it for the duration of the car ride to Nonnie and Pa’s house, but anything after that is entirely too long for his liking. Whenever we’ve arrived at our destination, he puts out his lower lip and furrows his brow as if to say, “GET ME OUT NOW.”

Eating & Sleeping

As I alluded to above, we had to make some changes in Caleb’s eating habits. Shortly after my last update, the physical burden of breastfeeding started to wear me down. I contracted a pretty wicked cold/sinus infection (a rarity for me) and was tired all the time; keeping up with an insatiable baby was taking its toll. Something had to give. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is ideal, but that’s not the case when your baby is going hungry. We started supplementing with (organic) formula a few weeks ago, and everyone is happier as a result. I’ve been doing some research, and it seems that inadequate milk supply is common among hypothyroid moms such as myself, so that eases at least a little bit of the mommy guilt I’m experiencing. Caleb has decided he really likes eating now…so much so that he likes to wake up at least once every night for a snack. We had it so easy for the first three months in terms of sleeping, so I can’t really complain too much about this sudden nighttime wakefulness. We’ve also attempted to put him in his crib at night but have failed miserably thus far. To be continued…

Other Quirks

-Caleb has figured out how to roll from his back to his side, a skill he’s developed from many hours with his activity gym. He can also hold his head up pretty well these days, making it much easier to lug him around on my hip. The kid’s got core strength, at last!

-Caleb has been vocalizing for a few months now, but it has reached a new level lately. He’s moved on from his vowels (i.e., screaming a joyful AAAAAHHH when we put on the Disney Pandora station) and is now fascinated by the “ffffff” and “bbbbbb” sounds. I keep pushing for a little “Mama,” but no luck yet.

caleb at 3 months

Somehow, our little nugget has reached the three-month threshold, meaning he is technically no longer a “newborn.” Sob.

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Growth

Caleb is becoming a lanky kid–he is growing by leaps and bounds in the length department (24 inches at last check!), but he is trailing a bit for weight. He is now wearing 3 months sized clothing, but even those are a little tight in terms of length. He was recently diagnosed with mild acid reflux, which has contributed to his slow weight gain, but we’re trying our best to get a little meat on those bones! His head circumference is almost off the charts, which is to be expected of anyone with my family’s genes 🙂

Likes & Dislikes

It delights me to no end that Caleb enjoys music as much as I do (at least for now). I sing to him daily, and he coos along much of the time. Seth and I often serenade him with the alphabet song when he’s fussing in the car, but he seems to like my rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” when it’s time to settle in for a nap. I also happened to have The Voice on TV the other day, and he was totally captivated by it. As for dislikes, not much has changed. Being left alone (even just so Mommy can go to the bathroom) is pretty much the worst thing ever for Caleb.

Eating & Sleeping

We’ve been trying to be a bit more aggressive with feedings lately in our efforts to get Caleb to gain weight. He still gets one bottle of pumped breast milk per day, but now it’s at least 5 ounces (instead of 3 ounces). He eats pretty much every two hours during the day (sometimes even more often than that!), and he continues to sleep at night for stretches of 6-8 hours. His naps during the day are getting much shorter and less frequent.

Other Quirks

-Caleb is beginning to enjoy tummy time. We have discovered that placing a rolled towel under his chest and a big mirror in front of his face makes all the difference.

-Although solid foods are still a ways off for him, Caleb is fascinated by the food I eat. I’m often eating while I nurse him, and he looks at me as if to say, “Are you going to share or what?” I’m attempting to start the nutrition education early by letting him look at and smell the food in question.

-Caleb now not only smiles but also giggles, and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. No matter how grumpy I might be, a giggling baby is an instant mood booster!

caleb at 2 months

Happy Valentine’s Day…I’m celebrating by documenting Caleb’s 2nd month of life.

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Growth

Once again, our pediatrician appointment isn’t for a few more days, so we don’t have the specifics on his weight and length these days. At his last appointment, he was 9 lbs, 3.4 oz and 21 and 3/4 inches long, both of which put him at about the 50th percentile. I would venture to say that he has since passed the 10-pound threshold, based on how heavy he feels when I lug him around in his car seat. He has also graduated to the 0-3 months size clothing.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb continues to love looking at lights, although mirrors are pretty fascinating too. He quite enjoys admiring his own reflection! Peek-a-boo is now a favorite pastime as well; that’s my go-to strategy to snap him out of a cranky mood. As far as dislikes, Caleb generally doesn’t like not being held, which makes simple things like making lunch a tad difficult. He also puts up a fuss when he’s bored, so I’ve taken to talking to him all day long to keep him occupied. Just yesterday, I gave him a lecture on my smoothie ingredients and their nutrition benefits. #nerdalert

Eating & Sleeping

We’re still going strong on the breastfeeding front. I give him about one bottle of pumped breast milk per day to which I add probiotics drops (prescribed by the pediatrician to help with gastrointestinal issues). Caleb sleeps like a champ, which makes Seth and me very happy. It’s pretty typical for him to sleep from about 10:30PM to 7AM. Occasionally, he’ll wake up for a 3AM feeding, but for the most part, he has adapted to his parents’ sleeping schedule quite nicely! (I know I’m jinxing myself by typing that out).

Other Quirks

-Caleb gets the hiccups all the time. That in itself wouldn’t be so bad, but they prevent him from napping, which makes him pretty crabby!

-We bought an Ergo carrier with some gift card money, and Caleb seems to like it most of the time. I just have to remember not to wear nice shirts while wearing him–he tends to drool/snot/spit-up all over my chest. Mmm.

-Our little dude continues to look exactly like Seth. So I guess that’s why I think he’s so darn cute 🙂

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