A day before we moved to Virginia, Lincoln turned 4 months old! This means his first year of life is 1/3rd over – how is this possible!? This age is so so fun – lots of milestones being met, personality really showing, and a routine is definitely being established. Here are some more details from Lincoln’s 4th month:
Lincoln is full of personality, smiles, and goofy expressions! This is such a fun stage! He had his first laugh this month and the giggles are adorably cute!! Lincoln definitely also knows when he wants to be done doing something and will make his voice heard loud and strong! His crazy screaming I talked about in previous posts is getting much much much better and we are so grateful for that.
The end of this month brought the gift of a semi-predictable sleep pattern.Typically Lincoln will go to bed around 8:30 and then wake around 3:30 and 6:30. He then goes down for his first nap within 40-60 minutes of waking. He takes either 3-4 long naps a day or 4-5 shorter naps. Just depends on the timing of the first two naps. John and I are both definitely enjoying a little more predictability in our life… as well as longer stretches of sleep!
This month there were lots of firsts! First metro ride… first laugh… first time sitting in bumbo… first time sitting in high chair (top left picture). Lincoln did a great job on the metro – I wore him in the Ergo and we took the simple umbrella stroller for Xander. Lincoln’s little laugh, as I mentioned before it’s uber cute and it’s fun to see how his laugh progresses into belly laughs. As for the first bumbo and high chair sitting, this affords me with more options of where to put him when I’m tending to Xander. It’s already really nice to scoot him close to the dinner table when we eat. No solids for Lincoln yet – we are not in the solids at 4 month camp. We’ll be waiting until at least 6 months and I’ll talk about that in the near future!
A couple days before Lincoln turned four months old, he had his well baby check up! It’s a tough check up for the babes, as they have two shots and an oral vaccine. Gosh, he hated that oral one! Anyway, he weighed in at 15 pounds 3 ounces and 24 inched long. This puts him at 55% for weight and 35% for height. So a little off balance, but really not too much in the grand scream of things! I’ll be curious to see how things progress, as I remember a few of Xander’s first visits had him close to 50% for weight but then he settled into the 10-25% range for good. Time will tell!
Xander continues to be a great big brother and the way Lincoln watches him is the most precious thing!! It’s going to be so fun to see how they interact even in just a few short months when Lincoln is more mobile and crawling. I envision a fair share of rough housing in this house!
Nursing, Pumping etc.
Lincoln is a great nurser and really takes full feeds at a time which is nice! I don’t have as much of an overproduction as I did with Xander, yet I’m still finding myself with lots of milk in the freezer! I’ll probably need to donate it again, in which case I need to get on the ball with paperwork! (Milk banks typically don’t accept milk over 6 months old). Anyway, Lincoln is able to take a bottle of breast milk when needed, but since we don’t have much need for doing that, the milk really has piled up. If anyone reading this in the Leesburg/Ashburn area knows of a mother in need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, I’m happy to milk share.
I guess the only interesting thing to note in the nursing department at this time is that I can’t nursing him laying down. He spits up a ton after side laying nursing so we just avoid that position (much to myself tired chagrin sometimes!)
Hope you enjoyed this months update! If you have any questions, just let me know! I still need to create a dedicated page for Lincoln’s updates under the family page, but as you know, life has been a bit busy!!