Mazen has started reaching out for EVERYTHING! Toys, my phone, himself in a mirror. It’s amazing to see his little hands explore. He loves to map out my face. He latest thing is punching me in the face, especially during 3am feedings. It’s pretty hilarious! We also have a new game called “Pleased to meet you.” If you put your hand out, M will put his in yours and shake. “How do you do sir!”
You can’t always choose where you live, but I now understand the obsession with open floor plans on House Hunters. Since our house has split living, I do spend a lot of time going upstairs and downstairs with the baby. His nursery, diapers and the kitchen are up; the play area, laundry and stroller departure are down. A one story house would be very convenient! But at least my legs are getting a good workout : )
I have discovered the perfect time for kissing those sweet sleeping baby cheeks – right after nursing when he is so drowsy and cute.
M has recently learned how to arch up and do a bridge pose. It’s made a big difference in his roll-ability! He can pretty much roll in both directions now, but not always. He’s pretty good at rolling from his back to side, but doesn’t always go all the way to his stomach. Sometimes he still gets stuck. He is so strong! This is actually how we stopped swaddling him. He learned how to lift up and break out of his Miracle Blankets, the only swaddles that would still hold him. We stopped swaddling cold turkey and haven’t looked back – I really didn’t like swaddling him so much (he’s more fun and easier to pick up in his jammies alone), but I was glad that it helped him sleep in the beginning. I have since invested in a few of the Halo Sleep Sacks for extra warmth.
After nursing is his favorite time to practice talking, and it’s how he lets me know he is finished. We’ve had a little bit of screeching too! He has also started yelling at times, often when it’s time for sleeping.
Speaking of sleep, the regression lasted a month (3.5-4.5 months) and he’s sleeping better but still not great. We’ve seen some improvement overall and had a few 5 hour stretches, but a typical night is 3 hours + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1. I think he’s waking up during his light sleep awakenings and doesn’t know how to go back to sleep, although we’ve had several times when he’s put himself to sleep for the first stretch (parents watching eagerly on the monitor). But for the most part, he needs us to go to sleep. I’m trying some techniques to try to teach him without crying, such as lying down next to him on the bed to just be near for him to feel comfortable falling asleep on his own. It’s working, and I’m crossing my fingers with time he will be able to self soothe in the middle of the night too. He doesn’t seem to want or need to be rocked/bounced/etc., so the stillness is a good sign. Still paci addicted though! Naps are still short, but we had a 2 hour one this week! A lot of 30 minute ones too. It’s pretty hit or miss, but he seems to be happy and alert overall with 2 hour wake times, so I’m not going to stress over the fact that he’s getting less sleep than is recommended for now.
He is absolutely LOVING his Grace Bouncer. In just 2 weeks he has totally learned how to jump and it’s by far his favorite spot in the house. He smiles and laughs and is so cute bouncing and jumping. I’m thinking I should get him some kind of Exersaucer, but I’d like to find one used if I can. He likes to be upright all the time.
His new sneaky trick is to try to put his thumb or fingers in his mouth while nursing. He sneaks them in from all directions, and if I’m not looking right at him, it might take me a minute to notice there is a little finger in there! Sneaky sneak.
The sure way to get M to smile: look at him, make chewing faces and go “mmmmmmm!” He loves it. A sign he’s getting ready for solid foods? Per our pediatrician, we’re waiting until closer to 6 months to start.
The swing is now in the attic. What once used to bop back and fourth like a chipper metronome turned into a sluggish grandfather cloth “tick…..tock” as it struggled to swing all 17 pounds of him back and forth. He seemed over the swing too. I was not sad to see it go but happy it served us well for month 3.