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Life With a 4-Month-Old Is Easier Than a Newborn

4montholdIt is so crazy how quickly time flies by! I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday that I found out I was finally pregnant? Apparently not, because baby Silver is already 4 months old and growing each day.

I am adjusting well to life with four children and things are coming into their own. The craziness of a newborn is behind us, and while we still have some struggles, I feel the fog of brand-new-baby lifting. With the sunshine coming in as well, things are looking all roses.

Life is so much easier now that Silver is older. He seems to be a lot less frustrated now that he has figured out how to soothe himself with his thumb and how he can hold toys with his hands. I know that once he figures out how to sit up and move, he will be happy and unstoppable.

So, what else has been going on with him?

Health: 

Silver just had his 4-month-old well-baby check last week and he is doing well. His weight continues to astound me and the doctors since he wasn’t growing well in utero, so the fact that he already weighs 17 pounds is insane and awesome. We were offered some tips on how to manage his colic and the idea of reflux was brought up again. We decided to wait and see how things go over the next month because it’s slowly getting better, and while all the pukes are annoying, right now, he doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it all.

Sleep:

Well, I never really know what to say about a young babe and sleep. They rarely do it, and when they do, it doesn’t seem to last too long — at least for my kids. He no longer needs to be held upright or crazy warm for him to sleep well, which is a huge bonus. We are comfortably co-sleeping and he is getting better at nursing without fully waking, which means we both get better sleep. Taking naps during the day is still being worked out as to when and where the best place for him to get rest is. We just got a new video monitor (the Angelcare® Video Movement & Sound Monitor for Smartphone), which allows me to keep an eye on him when he sleeps upstairs and I’m homeschooling the older kids downstairs.

Food:

Silver is still exclusively breastfed and he clearly is doing well and growing. We are still feeding on demand, and some nights that’s all he wants to do. Right now he tends to eat every two to three hours, and my milk supply is happy and strong.

Milestones:

I swear this boy is going to start crawling soon. My oldest son started crawling at just over 5 months. It seems Silver is going to try and follow this crawl-steps. He is rolling from back to tummy with no troubles, and tummy time doesn’t sound like it’s pure torture to him anymore. He loves to bring small toys to his mouth and hold things — I’m convinced he’s a left-handed baby since that’s the hand he seems to do most with.

What are your favorite things about 4-month-old babies? Share in the comments!

Photo credit: © Devan McGuinness 

Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids real names – they’re online pseudonyms.  Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” byDevan on Facebook!  

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