Little man N at 4 months old

So here it is. N is now 4 months old. A third of a year. I said it last month – I will probably say it every month. Time. Slow. Down. Please.
It’s amazing to see how he is growing each month, and about now he is developing his own little personality. He is becoming so cheeky already. When he is going to sleep – or more like we’re trying to get him to sleep – he will eventually nod off but this is just a tease. A couple of minutes later he will open his eyes, look up at you, and give the cheekiest little grin! You can’t help but smile back at him though. Little monkey.
He has had his 16 week vaccinations. This time he only had the one in each leg, and not the oral one. I think he has been worse with them each time, unlike his brother who seemed to get better. Though he hasn’t seemed as bad afterwards. At least that’s it now until he turns one!
He isn’t sleeping as long in the day now. His naps range from 30 – 90 minutes long and then he’s awake for 2-3 hours in between. Though recently he’s sometimes been awake for as long as 4.5 hours! He is still (mostly) sleeping through the night. He goes down between 7-8 pm and generally wakes up between 5-6 am, has his bottle, a kick & a chatter, then goes back to sleep. He will wake in the night on the odd occasion but we can’t really complain. If he does then he usually comes in with us. since he has been sleeping through, he hasn’t spent as much time in our bed – I miss it!
He is constantly trying to sit himself up. I mentioned in his 3 month update that he would pull himself up if we held his hands – he is so much better at that now and so happy with himself when he does it. But now, he also tries to sit himself up from laying down. His little head and legs come up off the floor with a few grunts!
He has started rolling, which I wasn’t expecting as he just did it one day out of the blue without even trying. He managed to roll front to back, but he still hasn’t mastered back to front. It will come with time though, his brother didn’t even roll for the first time until 5 months!
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Little man N at 3 months old

I can’t believe N is 3 months old already. That’s a quarter of a year! No, I refuse to believe it. Time must slow down now! 

N is gaining weight steadily now and heading along the 75th centile – he was on the 25th when he was born! When he turned 3 months he was around the 15 lb mark, so he has more than doubled his birth weight and is a proper chunk now, just like his brother was! He’s in his his brothers 3-6 months clothes now and even some of those are getting small for him!

He obviously loves his milk, and now has 8oz at a time, every 3-4 hours still – any less and he screams blue murder! But then because he’s so greedy, he brings half of it back up, usually all down my chest… lovely!

He has also had his second lot of vaccinations. I think these ones went worse than the first ones, he just wouldn’t stop crying and wouldn’t even have his bottle to calm him down, poor little fella. Only one more lot to go now until he turns 1, thank goodness!

I mentioned in his last update that he was co-sleeping a lot. We haven’t done as much since then, I think that’s mainly because he has started sleeping through the night! He goes down with J around 7 pm and then goes until 4.30 am, but usually goes back to sleep after his bottle. If he does wake in the middle of the night for a feed he usually goes straight back down without a fuss, I guess he’s what they’d call a “good baby” (I hate that!). Sometimes though if whoever had fed him is too tired to even get back out of bed, he’ll snuggle in with us, which I am glad of really as I’ve mentioned before, I do love co-sleeping.

The poor wee soul has started teething already, he has had a lot of hand chewing going on, and is very dribbly. We have an amber anklet on the way and are currently reviewing some teething gel so hopefully we’ll be able to take away the pain a bit, it’s awful seeing him like he is at such a young age.

We are getting proper chuckles from him now, and he’s a chatty boy! He loves to talk to himself in the mirror on his play mat. He loves us bouncing him from knee to knee and gives us some proper chesty laughs, it is oh so cute. He also loves us blowing raspberries on his belly and cheeks. I forgot how cute the “doing funny things to make them chuckle” baby stage is!

He is getting a strong boy now and will sit himself up if he is laid down and we hold his hands. He’s not so keen on tummy time (his brother never really was either so took what felt an age to roll over) but when he has it, he loves to hold his head up to have a good look around. Which leads me to say he hates being laid down now, he much prefers sitting up as he is so nosy!

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Little man N’s first vaccinations

N turned 8 weeks old on Saturday, so yesterday he was booked in to have his first lot of vaccinations. As I did with J, I was dreading it, though I think they upset me more! 

First though we had to see the doctor for his check up. When I laid him on the couch for her she exclaimed “He’s tall isn’t he!” as he filled the whole width! He is tall though, just like his Daddy and big brother. She was happy with everything and how he is growing, though she said she was going to give me a prescription for a cream (Timodine cream) for his nappy rash which won’t seem to disappear (and another prescription for Calpol to give him after his injections). When she’d finished we went back to sit down at her desk whilst she filled his red book in, and he started crying a little so I cuddled him to get him to sleep as he was tired. She said “Are you sure he isn’t hungry?” and I replied that he was just tired as he’d only just been fed, but then she said it again so I got his bottle out just to satisfy her (groan). As expected though, he just pushed it away! I cuddled him some more and he quietened down and started closing his eyes. “Oh you were right” she said, “It seems Mum’s really do know best”; – yes they do, fancy that!

We had to go and wait back out in reception before his injections as the nurse was still with someone else. He was asleep so I was hoping that he wouldn’t really notice when she put the needle in. Before she gave his injections in his legs, she gave him an oral liquid – this was new to me as it was only introduced last year so J never had it (the same with the Calpol prescription). He wasn’t keen at first and crinkled his face but then he must have thought it was food and he complied! Then it was time for his legs. I’d dressed him in a loose legged romper so I didn’t have to disturb him too much afterwards. I held him to me and in went the needle – he really did not like it, poor baby! I soothed him though whilst she prepared the second one and he calmed down. Then came the next one. He screamed so much more than with the first one and it did bring a tear to my eye. He wouldn’t settle so I gave him his bottle and he eventually calmed down and went back to sleep. 

When we got home I gave him some Calpol when he woke up as he was fairly grumpy. He slept most of the day but had perked up a bit by evening and was giving me lots of smiles and chatter. Today he has slept a lot though so they must kicking in again. 

Now I will just await the appointment for his next ones…

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