Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mason Mitchell: 4 Months

Age: 4 months
Height: 25" (51st percentile)
Weight: 12lbs 8oz (8th percentile)

Nicknames: Mase, Mase-a-roo, Mase-a-roodle

Milestones: Mason will reach his arm out to grab a toy that's near him now!  He giggles, shrieks, and squeals.  He does great with tracking objects and will turn his head to watch where they go.  He almost always is watching big bro Carson!  Mason learned to roll over this month (tummy to back) at 16 weeks.  He also rolls from back to side a lot, but hasn't quite figured out how to get all the way to his tummy.  He's a pro at tummy time and is always up on his elbows with his head held high...he actually seems to enjoy tummy time!  He definitely recognizes faces now and his face lights up for Mommy, Daddy, and Carson!  Mason also found his feet this month!  He loves holding on to them and even putting them in his mouth sometimes.

Sleep: We've finally started to get on a little bit of a schedule!  I used the "EASY" schedule with Carson so I decided to do the same with Mason.  EASY stands for Eat-Activity-Sleep-"Your" Time.  I'll do another blog post on this soon!  Thanks to the EASY schedule, Mason is pretty good about napping 3ish times a day.  He usually naps in the swing, rock'n'play, or car seat (when we're out and about).  Once we have his schedule nailed down I'll start the transition to the crib.  He gets his last feeding between 7:30-8:30pm and goes down to bed shortly after (almost always before 9pm).   Most nights he sleeps through the night (WOOHOO) and wakes up around 6-7am.  

Best Moment: Every time Mason rolls over he has this look of surprise like "What just happened?!"  It's so cute!  I also love seeing him play in the mirror and talk to himself.  It's great to see his face light up when I get into his line of vision, too!

Health:  Mason's spit up just depends on the day.  Some days we'll have great days with minimal spit up, other days he goes through 5 outfits.  It's definitely much improved!

Eating: Mason nurses 5-6 times a day, typically for about 20-25 minutes.  He's not a huge fan of bottles but that's probably because we rarely give them to him.  When I say rarely, I think he's had 4 or 5 attempted bottles ever.  I feel fortunate that at this point, we don't need to give him bottles.  

Sizes: Mason can still fit in most 0-3/3 month clothes, but we've started transitioning to 3-6/6 months.  His jammies are definitely 6 month size because he's too long for the 3 month size!  He's still wearing size 1 diapers.  We tried switching to 2's and I had to majorly overlap the little flaps.  Skinny buddy!  I'm thinking he might be ready when we're done with our current box and we'll just overlap for now.  He goes through about 6-7 diapers a day.

Things I want to remember: Mason actually is starting to love tummy time!  I think it's largely in part to a mirror we put in the playroom so he can watch himself play.  He's still a total blankie baby and loves holding onto soft things.  He sometimes will be fussy and restless and then when I give him a blankie (A&A) he immediately calms down and starts to drift off.  It's so cute!  I need to get a few little A&A lovies!  Mason is SO happy and will almost always give me a huge open mouth smile when I walk up to him.  He is a great baby and we can even put him down for the night while he's awake and he'll slowly drift off to sleep.  Sometimes he needs rocked with some music, but who can complain about that?!  Mason has decided he is not a paci baby and he loves to suck on his fingers.  They're in his mouth probably 70% of the time!

Favorite Toys: piano playmat, o-ball, crinkle books, various rattles, "Look Look" black and white book, mirror, winkel rattle toy.  


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