Today, you are four months old. Time is flying. This morning when I went into your room because you were waking up, I could see you trying to squirm your way out of your swaddling blanket, and both of your little fists were scratching at your face. Thank goodness I had socks on your hands so you didn’t end up with more scratches on your head. For some strange reason as soon as you wake up you reach your hands to the sides of your head/face and rake your fingernails into the skin. Most of the time you look like you got into a fight with an alley cat. I try to keep smothering you with all kinds of creams and lotions and anti-itch salves…I think it helps a little bit. Your dad says I am “constantly rubbing stuff” on you. But your skin feels so dry I can’t help it! I don’t want you to be itchy- my skin is dry too and I know how irritating that is!
You weigh 17 pounds and are so big! You’re starting to really love standing up with our help and you love your exersaucer. Anytime you’re in a bad mood I just try to change your position, or get you to see things from a different perspective. You seem to like that. You are now wearing 6 month old clothing- pretty early! And we’re pretty sure you’ve started teething. You chomp and chomp on your hands and fingers, which is giving you red chapped cheeks (something else for me to rub lotion on) from all the slobber. A bunch of other weird things started happening in the past week or so which we are assuming go along with teething. You’ve had a low fever, have been incredibly fussy, not sleeping as much, and a diaper rash. I hate seeing you so uncomfortable, and it’s a bummer because you still haven’t mastered holding onto things very well, so teething rings don’t really work. Today was the first day that you seem mostly back to normal. I guess your teeth move a bit before breaking through the skin so hopefully you’ll feel good for a few days at least.
You still love your baths, and even though you manage to get pretty stinky (for a baby) I’m trying to not bathe you EVERY day now, since your skin is so dry. It’s hard though, knowing how much you enjoy the bathtime. I love coming home from work and doing our routine- bath, bottle and bed. Sometimes I throw a book or two in there too. You like to read the Peek-a-Book Baby Book, On the Day you Were Born, and The Bellybutton Book. I love laying on our bed with you and watching you look at the pages. Your dad also reads books with mostly Dr. Suess, which I think is his favorite.
Speaking of your father, he is obviously your favorite, as your face lights up EVERYtime you see him. You and he have smiling conversations that go on and on for quite a while. You’re a man’s-man so far…you also really respond to your uncles and Grandpa Lee. Watching you with your dad is hilarious though- you follow him with your eyes all around a room. He plays you Bob Marley and Pinback cds in your room, and tells me to turn off the radio when I’m singing country songs and slow dancing with you to the country music station.
You love it when I sign the ABC’s to you, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Open them Shut Them…anytime I use my hands you watch with amazement.
I’ve watched you roll over from your stomach to back several times but you are still not a fan of tummy time. You would much rather stand up than do anything else. You’re not a very cuddly baby, which is okay because I suppose I wasn’t either. But at night, when I’m alone with you in your room, you snuggle in close to me and breathe your stinky milk breath into my face through your little o-shaped mouth and it just melts me.
I have never, in my life, ever loved anyone the way I love you and I can’t wait for all the other exciting things that are coming up in the next few months. I think about how last year at this time I didn’t even know you were about-to-be. It’s amazing that now you’re here- and life’s still a party- just a different kind of party. 🙂 We’ll be starting you on food soon.. and then your first Christmas, and the New Year, and your dad and I are taking you swimming…so much to look forward to. You are the light of our lives and I am so thankful that you’re here.