Friday, December 4, 2009

Trotwood at 4 months

On Monday we had Trotwood's 4-month checkup. Our little boy weighed in at 14.8 lbs (50th percentile) and 25.5 inches long (75th percentile). A few weeks ago, Mr. Rochester and I figured that Trotwood must have been gaining weight because our backs started aching again from holding him. For awhile there, our bodies had gotten used to carrying him around but then we he started growing again. He doesn't really fit into his 3 month size clothes anymore but still fits the 3-6 month category. I still haven't tried him in any of his 6 month size clothes because they just look too big for him around the middle although I think the length would probably fit him.

Trotwood is doing so much better sleeping at night these days although he still fights his daytime naps. I am so glad that we are past those nightmarish first six weeks when nobody at our house really slept and we couldn't figure out how to get him to stop crying. It's amazing how much his sleeping patterns have changed in just a few short months! In fact, the past few days Trotwood has slept almost 10 hours each night without waking up! We are keeping our fingers crossed that this lasts over into the weekend. For some reason, Trotwood will sleep really well during the week, but then on the weekend, when we want to sleep in (according to his weekday schedule), he wakes up at random times or doesn't want to go back to sleep.

It truly has been an absolute delight for us to continue to become acquainted with our little baby boy! It is so neat how much his little personality shows even at such an early age. Here are some things I have noticed about him.

Trotwood:

  • smiles and laughs a lot! He seems to be a happy baby most of the time.
  • loves making noises and "talking" to you through his series of grunts, squeals, coos, and sighs. He equally seems to enjoy it when you respond to him in his own "language".
  • is a social baby. He loves going places, seeing new things, and even seeing new people. I honestly think he gets bored at our house and he doesn't mind it at all when new people hold him as long as they pay attention to him! (Okay, Danielle, you really were the exception and I think it was just because he was so so tired when we got to your house that day.)
  • hates taking daytime naps. I suspect this is because he does not want to miss out on anything. And do you think he can really help feeling that way when he has such a fun daddy who loves to play with him?
  • wants to wiggle and play all the time. Trotwood is not much of a cuddler. He wants you to be actively engaged in playtime with him!
  • enjoys getting his diaper changed. A few months ago, Trotwood hated getting his diaper changed but since then, I think we kind of made it into "playtime on the changing table" and he just loves it now. As soon as we lay him on the changing table for a diaper change, he starts smiling and kicking his legs out. It's so funny too because sometimes his torso is still and his arms are motionless at his side so when he starts kicking his legs out, Trotwood looks like he is Irish dancing on the changing table. When he does this, we like to call him the "Riverdance baby" (for my birthday this year, Mr. Rochester took me to see Riverdance when it was in town so we witnessed the real thing firsthand).
  • loves being naked! {Who doesn't, right?}