Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gideon: 4 Month Update

Age: 4 months old!  Oh man this kid had changed, grown, and just blossomed so much in only 4 weeks since my last update.  In a sentence: WE LOVE GIDDY!!!  This kid is a good and undeserved gift.  What I know about him so far...he is a one-on-one type of kid.  He adores being tossed around, teased, someone trying to make him giggle, and eye contact so he can just tell you about his day.  Large crowds draw out his serious side.  He observes, contemplates, and generally stays pretty quiet in large groups of people.  He loves the action but prefers to take it all in from the sidelines.  Not sure if that will change but for now it's how he rolls.  This kid absolutely loves laughing.  He loves it when you "launch him", pretend to drop him, look away and then surprise him by looking back at him with a big smiling face, and tickle tickle tickles!  I could go on and on and on but the take home message is that this kid is one of a kind and causes absolute wonder and awe in us.

Weight: 19 lbs!!!!  This kid is enormous.  He is often mistaken for being several months older and is currently sitting in the 95th percentile for weight.  He is a chubby bubby who loves his milkies and is the size of several 1 and 1.5 year olds we know.

Length: Just over 26 inches.  Also puts him in the 95th percentile for height.  He's a tall kid and I'm beginning to believe his pediatrician's prediction that he will be 6'4" (insert my wailing at the thought of my baby being able to pick me up!)

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  He wearing size 3 diapers.  Size 6-9 month onsies and pants and shirts.  He can squeeze into a 3-6 month outfit but it is a tight fit!  Before I know it I'm going to have to bust out my 12 month stuff and he's not even 6 months old yet.  I love having a nice sturdy baby on my hands.

Eyes:  Blue blue blue!  My dad said that he noticed a little lightening up in Gideon's eyes towards the center, like a shade of hazel which I can see now too that he's pointed it out.  He often gets compliments on his eyes while we are out and about and my favorite part is just how round they are.  When I nurse him at night it is just the sweetest thing to look down and even in the darkness still see two huge almond shaped eyes staring up at me.  STAHP your cuteness Giddy!

Hair: This child is often mistaken for being bald but in fact he has quite a lot of very soft fuzzy blonde hair on top.  It's just so hard to see so people think he has a bare noggin.  It is red in the back and a little longer too.  Of course he has the the typical bald spot babies get now that he can move his head all over the place.  Most pictures you can really see the red in his hair and I'm hoping it all comes in that color eventually.

Sleeping:  I will say that I think sleeping is something Gideon has gotten very good at the last month.  He sleeps pretty reliably from 6:00 or 6:30 pm until around 10:00 pm when I dream feed him.  Then maybe wakes up for a 2:00 comfort feed but he generally sleeps until 5:00 am without another peep.  He eats at 5:00 am and then it's back to sleep until about 7:00 am.  I'm noticing the last few nights he likes to talk in his crib for a little longer that usual so maybe he's adjusting his bedtime closer to 7:00 pm.  We'll just go with the flow and see what he needs.

During the day I can usually count on 1 nice long nap of 1.5-2 hours and two other shorter naps of 30-45 minutes.  I'm working with him to lengthen those 30 minute naps because they just aren't restful for him.  I would say he's a great sleeper and all his smiles tell me he's a well rested kid!

Eating:  The thing that Gideon is best in life at is eating! Besides being super swoony and handsome, or course.  He eats every 2-2.5 hours during the day time now which is wondrous!  I have time now to run to the gym with Ryan on his lunch hour, accomplish several errands at once, or make a trip to the library without worrying about him.  He's definitely in a stage of preferring to be swaddled up in his own room in the dark to eat his best meals.  He'll nurse a bit somewhere else but mostly he just squirms and cries and doesn't eat much of anything when we aren't home.  Lucky for that kid we are home a lot and our outings are short but I won't be sad when he gets over that.

This kid REFUSES a bottle with a will power that I did not know existed.  I do appreciate his strong will and ability to stand strong on his opinions ;)  At this point everything I'm reading says to just forget the bottle now that he's 4 months.  We are going to try to do a few early learning sippy cups and straws because I want to be working 1 day a week soon and I need him getting calories while I'm gone.  Gideon has taught me a lot of about patience with the bottle, to introduce it earlier, and that I have a mega boobie monster on my hands!

Milestones:  At 15 weeks Gideon rolled over from front to back.  He's rolled about 5 times total so far and is still surprised at his own ability ha!  He has perfect head control, likes to sit in his bumbo, and is obsessed with standing.  I can't convince him to sit even when he's swaddled up and I'm burping him.  I told him I feel like I'm burping a miniature mummy! He has found his fingers and loves to chew on them and hold his own hand. He mimics facial expressions, smiles, hold eye contact, knows when he is about to be fed, and anticipates nighttime routine pretty well.  He's a smart kid and incredibly curious and bright. 

Memorable outings:  Once or twice a week Gideon has started coming to the climbing gym with us and hangs out in his GoPod while we climb or on a blanket staring up at the huge wall.  At 17.5 weeks Gideon met Santa and sat on his lap.  So sweet!  We have mostly been home the last few weeks with all of the holidays happening but I anticipate some mountain outings and hikes as he gets older.

Favorite toys/activities:  Favorite toys include his bouncer, laying in his little cloth floor gym and looking at the Christmas tree, sitting in his bumbo while mama cooks dinner, and going for rides in the stroller.  His ALL TIME favorite activity is bubble baths with dad.  Every single night we do a bubble bath with this delicious smelling organic bubble bath and it's his dad-time right before bed.  Ryan tells Gideon about his day and they catch up while Gideon kicks, splashes, and eats more bubble than he should.  I get a little break before our bedtime routine and it really relaxes Gid before bed.

He loves to chew on a teething necklace his Grammy bought him, his Sophie giraffe, and he'll gum (but not really suck) on a Nuk pacifier.  One of my favorite activities is putting Gid in his bouncer and then I pull up a giant pile of library books and I read to him while he bounces and looks at the pictures.  We do it every day and probably read 15 books a week.  

Words/sounds:  This kid LOVES to talk!  "Ha-goo" is still his go-to phrase of greeting which is adorable.  He mimics vowels and random sounds he hears.  He has been laughing for quite awhile now but he has the absolute best belly laugh and little giggles you have ever heard.  I send at least one video a day to his daddy and other family members of that sweet sound.

Nicknames:  New ones this month...Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments:  Just today I must have surprised Gideon because I sort of popped into his line of vision and with a huge smile said something like "HEY YOU!"  He just laughed and laughed and laughed!  It was the cutest thing and he had Ryan and I just cracking up at his joy.  I laugh when he sneezes and then farts.  We laugh when something scares him and his eyes widen up and his arms flail out.  We crack up at his giggles when daddy launches him into the air like a rocket or mommy pretends to drop him.  Both must make his tummy drop and tickle and he lets us know! 

Looking forward to:  This is absolutely such a fun stage that I hate to always be thinking about "the next stage".  Every time I see him conquer a new skill or gain new dexterity or memory it makes me excited to see him accomplish the next milestone though.  I look forward to him crawling so he can explore, gaining more interest in reading, getting to experience solid foods in a few months because I just think he will have so much fun playing with and tasting foods.

If I haven't said it enough, I'll say it again:  THIS KID IS THE BEST!

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