This month we did something with you that we have never done with any of our other babies. We took you to day care. Never mind that it’s just next door. Never mind that, what with putting you down to nap at our house and Grandpa taking you over when you wake up you are there just long enough to make it full time (over 5 hours). Never mind that I come home on my lunch break and feed you.
It is just very weird. The good news is that you seem to sleep better now, can take a bottle, and seem to be generally happy. This bodes well for when I enter clinicals and am gone from 5 am to 4 pm and then have to write up my notes. Our first child to take a bottle. I am so proud. Other notable events included your brother’s 7th birthday and a visit from Uncle Peter.
You are right at 15.5 pounds, with the most delectable rolls of wrist fat. Grandpa has you doing leg and arm exercises, but they are no match against your delightful baby rolls. I feel like you have gotten so big, so manly, in a Michelin man sort of way. Your ears aren’t quite as flush against your head as they were, giving you a Yoda-esque look.
You discovered your hands this month and spend a great deal of time staring at them. Sometimes you watch, mesmerized, as your fists pass in front of your face and then go cross eyed as they meet in the middle.
I picture it as the baby equivalent of an epic scene from Star Wars. All you see is stars and the vastness of space and then, out of the darkness… the Death Star appears! You look at your hands with great wonder and in the past few days I have noticed you sending speculating glances towards your toes. Those… things. They seem so far away but maybe they are attached too? I can’t wait for you to start chewing on your toes.
Your brothers and sisters still like you. Lily likes to choose your pjs and clothes and Isaac likes to scoop you up and hold you. Your expression tends to mirror your feeling about the trustworthiness of whichever sibling is paying attention to you. I wouldn’t trust a two year old with a stethoscope around her waist either.
Jonathan will generally pat your head when he notices you. You can roll over. Sometimes. You can also push yourself with your feet, which has led to some unfortunate situations for you as you push off your tummy time blanket and face plant on the floor. You have very nice head and neck support and I try to remember to put you on your tummy whenever I think about it. You have been sleeping really well lately, in 7 and 8 hour stretches, which I so appreciate.
You have they most delightful smile and laugh. You laugh and snort when I run my fingers from your tummy to your chin, when we lift you high in the air, and when I suddenly bring you close to my face. Your laugh is my favorite right now. Last night I was lying on my back with you propped against my knees as you did baby rowing. I held your hands and moved you forward and back and you thought it was hilarious.
Your smile appears out of nowhere and often you stick your tongue out as well. You are a shameless flirt, leaving broken hearts and a trail of drool in your wake. Everything makes you open your mouth. It’s fun to kiss your cheeks over and over because you open your mouth wide, like a baby bird, each time.
You like to have something in your mouth; your hand, a blanket, anything you can make contact with, but you won’t take a pacifier.
Last night we got a fairly defined “hi” out of you. I remember with Isaac that when that happened we felt like we must have a genius baby on our hands. Now the sounds are just fun. I love hearing you make sounds (this month you added the age appropriate “agoo” and “gah” to the mix). You are very loud. Loud when you talk and even louder when you vocalize your complaints, generally when you feel ignored or if you’ve spent too much time on your belly. You have voice inflection down and you truly believe in what you are saying.
You have started actually touching things with your hands. A few nights ago as I was lying next to you on the bed you reached over and touched my face. These are the things I cherish now that I’m on my fourth baby.