4 Months old! Holy Crap! I expected a lot of stuff when my children came into the world, but I didn’t expect for them to grow so quickly! I can’t believe it! I wish they would take their time and stop growing, at least for a little while. But alas, children grow!
Noah is my main man! As a mother, I don’t have a favorite, I just love each one differently, and Noah, he’s my sidekick. My mini-me for sure! He is my active baby, spending 15-20 minutes on the floor on his tummy, looking at himself in the mirror, reaching for pretty much anything he can get his hands on, and being the easier (and less needy) of our twins. He is super alert, getting up at around 6:30-7am (giving me just enough time to cuddle with him and give him tons of kisses before I head out to work for the day). He loves singing really loudly, and cooing to himself, or to his sister, or to the cat, or really to just about anyone who will listen. He is all smiles most of the day, and hardly ever cries. He’s a grunter, and slowly, we have figured out what his little grunts mean. This kid is a laugher too. The squeals he produces when he thinks something is hysterical are just so great. Can totally brighten up even the gloomiest days. He loves playing in his exersaucer, and looking at the bright flashing lights and pressing anything that will result in music or noise. And the thumb sucking…so bad, but oh so freaking cute!
At his 4 month check up, he was weighing in at 13.47 pounds and measuring 25inches long. The Dr. said that his Torticolis isn’t anything to be concerned about since we have been working with him diligently since his 1 month check-up, and now that he is spending more time on his belly and stretching and working his neck muscles, it should all sort itself out. She also said that he doesn’t need a helmet/orthotic band either, at least not yet, and that the shape of his head has improved lots since the last visit at their 2 month check-up. But really, the best thing about this little guy are those cheeks! Oh, those cheeks! LEVI JAMES
Levi is our squishy boy. His favorite place to be is his belly on my chest, with his cheek pressed to my nose or lips. He absolutely HATES tummy time and will barely do 5 minutes without having a complete red faced melt down. Either way, we let him cry it out for a few minutes (as long as he is fed and dry), because even a little flailing is helping his muscles get a little stronger. He is our silent observer. He looks at everything around him with a very watchful and curious eye. He is hardly ever seen without his Mico (little monkey Wubbanub) and his Owl Wubbie (also sporting a Soothies paci), and will promptly have a meltdown if he realizes that it isn’t within arms reach. He is holding up his head pretty well and prefers to be sitting in his Bumbo than being on his tummy. He’s not as vocal as his brother, but he makes up for it with how great he is with holding onto things and reaching and playing with all of the toys hanging from his play mat. He is such a smiley boy, and is rarely in a bad mood. And all the chins he makes when he smiles (which is pretty often) are totally the best!
At his 4 month check up, he was weighing in at 13.29lbs, and also 25 inches long and really closing in on his brother. They have always been about 6oz. apart, but little Macho is catching up! We were concerned that his little (I say TINY but Callie gets super mad at me, because I’m “gonna give him a complex”) penis went inverted all the time (he was circumcised and we were concerned something was wrong) but according to our doctor, he has a really “fluffy” piece on his lower abdomen that is making his penis look smaller then it really is. She manipulated the “fluff” a little, and voila! I wasn’t expecting that! So really, I have two little guys that are well endowed! I was totally concerned! We also expressed our concern about his hate of tummy time, but she said he was doing just fine and nothing to be worried about. Our little Macho Man is living up to his name, strong and tough (and apparently packin!)<—-also, not sure what i pressed to make this bold, but ummm, yeah…
They are finally, for the first time, starting to notice each other. Levi rarely notices Noah, but Noah is all about trying to get his brothers attention. He laughs at him, bangs in his general directions, yells at him and coos at him, but half the time Macho doesn’t even notice. It wasn’t until Levi had no more food in his bowl, and Nene had food left in his that he wasn’t eating, that Levi looked over at him, grunted, and then smiled. I think that was my cue to give him the rest of his brothers food. And since we are on the topic, REAL FOOD! This is one of my favorite things in the world. Seeing a baby with food all over their face and really enjoying it makes me so incredibly happy. That is the case for Levi. He LOVES eating cereal. When we sit them in their new high chairs (which have also become their favorite places to be this past week- even rocking them forever can’t put them to sleep like these high chairs do, it’s so weird!), he starts kicking his legs and cooing and yelling so loudly waiting for his food. We introduced peas for the first time at last nights dinner, and Noah wasn’t having any of that either! He does not like real food AT ALL. We have to trick him by giving him a few sips of his bottle first and sneaking in a spoonful here and there. I can’t wait till they start trying a ton of other stuff. So far they eat and like (at least Levi does) Oatmeal cereal, bananas and now peas.
All in all, these handsome little guys are healthy, growing stronger and smarter by the minute, and really giving us a hard time with this 4 month sleep regression thing. Noah is still sleeping through the night (7:30pm-5am) but Levi has taken to staying awake, grunting and cooing in the pack and play from 12-2am for the past week, sleeping on and off for 3 hours,and then is officially away for the day at around 5 am. You can only imagine the joy that Callie and I are experiencing! But even the regression in sleep is showing that they are right on target and where they should be. And even at 2am, when they are screaming loudly and scaring the crap out of us, leaning over into the crib and seeing them all smiles when they see us, makes it all ok….