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June, 2014:

Relaxing in Flight

Holding hands with Daddy makes everything better

Cooper is really starting to relax more during our airplane trips. We took advantage of Rob working from home to head out this afternoon for another quick family flight. Today he was looking out the window instead of having his head pressed against the back of the car seat. We even got him to sing a song and smile at us.   The highlight of all flights for Cooper is getting to see Daddy use the “airplane lawnmower” to push the plane back into the hangar.

4 Months

Stats: Length – 26.25″ (90%) Weight – 16 lbs. 1 ounce (74%) Head Circumference – 17″ (74%) We have finally found a stuffed animal to take monthly pictures with to show Nicholas’ growth this first year. Welcome Wally! Development: Nicholas loves to sit up in the Bumbo or on your lap. His favorite position to be carried is in your arms facing out. We have started carrying him more in the Bjorn facing forward because his neck is getting so strong and he loves to look around. Tummy time is actually enjoyable in small spurts for him now. He loves to grab and bat at the toys on his play mat. One of his favorite activities is to sit in his bouncy chair, while we eat, and use his legs to bounce/kick the blanket off of him over and over again. Smiling/Crying: He is smiling a lot more and loves to smile at others while being held by his Mama. His cries are primarily before falling asleep, waking up after a long nap wanting to eat and when he needs to burp. Pooping: Predictable two “outfit changers” a day. One is a morning treat for Daddy to greet him when he gets out of the shower. Nicholas’ first feeding is typically done in our room so we can keep Cooper sleeping as late as possible. The second outfit change typically happens after the longer afternoon nap at 3ish. Eating: Our boy loves to eat and is pretty consistent about letting exactly 120 minutes lapse before he requests another meal. It is around this age that rumor has it they may start eating less frequently, but we will have to wait and see. His last feeding is close to 7:30pm for the night. Nicholas continues to be less and less of a fan of the bottle. We are going to keep trying so we can get Mama some freedom and Nicholas some variation in who feeds him. Sleeping: We are now putting Nicholas down for the night around 8 or 9pm and he is waking up at 5:30 or 6am. He recently had a cold and has started waking up to eat at 3am each morning. The waking up in the middle of the night has outlasted the congestion so we are going to keep our fingers crossed he will start sleeping through the night again soon. Notes from our doctors visit: Nicholas is growing consistently and still on the bigger side of the curve. He giggled when the doctor did the hip-flexor test. When we mentioned that he has recently been waking up in the night, the doctor asked if we are considering sleep training. He felt with his history of crying so much that he will be very difficult to sleep train so if we are interested we should start early. Note: When we heard this out we started that night 🙂 We had Cooper go first to get his shot and he didn’t even cry. He started to cry when Nicholas started to cry from his shots though.  

Friends Old and New

What a special day. The boys and I headed to my dear friend Alison’s house to meet her little girl Annika. Alison is my oldest friend as our parents met in baby group; her birthday is the day after mine. It is pretty crazy to think that the friends we have made in baby group could be long time friends of Cooper’s and he could get together with them when they have kids of their own. This afternoon we headed to Madeleine’s house to help her celebrate her big 2nd birthday. Cooper was extra sweet to her on her special day.

Photo credit: Amanda

He can reach their door bell and was very proud of it.

Photo credit: Amanda

This evening Nicholas and Mama headed to Seattle for bookclub while Daddy and Cooper enjoyed dinner at Taco Time together. It is definitely more effort to enjoy girl time with a non-bottle taking Nicholas in tow, but totally worth it. Cooper loved having special Daddy time too. Daddy ordered Cooper a bean soft taco, but they gave him beef which made quite the mess at the restaurant. He didn’t feel as bad though since he had ordered the less messy beans in the first place. Cooper happily finished off the kid soft taco with no trouble… What are we going to do when his appetite increases?