Monday, May 14, 2012

4 Months of Mack

laughing for daddy
i am one lucky mama. it's a fact. i have the most precious 4 month old in the world!

mack turned 4 months old on may 5th and i'm just now getting around to blogging about it, because we had family come visit. it was a bit of a disruption for his schedule, but he handled it like a champ and it was so worth it to have that time with my brother and his family!

mack's 4 month check-up was on the 9th. dr. L kept telling me how great he looks and how healthy he is. he's right on track for his size (14lbs 8.5oz/27%  and 25.5" long/61%) and a little bit ahead of the curve with his activity. after his 2 month check-up, she wasn't at all surprised to find out that he's already scooting (finally in a particular direction) and rolling all over the room.

she laughed when i told her how much he's eating now (he's been on 8oz every 4-5 hours since he turned 3 months, but has been wanting to be fed every 3-4 hours in the past couple of weeks). with his bottle being maxed out, she gave us the green light to start spoon feeding him rice cereal. he's a bit on the messy side, but, with a little bit of sugar mixed in for flavor, he's eating it like a champ. i only feed him by spoon once or twice a day, and add a little bit of cereal to each bottle for the other feedings, which he devours.

getting ready for bed
this new addition to his feedings seems to have helped him set his nap routine, though the times are still a bit flexible. he takes one morning and two afternoon naps, the first two for two hours each, the last for an hour.

he is still loving his early bedtime, too. depending on his nap schedule, he goes down for the night anywhere between 5:30 & 6:30 pm. dr. L made sure to point out how lucky we are to have a baby that sleeps for 12-13 hours straight, too. (believe me, i count my blessings every night!)

exercise time has been lots of fun for mack, especially since we introduced him to the johnny jump-up a couple of weeks ago. he still doesn't know that he can actually jump in it, but he immediately figured out that he can turn himself around by taking small steps in the direction of his choice. he loves being in it and stays there for a good 30 minutes (supervised, of course).

i love watching him discover knew things, like grabbing his feet. they have become his latest obsession, along with grabbing my face when within range. he just needs to work on being a bit more gentle. those little nails, even when freshly trimmed, are sharp!

my favorite thing in the world is getting mack out of his crib when he has just woken up. his face lights up as soon as he sees me, like i'm his hero, rescuing him from imprisonment in his crib. his smile seems to stretch across his entire face and his eyes twinkle. it melts my heart every time. i can't help but hold him close to me as i scoop him up into a bear hug. good thing he's extra cuddly when he wakes up. ;)

we love weekends with B. he is such a wonderful daddy! i just wish he could be here every day, so he wouldn't have to miss a moment of mack's life. every time we pick him up from the airport, he tells me how much mack has changed in the past week. i guess it's a lot more noticeable when you go five whole days without seeing him in person.

i am just so beside myself with the constantly growing love i have for my son. there are no words to describe this deeply intense feeling, but i can tell you that it is accompanied by sincere gratitude. i thank my heavenly father every moment of every day for sending mack to us. he truly is a blessing from above.

14 comments:

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

Happy 4 months Mack! What a cutie! Enjoy every moment..it goes by so fast!
Ashley:)

E and R said...

Happy four months!! He is adorable (but you already know that!)

Liz said...

He is so adorable. I love the pic of him in the jumper. His shoes look so big! Sounds like he is growing up so fast and doing awesome.

Stephanie said...

Those pictures are beautiful. He sounds like such a happy baby, you are one lucky mama!

SLESE1014 said...

he's so big!! He's 2 lbs bigger than Raegan at 4 months.... What a super cutie tho!!

Raegan has started feeding herself and it has gotten super messy...can't wait to see your awesome pics when Mack gets to that!!

Fiona aka DRMama said...

He sounds like such an amazing little guy!! :) I LOVE all of these adorable photos. How freaking cute are those sneakers?!? Love them. You should be one very proud mama because he sure sounds like one hell of a kid. Happy 4 months Mack!

Dandelion Breeze said...

Such gorgeous photos of your adorable little man... he's growing up so much :)) Love to you both xoxo

Sarah said...

OMM! (Oh my Mack!) get out with those lil jeans and sneakers in the jumperoo thing. Seriously. Stop the cute train. :) If Sam sleeps 12-14 hrs a day at 4 mths I will donate an organ or something. I would be so happy! Keep the pics coming!

Bridget said...

Getting the baby from the crib is the BEST!! Mack is just adorable and you are so lucky he is a great sleeper (although you deserve it since you are doing this mostly by yourself!).

J o s e y said...

Oooh - I just bought Stella a Jenny Jump-up because of this post. I keep meaning to do this!!

Mack is so dang cute.

J o s e y said...

PS - I cannot IMAGINE a baby sleeping that much. Stella usually takes 2-3 20-30 minute naps and then sleeps from 9pm-7am, getting up twice.

Tiffany said...

CUTEST pictures ever!

kakabeautyblog.com said...

Aww Mack is adorable! the photo of him in the swing thing is heart breaking lol! :)

kakabeautyblog.com said...

Aww Mack is adorable! The photo of him in the swing thingy is so cute! :)

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