Sunday, March 11, 2012

4 Months Old!

I say it every month but, how has 4 months passed already!? Cole is growing and changing everyday and getting cuter by the second!

Sleep: Cole is sleeping in his crib now!! Mommy cried the first night but, we survived! He is still sleeping all night and is also still being swaddled. He has been breaking his arms out by the middle of the night and stretching them over his head; so, we tried to put him down without the swaddle. He would be sound asleep in my arms but the minute I laid him down he'd wake up and smile and gurgle at me! :) I repeated the routine 4 or 5 times and he still didn't say asleep. Needless to say, we are still using the swaddle, only at night. He is asleep around 9 p.m. and is sleeping till around 6 a.m.

He is still napping great at daycare, sometimes sleeping two hours at a time mid-morning! He is still being snuggled by Miss Kelly while he sleeps ;)
Eating: Cole is still eating like a champ, eating about every 2-2.5 hours. He used to take 4 bottles during the day while I was at work, but now he is only taking 3. He is still drinking about 5.5 ounces of breast milk. He is still spitting up a ton. I contacted the doctor again with my concerns and she said to try 2 teaspoons rice cereal per 2 ounces in his bottle. I have been reluctant to do so, because I have read and heard a lot of negative things about it. I tried only 1 teaspoon of rice cereal first and it didn't help the spit-up at all. He also seemed very fussy after each bottle with rice. Then, we tried oatmeal because we heard it was easier on the tummy. We have been using it for about a week now and it might be helping a TINY bit. I wanted to make sure we at least tried it before his doctor's appointment next week so I could tell her we at least tried it and then maybe we can come up with a new game plan. I am just so worried his throat/esophagus is raw from so much spit-up, but he's such a HAPPY spitter!

Diaper Size: Still size 2, but I recently bought 3's with some coupons we had.

Clothes Size: Cole is still wearing 3-6 month outfits, I thought for sure he'd be out of them by now!

Other Fun Facts:
*Cole is really holding his head up a lot now! All of a sudden one night during tummy time he just lifted up like a little turtle and there has been no turning back! He even keeps his head up without looking for his fist to insert into his mouth!

*Cole is still pretty obsessed with his hands or any other thing he can put in his mouth, burp cloth, bib, Mommy's sleeve, stuffed toy.... He is also a slobber machine! I'm thinking he is teething!!!
Blowin' bubbles!

*Cole has started to laugh a little. The first report of a "belly laugh" was at Miss Kelly's house. Dave and I have tried pretty much every night since trying to get one, but no success, just a ton of HUGE smiles.  He also laughed at our neighbor Jaime several times and Dave and I finally got to hear it, what a sweet sound! I'm anticipating more in the coming month!

*Cole "officially" rolled over on March 6th. I say "officially" because he technically did it at Miss Kelly's first, but she didn't see it, and if it doesn't happen in front of me, it doesn't happen, haha. She is on strict orders not to tell me about any of his milestones if they happen at her house first. What happens at Miss Kelly's stays at Miss Kelly's. I absolutely hate knowing that I missed his first laugh and first roll while I was at work :( Anyway, on March 6th, we had Cole laying on a towel on his belly, naked (trying to air out a diaper rash situation). He rolled over not once, but TWICE! Dave and I were both right there to see it and Mimi too! Of course, I had to skype Gigi and Pops because his naked-self was just too cute and he rolled over again, so they got to see it too!

*Cole had his first golf-cart ride last weekend at Gigi and Pops. I knew it was just a matter of time before Pops had a golf-cart to take Cole on! Dave helped Pops clean it up and as soon as the sun came out, they were off. Cole enjoyed it, until the sun was in his eyes. Good thing Aunt Crystal and Lexi got him some shades! :)

*Aunt Kitty and Uncle Bobby were kind enough to buy Cole an exersaucer to keep at Gigi and Pops' house! We tried it out while we were visiting and Cole is just a tad too short for it yet but, we can tell he's going to log some time in there this summer bouncing and playing! :)
Cole had to wear his racing suit for Uncle Bobby! :)

Check out these toys! :)

Still hanging on to that patch of dark hair in the back I was born with!

* While we were visiting Gigi and Pops I decided to break out Dad's baby book to check out some pictures. Several people have said they think Cole resembles my Dad, I didn't see it. As we opened the first page of the baby book, our jaws dropped! Cole is the spitting image of Dad as a baby! It is CRAZY! Pops was already BEYOND proud of his grandson, now you can only imagine how tickled he is!

Some other pictures from our visit:
Abby hanging with Cole and I in Pops' garage :)

She slept with us every night, she is so sweet!

Cole and Mom-Mom

* We go for Cole's 4 month check-up and shots :( next week. I will post his official stats then. I can't wait to see how much he weighs. I also really want to find some answers about his spit-up habits and am wondering when she will suggest introducing foods! 

More pics for you to enjoy:

Still has that one dimple!

Found him like this one morning, thought it was funny!

Too Cool on my 4 month birthday walk!