Cole 4 Months Old

In turn second child fashion, I’m only now getting Cole’s 4 month update on the blog!

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He turned 4 months on April 10th. Oops!

Stats

He had his 4 month well check and is still a long dude at 27″ (98th) and 15 lbs 3 oz. (50th). He’s in 6- 9 month clothing and out growing items lengthwise on a daily basis it seems.

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He is very social and quite generous with smiles now (though I’m failing at capturing many of them!) And, he is working so hard on rolling over, holding his head up, doing supermans, etc. I think his little brain is on over drive at times.

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The activity mat is still a useful, though he tires more quickly with it.

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Cooper is the best baby sitter, by the way.

This bouncer is still very useful, especially if I need to shower or Jada wants to go in our “big bath tub”.

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As you can see from the picture, he’s noticing more and more every day!

Sleep

After I wrote his 3 month update, he starting sleeping through the night! We dropped the HALO SleepSack and exclusively use the Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.

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It’s so funny looking, but it works! Until he figures out how to roll over, I’m not giving it up!

However, we recently had a bump in the road with sleep. We noticed he was drooling more and a bit clingy.

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By the way, I purchased a set of these bandana drool bibs (shown above) because his shirts were drenched in the front. They work like a charm.

Well, it turns out he has two little front teeth coming in! I feel like this is super early, so the sleeping thing is not as consistent. He is waking at least once a night now and naps are a bit touch and go. I also got an amber teething necklace based on some recommendations from many of you on social media and have used it only a few days.

Eating

Breast feeding is going well again, and he is a contact baby. He loves to be held and snooze until he’s full. We have the okay to introduce foods, but I haven’t done that yet or I’m just being lazy.

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I nursed Jada till 16 months, but never intended to go over a year. We were moving (Omaha, NE to Champaign, IL) and I didn’t want her to have one more transition to face, so we just kept it up. Only night feedings the last 4-5 months.

I plan to nurse Cole at least a year and go from there. It does get easier when feedings become less frequent.

Mom Life

Oy vey! There are days where I feel like I have to “be on” all the time and get pretty worn down.

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Spencer is in season and travels a ton, over night, long weekends. So there are loooooong stretches where it is just me.

We obviously didn’t anticipate him getting his first head coaching position the same year we added a second child! Lots of learning curves involved folks.

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It kills him to be gone, especially when Cole changes by the day.

I know I may sound like a broken record, but my workouts keep me sane and center me.

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Even if it’s only 20 minutes, a workout like this gets me energized for the day. I feel stronger, more focused, and less anxious.

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