Our little big boy is growing up too fast! It's actually incredible to note the swift developments that have happened, especially in the last 2 weeks.
1. He no longer hates Tummy Time and can play on his stomach for 10 - 20 minutes. It wasn't that long ago that 5 minutes seemed like a never ending torture and I secretly feared that he would never like it. All of a sudden, he's on his tummy and enjoying it. His eyes follow Pico around the room, he plays with his toys (mostly putting them into his mouth), and he has even rolled over a few times!
2. He all of a sudden does not hate his Bumbo seat after 1 minute. His neck strength must have increased 10 fold in the last couple of weeks because now I can set him up in his seat with my nursing pillow encased around it with his toys at his reach (his very own makeshift Exercauser aka "circle of neglect") and he will happily sit and play for 20 minutes. This is fantastic for when I want to eat some breakfast without simultaneously feeding him, or if I need to vacuum, or whatever.
3. He has discovered a newer, MUCH louder way of communicating. We joke that our son speaks only in vowels because his little coos and squeaks have turned into much more insistent AHHHH, OOOOOOO, EEEEEEERRRRRRRR's in the past little while. It's hilarious to listen to, and his little face looks so serious as he tries to tell us whatever it is he is scheming. I notice it gets a little louder as he starts to get a bit tired (not crying in any way, just more insistent), so maybe he's telling me something along those lines. It's quite funny but can get a little loud at times. I must teach him to use his "inside voice" soon ;) In the morning, around 6:30/7 am (his wake up times), we will listen to him chatter away in his crib for 10 or 15 minutes before we go get him (just in case he might want to go back to sleep, as he sometimes does). It's really cute.
4. We borrowed a Jolly Jumper off Melissa and he LOVES IT! It's so fun watching him get his recommended 15 minutes of baby exercise. He looks like a Team America puppet. It never fails to make me laugh. Unfortunately, the one we borrowed is a free standing one and takes up too much room in our wee condo, so I am in the market for a door jam one. I found one at Target (Evenflo brand, I believe) for $25 and I think I'm going to nab it for him because it's too fun to watch our little man tappa tappa tappa and twirl around in it.
5. We started putting him to bed between 7 and 8 on most nights so mom and dad could have a little time to themselves. Not that we don't LOVE spending time with the little fella, it's just mom's arms get a little sore at the end of the day. And I realized he actually SHOULD be going to bed, as I was usually just letting him sleep on me while we watched TV or read (also, after consulting the various local mom groups on FB recently, I learned that everyone else is putting their 4 month olds to bed around 7/730 and not 930/10 like I was). No issues there, other than a little minor fussing, and he is off to dreamland no later than 7 - 8 pm on most nights. I put his fan on so it drowns out any noise we might make, and we have no issues. He then wakes anywhere from midnight to 2 am, depending on when he went to sleep, and then again around 5. So I'm technically up 2 times now, as opposed to once (unless I don't go to bed until he first wakes up, but that's just stupid), but the trade off is some me time at night. He's also now in his hilarious Magic Merlin Sleep Suit I bought online at 3 am one night. It looks like a snow suit. It's meant to transition him from a swaddle (which he now busts out of), to a sleep sack eventually. I used it for the first time last night and I got 4 hours instead of 3 after his first wake up, and he's now been napping in it over an hour, which NEVER happens in the morning. Maybe it WAS a good 3 am online purchase! Time will tell if my $57 was a good investment. This nap is telling me that it was.
6. He can sit unassisted for a few seconds. That's pretty cool to watch. He also loves to stand on his legs. My boy is strong. It's wonderful that he is so determined to do these things, and with a big smile on his face the whole time. He's got kickin legs, just like his daddy.
7. He giggles when I wipe his nuts. This is too funny, but hey, I guess it tickles! He also giggles when we put his toes in his mouth, or if I blow raspberries on his neck. He also likes to run his hands down his dad's stubble. He is so quick to smile, it's really lovely. He is a happy baby.
8. I let him suck on a piece of my carrot and a piece of my apple for a few seconds the other day because he was intently watching me eat my lunch. I was tempted to give him some potato/brussels mash the other night, but need to research more on what foods I can introduce and when. I don't want to rush it, but I am excited to watch him try new things soon. Maybe in another 4 or 5 weeks.
9. We took him SWIMMING at the pool for the first time on Sunday! SO MUCH FUN! Silas loves his baths, so I knew he would love the pool. We got a cute little swim diaper and off we went. We floated him on his back and front, and we even gently dunked him twice in hopes of getting him used to having his face in the water early (we read up on it first - blow in his face, make eye contact, slowly lower him in the water for 1 second, make eye contact and happy expressions upon coming up). Absolutely no issues for him, he loved it. AND, totally passed out afterwards in the car (a nice change from absolutely hating his car seat).
10. He loves animals! Not only does he follow Pico around the room with his eyes, he likes to reach out and pet her (she is getting better at being close to him and being a very good dog, but she has her moments, so needs to be watched). He loves Nana and Grandad's dog Charlie (who will lick his face with his big tongue), and Grandma and Grandpa's cats. The awareness of his surroundings has kicked in and it's so amazing to watch him take in the world around him. I think he will love animals just as much as I do.