Naps: Two, 2-2.5 hour naps and one cat nap (about 45 minutes) in the evening before bed.
Feeding: Both nursing and bottle feeding breast milk. Eats four times a day, 7-9 oz at each feeding
Clothing: 6 month
Bedtime: 8 p.m. Sleeps 12 hours consistently each night.
Eli is still both breastfed and bottle fed. After breastfeeding being pretty frustrating last month, I think we've just started to find a new routine that we're both happy with. I breastfeed him each morning, then the other three feedings are bottle fed. Last month I wrote about fear of losing my supply and that theme has continued through this month, but as of this week I'm hoping we're out of the woods. I'm not storing any extra, but I am able to keep up with him most days. It's been a ton of work to get my supply back up, but I'm hopeful that it's back for good.
Eli continues to be a great sleeper - especially at night. He's still sleeping from 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. I don't think I had to go to him one time in the middle of the night this month! Sometimes he'll wake up around 6 a.m. and play in his crib, then he falls back asleep until 8, but that's about it. Sometimes, he'll even sleep till 9 a.m. It's so nice to just walk into his room in the morning and find him playing in there. He greets me with the BIGGEST smile and it's probably one of the best parts of my day.
For naps, there have been a couple weeks in there where he was waking up early, like an hour into it. It wasn't a huge deal, but it wasn't normal. Plus, he was waking up crying, and I know that when he wakes up crying, he hasn't had enough sleep. When he has, he just plays in his crib until I come get him. So on the days he was waking early, I would try to go in and get him to go back down to sleep, but he just ended up crying harder, so I usually gave up and let him get up early. I'm not sure what it was all about but it stopped last week, so I'm hoping it was just a phase.
He's rolling! Well, sort of. He's done it exactly five times in the past two weeks, from stomach to back - believe it or not I caught video of the very first time. Eli's always super chill about it, looking at me like I'm crazy while I hoot and holler around about how "proud mommy is!" He'll usually just smile casually, then start pumping his legs and arms up and down in the air because he's so glad he's back on his back. Tummy Time is going so much better, he'll lay on his stomach for up to 20 minutes at a time, depending on his mood and he really does enjoy it. It's such a difference from the past few months! He's also getting way better with his hand-eye-coordination, pulling everything straight to his mouth. The other thing I've noticed about Eli is his little body tends to chunk up, then stretch out - clearly he's in the "chunk up" stage right now, but I'm betting in another couple weeks he'll lengthen out again.
Over the course of the past two months, I started noticing the back of Eli's head flattening out. His head was still symmetrical, there was just a flat spot centered right on the back. Fearful it was getting worse and wanting to be proactive, I took him to the doctor last week to get it checked. While the doctor confirmed that yep, my eyes were not playing tricks on me - he does have a flat head - he didn't need a helmet, it would definitely round out on its own. I fretted and worried so much, so I'm thankful I had it checked out. If nothing else, it gave me peace of mind and helped me to not feel like I couldn't even let Eli sleep at night because he would be on his back, flattening his head even more.
These days, Eli laughs pretty easily, but often it's when I'm not even trying to be funny. The other day I was trying to kill a fly and he thought it was hilarious, another time I was singing, "Trust and Obey" (kinda a slow, serious song) to him and the kid thought I was sooo funny. He also loves to fake cough and blow raspberries - I'm pretty sure it's because of the reaction he receives from everyone around him. It is pretty funny. He now spends a lot of time in his Bumbo, watching me work in the kitchen, or clean up the house. He loves sitting up and loves standing even more (both with assistance, obviously). As I mentioned above, Tummy Time is getting much better. While I wouldn't put it completely in the "Like" category, I do think it's quickly moving out of the "Dislike" side of things.
Honestly I can't really think of what Eli doesn't like. Maybe being in the carseat for too long. We took a lot of road trips in the month of August, and he was getting pretty sick of his carseat, but thankfully, he usually only started getting fussy when we were on our last leg so it didn't last too long.
New This Month
This month, I spent my first night away from Eli. It was a little harder than my first trip out of the house without him, but it wasn't too bad. Mike and I went on a date night and his brother and sister-in-law took care of Eli. Mike and I talked about Eli more than we probably should have, and I kept wondering what he was doing, but I knew he was in good hands. It was super weird to wake up in the morning and remember that he wasn't in the nursery!
Eli also had his first State Fair experience this month. I made sure we spent a lot of time in the animal barns, looking at the pigs, horses, cattle, etc. Growing up, I was in 4-H, and I would show at the county level, so it was a little nostalgic for me to show Eli all the animals and Mike had a good laugh imagining me showing chickens.
While we haven't started him on solids yet, we have been letting him suck on things here and there. I'm planning on *attempting* Baby Led Weaning, so I probably won't start anything until next month, but it's been fun to give him things to suck on every once in a while, most of it from the garden.
I think this post sums up well what I've been feeling this month. Trying to keep my focus on what's important when raising Eli and not getting caught up in the moment with things that won't matter a few years from now. Mike says much of this month is the same as last month for him, but he'd like me to let you all know how awesome Eli's belly laugh is. He's right, it is awesome.
Eli - Four Month Update
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Eli - Two Month Update
Eli - One Month Photos