Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baby Harrell [4 months old]

4 months!! Ahhhhh!!

It seems like just last month JJ was born—I can’t believe it’s been 4 months already… that’s 1/3 of a year! Yikes!

4 months

JJ measured in at 25.8 inches long, that’s the 81st percentile.

14.14 lbs—38th percentile! Still long and skinny. :)

It’s been a great month—though still congested as usual.  We’ve accepted that he’s just got tiny nasal passages like his mama and we continue to have our daily time with the NoseFrida.  Though it is getting more challenging now that he’s grabbing things!

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This month JJ’s hand eye coordination has really increased.  He can really grab on to things and put them directly in his mouth.  This means that dangly earrings and wearing my hair down is no longer easy—not that I had time to do that much anyways. :)  Because he is drooling like crazy and putting everything in his mouth, he has really started to love Sophie the Giraffe and those little frozen teething toys.  He also still loves to watch his feet kick, kick, kick, so we love putting fun little slippers, shoes, or socks on him!  JJ also loves his morning time!  He wakes up so happy and loves chatting with us and giving big smiles.  If only we knew what he was saying!  We have also found that when he gets tired and fussy (usually at night) he responds well to music.  Zack and I have different music preferences, but I prefer a soft worship music for his nighttime routine—right now our favorite is the Rend Collective station on Pandora.  One other thing is that he has loved blowing little raspberries!  His grandma Karen has really loved working on these with him and he has started doing them pretty frequently!

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JJ is still fighting tummy time—it’s not growing on him quite yet.  He has also started to become really sensitive to noises, loud voices in particular.  A few times this past month he has started screaming uncontrollably when people have tried to talk to him too closely or loudly. He gets to a point where he really can’t calm down unless I take him away from the noise… it’s so sad!  We went to my cousin Jessie’s birthday dinner with a lot of people and he screamed practically the entire night. :(  Poor little guy… hopefully this is just a phase because between mine and Zack’s families we are around loud groups of people quite often.  Also this month he has really started to dislike the car… he had never really had problems with it before, but now he cries a lot unless someone is in the backseat with him.  This does not make for fun car trips.

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He is growing like a weed! Most 3 month clothing is getting pretty snug—and the 3-6 month stuff is starting to fit better.  The pants and long sleeved shirts are tough for him because he is so long!

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Nursing every 3 hours—and goes longer stretches at night.  He is starting to nurse a little more frequently some days, must be going through a growth spurt.

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Between a busy schedule and having visitors in town, our routines have really fallen by the wayside.  He is still sleeping well at night, but he is really fighting sleeping in his crib for naps.  He won’t sleep long in his crib, but if we let him nap on the couch out in the living room near us he will sleep for long stretches… We will have to work on this.  Also at night he is waking up a tiny bit earlier to eat again—he does a dream feed around 11pm and usually wakes up around 5am to eat, then goes back to sleep until 8.  He really fights napping in general around other people—we call him a FOMO (fear of missing out) he gets that from his Mama. :)


Our Favorite Things This Month:
-Gerber Baby Hippo Booties—JJ loves to watch his feet move… but especially in these cute little slippers!  He is fascinated by them…and they are cute too!
-FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers—We received a few of these as hand-me-downs and we LOVE them.  They never leak and fit him so well.  We have a lot of another brand that were also hand-me-downs…but we love this brand a lot more.  The only downside is that he only can wear them once (where in theory, the other brand has inserts that swap out) but when they are clean, the FuzziBunz are always the first ones we grab.
-Ergo Baby Carrier—We have really loved this carrier so far.  We got it as a gift so we didn’t pay the hefty price tag for it… but I would say it’s worth it!  We love it… we only wish that maybe we would have gotten the 360 one so when he’s older he could face outward.  Oh well!
-Boogie Wipes—Like I’ve mentioned almost every other month—the NoseFrida is our best friend… but these Boogie Wipes are a great companion to that.  The saline wipes are so gentle on his nose, and they smell great!

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-On his 4 month birthday he rolled from his stomach to back for the first time!  He did it a few times with Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, and Harper watching… but hasn’t done it again since!  (**Update: Right after this was published he did it again for his Daddy!)
-He’s doing great at standing up while being held… he has really a really strong neck and trunk for his age.
-JJ has started laughing more often—little giggles while he is being changed and tickled… but he is still pretty reserved with them.  Makes them more special! :)
-Like I mentioned above, he really has gotten great and grabbing things and putting them in his mouth.  His hand eye coordination has come a long way this month!
-He says Mama!!!!!!!  I’ve heard it, and it’s been confirmed by others too.  Sure, he may not know what he’s saying, but I still love that he says it.  When he gets upset he says, “Mamamamamamamama…” It is silly how much joy this gives me!  Also, when he is upset and crying I can say, “Mamamamamama…” And he usually calms down and smiles.

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Events this month:
JJ celebrated his first Easter!  He slept through a lot of it, but that’s ok.
-He met a lot of new people this month!  He had his first playdate with his friend Leeland.  We had special visitors from Virginia—Zack’s cousin Ryan and his wife, Katie, and their baby Gabi who is 2 months older than JJ.  We also met my cousin Nick’s baby Ryder who was born on April 13th!  JJ looks so big now compared to that little guy! :’(
-JJ came with us on his first hike!  He slept most the way with Dad in the Ergo—but along with Grandma Karen, cousin Stephy, and Aunt Krissy, we hiked up to Mirror Lake.


What a blessing this little guy is!  He brings so much joy to us and we are so thankful!

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Welcome Baby JJ
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  1. He is SO cute!!!! I love hearing about the things he's doing since he and Caleb are so close in age! <3

  2. These pictures are so cute!
    Melanie @

  3. Love all of his little facial expressions!

  4. 25.8 inches long and 14 pounds!? goodness! i didn't know anything about baby sizes before, but i thought max (9lbs and 22inches) was huge! i can't imagine a baby much bigger? you truly have your hands full :) but also, jonathan is cute. i love the pictures of him in the fedora - i have one for max, but gotta wait a few months for the temps to rise :)

  5. Happy 4 months JJ! That hat is so cute! I love reading this because of how close in age he is to Piglet. They are hitting the same milestones for sure. Though Piglet is only in the 7th percentile for weight, so REALLY skinny haha. Anyway, it looks like it has been a good month for you!!


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