May 11, 2015

Ezra's 4 Month Update

My little Ezzy had his 4-month birthday a couple of weekends ago! I had intentions of typing up his 4-month update last week, but my poor baby came down with a virus and was keeping his Mama extra busy most of last week. Thankfully, he is feeling much better, and we are off to a much better start this week!

Ezzy & his brothers
In fact, Ezra was feeling well enough to go for a little swim with his Papa and his brothers early this afternoon. Our pool water is still a bit cool so it took him a little while to get used to it, but once he did he was happy and soaking it all in.

Aside from a good case of the fussies last week {from the virus, of course}, Ezra is typically a happy 4-month old who smiles very easily and loves to people watch {especially when it comes to watching his brothers}. He doesn't laugh for just anybody, but when someone familiar makes a sound or motion that really amuses him, he has a really great laugh on him. It's one of my favorite things to hear. 
His favorite place is still in Mama's arms, but he does last a little longer on his play mat grabbing for his toys, rolling, and scooting. He is finally able to hold on to his toys with a better grip, and if he sees one that is out of his reach he is able to scoot his little body over to. He is pretty proficient at rolling from belly to back, but we still haven't gotten a back to belly roll. I'm really surprised considering the fact that he can scoot already, but I know it'll come in time.

He is still drooling like crazy and obsessed with having his hands {or someone else's hands} in his mouth. Looking back at Liam's baby journal, I noticed that Liam cut his first tooth at 4.5 months. I'm not sure if Ezzy will follow in his brother's footsteps, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he did! Something funny worth noting is that when the drool collects in the back of his throat he starts making a gargling sound.  I like to repeat the sound back to him, which encourages him to keep going.

Speaking of hands in the mouth, Ezzy is my first baby to deny the pacifier in place of... HIS THUMB! And there is absolutely nothing I can do about it at this point. I know if this habit continues we will be in deep trouble in a couple of years, but to be completely honest it's actually much easier than constantly trying to keep a pacifier in his mouth at this point in the game!

Then there's the car sear. Oh, the dreaded car seat. Like his brother Silas, Ezra absolutely hates his car seat and will literally get so mad about us forcing him to sit in it that he turns bright red and foams at the mouth. It's pitiful, y'all. But all we can do is endure it until he outgrows it and try to keep our traveling adventures to a minimum. And when we do travel, it has to be a team effort!

While Ezra dreads the car seat, he's becoming much fonder of the bathtub. He recently took a bath with his brothers, which was extra fun.

Ezra is also the first of our children to make it past 4 months in the pack 'n play in our bedroom. I haven't had the energy to transition him into his crib yet, and honestly, until he's giving us longer stretches at night I'm not in a rush to do so. Sleep is of highest priority right now!

 Other stats worth noting...

* He's wearing a size 2 diaper
* He's in 3-6 month or 6 month clothes
* He's eating about 5 ounces every 4 hours
* His bedtime is usually between 6 and 7 and he wakes up anywhere between 5 & 7:00 {with 1 or 2 feeds in between}

I'm a big fan of the book The Wonder Weeks, which guides you through 10 predictable fussy periods of babies. So when I started noticing that Ezra was becoming much more shy and sensitive around strangers, demanding much more attention than usual, very clingy toward mommy, and taking in less formula than usual {all these even before the virus hit last week}, I pulled my book out to discover that week 19 is a wonder week. So I'm expecting some more developmental changes are right around the corner. Knowing that all of these changes are normal have helped me to replace "what could turn into frustration" with an excitement at what's to come. Ezra and I have been snuggling a lot more and reading more books together these past couple of weeks. I'm soaking it all in because I know that pretty soon these activities won't come as easily.

Ezra brings so much joy to our family, and we are looking forward to another eventful month ahead-- which will include Ezra's first Celestin family vacation! Stay tuned for how that goes!

Happy 4 Months, Baby Boy!


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