Four Months With Hudson

I think I might have said this last month, but every single stage with Hudson is the best stage. He has gotten so interactive and we absolutely love it. He thinks I’m funny, and he shows it! He smiles more, giggles often, and is the happiest little guy. When he wakes up from a nap, he always gives me the cutest, sleepiest smiles. They are my favorite. It’s like he’s saying “mom I can’t quite commit to being awake right now, but I sure do love you.” UGH THEY JUST KILL ME.

He is starting to hate his carseat less, and I feel confident that I can get from our house to Target without him crying. I think it’s because he is more comfortable with having some independent play time, both in his carseat and at home. In the mornings, I’m able to eat breakfast next to him on the floor while he plays on his playmat. And he really loves his playmat! He’s started to be able to open his hand and grasp the toys that hang down, rather than just hitting them with his fist like he used to do. I bought him this crinkly elephant toy last week, and he has gotten really good at grabbing it and putting it in his mouth.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that he can see things at a farther distance than he used to be able to. He can see me when I’m at the sink and he’s on the couch, which is fun for me. He can also see his mobile from anywhere in the nursery, which is just hilarious. When he sees it, he’ll just start smiling and laughing and talking to it. He did that the other night at about midnight, and it was so hard for me to be upset about being tired. It was one of the cutest things he’s ever done. He’s really good at tracking us when we move too.

He also is starting to notice patterns, which is crazy!!! The other day I was holding him while I was preparing a bottle, and he started laughing at something behind me (either the microwave or the knives, not sure which). He did that every time I made him a bottle that day and the next, and I feel like it’s because he knows that when he sees whatever it was he was seeing, that meant that food was coming. Brandon read not too long ago that soon Hudson would start to build trust that we were going to feed him, and I think we’ve finally reached that point. He doesn’t freak out quite as much when he gets hungry. And when he hears the bottle, he stops crying and gets ready to eat. It’s also interesting to see him notice patterns on the flip side. If he starts to get upset and I think he’s hungry, I’ll lay him in the crook of my arm to feed him, and he’ll immediately start crying more to let me know that that’s not what he needs.

I don’t know if any of that even made sense, but I think it’s so neat to be able to see his developmental milestones. All babies follow the same general pattern when it comes to development, but it’s funny to see my own baby developing in his own way.

He has started to love standing up, which is weird, because he can’t even really do it that well haha. When he is laying down, he lifts his chin up to tell me that he wants to either sit or stand, so I’ll pull him up and he’ll usually pull himself up to standing. He’s still working on head control, so after a minute or so he’ll start to wiggle around and has to take a break, but he doesn’t like to rest for long! He obviously can’t sit or stand by himself yet, but he likes to do both with assistance!

We hit the four month sleep regression a little early, starting about two weeks ago. His naps went from 2+ hours to thirty minutes, and he started waking up every two hours at night again. It was rough. Last night he slept seven hours straight, and tonight he has been asleep for two hours so far, so fingers crossed that we’re almost done with this phase.

Last weekend we moved him into size 2 diapers, and started putting him in 3-6 month pajamas. He’s really close to needing 3-6 month pants, but the 0-3 month onesies still fit him pretty well.

We had his appointment yesterday, and wow he is a small thing haha. He’s 23 inches long, which puts him in the second percentile. He weighs 12 pounds 13 ounces, and is in the eleventh percentile. And his head is in the 28th percentile haha. His head is always so huge.

A few of his favorite things are:

  • Going to sleep. When he’s tired, he’ll whine and cry until we take him upstairs. He doesn’t even have to necessarily be in bed, but he knows that being in our room means bedtime is coming.

  • The mirror. When I hold him and we look in the mirror, he is all smiles. Earlier today I held him in front of the mirror so he could see only himself and not me, and he was so happy! He started talking to himself, then got excited and screamed and scared himself haha.

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Still loves this, unfortunately. But it calms him down, so I’ll sing it whenever he needs it.

  • Bath time. We have been taking baths together for a while now, but I put him in his own bath tub the other day and he went nuts. He splashed around in there for like thirty minutes and was having the time of his life. It was really funny to watch him splash the water on himself, because it confused him, but also he loved it. Babies are so weird.

  • Snuggling. The kid loves snuggling. I usually bring him into bed with me to sleep from 7-8 in the morning, and last week we took a few afternoon naps together on the couch. He far prefers to be held than laid on the floor (but he likes that too), and I am okay with that!

We sure love our little Hudson Jack!