they say it gets better

November 17th, 2011

And oh, how it does! Matthias is four months and nine days old now. He is such a joy. He smiles a lot during the day time and eats and sleeps. Since the last post, he really has been sleeping 10.5 to 11 hours each night rather consistently. It is amazing. We’ve learned his tired signs and he goes down for bed at night almost effortlessly now.

Actually, on October 22, I discovered that he didn’t want to be rocked or held to sleep anymore! We were about to go out to clean the garden. He was getting tired so I was trying to put him to sleep so I could help Hans in the garden. I tried everything, but he wasn’t settling down and just was so crabby (which he usually isn’t), then I finally just put him down wide awake. He moved himself around trying to get comfortable and relax, and ever since then, he just goes to sleep on his own. It was unbelievable, like a switch! Especially since we had spent an insane amount of time holding him to sleep before that moment. We had no idea that he’d want to sleep on his own so soon! Just a while before that miracle, he also stopped wanting to use the pacifier to calm down.

I’ve been back to work for about eight weeks now. When I get home after work, I have just enough time to eat dinner, feed him, and, if he isn’t too tired yet, I get to play with him for a bit. But really, most nights, he’s already kind of zoning out and rather tired. Maybe he’s a morning person like his mom. He is rather smiley and happy in the mornings when he gets up. He’ll eat and then I’ll leave for work. I see him maybe for 30 minutes in the morning, since I have to also get ready for work. I get home around 6:20 and get to see him for less than an hour, or maybe an hour, depending on what time he goes to bed.

He is very reliably playing and holding toys that we give to him. I have a feeling that he’s going to always want something new to explore. We may run out of toys for that. Oh yes, and on Monday, he had his four-month checkup. He weighed in at 12.5 lbs, which makes him at the 5th percentile. It was amazing to see him plot on an actual curve instead of below all the curves. His length was at the 10th percentile and his head at the 25th percentile. He’s gettin’ there, so exciting. In the past week or two, I definitely felt like my arms got tired of holding him much quicker. Now that I’m at work all day, I don’t have the daily bicep workout either, so I really don’t last very long holding him. Also, it seems as if he’s taken the past few weeks to wean himself from nursing. He’s been less and less interested in it until finally the past day or two, he just won’t stay on. So, I guess as of today, he’s weaned from that. Our little boy is growing up so fast!

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