Is it bad that this post started out being called Life with Lars: 3 Months and then I changed it to Life with Lars: 3 1/2 Months and now it’s Life with Lars: 4 months? So goes the life with a baby. Regardless, I’m not quite sure where the time goes. My baby boy is 4 months old and is becoming more of his own person every day.
Which, by the way: Lars is no longer a newborn! He is now, at 4 months old, an infant. Does anyone have a tissue? I have something in my eye…
Not only is he an infant by age, he’s definitely acting more and more like a baby as opposed to a newborn every day. He’s been cooing, smiling and reacting to our goofy faces, making eye contact, purposefully grabbing for things, trying to mimic sounds we make, and even rolling over from his tummy to back. He is developing such a little personality and I love getting to know him more and more each day. It’s so much fun to sit and watch him discover the world and if I didn’t have a To-Do list, I would
probably most definitely just stare at him all day.
Another one of his hobbies? Drooling! It’s become a serious problem (see photo below) and I took matters into my own hands and ordered some drool bibs to hopefully save us multiple outfit changes each day.
The past couple of months we really focused on getting him set into a napping schedule as opposed to just napping when he would happen to fall asleep on me. I started noticing right around 2 months that he wasn’t able to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere anymore, and was getting a lot more fussy than usual. After reading this book, I realized he was probably getting super fussy because he was overtired so I became more deliberate with swaddling him and putting him down for a nap at least every 2 hours. It has made a huge difference and he is definitely a happier baby now that he is well rested!
He also began sleeping longer throughout the nights, too. Now he is going to bed around 7:30 and then waking 1 to 2 times a night, usually around 12:30 and 4. He typically gets up for the day around 7-7:30. It’s not “sleeping through the night” but at this point – I’ll take it!
A Typical Day for Lars:
7-7:30: Wake up! We change his diaper, I feed him, and head downstairs for coffee (for mama) and playtime (for Lars). I usually put him on his play mat and just let him hang out for a half hour or so while I drink my coffee and check emails He’s typically ready for his first nap about an hour after he wakes up.
8:30ish-9:30ish – First nap. His naps are pretty much always 45 minutes on. the. dot.
9:30ish-11ish – Change his diaper, get him fed, more playtime. Sometimes we’ll go for a walk or a run which he usually loves and we just started a music class on Wednesdays from 9-10 which shifts nap time a little bit.
11-11:45 – Another nap.
12:30-1:30 – Most week days that I have off from work we will go to a baby-wearing barre class. This is great for us both because it gets us out of the house, the music and people are stimulating for Lars, and mama gets a workout in! It’s also great to be around a bunch of other new moms and in a place where dirty diapers and breastfeeding happen regularly.
2:00 – Come home from barre and it’s time for another nap. Seeing a pattern here? Lots of napping. I usually eat lunch during this nap and/or try to get a recipe cooked/baked/or photographed. These days instead of being able to do all of the cooking and photographing at once, I usually have to cook or prep during one nap time and then photograph during another.
3ish-5ish – More feeding, playing, sometimes a walk or run, sometimes running errands. Sometimes I’ll wear him his carrier and do more cooking if I need to or prep for dinner.
5-7: Winding down for the day. Sometimes we’ll go for a slow stroll around the neighborhood with me wearing him in his baby carrier or we’ll just hang out in the backyard if it’s nice out. If he needs a bath this is usually the time of day I do it to relax him. He loves bath time and since he just kind of lounges in his little bathtub thing, I find that it’s more relaxing than stimulating to him. Then we read some books, I feed him, and it’s time for bed!
7:30-8 – Hopefully (fingers crossed!) he is down for the night. He goes down pretty easy when I nurse him to sleep but I know in a couple of months we are going to try to start having him soothe himself to sleep.
8:00 – Wine time 🙂
Highlights from the Past Two Months:
Lars went to his second wedding. A couple of good friends who actually met at our wedding were married and it was a fun weekend up north!
Lars became a cousin! Marc’s brother and his wife had their first baby exactly two months after Lars was born. Pretty sure we are in for it big time with these two boys!
We took Lars on his first airplane ride when we took a long weekend trip to California in September. He was a champ and slept pretty much the entire time both ways, which was a huge relief to me. He was a great little traveler despite pushing him to his limits (he didn’t always get those naps I just talked about). We went whale watching, drove along the coastal highway, did a little hiking and beach walking, and went to the Monterey Aquarium.
He started giggling! Check out my instagram for a video of the most adorable giggle you’ve ever heard.
Trip to the apple orchard.
His first St. Olaf (Marc’s alma mater) Cross Country meet.
His first pumpkin!
Products We’ve Been Loving:
This month we’ve had to navigate our way through finding the right bottle that works for Lars since I’ve been back at work. It wasn’t easy initially, as he wasn’t too fond of taking a bottle, but so far our favorites are the Tommee Tippee bottles and Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Standard Glass Bottles. He seems to take them the easiest and he doesn’t seem to get as much air in his belly as he would with the other ones we’ve tried.
Lars hasn’t been a huge fan of the pacifier and while it will soothe him occasionally, he usually just spits it out. This has saved us the hassle of always having to make sure we remember it, but sometimes I wish there was that one magical thing that would soothe him. He has started sucking on his hands and fingers, which seems to be soothing to him so maybe he will be a thumb sucker.
Now that he’s needing more entertainment, we’ve been figuring out what toys he likes. He absolutely loves his Baby Einstein Musical Toy and Manhattan Toy Company Skwish Activity Toy. He also has started to really enjoy his Skip Hop Activity Gym and loves laying on it looking at the animals hanging down and reaching towards them and hitting them.
We also just ordered him an ExerSaucer which I’m thinking/hoping he will love. I’ll report back on his 5 month update.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet, but we’ve been cloth diapering with Lars. After lots of research and one cloth diapering class, we decided on using Thirsties diaper covers with OsoCozy Prefold Inserts . I also just ordered some fancier diaper inserts (like these) to see how they compare with the prefolds, but so far they prefolds have worked pretty well. We are washing them ourselves which has been a lot less “mess” than I expected and is really just an extra load of laundry every couple of days.
We do disposables at night and also when we go out with him for an extended amount of time and so far the Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers are my favorite disposables. We also tried the Babyganics Diapers (and are still making our way through the package…) but they have a strange smell to them and seem to leak a lot more than the Seventh Generation.
Another thing we’ve had to play around with are the baby carriers. When he was really little, I loved to pack him up in my Solly Baby and wear him around the house, the farmers market, out for a walk, you name it. However once he started to become more active, he wanted to look outward instead of always looking in. Unfortunately, the ERGObaby Original Baby CarrierI bought is not built for outward facing which I didn’t even think of being a problem when I bought it before he was born. Classic new mom mistake.
So before our California trip I did some research and found the Infantino Fusion Flexible Baby Carrier which has the outward facing option and is MUCH cheaper than the ERGObaby 360 Baby Carrier. Like $130 cheaper. So I figured I might as well give it a shot. To my surprise – we all love it! So if you’re looking for a cheaper option to the ERGObaby 360 – I would definitely recommend looking into the Infantino Fusion Flex. It even has adjustable seat for a wide sitting position option, which is more ergonomically correct for babies hips.
That’s about it! I’m sure I’m missing a ton but if you have any questions about him, let me know.
Next month we will be trying some homemade baby food and I am hoping to share some of my recipes with you! If you have any tips, tricks, or recipes for me I’d love to hear from you!