4 months oldJackson is 4 months old. Even though I can feel and see the growing difference, it’s still hard to comprehend that this squirming child arrived just four short months ago.

Appearance-wise, Jack’s hair up top, at least, is growing in nicely. His bald spot in the back is huge. Cute, but huge. His hair up top is crazy and uncontrollable, which is quite reminiscent of his cousin Britney’s hair when she was a baby. My mom said it looks like I took my kitchen scissors and snipped the back. But, trust me, I didn’t.

Jeff and I noticed how Jack’s complexion is very fair; hisjack at three weeks face is paper white, which only accentuates every new rage-inflicted scratch. As he’s become more active, his chubby belly isn’t as noticeable, either. He’s become quite the solid kid. It’s hard to believe that little baby is now such a big boy! October was a million years ago, it seems!

To date, Jack’s bag of tricks expands by the minute. He’s perfecting grasping his toys, mommy’s hair and whatever else he finds interesting. He’s shown an interest in reading and music (obviously, he’s not reading or playing music himself.  We’re reading and playing the music to him.) His eyes light up whenever he sees someone he recognizes. He loves to look around, people watch and stare at you until it gets uncomfortable. But byfar, his legs and toes are his most favorite things. He loves to stand, kick and do his jigs.

In addition to his jigs, he continues to envelop each finger and fist in his mouth every chance he gets. He loves to babble and blow raspberries. But particularly, he likes to expend his spit. No, really, he does. It’s a good day if he shares his drool with each and every toy and person he touches. His drool capacity reaches new heights every day, as does his poop factor. I once read that breastfed babies poop maybe once every few days. While this may be true on occasion for him, I can’t say that we’ve been all too lucky in this department. Good God, does he know how to poop. This might have to do with the fact that we’ve introduced organic formula over the past month. Being gone for almost 10 hours a day during the week and trying to pump as often as he eats gets very difficult during deadline time. So, Jack gets 2, sometimes 3 bottles while I’m away.

Jack doesn’t sleep through the night yet. He still screams for mama at midnight and 4am on the dot. He is, however, getting better at putting himself to sleep– that is, without the need to breastfeed or need to be rocked to fall asleep. His sleep routine relies heavily on his favorite music.

Speaking of poop, at almost 19 lbs., Jack is comfortably wearing size 3 diapers still. Depending on the brand, he is also wearing anywhere from 6m to 12m clothing. As far as clothes, the boy loves getting dressed up, but at the same time, he is not a big fan of bundling up. In between diaper changes, he loves to be naked, despite the cold temperature. Jack loves hanging out in his stroller and going for frequent walks around town– even when it’s super cold out. He’s a babe about town.

This stage has been so fun. Rather than the newness of a newborn, Jack is showing his curiosity and his mischievousness as well. The kid continues to grow by leaps and bounds, which makes it harder and harder to leave him every Monday morning. I love hearing him ramble on about nothingness. I love hearing him squeal when he sees his daddy. And of course, I love it when he laughs when we smooch. All this and more makes Friday afternoon even more meaningful. Having the entire weekend with the three of us is a great way to end the week.

On Saturday night, after all of our weekend errands and missing another social event, we sat and watched Jack karate kick his toys. Jeff said to me, “Sometimes I forget that he’s only 4 months old.”

“I’m not sure I’m following,” I told him.

“Well, you know, it just feels like he’s been here forever,” Jeff explained.

Well, yes, in theory, the thought of the boy has been with us for a long time, but in reality, amidst all the dirty diapers and occasional sleepless night, parenthood has been a great change in pace.

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