Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4 Months!

Well Mr. Parker is 4 months old. He is such a joy. He is growing and changing quite a bit.

A few things we have noticed about this little guy. He is very serious. He likes to smile, but sometimes we have to really work for a smile. He is very quiet. He doesn't talk and babble much. However, he does have a good set of lungs which he uses when he is hungry. He seems like he might be the "observer" type. He just sits back and watches the craziness that goes on around our house. He loves to be held. He loves his mommy and daddy. He looks for us in the room and likes to keep an eye on us.

He absolutely loves his brother! Chase does all sorts of things like hugging, kissing, patting, etc. and Parker just smiles. Chase isn't exactly gentle all the time, but P doesn't seem to mind.

We started sleep training about 3 weeks ago. His sleeping has been a little tricky. His naps are not very predictable. Sometimes he will sleep 1-2 hours and other times he sleeps for 25 minutes. I am looking forward to him have set nap times. The biggest change we made was an earlier bedtime. He now goes to bed between 6 and 7 PM. He still wakes up, but we had a 7 hour stretch the other night. I am hopeful this will continue. He usually just wakes up to eat and goes right back to sleep. That is really helpful! He is like his daddy in that he likes to wake up very slowly. It takes a long time for him to come alive in the morning. Chase and I are springers! We wake up very quickly.

Everyone says that he looks "exactly" like his big brother. They do look very similar. However, Parker seems to have different eyes (his eyes are very similar to my Grandma's eyes). He has the most adorable dimples. He actually has 2 sets. When he smiles he has them in his cheeks and up near his eyes. They are too cute!! He actually looks very much like my baby pictures and there are some similarities to my brother's pictures as well. People think that Chase is all Green and looks very much like Abe, so maybe Parker will resemble my side of the family a little more.

He has rolled over one time. He doesn't seem that interested in moving which is fine by me. He has been reaching for toys for quite a while now. He likes pull himself forward and try to sit up. If he is in his bouncy seat, he often sits up to play with the toys. He is still not a fan of tummy time. He has to be really happy, and even then he only lasts a few minutes before the crying begins. He has really good head control. His Dr. told me that his head and neck control are more like a 6 month old.

He is putting everything in his mouth. He often has fingers, blankets, toys, and the sleeves of his shirts in his mouth. He is drooling a ton!

He is a total blankie guy! He loves his blankets. He likes to have them pulled up near his face and he holds them while he falls asleep. I love it!

Unfortunately, Parker has had 2 colds already. The congestion from his first cold hadn't even cleared up and he caught another cold this past weekend. He has lots of congestion in his chest and has a bad cough. It sounds terrible, but the Dr. thought it was ok.

Parker has been a wonderful addition to our family! We love him so much :)

Here are some details I want to remember:

*He is wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes, along with a few 12 months things.
*He is still wearing Size 2 diapers
*He weighed 15 lbs, 10 oz at his four month appointment (90th percentile)
*He was 26.75 inches (90th percentile)
*He eats about 8 times per day