May 10, 2018
Four months

At four months Michael is spending a lot less time eating and sleeping and a lot more time taking in the world around him.  He is still mainly happy and loves to be carried around facing out so he can see what's going on.  Many people remark on how smiley a baby he is. He's still pretty content to be passed around to anyone who wants to hold him. Erika and Elizabeth both like to carry him around.

 

Sadly he is also spitting up more. I don't think he's in Amelia's league but certainly he has had a few days where we have wondered if it's normal baby spit up, stomach flu or maybe even strep. It does tend to be partially digested - Erika says he's a "cheese factory".

 

He doesn't really like to be placed on his tummy, preferring instead to stand up vertically and bounce up and down.

 

He is also getting quite wiggly and is very strong.  He loves to kick his legs and if you aren't careful while changing his diaper he will launch himself right out of it before you have a chance to do the new one up.  He has also started to grab everything and anything within reach.  The girls in the house are less than amused as they've pretty much all had their hair yanked and sometimes retrieving it from his grasp can be quite challenging.

 

He usually wakes up around quarter to seven and is ready for a nap by nine. His afternoon naps are less regular, possibly because being number four he has to get these in around the edges of family life. He enjoys outings but only to a degree - if there is too much commotion he gets increasingly agitated until only going and hanging out upstairs in a calm environment for a bit will do. Usually he's in bed for the night around 8pm, waking every four hours or so to nurse.



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