baby’s ‘lasts’

I came across a blog post this morning and I’ve been thinking about it all day… I know little Lincoln is only 4 months old, but it’s going by so quickly.  I just want to be sure I take the time to cherish every sweet moment.  All of you mamas beware, you may need a Kleenex while reading…

from the Huffington Post… The Last Time

remember this tiny little newborn…

… growing into such a big boy

little red caboose!

Lincoln and I started a Kindermusik class earlier this month and it’s been tons of fun so far.  There are about 7 mamas with their babies and we spend the 45 minute class session dancing, swaying and tromping around the room singing silly songs…  So, these days rather than having some “real” song stuck in my head, I find myself washing my face and singing, “Little red caboose, chug chug chug!  Little red caboose, chug chug chug!”

In other Lincoln news, he is definitely on the verge of sitting up, unsupported by me.  If he is in any sort of seat that is in a lounging position, he tries desperately to lean forward and sit up– which means I have to retire the bouncy seat.  It doesn’t have shoulder straps, just a restraint at the waist; and I’m too nervous that he is going to be lounging in it, sit/lean too far forward and propel himself face first onto the floor!

farewell mamaRoo!

Also, FYI I take a lot of pictures of Lincoln on my iPhone… it’s just often quite a bit easier than pulling out the big camera.  I usually share them via Instagram, but if you don’t have the app, and are just dying to see more of Lincoln, I also upload them to Flickr, which anyone can access.  You can see some of those pictures here on the blog, in the bar on the right or go here and you can see everything I’ve uploaded.

Here’s one new picture from my phone that I didn’t already ‘share’… I love our UPPAbaby Vista stroller, but Lincoln doesn’t like riding in the bassinet seat anymore (being flat on his back is no fun!), however he is too short/small for the ‘toddler’ seat.  Well, I was delighted to find out that the company sells an ‘Infant SnugSeat‘ accessory that allows a smaller baby to ride in the regular ‘toddler’ seat.  So, here’s Lincoln, sitting tall in his stroller like a big boy 🙂

enjoying a stroll around the block

four months!

It’s September and that means little Lincoln is 4 months old!

Latest milestones include the discovery of his feet (particularly the left foot, which he is almost constantly holding onto) and ‘razzing’ aka pursing his lips, blowing and getting drool everywhere 🙂

Here are the official stats…

Weight – 15lb. 9oz. (50-75th percentile)

Length – 26 inches (85th percentile)

Head Circumference – 42 1/2 centimeters (75th percentile)

4 months!

foot in hand… apparently perplexed by all of my picture taking…

happy 4 months!

last year

One year ago today I found out I was pregnant with Lincoln.

Husband and I had just returned home from Kauai and I took an at home test on a whim… I was certainly surprised to see those two little lines indicating a positive result!  I went to the store and got a few more tests with the digital ‘Pregnant’ or ‘Not Pregnant’ display and I took two of them, just to be sure 🙂

What an exciting day.

I just found the first few baby bump pictures that I took on an old camera we have…

18 weeks… before I became a giant!

And now I have a 15 pound, almost 4 month old, adorable baby boy.

This is a quick video I took this afternoon… I wasn’t using our real video camera and it’s semi-blurry, but pretty cute nonetheless…

routines

I definitely wouldn’t say Lincoln is on a very regular schedule and I’m okay with that.  I know some parents are adamant about getting baby on a set time schedule and I’m sure down the road he will have regular nap times/eating times/etc.  But, for now, I am following his lead and just trying to establish some routines, as opposed to a true schedule.

We do little things…. like once Lincoln is up for the day, we always take Riley out and we sit on the deck.  Then, we come back in and Lincoln sits in his bouncy chair while I make/eat breakfast.  It’s just one simple ‘routine’ we do every day.

Another part of the day when I am working to establish a routine is bedtime.  Despite some sleep issues throughout the night, going to bed has become much easier.  For the first three months of his life, Lincoln wasn’t ready for bed until 10 or 11pm; but sometime in the last few weeks, he/we started moving that up and now he is going down around 7 or 7:30pm.

Husband and I were already giving him a bath at about the same time every night.  But after Lincoln fell asleep (say around 8pm) and then woke up to eat again (maybe an hour later), I would keep him up, play, talk to him etc.  One night however, after Lincoln had an epic meltdown around 11pm that included almost 30 minutes of screaming in my arms before finally falling asleep, I started thinking, maybe he is just overtired…

So, we started moving bath time up to about 6:30 or 7pm and then off to bed.  And now when Lincoln wakes up, even if it’s just 45 minutes later, I nurse him quietly and let him fall right back to sleep.  It’s been really great so far and has ended the nightly crying sessions that were becoming more and more frequent.

I’ve also begun utilizing the crib a bit.  He still sleeps in the cosleeper, next to our bed for most of the night; however, when he first goes down and until about 11pm or 12am when he inevitably wakes up to eat, I’ve been having him sleep in the crib.  I think it’s good for him to get used to spending time in there and he doesn’t seem to mind at all.

This earlier bed time has been nice for husband and I too.  I feel like we are able to actually spend some time together, even if we just lounge on the couch and watch tv.  It’s nice to connect with him after a long day.

So, despite the frequent wakings, things are improving on the sleep front in some ways.  And I’m sure, several years from now, I’ll look back and think about how fast this time flew by…

my little cutie in his crib