Elijah has shown teething signs in previous months but in the second half of this month, he really struggled with this. He was groaning, drooling and chewing on his hand until it was red. As a natural remedy, we used Vanilla Extract on his gums and that seemed to help a lot.
Eating: Our son ate very sporadically this last month. It might have been due to the traveling, then his cold, followed by my flu. He is more easily distracted now while eating, so I have to turn down anything that we may be watching. If Justin walks into the room while I am nursing, Elijah will turn to look at Justin and then get excited and forget that he was feeding. The interruptions don’t seem to be good for his feedings, so I’m trying to minimise them. This is not easy to do because Eli is getting strong and very smart. He always wants to know what is going on around him, and sometimes he’ll not let go of my boob when he turns to see what is going on (ouch!). He has been biting down a little bit but I have figured out how to make him stop doing that. I simply scream, very loudly, when he does this, and he stops. End of biting. This month he would feed for 3 hours on one day and then only 1 hour on another day, but he’s healthy and happy so I’m not worried. It’s been a busy month for such a little person.
Sleeping: Dare I ever complain about Elijah’s sleeping. He is an absolute angel when it comes to sleep. His daytime sleeps are becoming less and less but he makes up for that with a long afternoon nap, and then he sleeps through the night. I really don’t know how we would survive with a non-sleeper. Elijah has spoilt us! I often put him in his crib for a daytime nap and he lays there playing and coo-ing. After 15 minutes, just when I begin to think he is not going to take a nap, he suddenly falls asleep. He loves his crib so I leave him in there when I need to clean, shower or get ready to leave the house. He is quite heavy to carry around in his rocking chair now, so I am glad he likes the comfort of his crib. We haven’t moved Elijah’s crib out of our bedroom, and I don’t think that we will anytime soon. The only problem with this is that Elijah loves to whack his legs down onto his crib mattress in the morning. I guess this is better than him crying to tell me that he is hungry, but it’s kind of a weird sound to wake up too. He’s such a character!
Diapers: Gosh, who knows! Some of the large Pampers in the Philippines were too small, but then again Eli was the same size as the one year old babies over there! Back in China, he is still in the medium Pampers and he’ll probably be in those for a while. We barely used any cloth diapers this month as we were traveling and our hotel room had poor air-circulation. It was too hot and humid for the cloth diapers to dry, so we ditched that idea and stuck with the disposables.
Clothing: OH MY WORD… something happened while we were in the Philippines!! He must have grown astronomically in those two weeks because when we returned to China many of his outfits were way too small for him. Elijah is now in 4-6 month clothes but they are tight. For jammies he only fits into 6 month ones as he is quite tall for a 4 month old baby. I know he looks chubby, but generally his outfits are to wide and too short. It is quite exciting to dress him in his warmer clothes now because he has a few cute things, like jeans, boots, and jackets.
|This happens all.day.long!|
Social: Elijah was a superstar in the Philippines. I’m surprised that he didn’t start saying “Hey Baby” because he must have heard that phrase 100 times a hour. Justin carried him almost everyday, and with those big blue eyes, and long eyelashes, peering over the Baby Bjorn carrier, people would stop, squeal, point, and ask to take photos with him. I felt completely relaxed with the people in the Philippines so we often handed him over to people who wanted to hold him. That way Justin and I got to eat without having to hold him all the time (he is not yet able to sit in a feeding chair).
|Footprints on birthday cards… always a winner!|
New this month: So many new developments for our little man this month! When he is happy he opens his eyes and mouth really wide and stares at you, almost waiting for you to laugh or respond. When we laugh, he laughs too. He holds onto toys and shakes them. Our baby boy can now roll. I wouldn’t say that he freely rolls around, but he is getting pretty good at rolling from his front to his back. He goes wild on the changing table, so changing him has become quite a task when he is excited and playing around. He never used to notice the stuffed Elephant next to his changing mat, but now he hits it hard and tries to eat the trunk. haha! Elijah loves to give kisses… they are given with a mouth wide open, and almost always with some tongue. He knows what kisses are because when we say, “Give me a kiss”, he opens his mouth, closes his eyes, and moves in. I think he going to be quite the charmer! When we got back from the Philippines Elijah was able to do a few things that he couldn’t do before we left – the most significant of these was that he was able to sit in his Bumpo chair and stand in his walking ring. He loves to hit the buttons and lights on the walking ring, but he is not quite tall (or big) enough for it yet so we put a pillow behind him, and we took off the wheels so that the ring is shorter. His feet touch the ground but he can’t yet move anywhere.
Mommy: Sick sick sick for over a week! Besides whatever I caught that left me in bed for over a week, I am doing well. I hardly feel like I had a baby 4 months ago, and besides my linea nigra and some loose skin on my tummy when I bend over, I feel good in my post-baby body. Miraculously, I picked up about 60lbs while pregnant but already I’m back to feeling comfortable and happy. I had no problem walking around in my swimsuit in the Philippines. Yeah, I’m not super toned and I have some jiggly bits, but I don’t care and I feel great. That’s all that really matters. Justin said he could see my confidence on the beach, and that made me happy to hear. I want him to know that I feel good in my own skin. I feel a good mixture of “I don’t care” and “I like how I look”. It’s a good place to be. Just enough to keep caring about being healthy, and just enough to not be bothered by my appearance, or what people think of me. At only 4 months postpartum…. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Daddy: Justin and Eli have such sweet bonding moments. I really do feel like they will have a close relationship later. They have similar personality traits, and that makes me happy. I would love for Elijah to grow up to be like his dad. Justin also fell ill after the Philippines, but he is on the mend now. He has also had to deal with crappy service, a psycho landlord, and various other “China issues” in the last week, but he is doing well and we are TRYING to shrug off the annoyances. As usual, he is a wonderful husband and father. I am thankful for his support. We haven’t yet felt the need for regular date nights, but we will be starting those in the next month. We are looking forward to some romantic time alone.
Likes: Kisses, laughing, chewing on his toys, his play mat, the lights and sounds on his walking ring, all forms of transport (just like mommy), being thrown up in the air, being tickled, laughing at his reflection in the mirror, napping on his side, and when daddy kisses his neck (he laughs really loud when Justin does this).
Dislikes: the fact that he can’t quite hold his feet while he is in the Bumpo chair (grouchy face), very loud sounds, being bottle fed, not being able to poop, and being over tired.
|First flight… Elijah has his own seatbelt connected to mommy’s|
Milestones this Month:
– Elijah starts to look at his feet with wonder;
– Mommy pumped milk for the first time;
– Elijah takes his first bottle (not a fan);
– Eli rolls onto his side during his naps;
– First flight, first boat, and first motorbike;
– Mommy and Eli apart for the first time. Elijah stayed in the hotel with daddy while mom went for a run on the beach;
– Elijah swam in the ocean;
– Elijah gets caught in a torrential downpour;
– Elijah starts to belly laugh;
– Elijah started to roll from his front to his back;
– Elijah goes on his first hike – submit of Mt. Luho, Boracay Island;
– Elijah goes to a mini zoo and sees monkeys, snakes and eagles;
And sometime this month (not sure because we were away half the month) he became able to…
– Sit in his Bumpo chair and play in his walking ring.
– We visited a wine farm with some friends, and Elijah came with, of course. While the adults went off to explore the vineyard, mommy and Elijah stayed at the picnic site to relax, nurse and take in the peaceful surroundings. It was a wonderful day with family and friends!
– Daddy’s surprise birthday party;
– We went on our first family vacation. Boracay Island in the Philippines… need I say more?!
Fun Things we are Looking Forward to:
– We’d like to do some family Fall pictures as the weather gets cooler and the leaves continue to change;
– Elijah’s first Halloween, Pumpkin carving, and Halloween Party
|Daddy’s 31st Birthday|
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