Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beckett's four-month update

Beckett, you're four months old today!
Well, technically, you were four months old on Monday, but our Internet's been down, and this was the first time I could post your update. Anyway, happy four-month birthday, little Beckett!
You shared your special day with your great-grandmother, who turned 84, and your aunt Vanessa and Uncle Rip, who celebrated their one-year anniversary, so it was a special day.
You are getting to be one big boy. You had your four-month pediatrician appointment on Wednesday and weighed in at 15 lb, 2 oz. You were 25.25 inches long, and your head measured 43 cm. You had to get a few more shots, but like last time, you were a real trooper.
You're still a great eater, and thankfully, you're becoming more efficient, so your feedings usually last 25-30 minutes (still long, but a big improvement over 45 minutes to an hour!). You're also a pro at taking your bottle now, so taking you out is no problem.
You celebrated your first Valentine's Day and have proved yourself to be quite the ladies' man.
This month, you went on your first road trip when we drove to Louisiana and Texas for spring break. You did a great job, though it was hard to be away from home for over a week, and you definitely seem to be glad we're back home.
You slept well in the car and didn't mind taking your bottle, so we were able to make the trip in good time. You were definitely ready to get out of the car seat, though, and I think you'd be happy to do without another "adventure" for a while.
You met lots of new people on the trip, including some of mommy's old friends and other relatives (Great Great Aunt Liz, Great Great Great Aunt Velma, Cody, Kris, Lisa, Frankie, Uncle Patrick, Mary Grace, Great Aunt Lisa, Great Uncle Dennis, Great Aunt Debbie, Doug, Deah, Mikayla, Konner, Kinsley, Kelly M., Levi, Rachel, and Kelly B.), and you had a ball with the family you'd met before — Grandmozzie, Roo, Nana, Papa, Mimi, Aunts Nessie and Houdie, and Uncle Rip — and all of their dogs — Sadie, Pepper, Leika, Boomer, and Truffle — plus Kitan the cat.
Five generations! (Beckett and his great grandmother, great great great aunt, grandfather, mom, and great great aunt)
During the day, you took some great naps with Nana, Papa, and Grandmozzie.
And at night, you did a great job of sleeping in your pea pod, which everyone got a kick out of. We'd did a few test-run nights before we left town, and those went well, so we were optimistic you'd like it, and we were right.
You also had your first experience with crawfish, one of mommy and daddy's favorites. You didn't eat any, of course, but you had fun watching all of us make a mess.
When we got back from the trip, we decided to break you of taking your naps in your swing (since you'd managed to do without it during the trip), and you're doing well in your crib. You don't mind sleeping in it, but the naps have definitely gotten shorter. We miss those three-hour morning naps! :)
You've discovered your feet, and you love to hold on to them in your best "happy baby" yoga pose. You're also happy now to just amuse yourself laying on a blanket, so while you still love your activity gym, you don't use it all the time.
You're still good at rolling from your tummy to your back, and you're so close to rolling from your back to your tummy that we're sure you'll do it soon.
You've also discovered several new sounds, including the occasional squeal and the frequent "motorboat," which everyone thinks is too cute.
You also had a great time with Grami when she came for a visit. You guys hung out, read books, and had lots of fun.
She also brought you your new lovie, Tango the monkey, which your cousin Jesselyn helped her pick out. Jesselyn has one just like him, except hers is pink. You love him.
This month, you also stayed with a babysitter for the first time (other than grandparents). Our upstairs neighbor, Jill, kept you so mommy and daddy could go out to dinner, and you were great.
You're also getting really good at grabbing things, and you love to play with your rings, hang toys, and the soft block mommy made you.
Plus, you're so good at sitting up in your Bumbo. We use it for play, exercise, and sometimes to sit at the table with mommy and daddy while we eat dinner.
You're growing up so fast, and we love to see all the new things you're learning. We love you, little Beckett.

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