Superbaby is 4 months and 11 days old today, 20 weeks. Still hard to believe that he's really here. I think I'll feel this way all his life and will never forget what it took for him to get here. He too will know what a special gift he is and his long journey to us once he's older. Maybe he'll say, "Does that make me an IVF-er too Mom?" Yes baby it does.
So milestones.... he is almost rolling over, he turns all the way to one side then flips back, that complete roll is just around the corner. Then yesterday and today we had him on his tummy, he rolled to his side and then onto his back, woo hoo.
He's holding his head up pretty well. He sits with our assistance and when we put him in the Bumbo chair his head is not shaking as much as it was last week, it’s pretty steady. I think in a few weeks he will sit holding his head up alone, we'll see.
The sounds he makes are changing... from you know that gah gah gah baby sound to more like he is trying to form "real" sounds. The other day he was lying down and instead of the usual crying/fussing to be picked up, he was like calling me, not crying but making loud, long sounds I loved it!
He laughs real laughs now. Super S really makes him laugh with silly mouth gestures and talking its so cute! His whole face smiles, not just his mouth but really his whole face shines when he smiles.... the best smile is that morning smile, once he focuses and sees us that first smile is worth more than anything in the world! Do babies usually smile this much? He is so damn happy all the time its awesome!
He may be teething, I think. I thought at first it was just hand eating and exploring... I give him teething beads and he chomps down on those suckers hard. He has starting being a bit fussy too, he turns his Soothie to the side and bites on it too. I read babies can start teething as early as four months even though the first tooth doesn't come in until about 6 months.
He started raising his hands up while he's on his back, like stretches them out to me and I put them in my mouth, he laughs and laughs. He also grabs my face with one hand and puts the other in my mouth.
Superbaby still sleeps with us, in our bed. Not using his co sleeper bed though as he's too big now. So where does he sleep... between us. Yup danger and all he sleeps between Super S and I and its awesome! We have a great system and have not rolled on him. If you thinks this sucks, that’s cool but we love it and it totally works for us.
He naps really well. I wouldn't say we have developed a schedule exactly, but he sleeps through the night. He eats when he wants, works out to be about every 2-3 hours and seems to be extremely happy. The reflux has passed, stopped having the bouts just before he hit 4 months. I give him what I call his herbal elixir every night. It’s a powder I mix with 50ml of water and it contains anise, chamomile, liquorice, and a few other yummy ingredients he loves it! He holds his bottle while drinking and even tilts it when he gets to the end.
Funny thing happen, about 3 weeks ago I tried to give him formula before bed. He is exclusively breastfed, but I had some formula from hospital and I thought I will try and see if he likes it, I will give him a bottle before bed and I only had a few to get rid of so I thought why not. The reason I had the formula, when we went home from hospital Superbaby lost weight so I had to supplement for a few days and of course I had so many sample cans from them too.
Anyway, you should have seen his face when I tried to give it to him, one suck and he was like wtf is this lemon or what? I know when babies taste something for the first time they make a face, but this was different, he did not like it at all. I tasted it and it was nasty as hell, I so don't blame him. God Willing my milk stays around.
We got his 4 month immunizations the other day. All the same shots as if we were in the States but the one for Polio was oral drops; I think in the US it’s an injection? He did great, a little crying, slept afterwards and was sort of fussy the rest of the night but the next day all good.
The other day we went to Toys R Us in Cairo (located in Roxy in case any people reading live here and want to know) for the first time. I must say I was impressed. The store was huge (which is not usual here, all shops are so small do to space) and they really had a great selection comparable to back home. One side was even a Babies R Us and had tons of stuff too. They had a really cool Stroller, which we don't need, but it looked awesome. It’s called Symbio by Graco. I wondered why I had not seen in my EXHAUSTIVE stroller search when we were in the States and I think this is only available in Europe and this region now. I'm still super thrilled with our purchase though (The First Years Wave), Superbaby sleeps the best in this stroller while in bassinet mode, but I bet for not much longer though as he's growing.
Here's something fun, I have Plantar Fasciitis. Sounds like its a fatal disease or at least some scary shit huh, but no, it’s like a heel spur and man is it painful! Good news is that it should go away or at least the pain will subside by doing these stretching exercises.
So life here with my Super’s is good. I can't wait until Superbaby can hug and us and kiss us and tell us he loves us, but it’s that first hug I’m waiting for...