The Fourth Month

This was a big month, as I returned to work and we settled into new daily routines. I managed to find my groove as a working mom, and Alexander discovered how much fun it is to spend his days with his Aunt Aleisha. He was supportive of my return to editing, even if correcting comma splices and run-on sentences is not currently exciting enough to keep him awake. (He’ll learn to appreciate grammar and punctuation eventually…if he knows what’s good for him.)

Alexander is still growing and learning like crazy, as babies do. He’s gotten really good at reaching out and grabbing things, and pretty much everything he gets his hands on goes straight to his mouth.

He loves grabbing the toys that hang above him on his play mat, which just blows my mind. Seems like just last week his little arms couldn’t even reach those toys, and now he tugs on them and swings them around to his heart’s desire.

The first weekend after I returned to work, we bought Alexander a sit ‘n’ play. I’d seen pictures of my friend Amy’s baby, who’s just 5 days older than Alexander, playing in one and having a great time, and I thought Alexander might enjoy having one of his own. It’s also possible I was making myself feel better about being away from him all week by buying him a fancy new toy. Maybe.

He was pretty confused by it at first, and we had to make some slight alterations to make it easier for him to play while he grows into it (pillow in back to help him sit up, box underneath since his feet don’t reach the ground). But now he’s got it mostly figured out and has a pretty good time sitting in there, bouncing up and down, and playing with the various bells and whistles. It’s funny watching him figure out new contraptions — it seems like the harder he thinks, the more he drools…he spends a lot of time in bibs these days.

It’s also incredible watching the gears turn as he puts together the various pieces of information in front of him and figures out how to make lights flash and music play with the press of a button. My little genius child.

During a thrilling game of peek-a-boo one night, Alexander giggled for the first time, and Tim’s and my hearts instantly melted. It was one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard. He hasn’t done much giggling since then — clearly, he has a very sophisticated sense of humor — but every now and then we manage to get a chuckle out of him.

He’s still trying to figure out how to roll over, but he has mastered the art of rotating himself in a circle. If I lay him down on his play mat, he wriggles and squirms, rolls to his side, and wiggles some more, and eventually he will have spun a full 180 degrees from his original position.

He loves standing up, too, and he even occasionally moves his legs like he’s trying to walk when we help him stand up. This kid has places to go, and I’m pretty sure that once he figures out how to propel himself around, there will be no stopping him. I think Tim’s destined to spend his summer vacation chasing the world’s most adorable little boy around the house.

At his 4-month check-up, the pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to introduce solid foods, and that night, Alexander had his first taste of rice cereal. He did really well with it that first night, but since then has had a lot more trouble understanding that he’s supposed to swallow it, not just spit it all out.

He’s also been fighting off a cold, which could be part of the problem. After all, who wants to learn new things when they don’t feel good? We’ve put away the cereal for now and will give it another try when he’s feeling better.

Here he is at 4-months old: 15 pounds even, and 24.5 inches long (that’s over 2 feet tall!).

He’s a growing machine, this boy!