Raising a Blended Family

Pax- 4/5 month letter

on March 12, 2013


Dearest Baby Boy,

Well, what can I say. Mommy got a little bit lazy busy last month, and so you are getting a combo 4-5 month letter. Sorry about that. Speaking of which, though- you are almost half a year old! Time is FLYING. I just went back and read your three month letter and I would give almost anything to go backwards, to have you be tiny again and stay my little teeny tiny baby boy.  I would be fine with freezing you how you are now, too.  You are growing much too fast for Moms’ liking!

What? What’s that you say? You have no choice BUT to keep growing and getting bigger and stronger and smarter every day? Sigh. I know kid. I know.  At your last doctor’s appointment you weighed in at just under 17 lbs (16lbs11oz I believe- 80th percentile) and 26.25 inches (85th percentile). So you’re still our big guy, just not our QUITE so big guy. Frankly, I’m relieved that you’re slowing down a little. Hopefully you’ll stay in your 6-9 month clothes at least until you hit 6 months!

You’ve got your first teeth in- bottom two, center. Those came in at about 3 ½ months… talk about an early teether! Since those, there have not been any others, although it could be any time now that more pop through. Take your time though- you are still breastfeeding so you really don’t NEED those teeth, kid. That’s all I’m sayin’.

You are developing in leaps and bounds and it is all your Mama or I can do to keep up! You ROLL now- from tummy to back, at least. I swear you rolled once from back to tummy but I didn’t see it (I left you on your back and found you on your tummy) and you haven’t done it again, so who knows. The tummy-to-back roll, though, that’s been fairly consistent and we cheer you on each time you successfully make it all the way over. You’re also learning to turn in circles on your tummy, using your hands to maneuver yourself.  You’re reaching for toys and such that you can’t quite get to from your current position, and then when you move, you can get to them. Amazing!

Favorites right now include swinging (where you take a lot of naps), being held (always), and still reading. You also love chewing on anything you can get your hands on, being sung to (high pitched songs are your favorite), and chewing on the Ergo when you’re worn.  You and your Sissin have started “sharing” or “fighting” over toys and that’s pretty adorable too- you will take turns passing them back and forth and noming on them.  You also love to try to nom on anyone’s fingers who will let you, but most people who are around you have caught on to this trick (and if they’re not usually around you, they catch on quick) because you have teeth now and your bites hurt!

Sweetheart, you have also found your temper.  Mommy loves you but Mommy does not like being screeched at angrily (more like a combination of a squeal and a shriek, actually) whenever she does something you do not like (like put you down when you would prefer to be held). Your face scrunches up, your little hands ball up into fists, and you shriek/squeal angrily at us until we’re either out of sight or we return to get you.  I would say it’s cute (and it was, the first few times) but CHILD. I’m sorry, sometimes you have to be put down. Moms have to take bathroom breaks, you know!

Conversely, though, you have also found your laugh.  You will now giggle, laugh, and shriek in delight whenever we are tickling you or playing with you.  A favorite game right now is “Wadalee at-cha” where Mommy sings the songs and bounces you up and down in time to the rhythm, and then tickles you at the end part where it says “I like the rest but the part I like best goes doo-de-lee doo-de-lee doo!”.  We get all kinds of shrieks and squeals out of you then- it’s great fun.

In general, you are now a very happy, content, smiley baby.  This is quite the turnaround from the beginning of your life where everyone always said you looked like such a grump (and I’m sorry son, but a lot of the time, you did. You couldn’t help it though). Nowadays you are happy and smiley and you will gladly and gleefully interact with us and with anyone else who pays attention to you!

Your charming ways were put to the test this past month when you and Mommy flew out to California for a weekend getaway- we went to Mommy’s friends’ wedding, and you met all sorts of people! You met all four of your first-cousins-once-removed and your great-aunt.  You also met your great-grandma, and she adored the pants off you, kid.  You were passed around shamelessly and Mommy loved seeing you surrounded by your family.  You were your charming self and they all loved you.  It was a pretty special weekend.

I love you so much, sweetheart, and in spite of what I said earlier, I love watching you learn and grow. I can’t wait to see what the next months have in store for us.

Love Always,



One response to “Pax- 4/5 month letter

  1. allison-lee says:

    So sweet! (We need photos though!) 😉

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