Sidney Loyd - 4 months

Sidney is four months old! And as much as I miss him as a little baby, I am loving watching his personality develop. He brings so much joy to Sean and I. We laugh and smile at least 99.9% of the time while around him!

Here's what's been going on with Sid...

`He is nearly impossible to nurse these days if we aren't in a quiet room, just the two of us. He gets sooooo distracted! Or if Sean wants to sit in there and talk to me, he needs to already be in there when I start nursing, otherwise, I can't get him to focus on the task at hand - eating!

` He is becoming even more aware of where mommy and daddy are in a room. When we go to a friends house - he might let them hold him, but only if he can keep a good eye on where one of us is at all times.

` He sort of freaks out if there is too much stimulation somewhere. Like at a friends house. If there are just a few people and it's quiet and low key, he's golden. But when it's crazy and lots of people he doesn't want to leave my arms. It's pretty sweet - but I also want him to get used to others holding him.

` His new favorite thing is sitting up, assisted of course. He is still ok with laying on his back on a play mat or something, but after a few minutes, you will notice him straining his little neck & abs to sit up on his own. At that point one of us will put our hands out and say, "Want to sit up?" and he gives us his little hands, tightens his abs, and up he goes...all smiles!

No really! He really does smile!

 ` He is a flirt! He knows how to cut those eyes and give big grins when he wants to! They are just super hard to capture on camera because he gets interested in the phone instead. (see, easily distracted!)

` He is actually starting to enjoy tummy time!! We try to tell him it's ok to take a rest, but he refuses and will stay like this for long stretches of time now...

` We figured out that he fits in his stroller like a big boy! He doesn't have to be in the car seat to ride in the stroller, yay!

` He also fits in his Ergo much better these days! He doesn't last long in it, but it's nice to know he will tolerate it for a little while :)

` His other latest is standing! Once he's sitting, he then starts leaning forward and pushing on our hands so that he can get to standing! He thinks it's so fun when Sean or I let him "walk" on us! He knows how to step, one foot in front of the other, and he just smiiiiiles soooo big. He is such a big boy :)

` If he gets fussy, I have been able to distract him with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He really loves it. I sing it over...and over...and over...and overrrrrrr again to him. The only time it doesn't work is in the evenings when I'm dressing him after his bath. He refuses to calm down sometimes until he us UP, sitting!

` He has rediscovered his tongue. During Sid's awake time, that tongue is out of his mouth most of the time! He thinks it's funny when daddy sticks his tongue out with him. Those boys ;)

` He is really good at entertaining himself for longer periods of time. I can lay him on his activity mat, or in his crib with his Baby Einstein ocean noise machine on, looking up at his mobile. Or sometimes he completely spins around and stares up at his hot air balloon picture above his crib.

` He has become quite demanding. When he wants something - he will let you know and won't back down until he gets it! It is sort of funny, but also loud. Ha! He's got the pterodactyl sound down pat!

` He is starting to transition out of his swaddle. We had a scare with his woombie one morning. Sean walked in and thankfully saw him push it up over his head completely! And from that moment on, the woombie was no more. Very sad day because we all loved it so much. We are trying to get him unswaddled completely because he is starting to roll over. He hasn't done it yet in his crib, but I know it's coming. So now he is in a transition sleep sac. Sometimes we leave his arms unswaddled for naps now and it's so cute. He rolls onto his side, pops his thumb in, and he's good to go! We tried it at night a few times, but wakes up screaming bloody murder so we end up putting his arms back in. We will get it done one of these days!

We love our little guy so much. I seriously don't remember what life was like without him. Well, maybe I do - but I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Other things to note:

Weight: 17lbs 2oz (81st%)
Height: 26 1/4" (89th%)
Medical Issues: a tiny spot of cradle cap - but very minor and went away quickly.
Naps: One long morning nap, several afternoon naps that are shorter. We never wake from a nap anymore.
Night Sleep: 7:45 - 8am (woohoo!) - sometimes waking up once during the night, but soothing himself back to sleep. This started around week 17. Before he was still waking sometime between 5 & 6.
Clothing Size: 6-9 month (cloth diapers are harder to fit clothes over). Carter's fit him great!
Diapers: BG 4.0 w/ cotton inserts during the day / red prefold w/ cover for night
Diet: mama's milk / want to re-introduce a bottle again so daddy can feed him some.
Favorite Baby Gear: Baby Einstein sea activity mat / Fisher Price piano kick mat
Personality: serious and silly - a perfect combination of both. He knows certain squeals will get our attention and he loves to get all excited and then squeal really loud, then stop - and see if we reacted!
Milestones/Firsts: starting to roll over more, found his feet (but not totally grabbing yet)
Likes: sucking his hand/thumb, bath time makes him turn his frown upside down, sitting up, standing, being naked during tummy time, spitting up, getting lotion rubbed on him after bath (this is definitely a new thing - he used to HATE it!)
Dislikes: getting dressed, being in carseat for too long if he's awake, feeling left alone in a room!
Nicknames: Love Bug, SidSid, Little Munchkin

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