As I type my little man is curled up on my chest. I think that he may be working on his bottom centre teeth! He has let out some awful cries over the past two days but it subsides quickly. I did wonder with all the fist sucking and drooling and today I can see them sitting just under the surface. I ordered a small person for whom teeth just magically appeared painlessly this time around. I guess God didn’t listen to my request!
At church this week another mum referred to Hugo as chunky when compared to her 6 month old who is quite small. What a proud moment for me! I did explain that I understood her concern and that Eva still hasn’t passed the 15th centile.
One week I literally watched him grow in length as he started to not fit into several outfits over the course of 3 or 4 days. His last weigh in was 5.8kg. He has moved into 00 (3-6 month) clothes.
I like the theory of the fourth trimester which says that babies really need another 12 weeks of development to become enjoyable but we wouldn’t be able to deliver such big babies thus they are born “early” (or very early in my case). At this stage Hugo is 3.5 months gestational age and has really woken up.
Hugo’s ability to focus on his hands and grab things has been amazing to watch this month. I just love it when he stares at his hands willing them to move and then they do! This bug’s feet are just the perfect size for his little hands.
Hugo is really interacting and “conversing” this month. Lots of cooing and smiling for anyone who is willing to smile back. It is very adorable and heart melting.
In tummy time with his nappy off he can turn himself 180° which is rather scary. On his back he can scoot around as well.
I started the 10pm dream feed this month with moderate success. There have been just a couple of nights when he goes through to the morning but mostly I get to sleep until at least 4.30 or 5am which is a great delight for me. Sadly Eva always seems to time her wake ups to coincide with Hugo’s good sleeps. Even when Andrew attends to her I still hear her!
Hugo is also becoming a more efficient breastfeeder especially in the mornings when they are full. It’s good during the day but I also do enjoy the longer sleepy feeds that he does.
This month Hugo transitioned to a half swaddle, being wrapped with his arms free and then to a sleeping bag. In the full swaddle I could hear him wriggling around to try to break his arms free so it wasn’t working anymore.
Hugo went for his first swim in the lovely heated toddler pool this month. He seemed to be quite content which we were fairly sure would be the case seeing as he loves kicking around in the bath. Eva enjoyed having Hugo in the pool with her.
We went on a short holiday to Canberra to celebrate Hugo’s Great Grandma’s 92nd Birthday (she traveled from Adelaide). Hugo did a great job to impress everybody and Grandma thought that her 12th Great Grandchild was delightful. He gained brownie points just for being immobile and non-verbal.