Are you ready to hear about Baby Satski at four months? I said, are. you. readddyy??
My little handsome chunk of loving is 4 months (+7 days) old! I’ve been lazy and haven’t weighed or measured him lately, but it’s safe to say he’s really big. At his last check-up his height was off the charts, well over the 100th percentile.
Baby Satski bonded a lot with dad this last month. I fretted over the transition of me going back to work but Russell was great watching baby full-time on his last month of summer break. He’s much more active and playful than I am so baby was thoroughly entertained during his time with dad. I was also entertained at work with video updates throughout the day, a few of which I’d like to share here.
Lots of milestones this month: baby turned 100 days old, Russell and I celebrated our four-year wedding anniversary, baby discovered his feet, baby can flip from back to stomach, baby went on his first flight, and family explored New York together- which I’ll post more about later. Baby Satski is fascinated by the world around him and is constantly swiveling his neck right and left to check out everything that’s happening. He entertains himself with toys and likes to grab for things and stick them in his mouth. We set up an ExerSaucer for him so he can jump and play with all the gadgets it comes with (though we removed most of the toys at first and slowly introduced them because it seemed overwhelming at first). His favorite activities are looking in mirrors, chewing on his fingers, and doing happy baby poses holding his feet. Russell makes him laugh hysterically when he does sudden squats while holding him- we call it the elevator but it’s more like a roller coaster drop for baby. He definitely likes the thrill. I’ll have to catch that on video soon, in the meantime, here’s one of the first videos Russell was able to capture of him laughing:
One of the saddest consequences of me going back to work is that baby no longer wants to breast feed. He’s discovered that the bottle is easier so I’m stuck pumping all the time and I miss the closeness with him. I still plan to feed breast milk exclusively until he’s 6 months old, but we’re getting excited about introducing him to the joys of food soon (though all parents have cautioned me that it’s way more work when you start feeding solids). Here he is experiencing an orange:
Sleep has not gotten any better, if anything worse. Many people cite a 4-month regression when babies start falling out of their sleep patterns. He wasn’t great to begin with, but now he’s back to waking up almost every 2 hours after his first long stretch of 4-6 hours. And then he’s up for the day around 5 AM. Yes, it’s torture. I try to catch up on sleep a little bit on the train ride to work, but I’m basically a zombie. The silver lining on his sleep tendencies is that he’s an easy napper who’ll go down almost anywhere when he’s tired.
We also think he may have started teething. He constantly has his hands in his mouth, drools a lot, cries out in pain out of nowhere. Camilia drops help calm him down. We bought him one of those amber necklaces and teething toys. But we went through a lot of fussy melt-downs this month. Russell sent me this video of him that nearly broke my heart while I was at work:
Baby Satski’s personality is slowly starting to reveal itself. He’s a charmer with his generous smiles, even at strangers. He’s very vocal about what he does and doesn’t like. He’s curious but also gets bored easily and needs constant change and activity. His strength is impressive. My guess is that he’s going to be an adventure-seeking, athletic extrovert…
Life is still a bit frantic in the Sato-Im household as we adjust to balancing work and family and raising this amazing but demanding baby. Sometimes Russell and I look at each other in misery but then are laughing the next minute. No one ever said it would be easy, but I don’t think it’s possible to understand just how hard and rewarding parenting is until you’re really doing it.
Cheers baby boy, we love you!
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