His 4 month Stats:
Weight: 17lb 1oz. (90%)
Height: 27 in (off the chart)
Hudson's personality is showing through like crazy and I love it. I love that I can already see so many character traits that I think will stay with him. I just love his little personality so much. Here are a few things about him:
-He is extremely persistent and determined. If he has something in mind that he wants, he'll stop at nothing to get it. Ever hear people say to let your kid cry it out? I honestly don't think mine would ever give up. I've never tried for very long because I'm kind of a softy, but I've been through loooong rides in the car with this child and there is no giving up until someone gets him out of that seat. (we'll get to more on that later) I started to notice this when he was really little and would try new things. He would grunt and grunt until he could do it. One of the things he learned was to army crawl himself over a boppy pillow when it was supposed to be tummy time. This started when he was about 5 weeks old. I would prop him up on that thing and he'd start to kick his little feet over and over until finally he'd get over the pillow and usually roll onto his back. Another glimpse of this came when I would stop feeding him before he was done. He has this specific cry when I do that it's kind of a high pitched annoyed kind of cry. Now he's started to do that when I take something from him that he wants. Like his wipe container. He loves the sounds it makes, and I don't care if he plays with it but sometimes he starts to try and eat the wipes and that's no good. He gives me the saddest faces and cries until I give it back. Or when he drops his favorite ball in the car. If only I had an extra hand back there to give it back. Now he arches his back whenever I have him sitting on my lap to slide down my legs because obviously sitting is super boring. Very determined this child. But I'm thinking this could do a lot of good for him in his future.
-Okay the car.....he hates it. Hates. Some people say that they take their kids in car rides to calm them down. This is not the case at our house. And he doesn't just fuss or cry in the car. The car has a specific cry... actually it's more of a scream. A very angry scream. And you know what makes it 100000x worse? Someone being back there with him. You'd think they could soothe him... ooooh no. He wants out and they are sitting there doing nothing. The only thing that I've found that works to calm him is to roll the window down a little on the freeway and sometimes it puts him to sleep. If he's tired enough... But...He's getting better now that he can play with toys and distract himself, but now it's more black and white. He's either fine or he's extremely mad. It's a work in progress.
-He does awesome being out and about. I think he really likes being busy. He seems to get a little stir crazy at home all day. I can take him anywhere and he does really well usually. Sometimes the car ride can be a little difficult, but he loves to be out. I can keep him out all day without worrying that he'll get sick of it or get fussy. If he gets tired, he'll take a little snooze but he mostly likes to just take everything in.
-He's a little shy. He reserves his smiles for his mama and is slowly starting to save them for dad too. But in public he is pretty stone faced. He'll flash a little smile here and there which I love to see. But he tries pretty hard to keep those in. And he doesn't like to be held by new people most of the time. Which makes me feel bad for the people who want to hold him but makes me feel kind of loved. This is how the scenario goes....I hand him off. He looks at the new person. He looks at me. He looks at them again. He looks back at me. He gives me the saddest lip I've ever seen in my life and then he cries the saddest cry I've ever heard. I secretly think the lip is the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life, but how can my baby being so sad be cute? ha.
-He wants to see everything. He has to get a good view of everything. He likes his stroller alright but if we are in a store and he can hear lots of things going on, he wants me to hold him. He'll fuss until I take him out and then he's totally fine just looking around. His carseat kind of has big sides that don't let him see very much. (this might be why he hates the car so much) He looooves to watch everything and see all the people. It's his very favorite.
-Sleep. I think this child took after his dad on this one. 20-30 minute power naps is about all I can get out of him during the day. And these naps are on his own time. Before I had him I had marvelous plans of getting him on the best schedule ever. I read Babywise and was ready to be the best mom in the world with the best napping baby. Then I met my son Hudson, and we threw all that out the window. Maybe a different child will do better with that, but this little one is happy as can be if I don't force him into a nap and he just falls asleep when he's ready. Before I understood this we had some pretty crazy crying fits. Since I've accepted it and gone with the flow, he's been so much happier. He loves to sleep on the go, or when dad's just walking around with him. He's never been able to fall asleep just laying there. I can't even imagine what that's like. haha
As far as nights go..... well he does alright. But I kinda screwed it up by letting him into my bed some nights after he wakes up from his crib. That's my fault. And I don't blame him. I'd rather cuddle him all night too, it's just not the most comfy and not a good habit. So that might be our new years resolution--getting him into the crib. For now, he sleeps in his crib the first half of the night and then he doesn't like to go back in there. haha he's pretty smart though...if I try to sneak him into his crib after he's fallen asleep in my bed, he immediately wakes up. And guess what cry I get? The "you took away my food/toy" cry. I'm just not sneaky enough for him I guess.
These are just a few of the many things that I've learned about him. I never imagined that he would be a little bit high-strung because both me and Mike are pretty laid back but he is... and all I can say is that I love it. I would never change anything about him. I love that he is so curious and that he already has so much spunk. I could never have imagined loving my baby as much as I do and I love him more and more everyday. Being his mom is such a blessing and I can't ever be thankful enough for him.
already loves to watch the games with dad
I could probably watch him sleep for hours
church clothes... the flash always makes him pull funny faces
2 weeks to 4.5 months haha what a little chub (don't mind that crazy hair either. I hadn't quite done it yet haha
always happy when he wakes up
haha this is him when I handed him off to Nana before he had warmed up to her..
almost too big for his bouncy seat. This kid is looong.
this is the face he always makes looking up from his car seat. I think it's just the sweetest.