Michael is 15 weeks old today, and we had his U4 (3-4 month checkup) bright and early this morning. Everything checked out good, and Michael was very good and happy for the whole thing, at least until it was time to dress him again. He weighs 14 lbs 11 oz (6,660 kg) and is 24.5 inches long. Tummy time has really paid off and he was able to impress the doctor with how strong he is.
On Sunday I started to crack down on his bedtime routine and letting him learn to put himself to sleep. Sunday night took about two hours, half of which he was fighting for all he was worth. Then he tried to get my sympathy by having crying in such a heartbroken way. The last 20 minutes he spent just watching me, as if he was trying to figure out if it would be worth it to fight some more. Which he decided not to do, and instead looked at the ceiling until his eyes slowly closed and he fell asleep. Monday took half the time, but he did still put up a fight. Tuesday night and Wednesday night he seemed to be resigned to the fact and even though he didn’t fall asleep right away, he didn’t really cry at all.
Play times have slowly gotten longer and nap times are starting to get shorter. Tummy time is sometimes enjoyed and sometimes hated, but he gets a little tummy time after feeding throughout the day. He is also starting to move around a little when he is on his tummy, turning a little to be able to see more of what’s going on around him. He is starting to try to grab his toes and the few times he has managed he has used the weight of his legs to turn on his side. He loves to try to sit up, and when we lean him against pillows or in his car seat, he will often try to sit forward instead of resting against the back.
I will hopefully be starting an exercise program next week that is taught by a midwife and is specifically to help lose the left over baby weight and fat and to get all your muscles back in shape. I do a 15 – 20 minute work out every day as it is, and include Michael in it when and where I can. Our favorite exercise at the moment are push-ups, which I do by laying Michael down and then touching his nose with my nose, he loves it and so do I!! 😀
We have also discovered that he is very ticklish, which I use to make diaper and clothes changing times more fun. Tickling toes, feet and ribs helps him to forget that he doesn’t like getting dressed…usually! And today he found peek-a-boo to be something to smile about, and it was downright funny when mama would hide beside the couch and pop up with a “boo”.
I am doing my best to treasure each and every new thing that he learns and does, and am sad about how fast the time flies by and how quickly he is growing up. He is so precious!!