Last week Simon had his 4 month check-up. The doctor confirmed what we already suspected, he’s one big baby! He weighed 17 pounds 13 ounces. He weighs now what Violet was at 10 months. He loves to eat and has a lot of chub to show for it
We’re just loving our boy so much these days. He has such a happy disposition and the absolutely adores Violet. He smiles when he hears her voice or sees her. When she holds him he tries to lick her face all while laughing and squealing with delight. It is so precious. There is nothing better. It’s brought tears to my eyes to see my kids loving each other. It makes the hard days all worth it. Simon loves to be “in the action”. He wants to be up, looking around observing the world around him. Violet was just like this too. He loves being outside and is now just starting to enjoy the stroller more.
Simon has been a terrible sleeper up to this point which is frustrating. Lately i’ve been obsessed/consumed with trying to get him to take couple naps a day not only for my sanity but for him too. Babies need their sleep and he has been desperately overtired for weeks now. We’ve finally seen some progress with a little better napping and better night sleep cycles this week thanks to my trusty Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child book. Dr. Weissbluth, the author, is a wealth of knowledge on human sleep patterns and how to teach your baby to sleep. After all, it is a learned skill. I’m feeling more empowered now that i’ve re-read the sections on his age and how to handle his sleep issues.
I recently read an article on Facebook about not feeling guilty when you’re not enjoying every second of parenting. It was so real and refreshing to read this and know that i’m not a bad mother when my kids irritate me and bedtime can’t come soon enough. But on the flip side i’ve also been thinking about something my wise husband said to me before Simon was born. And that was to have patience and keep things in perspective. Our kids will only be this young for a very short amount of time. And even though it hard it will pass quickly. So with that in mind i’ve been trying to mind moments each day to truly enjoy each of my kids and appreciate them at their respective ages. It’s made a huge difference in my attitude which as any mom will attest, it can make or break how your kids behave that day. We still have hard days when Simon barely sleeps and Violet is driving me nuts! But they are slowly becoming a thing of the past and i’m feeling much more confident as a mother of two. Even though it’s hard, it’s so worth it! I’m so grateful that I get to spend my days with these two faces. There’s no where else i’d rather be.