Friday, November 18, 2011

Luke: 4 Months

Luke, Today you are 4 months old! I can't believe how much time flies and how much you are doing these days. We love you to pieces and just get so excited every time you discover something new or do something you haven't done before. Each moment with you is just so, so precious to us.

Your 4 month doctor's appointment isn't until the 22nd, but we went a couple of weeks ago for a checkup on your ear infection and you weighed 16 pounds, 12 ounces, were a little over 25 inches long and your head measured in at 17 inches. Today, we went for your cold/fever and you were 17 pounds, 11 ounces (with your onesie and diaper on)! You continue to be at the top of the growth charts. We just love your chubby cheeks and big, strong, chubby legs!

You are still in size 2 diapers and wear 3-6 and 6 month clothing. With the crazy up and down temperatures here in Dallas this past month, you have gotten a lot of use out of both your long and short sleeve shirts. I still continue to pack away so much each month - we're going to need a bigger storage unit soon!

You have graduated from your bassinet/nap nanny to your crib. Just like Moms on Call said it would, it took you 3 nights to get fully adjusted, but now you're doing so well and sleeping through the night again. Sometimes you'll cry for your paci, but as soon as I put it back in, you're back to sleep in less than 2 seconds. Your bedtime routine is still the same - bath, pjs, bottle and then bed. You are usually fast asleep by 9 each night and sleep until 6 or 7 in the morning. Some days, mommy has to wake you up for school. Your teachers say you LOVE to sleep and you take awesome naps at school.

You are still developing at rapid pace. You don't love to roll over, but we're working on that. You love to sit in your bumbo seat and stare out at the world. You grab and reach very well, and your favorite thing to grab is still mama's hair. You LOVE Sophie and just giggle when she squeaks. You love to chew on her too, but she's a good sport ;)! You've found your voice and you just love to talk. and talk. and talk. You smile and laugh all the time and you only cry when you are very tired these days. You're still trying to hold your bottle, but you're not quite there yet. I suspect this time next month, we'll be talking about how you're rolling all over the place and holding that bottle.

You love to go to school. Your teachers are the sweetest people and their faces light up when you get to school each morning. You love them too, and laugh and talk to them each morning when you get there. So far, you haven't cried once when I've left you. It makes me so happy to know that you are happy and being well cared for during the day. God really blessed us with such a good school and loving teachers and for that we are very thankful!

This month, you got to do lots of fun things. You watched lots of Rangers baseball this month, and cheered on your Rangers during the World Series. You also love to cheer on your Horns! When we put football on the TV or we go to a restaurant where they have sports on, you are absolutely fixated on that. There's something about football that you absolutely love, and I know Daddy is thrilled about that!

You were the hit of mommy and daddy's annual pumpkin carving party. All of our friends love you and you got passed around a lot. You even passed out on Melissa; you got very tired from all of the attention.

You dressed up as a lobster for Halloween and helped mommy pass out candy. Mommy dressed up as a chef, and we got a few pictures before you had a slight meltdown and the costume came off.

Earlier this month, you and daddy took your very first trip without mommy. I'll be honest - I cried big tears when you pulled out of the driveway, and although I had a busy weekend, I thought about you all the time and missed you every second you were gone. I know Grandma and all of your cousins had a great time seeing you, though!

You also got to go to Nana and Papa's house for Nana's birthday. You had such a good time playing and cuddling and helping Nana celebrate. She was so excited to show you and MC off at her church, and you were so good in their nursery. This month was jam packed for you, and I know next month will be even busier.

Luke, each day with you is such a gift. You are our biggest blessing and I can't imagine my life without you. You fill my heart with such joy and I am so thankful to God that He gave me you! The other day, Daddy came home late and you were already asleep. He went in to check on you, and as he was leaving the room, I heard him say "I love that little guy so much!" It was the sweetest thing, and I know it's so true. We love you more than life itself. I can't wait to watch you experience your first Thanksgiving this month and then watch you discover the lights and sounds of Christmas. This year, I am most thankful for you!

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Hi! I'm Molly. I've been living, working and playing in Dallas since 2005. I love my Jesus, my husband Jon, and my precious sons Luke and Hunter. I have a deep love for Park Cities Baptist Church, Texas Country music, floating the river, backyard barbecues, crawfish boils, decorating, gift wrapping, gift giving, shopping, Etsy, all things monogrammed, cooking, traveling with my friends to great places, being Southern through and through, wine, football season, and the Texas Longhorns. I hope you'll enjoy reading my Letters to Luke.

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