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Four months old already! Jude has changed a lot this past month. He’s holding his head up no problem, sitting up really well in his bumbo seat, actually endures tummy time (finally), and overall just seems so much bigger. But the biggest change has to be his sleeping routine. We’ve finally got him on a schedule and I could scream “Hallelujah!” about it. The newborn stage is rough for me because I just don’t function well without sleep, and Jude liked to eat (read: all night long). So once he turned 3 months old I knew I wanted to sleep train him but decided it would be better to wait until after we got home from our trip to Utah, since traveling usually messes kids up. Because of this, sleep training is still a fairly new thing and we’re still working through it. We don’t like to just say goodnight and shut the door and let them cry it out all night long–it’s too hard for us. Instead, we let them cry for 5 minutes, then go in and settle them down with the binkie, then let them go another 5 minutes and so on. We do 5-minute increments the first night, then 10-minute increments, then 15, 20, 25, etc. We’re now up to about 30-35 but honestly he normally cries for about 10 at the most and then decides it’s not worth it and goes back to sleep. Every few days he’ll give us a night where he sleeps soundly all night without waking up at all, but we’re still working up to having that be the norm. As of right now I feed him around 7:30-8:30 and then put him down for the night. We’ve established the routine with feeding him in his room with the lights off, sound machine on, etc. Then he goes to sleep and before I go to bed I dream feed him one last time. That usually fills up his belly and allows him to sleep until 8-9 the next morning. He’s woken up as early as 6am, but as long as it’s light out, then I’ll feed him. I just want to train him to know that if it’s dark out when he wakes up, then he has to put himself back to sleep. So far so good. I will say Emery picked it up MUCH quicker, but she also started sleeping through the night on her own at 2 months, but regressed around 3 1/2 months, which is when we decided to sleep train her. I think she picked it up so quickly because she was already used to sleeping through the night. Jude is getting there though, so I’m very very happy! Now I just need to go to bed earlier myself and I’d be feeling good! Normally when I go to dream feed him it’s around 1am, so I’m not getting to sleep until about 2am. And that’s no one’s fault but mine–I just always have so much to do! And when I had just Emery I could work throughout the day. With two, it is a completely different story. If I ever have time to myself, it’s about an hour maximum and by the time I’m finished replying to emails and opening up Lightroom to start editing, one of the kids wakes up. So I try to take advantage of the hours the kids are in bed! :)

Okay I got off on a little tangent… Back to Jude! He is also rolling over now! He has Emery beat by a little bit, she didn’t start rolling until 5 months old. Jude started about a week ago, so a little less than 4 months. Luckily we discovered he can do this while he was laying on the floor. Usually I have him on our ottoman or couch, so I’m glad it wasn’t one of those times that he decided to show us his new skill! He’s continued to be a great eater and generally a very happy and easy-going baby. We have his 4-month doctor appointment this next week and I’m going to see if it’s time to start him on rice cereal. As soon as we started Emery on it, she gave us much longer stretches at night and I no longer had to dream feed her. So we’ll see! I”m crossing my fingers he’s ready for it and that it’ll have the same effect on him as it did for Emery.

Here’s another picture of the little guy from his 4-month photo shoot in a comparison of him and Emery at 4 months. Definitely siblings!

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Jude’s three months old! And I’m jumping for joy over here because that means I can finally sleep train him :) I know he’s ready because he’s given me several nights where he’s slept all the way until 8 or 8:30am, but then he decides to wake up at 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 on other nights and it’s really killing me. I need my sleep! So as soon as we get home from Utah, Jude is moving up to his room and we’re going to sleep train. I actually don’t think it’ll be that bad. Most of the time when he wakes up, I don’t even think he’s that hungry, but instead just wants his pacifier. Hopefully the process goes smoothly and in less than a week we’ll all be experiencing good long nights of sleep!

In other news, Jude is so smiley now! And for some reason I think he looks just like a puppy dog when he smiles. It’s the cutest thing. He likes to look at himself in the mirror, and loves when Grant tickles him–that’s when we get to hear a few giggles! He also has kept most of his hair, which is really awesome! Emery was so bald until about 10 months old, so Jude really has the advantage there. Maybe he won’t ever have to experience the shame of the mullet, like Emery is completely rocking right now. Poor girl..she struggles in the hair department.

Jude’s still a great eater and is getting bigger every day. At this age, Emery was only 12 pounds, so Jude definitely has her beat in that area as well. (I’m hoping that will help him sleep longer too!) He’s a very happy baby, just like Emery was. He really only cries when he’s cold or hungry. Other than that, he still sleeps a lot or just hangs out, watching the rest of us. Emery can’t wait to play with him. Grant and I kind of feel the same way. We love this stage, but we also know how much more fun he will get in just a couple of months and we’re anxious for him and Emery to be able to play together!

I’m sure there is more to add about him, but my time to blog is really short these days. So this post will have to be a quick one! To end, I’ll share a comparison picture of Jude and Emery, each at 3 months old. I still think they look so much alike! They definitely have a lot of the same features, especially that cute little Manion nose!

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Another month has flown by! The best change that has happened these past few weeks is with Jude’s sleeping routine. He’s always slept a lot, but now he’s giving us much longer stretches, especially at night. The night before Christmas Eve was the first time he slept 8 hours at night and since then it’s been pretty consistent. He did have a few nights in a row where he started waking up again, but I think his stomach was giving him issues. Once he was able to…let’s just say “clean himself out”… he felt a lot better and started sleeping again. Last Saturday night he even slept 9 hours for us! I feel like such a different person now that he’s sleeping better at night. Being able to count on a full night’s sleep again makes such a difference. I have way more energy to play with Emery, which makes Emery happier, and that in turn makes me happier. So Jude sleeping through the night is benefiting everyone!

He’s continued to be a great eater and nursing is going very well for us. We occasionally supplement him with an extra ounce of formula before we put him down for the night. I think that has helped him stay fuller throughout the night and therefore sleep longer. He’s a big boy too so I feel like he needs the extra calories and I know my milk isn’t very fattening (which is one of the reasons Emery was so skinny as a baby). Jude never says no to more food—the kid could eat all day long and be happy.

He has also started becoming more interactive, which is a lot of fun. Grant is the best at getting him to smile. He does it for me every once in a while, but Grant definitely gets smiles and “coos” out of him the most. He’ll even smile for Emery! We’ll involve her by saying, “Emery, come make Jude smile!” and she’ll come over and say “Hiiiiii Jude!” and shake rattles in front of his face and try to get him to look at her. It’s so cute! She has a short attention span so it usually only lasts a few minutes before she’s moving on to the next thing.

I’m really excited for these next few months. In my opinion, it only gets better as he gets older and becomes more fun to play with. I’m especially excited for Emery to be able to play with him. I know she’ll love having a permanent playmate. And I will too! Right now Emery is at the age where she needs my attention 24/7 and it’s pretty exhausting. Not that I don’t love playing with her, but some times I just need a break! So it’ll be nice when the kids are old enough that they can hopefully play together and entertain themselves.

Jude’s really such a good baby. We feel very, very lucky! He pretty much sleeps all day and when he is awake, he’s usually happy just lying down, looking around, and sucking on his hands. Grant thinks he is starting to look a lot less like Emery and some days I agree, but for the most part I still think they look so much alike. Here’s a comparison shot of Jude and Emery, both at two months old:

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And then one more shot of just Jude, from our photo shoot earlier:
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