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!