The First Year: Four Month Update

4 month update baby picture

I can’t believe this little guy is four months old already. I’m sure I probably start all these updates with that sentence, but seriously, where have the last four months gone? He’s definitely not a little newborn anymore, he’s much more alert and active wanting to play and chat and have a good look around him wherever he is. He’s got to that in between stage where he wants to sit up and do things, but can’t really yet so spends most of his days on his play mat, on my lap or propped up in his widgey cushion. I’ve noticed that he’s started to become much more interested in his toys, batting them, grabbing them and usually trying to chew them if he can find his mouth. For the first time I’ve also noticed him getting frustrated, usually when he drops a toy that he wants or when he’s been doing tummy time for far too long for his liking. I feel like we’re in a real transition stage, that part where they are no longer a newborn, but not quite able to really move themselves anywhere yet. Another month or two though and it could all start to look quite different! But until then, here’s what life looks like now:


I finally had the little guy weighted last week. After weeks of saying that I would go I finally did. He’s dipped slightly under the 75th percentile which is where he’s been tracking since he was born, I suspect because I had been trying to push out his feeds without realising that he’s probably going through a bit of a growth spurt. Naughty mummy. But he’s a chubby little thing and the health visitor didn’t seem too concerned, so as long as we can get back on track with a few more/slightly more frequent feeds I think we’ll be ok.


Breastfeeding has been going really well, but as a result of the little guy dropping out of his percentile we’ve gone back to feeding on demand in the last week. As a result I’ve found that we’ve been feeding every two – three hours rather than every three – four. I can’t tell you how awful I felt after realising what I’d inadvertently done by pushing out his feeds. It just goes to show though that it is better to feed as little or often as they need it rather than by routine, and how you can still learn lots about babies the second time round too.


The sleep routine that started to appear last month is still pretty much the same, So bedtime around 7/8pm, a dreamfeed around 11/12pm and then a feed roughly around 3am and then again around 5/6am before waking up around 8/9am. I still havent seen any solid sleep yet and am dreaming of the morning that I wake up and realise I’ve slept more than four hours. Hopefully it’ll come sooner rather than later! During the day nap times still seem to be 30-45 minutes every couple of hours as he is awake a lot more during the day now. On the odd occasion he might have a longer nap around one – two hours if we are out and about or is unusually tired. However this little one seems to be a creature of habit, I can almost set my watch against his nap times which I find really funny because the first time round with Ella I tried so hard to get her into some type of routine and failed, where as this little guy has just fallen into one all on his own.


I think it helps having one child that is in school, albeit nursery school as it means that there is some semblance of routine in our lives. Its nice knowing that we have three days where everything happens at the same time and in the same order, both for me and the little ones. It’s also nice having those three days where it’s just myself and this little guy as we get to spend some proper quality time together. Although I have to admit I can’t think what we fill it with other than running errands and catching up with housework! We have started going to Baby Sensory classes which I did with the little lady and love doing again with this chilled out little boy, even if he spends most of the lessons looking at the other mummies and babies just like his sister did! It would be nice to add another activity to our bow, maybe swimming, Monkey Music or Tumble Tots if I can get organised enough. I’m also looking forward to, but equally scared about the upcoming half term which is our first since the little lady started school. Partly because I’m worried that all our lovely little routine will go out the window and partly because im worried that the full week of play dates that I’ve organised might be a bit much! We do have two weeks of half term though so if that’s the case we do still have a week to just laze about if we all need it.


Blowing raspberries are this little guys favourite new thing to do at the moment. He has literally learnt how to do them in the last few days and is obsessed with making the noise and bubbles with his mouth. Very cute, but also very wet!

He also had his second set of jabs which were just as horrid as the first. He cried and sobbed just like the first time, and I felt as bad as I did the first time. Although at least this time it was just two rather than three, and luckily he didn’t have a temperature or any other side effects immediately after or in the days that followed.

Over the last few weeks the little guy has also found his feet and has been grabbing them every time I change his nappy. It’s really sweet to watch and brings back memories of when Ella found hers for the first time too.

Whilst he isn’t quite rolling over yet, the little guy is looking like he wants to. I’ve noticed him a few times going to grab one of the toys hanging from his play mat and look like he is going to turn over as he does. Each time he’s stopped himself but I think once he’s got more used to tummy time he’ll might start rolling over.

Most Difficult Moments

Like I said last month, I’m pretty convinced that the little guy has started teething from all the dribbling and chewing of fists that has started over the last few weeks. Generally he has coped quite well with it, but there have been moments when he has gotten quite grizzly from the discomfort of it all and its been really hard to soothe him as there aren’t many things that you can give such a young teething baby. Those moments have definitely been some of the hardest moments as I’ve always felt so helpless.

Favourite Moments

Life is generally pretty busy most of the time, but when we breastfeed its like we get to snatch and slow down moments of time, just us two, and when we do the little guy gazes into my eyes in the most intense but beautiful way. Hands down those are always one of my favourite moments of each day.

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  1. October 18, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Oh you have gotten me so excited for my new arrival. I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant with #2, so it’s a lifetime away, but it made me feel all broody and happy reading this post. Sounds like your little chunk is doing so well and life is falling into place. Exciting times! #dreamteam
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  2. October 19, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    What a lovely update! I am so broody right now reading this as I miss all those precious moments. #TwinklyTuesday

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  3. October 20, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I still can’t believe 4 months has passed either! Crazy. Aw don’t beat yourself up about the feeding…like you say we always learning. Good you have a routine, as it helps so much. I have seen some of your insta stories and his little giggle is so cute. I need to look into some baby classes I think! Looking forward to the next update and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  4. October 22, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    4 months and what a handsome chappy you have. Teething is so tough isn’t it. It’s so hard to watch them going through it and know that you can’t really take that pain completely away for them. Loving the raspberry blowing! I remember Little Button doing this too. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx
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  5. October 24, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Aw Emily he is just so gorgeous! I can totally relate to what you say about routine with your second baby. I think for us it was because second time around we had a little family routine already in place and so Mstr Tot just kind of adapted to fit in with it. I remember writing and rewriting loads of different “schedules” for Miss Tot and none of them really worked. Sounds like you’re having a lovely time together and I can’t believe he is 4 months old already? Beautiful xx #MarvMondays

  6. October 24, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Sounds like a fun month for the little guy! Piglet only just found his feet recently at 7 months old – hes a slow learner 😉 #marvmondays
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  7. October 24, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Doesn’t it go so quick?! I can’t remember the 4 month with my first all that well but we will be there soon with our second. I wish we could slow time down! #MarvMondays

  8. October 24, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Wow that has flown! He’s absolutely gorgeous and his hair is amazing!! I don’t remember the fourth month with any of mine! Is that terrible?! It was all a blur! #MarvMondays

  9. October 24, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Awww…so cute! Funny how fast the time goes, isn’t it? Enjoy each moment!

  10. October 24, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Mine didn’t care for tummy time either. The sleep is tough isn’t it, especially when you’re thick of it, I hope you get longer stretches soon. The little man is just adorable, and yay for a prime routines – my second was much better at this too xx #marvmondays
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  11. October 24, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I can totally relate reading this, Honey Nut is the same, wanting to sit up or roll over but not quite there yet. It really is an in-between age! And the hands are constantly in her mouth! I’ve been looking forward to half term too, just to chill out with the kids and have no routine for a week, it will be relaxing! I haven’t arranged any playdates, but we’re a lazy family haha! All Tyler wants is his trains! xx
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  12. October 24, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Oh Emily, I can’t get over what beautiful children you have. I even just called John in to have a nosey, so adorable!
    He’s thriving so well, and getting to that stage where it’s something new every single week.

    I love reading your little guys updates, I feel him and P are going hand in hand as he started blowing raspberries too just today.

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  13. October 24, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Aw that’s a really lovely account of baby growing up and learning new things 🙂 #MarvMondays
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  14. October 24, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Aw – sounds like he’s doing really well! I did feed mine just whenever they wanted – but only because I could never be bothered to listen to any whinging, mind, not out of any real commitment to any ‘perfect’ parenting model! But I think far too much weight (my little pun!) is put in those bloody centiles! I’m sure he is totally fine and has been getting plenty of milk. I think sometimes these days reliance on charts and stats has started pushing out common sense – if they can see a baby is alert, contented, a good colour and not underweight, I think they can probably conclude baby is okay food wise, regardless of the line they are on! I found some HV were more sensible than others. My eldest jumped up from having been between 2nd and 9th to around 50th around 6-7 months. Some HVs made some fuss about this. Others noted, much more sensibly, that it was probably a genetic correction. My babies were born very small, but I am really tall. She had also jumped from 2nd to 50th-75th on length. Therefore the weight rise was consistent with height – had she been still on 2nd for weight she would have been really underweight for her length. And, had she stayed forever on 2nd for both height and weight, she would be very petite. With a nearly 6ft mother, it is unlikely that petite will be her build. For some babies it makes complete sense that they will move lines, and it’s nothing to worry about. #TwinklyTuesday
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  15. October 25, 2016 / 10:30 am

    look at that hair! we used to do the dream feed too until 10 months or so and it worked well to ensure good sleep for all hehe #MarvMondays
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  16. October 25, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Look at all that hair!!!! So cute. I’ve got baby fever so bad and this is not helping me.

    My little girl loved blowing raspberries, it was always around ASDA for some reason haha!


    • October 26, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      I know, isnt time flying now that they are here! Will have to pop onto your blog and seeing how your gorgeous little guy is getting on 🙂

  17. October 28, 2016 / 9:37 am

    The feet discovery and raspberry stages are great. They’re so amazed at these things attached to their legs, permanently! Very cute, and agree feeding is definitely the best time for a bit of bonding and remembering why we’re doing all this. 🙂

  18. October 28, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Such a lovely update! We’ve been demand feeding again recently, like you this is one of my favourite times! We only got our first raspberry in the last week or so, typically when he had just stated with purée! Lol. He looks gorgeous and you are doing brilliantly. Thanks for hosting #MarvMonday
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  19. October 30, 2016 / 10:03 am

    My two always fed on demand and Little B never really grew out of the 2-3 hour feeds unfortunately! #marvmondays
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