This Runner's Trials
29Mar/1221

Motherhood: Month 4

Wyatt is 1/3 of a year old. How did that happen?

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I feel like I have an “old” baby now. I keep catching myself saying things like “when Wyatt was a little baby…” Because, you know, 4 months is so old and he’s so big now.

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Wyatt

Just how big? As of Monday, he was 15lbs 7oz and 25 inches long. The 60th percentile for both weight and height. His growth never ceases to shock me because he was only in the 5th percentile for weight when we left the hospital.

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We’re still having some challenges. I wrote in our 3 month update that he was sleeping 5 or 6 hours at a time. Unfortunately, that’s gone downhill and we’ve only gotten a couple 5+ hour stretches since then. We got through the first 9 weeks of barely any sleep, so I know we’ll overcome this hurdle, too.

The moments when he’s in a good mood are so amazing. I love watching him discover the world.

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His smiles, laughs, and coos are the cutest things ever. I get such a kick out of him! He likes to practice sitting and standing, and loves when he’s eye-level with or taller than mommy.

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He’s become so fascinated by his hands. When they’re not in his mouth, he’s constantly staring at them.

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He’s also trying to grab everything and chew on it.

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Even when I’m burping him, he’s chomping on my shoulder. He’s also learned how to give himself hickies on his arm. Such a talented child.

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I don’t want to jinx it, but I think his reflux is getting better. We had one rough day last week, but since then, he hasn’t vomited or pulled back in pain during feedings at all. He still spits up a lot, but that’s normal for babies his age. His doctor promised me that he’d grow out of reflux between 4 months and when we start solids, so hopefully that’s happening!

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I’m doing well minus the whole lack of sleep thing. The biggest development this month is that my hair finally started falling out. This actually thrills me since I have a ton of hair. Maybe I can even start wearing it down again.

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Running is going great. This is the first month I feel like I’m back to my old self training-wise, and it feels awesome! My speed is back and my endurance is slowly getting there. I can’t wait to race on Easter weekend!

As for my body, I’m a pound below my pre-pregnancy weight and a few pounds away from my happy weight. I still have a much wider, flabbier belly but I think it’s shrinking gradually. I don’t really fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but it’s hard to be annoyed by that when running is going so well.

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Going forward

This will be my final monthly update and I’m going to limit blogging about Wyatt from now on. I had no problem opening up about my feelings regarding infertility because it just affected me. But now that I’m discussing my motherhood struggles, it also affects Wyatt.

I love my son more than anything, and I get frustrated because I don’t always know how to keep him happy or healthy, so I like reaching out for suggestions. I can see how my ramblings can be misinterpreted though, and the last thing I’d want is for Wyatt to be hurt by anything I shared. I’ll still talk about some mommy things (I owe you a post on breast-feeding and running), but I’m going to limit the specifics regarding my son. Thanks for understanding, friends!

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  1. our babies are just about the same size :) my son is also 4 months and has started sleeping worse at night too. i’ve heard it can happen at 4 months but we never dealt with it with our 2 year old so i’m kind of at a loss as to what to do. last night it was pretty much back to being up every 3 hrs.

  2. You look awesome!

    I’m glad things have been going so well. My son is 7 months old now but I remember he, too, LOVED to be taller than us!

  3. I can’t wait to grauduate from pregnancy updates to baby updates! He is so precious!

  4. His eyes are just so gorgeous! Glad to see he’s growing and developing. Funny that you mention the sleep thing because last night I overwhelmed myself by reading too many baby sleep habits books (“Babywise” and “The Baby Whisperer”). I freaked out because Charlotte isn’t doing exactly what the books say she should be at her age, but it sounds like Wyatt is also throwing you through a loop sleep-wise. Hopefully they both change up their habits soon!

  5. I completely understand what you mean about not blogging about your baby in particular. I try to do the same with the Mini Athlete. He’s still a part of my blog because he’s part of my family, but I don’t tend to focus posts solely on him. I don’t mind broadcasting my life over the internet, but I would never want him to resent me for broadcasting too much of him, you know? It’s a tough balance though!

  6. In so impressed with your running!! Good for you! I completely understand what you mean about saying too much about Wyatt online. Only share why you’re comfortable with! :)

  7. I think Wyatt will appreciate everything and anything that you do for him. Maybe you can keep a private journal of thoughts and ideas for future babies, because I think writing is super helpful for you!
    Plus you will want to remember this amazing experience and share it with him one day

  8. I think it’s a smart decision to limit how many details you share about motherhood/your son. I’d love to hear more about motherhood + running, and those kinds of things (since I’m 38 weeks pregnant so it’s in my immediate future!) but protecting Wyatt’s privacy needs to be a top priority!

  9. You’re looking great and Wyatt is SO cute!

  10. his eyes are so pretty. So glad the reflux is getting better!

  11. I’m disappointed that you’re limiting how much you’re sharing about Wyatt because my son is two days older than him and I love hearing about your triumphs/struggles around the same time that I’m having the same triumphs/struggles. But I understand your reasons. I really like how you paint a true picture of motherhood including the frustration that we all feel sometimes. It’s comforting for us new mommies out there to know that everyone has good baby days and bad baby days.

  12. Awwwwww, he’s so adorable! Happy 1/3 birthday Wyatt! And wait, hair falling out is NORMAL? That’s something to expect? What? Please explain!

    • Yup! You know how it’s normal to lose hairs every day? When you’re pregnant, you don’t shed your dead hair so it all accumulates and drastically starts falling out post-pregnancy.

  13. He really is getting big! I totally understand your not wanting to put things out there that can be misinterpreted (not or in the future). Hopefully you will continue to give us some updates!

    My stomach continues to also be VERY flabby. Please post when you find the secret to shrink it!

  14. Such cute photos, and you look great. :) I just found your blog and it’s great.

  15. My daughter is about the same size as Wyatt and almost 4 months too! I feel you on the sleep thing. Still up several times a night and her naps have been so short….I heard this is common around 4 months but hope it gets better for you too. I’ll miss your posts. I love hearing what other moms and babies are going through.

  16. Although I love reading Baby W updates, I completely agree with your thoughts on how W would feel! I just started my own blog and was trying to decide how much baby material I would feature. Ultimately I asked myself how I would feel if my whole life were chronicled in detail and immortalized on the internet…not great. That being said I love reading the Mommy blogs and find them so helpful as a brand new parent myself. Your blog in specific has helped me not be so hard on myself and realize that parenthood is a struggle at times for everyone. So I completely understand your choice to limit updates in the future, but also look forward to any snippets you might throw our way!

  17. Jen,
    You look amazing! And I just wanted to throw a resource out there for you. There are 2 actually. I have 2 girls and I’ve had amazing luck, not only with them but also with the babies I worked with in the daycare, on the program laid out in the book Babywise by Gary Ezzo. Also, a lot of my friends have said that Healthy Sleep Habits is a great book that worked for them, too. Sleep deprivation is soooo hard. Thought I’d give a few suggestions.


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