Four months

by Ashley on November 17, 2011

Hudson is four months old today. I realized that it was also exactly a year ago today–the Thursday before Thanksgiving–that we learned he was on his way. I can’t believe he is four months old, but I really can’t believe he has been in our lives for a year.

This week has been a tough one. I’m pretty sure Hudson caught my cold and that, combined with his new sound–something between a screech and a scream (ouch!)–has made for some very long days. The screaming started a week or two ago; sometimes it comes out to mean he is excited about something, but more often than not it means he is frustrated or getting tired. With his cold, he gets tired pretty quick.

It has also been the second week of Aron’s new schedule. He’s at a different hospital for the next four months and he needs to be at work at 5:45am and then doesn’t usually get home until 8 o’clock that night. So Hudson and I are pretty much on our own these days. I feel sorry for all three of us, but especially Aron.

Overall, however, this month has been pretty amazing. The biggest change, right after he turned three months old, was that Hudson started going down to sleep in his crib at night (without crying) and sleeping anywhere from 6-8 hours! It meant that we had our first night out with a babysitter. Since then, we’ve even had one night of 10 hours straight (but 6 or 7 is still more common). He wants to go to bed around 6pm and wake up at 5am, however–so we’ll have to work on that one day. We celebrated his first Halloween and Aron’s birthday, cheered on runners and escaped falling branches in a freak October snow storm, and we took some family photos on the Highline. The car seat ceased to be known as the “dreaded car seat” and is now just for the car: we’ve graduated to the chair in the stroller.

His first week this month brought lots of kicking. Once he discovered his toes, he started to figure out how to use those feet! And sometimes he waves his arms and legs so frantically that it’s as if he is  making “snow angels” in the comforter. He also rolled over! For about two or three days, it was all he would do. I would put him on his back and–pop–over he’d go. He’d end up on his tummy, look around proudly, and then start to squeal in frustration. He has taken a break from rolling over since then, but I think it might be time for me to think more seriously about baby-proofing. This is all going faster than I’d expected!

One of my favorite new things (that I’m sure I’ll feel differently about soon enough) is his starting to grab for things–especially my face. I love watching him examine my face when I bring it close to his and then feel him reach up with tiny little outstretched hands to feel my lips and nose and cheeks. And of course, I love making him smile.

Oh, yes… And taking lots of pictures.



Jill November 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

Too cute! Love that he’s developing so much! It’s fun when they start grabbing! 🙂

Rachael November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Oh man you have my sympathies with Aron’s late nights! Joe gets home around 7pm and it’s always those last hours, 4-7, when Lux wants constant attention! We end up pacing/dancing back and forth the length of our little place.

Doing good Mamma!

Kiana November 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Holy crap! Where did those four months go?! He already looks so much bigger. I love reading about his development by the way. Please keep posting snippets like this!

anita November 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

wait till he grabs your hair – not fun 🙂
love reading your blog

Catherine November 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Your blog is such a treat to read. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

Ashley November 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Thank you all! And thanks for the encouragement, Rachael. We really miss him. I’ve started making bottles so that he at least gets to see him when he wakes in wee hours.

She Used To Walk Fast November 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Oh that schedule sounds rough plus a sick kiddo is always heartbreaking. I started going to Little Gym when Luke was five or six months old so I could start meeting some other new moms. It was truly a lifesaver; one of the hundreds of things I’ve done as a parent that I was so glad I did even though I never imagined doing it pre-kid. 🙂

And Hudson is one adorable kiddo. Look at that hair!

Janet Higgs November 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hudson is adorable. He’s so big now!

Alice November 20, 2011 at 4:00 am

OMG he’s sooooo cute! I want one for myself…
a big hug to the 3 of you!

Susan November 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

Hi Ashley,

Congratulations! Would you mind posting where you picked up Hudson’s clothes? I am expecting a boy and am not sure where to start..


Ashley November 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

Congratulations to you, Susan! Most of Hudson’s basic onesies and pants are from American Apparel. We have a few things we love from Polarn O Pyret and some cute sweaters from baby gap. His white onesies are usually Gerber in these photos, but the ones by Carters are a bit thicker/better quality. These are my favorite sites for affordable basics!

Erin November 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

He’s so cute, and getting so big! The new schedule sounds rough, I’m sure you’re on the countdown to the end of this rotation already. Good luck, hope that Aron gets some weekends off so that you can all have a little time as a family.

barefootandvintage November 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I know this is a little late, but…happy four months, Hudson!! You are a handsome fella!

Alli November 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you three! I can’t believe how big Hudson is getting and what great milestones he’s been experiencing in his four months. Being a mom for only one week, I am definitely getting sentimental about this post. I know it’s going to go by so fast!

Hope to see you guys soon. xoxo

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