James turned four months old on Saturday and 18 weeks the following Wednesday. He had his checkup on Thursday and he measured 26.5 inches, and weighed just over 16 pounds. Once again, he showed no signs of reacting badly to the vaccines, or maybe he was grumpy but we didn't notice because he's always grumpy. He had a little streak of sleeping for 5 hours in the right spot at night, approximately between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., but that's over now and he's back to waking up every 3 hours.
Except for his teething, and his nap-fighting, he's often an agreeable little guy. He can entertain himself for long stretches by hopping around in his jumperoo and spinning the rattles on it. Or he lies on his back and punches at the stuff hanging off his activity center. Occasionally, he wrangles objects into his mouth. All of this requires that you sit there staring at him so that he doesn't get anxious and fear that you've abandoned him, so it would be a bit of an exaggeration to say he is engaging in independent play at this point.
New trick: putting his foot in his mouth
Favorite toys: His feet!, his crinkling teething elephant, his orange monster, his teething giraffe, and textured blankets.
Favorite songs: Itsy Bitsy Spider and Agony from Into the Woods are by far his favorites. They make him giggle, and sometimes he tries to sing along to the latter. He also enjoys Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Billy Jean, and Break My Stride. To be fair, this bad selection is not James's fault. It not like he chose these himself off Pandora. There's just a very small universe of songs for which I know most of the words, and almost none for which I know all of the words. Kevin does try to expose him to decent Indie music, but most of that happens when I'm not on the James shift. I use that time almost exclusively for napping so I can't report on which of those songs he likes.
Not phased by the earthquake, but troubled by teething