Here's a little about Jack at 4 months:
-he loves to eat his hands and anything else he can grab onto
-he has rolled over a few times but they were a fluke; he was on his tummy and would bobble his head and the momentum rolled him over
-sometimes after he just falls asleep he will laugh
-he loves to look at me while eating and smile or laugh
-he has started to do some louder talking and screaming noises
-he loves when Paige and Mason talk to him
-he is a great sleeper at night and will sleep from around 9:30 pm till around 4:30 or 5am; it's the best
-his naps in the daytime are usually shorter power naps around 25-30 minutes long; he wakes up from gas pains or loud noises from his siblings being crazy
-he still seems sensitive to dairy or something and will sometimes have loud painful cries, and he spits up a lot
-he is ticklish and will laugh if I tickle him under his armpits, on his belly or in his neck
-he loves his swing, it's his favorite napping place; he especially loves the music along with the swinging both of them can calm him down quick and help him fall asleep
-he does not like being held like a football, he prefers being held facing outward or standing up
-his bouncy chair animals are some of his best friends that he talks to and can grab and yell at
-we put him in the exersaucer for the first time and he liked it. He can stand but can only keep his head stabilized for so long before he gets done.
Some fun stuff with Mason:
-He had a pretty nasty crash on his bike that resulted in some stitches on his cheek, fat lips, and a really bloody face. He was a champ the whole time from his crash on even when he was getting cleaned up and stitches. Since his crash he has gotten back on his bike and continues to ask to ride; but says he won't ride on the hill he crashed on or any new gravel.
Here's his face's healing progression:
-I bought him new shorts for the summer and he loves them. He was so excited to have new shorts I don't think he'll wear pants again till fall. He must be like his dad where he wants to wear shorts and flip flops everyday
-on one of our walks to John and Debbie's there was a bunny on the trail and Mason got so excited screaming, "A bunny, I saw my first bunny!"
-he is getting close to the end of preschool, still loving school and getting to do fun things like field trips to fire stations; where he was trying to be a good big brother and keep track of Paige. He would get frustrated when she would walk with the group of kids and not hold his hand he told me she was not being a good listener.
-she was lucky enough to finally get to go on one of Mason's field trips and of course it was probably one of the more fun trips; Paige loved the fire station and was brave enough to ride inside the truck with all the other kids
-she is a great big sister and always comes into our room in the morning asking about Jack if he's awake or still sleeping, and is a great car buddy talking to him or singing his songs if he's sad during our drives
-she is the biggest girly girl sometimes with dresses and pink and princeses then turn around and start fighting her princesses and growling like a tiger or dinosuar
-Paige loves to go to stores with me, and knows the stores not by their names but by what free food she can get or how big the carts are
-she is finally potty trained. I tried back in early November and she had no grasp of the concept so we nixed it until after Jack was born then waited till we finished our traveling in March and family visits in April. It worked out great that we started a couple days after my sister Zoe got here to stay with us for the summer, so she could help with the other kids so I could focus on Paige. It only took about a day and she got it down. She has only had one accident since and loves being a big girl with all her princess and superhero underwear
-she loves to play in the dirt at Mason's tee ball, and build fairy houses(this is one of the cleanest she's been after his practice or a game)
Christoper is still working hard at the Attorney General's office but is planning a transition into Labors and Industry division where hopefully the work will be more predictable and less emotionally taxing on him. He is mountain biking as often as the weather permits and I can handle with him being gone; but of course he wishes it could be more. He is prepping a to climb Mount Baker with the scouts in our church's young men's organization and is really excited to do that.
We are slowing making progress on our backyard, ripping out blackberry bushes, leveling ground, ripping out stumps and hoping to get it ready for the possibility of a fence for next year.