Developmentally, I dont even know where to begin! While you still absolutely HATE tummy time (your fiesty spirit really gets going even when I begin to flip you over, it's like you know what is coming and you do NOT like it!)...you will humor me for a few minutes a few times a day. Proving to Mama just how strong you are you rolled over for the first time while home in Pittsburgh visiting Pap & Gramma! To have them there to witness it was just priceless and the cheers that resounded in our house in Country Manor must've been heard by the neighbors! You love tracking things with your eyes and will happily follow stuffed animals from right to left and back pretty much all day long. You show your excitement by constantly kicking your arms and legs (you have a keen affection for kicking your feet on Mama when I hover above you and play) and have started to show an interest in reaching for things to grab, but not consistantly. If I put a rattle in your hand you immediately latch on and can move it up and down, my what strength you have! Perhaps the most exciting milestone of the past month is all the chatter that comes out of your sweet little mouth! It comes and goes during the day but I just LOVE our "conversations" back and forth and those coos and gurggles have a greater range and last longer than they did at the beginning of the month. You simply light up when I put my face close to yours and your gummy grin is one of my absolute favorite things to see everyday!
...the battle with the bottle continues but we are hanging in there. Breastfeeding is going so well for us but I could really use a break every now and then where you could take some expressed breast milk from a bottle so that I could use a sitter or have Daddy feed you. While home in Pittsburgh you resisted for almost 2 hours, only to give in and take the bottle from ME! This goes against all the theories that babies won't take a bottle from their mothers so who knows what is going to work. We are trying to give you a bottle every day but it just seems to be inconsistant as to what makes you OK with it. I'm not really sure how to make this work for us but I'm trying to stay patient and know that you CAN take the bottle you just prefer it from the tap;) You are nursing 5-6 times a day right now every 3hrs or so and I will occasionally do a "dreamfeed" if your last nursing session seemed short. Speaking of dreams....they are SWEET around here these days. For almost 2-3wks now you have been sleeping through the night from about 7/730pm all the way til 645/7am! It is incredible. I will take every other baby hurdle if we can get a full night's sleep. Now if I could only shut off my mama brain and not wake up at 2 & 5am frantically checking the monitor to make sure that you're ok, we'd be in buisness. You have really learned to self soothe these past few weeks and pretty much go down with nary a peep at nap time and certainly bedtime. If I'm being honest, your independance makes me a bit sad at times as you're much less of a cuddler these days and 100% wanting to see the world, soak it in, and do things on your own (this includes being rocked to sleep...there are times when you wriggle your body and are just like "put me down mama!".) A true firstborn you are!
We are loving each milestone, each smile, each way that you continue to show us who you are, Morgan! Cannot wait to see what the next month holds in your life :) I hope lots of giggles!