Liam at 4 months!

Liam G is four months old!  So much for monthly updates for our family...apparently we're more the quarterly update type of family.  Like last time, this is way more than most of you will want to read, but I know I'll be glad that I wrote it when I get around to filling out Liam's baby book...a couple years from now.   

Growth & Looks
Last week, we weighed "little" Liam at my parents house using my dad's meat scale, and Liam came in at 15lbs 5oz.  I finally gave up trying to squeeze him into 0-3 month clothing and got out the 3-6 month clothing the other day, as my husband said that the smaller clothing had to be getting uncomfortable!  As for length, he's roughly 24 inches, but he's so squirmy that it's hard for us to know for sure.

Somehow, he still has blue eyes, and his hair is getting lighter...coming from two dark featured parents, we're increasingly mystified by this.  One of his grandmas does have green eyes, and his other grandpa has blue eyes, so it's not totally impossible that he'll keep his blue eyes.  If his eyes do turn brown, I don't even think I'll recognize him - it seems so strange to imagine!  

We are slowly working on his third chin ;)  His little legs are getting rolls, his rat tail is getting longer and he lost some hair on the sides of his head (oh the things that are only cute on a baby!).  Luckily his hair is growing back in on the sides to even things out with that party in the back!

Can we skip this one?  Ugh...Liam had his first cold this month and it totally ruined his and our nights.  There have been nights in recent weeks where he has woken up 6-7 times and had three night feedings (primarily because it was the only thing that would put him to sleep!).  We're working hard to help him establish better sleep patterns, because he is such a happier baby when he's well rested, and he has just been overtired for weeks now.  We're back down to two night feedings and he's getting a little better at self-soothing.  Also, we've stopped swaddling, which the kid LOVED but he's really close to rolling over so it had to end.  His little face looks like he's a hockey player with all his scratches from those flailing free arms...Napping is another struggle (I don't know how he came from a mother who LOVES to sleep).  Ever heard of the 45 minute intruder?   Our son is a victim of it 90% of his naps.  I try vigilantly to help him back to sleep but I only succeed maybe a quarter of the time, and that's always in his car seat (that swaddled feeling, I think).

Liam's thoughts on sleep training.
Liam loves to eat and he is unbelievably impatient.  When he is hungry, he is hungry NOW and you'd better not delay his tummy!  He still doesn't get very many bottles, but when he does, he's started putting his hands on it like he's holding it - precious.  A strange new phenomenon is that he sometimes refuses to eat unless I stand to feed him.  Awesome.  

Liam has discovered his ability to blow spit bubbles.  He does it all day long and is normally a slimy mess because of it (again, only cute on a baby).  If he's not blowing spit bubbles, he's trying to fit his entire fist in his mouth.  On more than one occasion, he's been nearly successful, but then he gags himself ;) 

Thankfully, open-air pooping has slowed down some.  That being said, Liam still loves to poop.  I have friends whose babies have one dirty diaper every seven days....Liam still has about seven a day!  We've decided this is because he LOVES having his diaper changed.  Seriously, it's his happy place.  Watch this video for evidence:

He's discovered his hands a lot more (though not his feet, except for excessive kicking).  He's always been a hand man, but now his movements are so intentional.  While being held and cuddled (which he still lets me do in the mornings and after naps) he will mash my face with his hands.  Liam will hold onto toys if he's in the mood, but he's kind of too cool for them.  He does enjoy Jacques the Peacock and the sunshine taggy toy that I sewed for him.  Liam also really likes to hold hands.  If he's upset, it's one of the best ways to soothe him.  So stinking sweet. 

Liam would MUCH prefer to play with mom and dad rather than toys, and normally protests to being left alone for too long.  He loves to "stand" and be "super baby", and his neck is getting so strong.  It's so cute to watch him look around and observe the world.  Liam is very interested in what is happening, and my husband can stand him on the counter while I'm washing dishes and he's eternally intrigued (maybe he'll love washing dishes someday??).  

If Liam could decide what he got to do all day, there would be three main activities.  First, he'd watch the ceiling fan.  When he tired of that, he'd want his diaper changed so he could laugh at his purple flowers (see video above!).  He'd end his day watching football.  Or baseball.  Or infomercials.  Really, he doesn't care what that box is showing, as long as it is flashing lights and making sounds.  Seriously - if the TV is on (which it really hardly ever is when he's awake), we have to turn him from it or he will stare at it unceasingly; then he'll crane his head around to try to see it, and if he's unsuccessful, he'll start crying.  Oh yes.  

Finally, Liam loves to hear singing.  We have songs we sing every day: "Rise & Shine" in the morning when he wakes up, "The Peace of God" off of this CD that everyone should have before sleeping, and "The Hokey Pokey" when we're getting dressed...because he still doesn't love having his clothes put on, but this makes him grin.  Liam doesn't care two licks how terribly I sing, either ;)

As mentioned above, Liam had his first cold.  Talk about sad and no fun!  So hard to see our little guy so miserable with nothing we can do to remedy the situation other than turn on the humidifier, rub on the Baby Vicks, suck out his nose and cuddle him. 

He also rolled over for the first time!  Tummy to back, just did it all of the sudden last week when I was at my parents' house.  He rolled, my sister and I cheered, and he repeated the process twice...and hasn't done it again since ;)  It was after that when we stopped swaddling him, so maybe his little brain thinks that if he doesn't roll again, we'll bring back the swaddle!  He's trying to roll back to front too, but he hasn't been successful in that yet.  

That's Liam at four months old...a third of a year already!


'tis the season...interview season.

Since submitting his application last month, my husband has been invited to interview at quite a few programs....the first of which will take place on Thursday!  Currently, he's been offered interviews in the states of:
  • Illinois x3
  • Michigan x3
  • New York
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota x2
  • Indiana
  • Ohio x3
  • Kentucky x2
  • Tennessee
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
...and probably some that I've forgotten.  Yeesh.  That's a lot of miles.  These are going to be road miles too, not air miles.  We're trying to do these as inexpenisvely as possible, so my husband will be driving to the bulk of his interviews (not Colorado...that one will be a family trip, so long as it stays on the calendar!).  Don't worry, I'm letting him stay in hotels instead of sleeping in his backseat ;)  The past few nights have been spent looking at a map and trying to arrange and rearrange the order of interviews so that he isn't driving in circles around the country.  We're trying to group things together as logically as possible, but there will likely be some overlap somewhere, just based on availability.  He's thinking he'll end up interviewing at a total of 15 places.  I'd love to be able to pack up Liam and road trip with him to see some of these programs and cities, but a) Traveling with a nursing infant sounds like way too many stops to ever make good time... b) What the heck would Liam do in the backseat for 10 hours?  Nap, and then be awake all night, that's what... c) I hate road trips.  ;)

Current thoughts and feelings about the interview process?  Well, I think my husband is a ridiculously great canidate and any program would be lucky to have him (and I'm not biased just because he's mine).  I'm not worried about the match process (as of yet), since I know that there is a perfect place picked out for us already.  We are just hoping that doors will be clearly opened and closed to help guide my husband in his decision making.  Right now, my main concern lies in the four weeks that I'll be rocking it as a single parent.  I'm already concerned for my sanity.  Who wants a play date?

Any tips out there from those of you who have conquered residency interviews?  Things to do/not do, say/not say, things to pack, etc?