4 months...it seems like 4 years or 4 days, depending on when I stop to think about it. Time is always relative, but the first months of being a parent are unlike any other bendy-time I have experienced. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, or maybe it's just that you change so much so quickly.
One big development this month is in your structural stability:
For me the money shot in that video is the last two seconds - I love that look in your eye.
You travel pretty well, still mostly sleeping in the car, but ~ 2 hour road trips are about the max we can make comfortably while you are breastfeeding. Yes - you are still a gigantic jerk when it comes to taking a bottle. While you still eat 10+ times per day, we have probably successfully fed you from a bottle 4 times, total.
Did that sound critical? Sorry - you are adorable, but the constant moisture coming from all your openings can get a little old!
Our longest trip, to date, was a short vacation last weekend to Florida with my family. What is a 7 hour car trip for "normals" turns into a 10 hour trip with a kid that needs to be fed every 2 hours. I know car seats keep you safe (it's the law!), but I seriously considered whipping you out in transit through the back roads of Alabama. Your Mom wouldn't let me.
As it turned out, we had a pretty good trip. You were mostly indifferent to the sand and surf and heat, but your mom got to go all hyper-protective of your skin with the hat, body suit, tent (pictured in the background), umbrellas, and the million SPF/UPF lotion...if you haven't heard this already, Yo Mamma Loves You.
You are definitely more reactive these days, and that is a welcome change. I didn't get much noise from you in this video, but you have definitely taken to babbling a good bit, and sometimes in seeming response to us. Mom will say "I love you!" and you go "[gurglr gurgle OOoooooo..." Every cute sound you give us makes up for approximately 15 minutes of screaming...I'm hoping to balance the accounts soon, maybe shake out a net credit of good vs the bad.
Who am I kidding? It's already more good than bad. Because when all is said and done and I'm on the verge of leaving this all behind to join a monastery, I get the chance to see you all stylin' like this
and it gives me hope for the world. Someday you and I will walk down Collins Ave in Miami with our shirts unbuttoned like this and the ladies will say, "Wow." Or something like that.
I love you, Buddy. Q1 is in the books, and the earnings exceeded analysts' expectations.