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Weight: Our little tank is 18lbs 4oz. How are my biceps not huge?!

Height: 27.5 inches! It’s crazy to me that he grew 2.5 inches in one month!

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Sleep: He goes to sleep a little earlier now, around 8pm. Most mornings, he’ll sleep til about 7am. We are definitely okay with this. :)

Eating: Towards the end of month four, I decided to wean him, so he’s taking formula with rice cereal added. Thankfully, it hasn’t been a hard transition, which I can probably attribute to him taking formula since the beginning. We also started him on some veggies… I know it was a little early, but with how quickly he’s blown up, I just felt like he needed more. We’ve tried peas, squash, sweet potatoes, and green beans so far. He likes everything, but I think sweet potatoes are his favorite… He will just scarf them down.

This is “jinglebug” that he loves so much.

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Diapers: We’ve moved to 3′s!

Clothing: There are a few 3-6 pieces he can fit in, but he’s mainly in 6-9 now!

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Mood: He loves to laugh, seems to be discovering everything, and is only cranky when he’s tired.

I melt.

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Loves:

-Noley. Seriously, pretty sure he loves our dog quite a bit more than she loves either Aaron or I.
-His activity center. He’s just realizing that he can bounce up and down in it, and he loves playing with all the toys attached to it.
-Sweet potatoes. It’s crazy how fast that boy can down a container of them!
-Grabbing his feet.
-Grabbing our faces when we give him kisses. This one is mainly cute, but it’s also a whole lot of painful. The kid has a crazy grip!
-Kicking in the bath. Bath time is so hilarious because he doesn’t ever smile or talk, but his eyes bug out while he kicks his feet like a crazy person.
-Falling asleep while being held. This is a total flip from last month, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the extra cuddles, but I REALLY loved when I used to be able to lay him down awake and he would fall asleep on his own.

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Doesn’t Love:

-Noley’s barking. This is probably his least favorite thing of all time. It scares the sweet potatoes straight out of him. Ha.
-Being hot. He’s still a diva about this one.
-Getting his face wiped off after finishing his food. You would think we have the washcloth soaked in acid by the way he responds… It’s a little dramatic.

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His chunkiness is just the best… And makes me laugh when it looks a little like baby cleavage. Hahaha.

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What I Want to Remember:

-The way he bends his legs and puts the bottoms of his feet together like a little frog. :)
-How he hold his arms up by his head (think “touchdown!”) and turns his head to the right when he’s sleeping.
-His adorable “talking” when he first wakes up in the morning or after nap time.
-He started doing this deep, man-voice, fake laugh the other day. It’s pretty hysterical.

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Looking Forward To:

-My mom coming next weekend. She hasn’t seen him since June, and he’s basically blown up since then!
-Going to visit some of our favorite friends, the Lamontes, at the beginning of September in Tyler, TX.

Those eyes though.

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We love you, Archer!

Gosh, I am absolutely the worst at these monthly updates. As evidenced by the fact that I missed 3 months, and now that I’m posting 4 months, he’s about to turn 5 months! Dang.

Three Months

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Four Months

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Let’s see those again, side by side.
Please excuse me while I go cry a whole lot of ugly tears…

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Weight: Just barely under 16lbs at his 4 month check up

Height: 25 inches even!

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Sleep: For the most part, he is a GREAT sleeper. He usually has his last feeding around 9pm, goes straight to sleep, and sleeps until 6:45-7am. Ha-lle-lu-lu! For all of you new moms who feel like you’re about to die from sleep deprivation, it gets better!

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Eating: Archer eats about 6-8oz per feeding. He’s still nursing and then taking a bottle immediately afterwards. We just started adding rice cereal to his bottles throughout the day.

Clearly, he is doing okay in the eating department.

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Diapers: He fits quite perfectly in 2′s.

Clothing: We’re exclusively wearing 3-6mo these days, but I can tell we’ll be out of them much sooner than 3 months!

Maybe my favorite picture of all time.

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Mood: Just so sweet, chill, and fun!

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Loves:

-Obnoxious noises repeated over and over and over until he breaks into a fit of giggles. :)
-Snuggling with Brown Bear while falling asleep. It’s pretty flippin’ adorable.
-Laying on his changing table and staring at the wooden animals on the shelf above him.
-Jingle bug!
-Marcel the Monkey. Yes, we named one of our child’s toys after Friends. No one should be surprised about this.
-Morning! It’s still his favorite time of day.
-Watching Noley.
-Bath time! YAY! It took a long time to get here, but he finally loves it!
-Reading from his Jesus Storybook Bible before bedtime.

This is Marcel. They are best buds.

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Doesn’t Love:

-Tummy time. We still get our daily dose of it, but it is certainly not his favorite position.
-Being hot. He’s very sensitive to temperatures, and homeboy will scream bloody murder when he’s too toasty.
-When his bottle isn’t the perfect temperature. He will seriously choke, cry, and act like we’re trying to feed him toxic sludge if it isn’t the right temperature. Silly boy.

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What I Want to Remember:

-Our trip to Florida! Introducing him to my grandparents and so many dear friends was such a sweet time. Also, he took his first swims in the pool and loved his floatie! However, he did not love the beach. See above about his aversion to heat.
-Taking him to Fireworks at the Crosses, our church’s annual 4th of July celebration, and watching his sweet face sleep through the incredibly loud fireworks show.

Looking Forward To:

-Being home for the next 5 weeks! We’ve been traveling like a family of nomads, and I am so excited to get back into our routine for a while.

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We love you, Archer!

I think the fact that I never posted Archer’s one month blog post proves that my future children are doomed. Ha! Since I failed majorly, here is his one month picture, followed by this month’s.

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IS THIS EVEN THE SAME CHILD?! :( :( :(

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Weight: 10lbs 11oz at his two month appointment!

Height: 22 inches even!

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Sleep: I read Baby Wise when he was around 6 weeks so that we could get the sleeping through the night thing down as quickly as possible, and he’s doing pretty good but not quite there yet. His last feeding is around 10pm, and then he usually wakes up sometime between 4-5am to nurse. It definitely could be a lot worse, but this momma is excited for the day that he decides to sleep until 7am!

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Eating: He gained 2lbs 11oz between his one and two month appointment, and we were thrilled with that! We had a little bit of a slow start gaining weight at first. I’m nursing and supplementing with formula at every feeding except at night. I’m so glad that I’m able to do both because man, formula is expensive! He eats between 4-5oz at each feeding right now. :)

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Diapers: We are finishing up our last pack of NB diapers this week! I’ve started putting him in 1′s at night so that he stays a little more dry, and they seem SO big on him! It’s kind of hilarious. :)

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Clothing: Like diapers, he’s almost out of NB sizing. There are a few 0-3 month things I’ve put him in because I’m getting tired of our few NB outfits. I didn’t buy many because I had no idea we’d end up with such a little guy! All of my favorite outfits seem to be from Baby Gap, and I have gotten so many cute things from secondhand stores or Instagram sales. Gotta love social media. :)

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Mood: He seems to get more and more chill everyday and is such a happy baby! I just love it, but I know he’s setting my expectations super high for babies 2-6. ;) Cue husband freak-out.

Loves:

-Swinging in his swing while staring at the ceiling fan and mobile.
-Ceiling fans. They are his favorite, no matter where we are.
-Laying on his changing table, and again staring at the ceiling fan. (See a pattern here?)
-Jingle bug! It’s this cute little hanging toy that makes a jingle noise that makes him SO happy. He looks so mesmerized and happy when we hold it above him.
-Riding in the car… So thankful for this because he is super easy to tote around when I need to run errands.
-Morning time. After his first feeding of the day we always have playtime on his mat. It’s such a fun time with lots of giggles, cooing, and smiles.
-Having his picture taken. Okay, maybe he couldn’t care less, but I love taking pictures of him! :)
-Music. When he’s fussy for no reason, which is very rare, it’s usually nothing that a little Ben Rector can’t fix!

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Doesn’t Love:

-Pacis that aren’t Soothies.
-Bath time. Every once and a while he doesn’t seem to hate it, but most of the time he just cries through it. :(

What I Want to Remember:

-His baby dedication. It was such a special time dedicating him to the Lord on Mother’s Day last week. Also, totally not spiritual, but he looked so sweet and BIG in his adorable outfit.
-His cooing, giggling, and sweet baby smiles, but don’t worry… We take about 15 videos a day. Why did I not get a 64gb iPhone at my last upgrade?!
-The way that Aaron and I can spend our whole evenings just staring at and talking to him. As different as our lives are now that he’s here, I know that these really are simple times, and they will be SO different when the next little arrow comes along.

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Looking Forward To:

-Him sleeping through the night. :)
-Our trip to Jacksonville in 4 weeks and then to Destin for Beach Camp in 5 weeks! Homeboy needs a tan!

We love you, Archer!

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