31 August 2012

Charlie B @ 4 months

Look how busy my boy has been! Unbelievably he is now 4 months old. I haven't been great at documenting our journey here but I have been busy snapping as many moments as I can [much to his annoyance] on my phone.

Charlie is whizzing through his 4th month of life and is picking up new skills left, right and centre and it's been exhausting. The growth spurt/developmental leap that babies go through at this stage of life is pretty mega. They are learning and changing fast and it has a huge impact on their temperament and sleep pattern for several weeks and all of these changes come at a cost. 

To me. 

Mostly because so much change makes for an unsettled baby which makes for a lot of long nights and early mornings and if I am honest; I AM TOTALLY AND UTTERLY KNACKERED. 

The sleep deprivation has started to take its toll on me and whilst I'm hoping the worst of it will pass quickly, the exhaustion is beginning to effect my ability to enjoy my time with my boy. Thankfully we are headed off on holiday in 7 days' time and, as we will have some family and friends with us, I'm hoping I can sneak off for a few 'catch-up' naps because enjoying my little boy is my number 1 priority.

Sleep deprivation aside though, it is incredible to witness this little boy figuring out his ever-changing world. With the ground and boundaries constantly shifting beneath his very feet; it's been a tough few weeks [for us both]. But each day the little man cracks a new skill. Bouncing, rolling, grabbing, pulling, twisting and turning. This little boy is getting to grips with his body and he is working out just what he can do with each of the chubby fingers, arms, legs and toes he has been blessed with. He is working on his voice -perfecting his high-pitched screech - ready to put into place once he reaches tantrum phase no doubt.

All of these achievements make me one heck of a proud mama. He is learning about the world and faces a new challenge each day and my heart swells when I see him tick another one off his list of achievements. But most of all to see him happy and smiling and so chilled [most days] makes me feel a sense of achievement. All I want is for my boy to be happy and pleasant and so far, he's just that. I cant take all the credit for this but I like to think I have played a part in it somewhere.

He is my proudest achievement to date. It is worth every sleepless night, every tear of exhaustion shed & every curse word muttered under my breath at 4am.


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