Four Months Old Baby Boy – Patriot at Four Months

Wow! I’m a bit behind on this recap of Pate’s last month. As I’m writing this, he is 4.5 months old and time seems to be going by more and more quickly  (read his birth story, one month recap, two month recap, three month recap)
Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong
In the last month, I went back to work part time. I’m so lucky to have this type of transition back to work and to get to spend more time with Patriot while he’s still a teeny tiny babe. He is changing so much every day and I don’t want to miss too much!
Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

Patriot Peter Lampard
Four Months Old

6.275 kg
wears 3-6 months clothes and size small on his cloth diapers
Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong
Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

Firsts/Highlights

  • First hike

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • First day on the beach

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • First swim at the beach – (He didn’t love it)
  • Lime licks – we may have let Patriot lick a fresh lime and laughed watching his reaction
  • 100 Days – In Chinese culture, reaching 100 days old is a milestone in a baby’s life. We celebrated Patriot becoming 100 days old with his Great Aunt and Great Uncle and his newly named godfather, Norman.

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Visited one of Dad’s project sites
  • First Halloween – Happy Halloween from Mr. Patriot Peter “Lamb”pard. I made Patriot’s costume myself and while I may be biased, I thought he was the cutest little lamb in Hong Kong. At less than 4 months old, Pate already had a busy Halloween party schedule. He had a Halloween costume party at Baumhaus where he does Kindermusik classes every week and he had a Halloween picnic in the park.

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  •  Tummy time – Patriot’s neck is getting so strong. Tummy time still isn’t his favorite but look at this strong man!

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Shoes – His smallest pair finally fit (though he kicks them off during playtime)
Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

Loves

  • Cuddles

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Kicking and generally flailing his arms around
  • Eating his hands
  • Putting everything in his mouth

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Sleeping in your arms or in a carrrier/wrap

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Babbling on and on and on (especially in the morning after he wakes up)
  • Laughing and smiling
  • Jumping
  • Airplane mode

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

  • Playdates

Four Months Old Baby Boy - Reminiscing over my favorite moments from the fourth month of our baby boy's life as an expat baby born in Hong Kong

Sleep

What is sleep? We tried a few different things this month. Knowing we had a lot of travel coming up and a lot of timezones to be crossed, we opted not to get into too much of a routine or strict sleep method. We did finally set up his Pack n Play in our bedroom and tried to get him to sleep in his DockATot in the Pack n Play for as many naps as possible. With the help of his amazing nanny, we also tried to enforce more of a routine before naps to help him fall asleep more easily and I do put him down for bed around 7PM every evening.
Unfortunately at night, I basically throw all of that out the window and he sleeps next to me in bed. Yes, we are bed sharing. Yes, I love it. No, I’m not worried that he’ll never move into his own bed (yes, Peter is though).
I LOVE cuddling with Pate as we sleep in the night but bed sharing also helps me get more sleep. It’s so much easier to just stuff my boob in his mouth when he wakes up in the night than to get up > pick him up> feed > try to transfer him back into his own bed.
I’ve stopped tracking how often he wakes up at night but it is still quite often.

Feeding

Still directly breastfeeding about every 2 hours. Occasional bottle feed with expressed milk.

Happy 4 months, Patriot!