Friday, December 18, 2009

four month-aversary

Another month (and 6 days) has passed and, though I thought he had not grown much, the proof is in the pictures.

His four month check up found him at 16lb 10oz (85th percentile) and 25 3/4inches (50th percentile!!!). I was pleased to see he is gaining inches and not just around the middle. Danny doubts that I was actually holding Nathan's head flush against the wall for the measurement. I assure you I was. But if you were there you would have heard me gently coaxing the nurse, instructing her to pull a little harder on his feet while I held his head against the wall. So even if he didn't come into the office 25 and 3/4 inches, he left that way and that's what counts.

So what is Nathan "Cheeks" Linn doing at four months?

~Successfully reaching for anything in view.
~Standing any chance he gets. You can't get the child to sit down. That might be because he is so thick around the middle, but if he's anything like his momma, he won't ever really want to sit down.
~Finishes each meal in 15 minutes or less.
~Sleeping through the night still...let's keep it that way.
~Smiling all the time and once in a while we can get a laugh out of him.
~Playing with his feet.
~Enjoying the excer-saucer and, my personal favorite, the door way jump-and-go.
~"Talking" and moving his mouth to mimic momma.
~Staying awake 2 hours between naps! HORRAY!!!

He isn't rolling over yet, but the doctor said that is normal for a baby "his size." I guess that makes sense. My sweet Moon Pie.

The past four months have flown by. We do this two more times and he'll be a year old. Isn't there a pause button on these things!?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

playing catch-up

It has been over a month since I have posted anything, but I am going to keep it short and sweet, just like Nathan.

We have spent the past month traveling. We spent a week in Memphis, a week at home, a week in Denver and now we are headed back to Memphis for Christmas. Nathan is a wonderful traveler, adjusting to time zones and loving all the new but familiar faces. For our most recent trip, Nathan and I flew to Colorado to see my family. The trek through the airport was amusing; Nathan disappeared among the Boppy, Moby wrap and winter coat I had jumbled in my arms. At one point I had to lay him on the x-ray table to get my shoes off. Luckily one of the TSA agents noticed in time to stop the belt. Nathan only slept for about 20 minutes of the 3 hour flight, but he certainly earned his wings. The Lord once again showed His sovereignty even in my seat assignment. It was a packed flight and the only seat open was the one right next to me. The other woman in the row is a foster parent and recenly adopted her first child. She was thrilled to sit next to a baby and help keep him entertained.
We had pleanty of snow in Denver and 7 degree weather for the first few days.

Soon it hit 40 and we didn't have to wear coats anymore. It was absolutely beautiful.

Nathan met a lot of new friends that have been praying for him since before his heart started beating. My sister's medical illustrator, Jordan, seemed to be his favorite, though. Remind me I owe you a dollar for this one.

Grandee/Papa/Hey, Old Guy flew back to Atlanta with us because he was doing some work there this week (and because he couldn't get enough of his mini-me). We were soooo grateful for the extra help.
Nathan learned a few tricks while we were away...

He found his feet and now can't get enough of them!
I have a great shot from where I was sitting at his feet, but Nathan didn't want to make the other boys insecure.

He also laughed for the first time. It was the most beautiful noise I had ever heard, and I immediately burst into tears. I am worried that I scared him, because it has been difficult to get him to laugh since. But I don't mind working for it.

In a few days we will leave for Memphis for baby's first Christmas. I hope all of you enjoy a Christmas filled with peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.