Reuben is now a whole 16 weeks old and this month has been a hectic one in terms of his development. He's started doing so much more, you won't believe how much has changed since his last update four weeks ago! We've also been sent a couple of beautiful gifts that I can't wait to show you all - they are so cute!
A couple of days ago he also started grabbing his feet for the first time, now that really is so adorable, I've been waiting for him to start doing that for ages. He does it all of the time now, it's actually quite helpful when he does it as I'm changing him because I don't have to hold his legs up haha! I also mentioned last time that he was very chatty and he's got even more talkative since then, he babbles all day long. He's started squealing when he's happy or excited, but also when he's sad. He's honestly so loud, the entire house can hear him! If you watch my Snapchat regularly, you'll probably know what I'm on about because I'm always trying to capture him when he's babbling away, it's my fave thing.
He now gives me little kisses too, I'll put my cheek next to his face and he gives it a tiny little lick. It's definitely a kiss right?! He gets so many kisses off his mama that whenever I'm going in for a smooch he starts giggling because he knows! I can't help it, those chubby cheeks are so squishy that I just wanna kiss 'em all day.
As I am writing this post, Reuben is next to me playing with his toys and he has just sat up on his own for the very first time!!!! He hasn't even rolled over or anything yet, such a clever little boy! *proud mama moment right here* I guess he wanted more praise in his update so he decided to give me something else to write about haha?! (literally had just got to the end of this post and had to come back to add it in.) He sat up for a good couple of minutes too, I bet by his next update he'll have it mastered!
Another life saver, of all things, has been the CBeebies programme 'In the Night Garden.' For the past few weeks Reuben has not been sleeping at all. We'd just got into a fab routine where he was having a bottle right before bed and sleeping for a good six or seven hours, until bam. The four month sleep regression started - aka my life over. I have been so exhausted due to the lack of sleep, but also having to deal with a very moody baby who is so tired and just refusing to sleep. I started to put my laptop in front of him with In the Night Garden on to see if it helped him to get to sleep, and it did! It's been such a great help at getting him to nap or get him to sleep. Okay, he still hasn't been sleeping great, but it's better than nothing right? We seem to be slowly getting back to normal now though, I'm praying anyway, I love my sleep too much! He's starting to sleep a bit longer than he has been anyway.
You can personalise this book based on whether it's for a little boy or a little girl and the story changes based on the letters of the child's name, which makes every story unique. You can select a little character for the child too, so for Reuben I chose the light haired little boy. There are also different character options for each letter, so you can select a different one if you wish to. For Reuben's name, the characters in his book are a Robot, Elephant, Unicorn, Bear, Elk and a Narwhal. The story is all about the little boy (or girl) going on a journey to find their name and meeting all of the characters along the way. And at the end of the story, it reveals what the child's name is, so it's a lovely surprise if the child hadn't already guessed it!
He absolutely loves me reading it to him, and he gets fixated on each page because of all of the colours and illustrations. I think he'll appreciate it a lot more as he gets older because he won't understand yet that it's a book dedicated to his own name but he still finds it so interesting!
They also sent us a very new release of theirs which are the Fantastic Firsts Milestone Cards* and I'm in love with them. I never bought Reuben any milestone cards when he was born because I'm quite fussy and couldn't find any that I liked, but if these had been available when I was looking I would have bought them in a heartbeat.
They come in a pack of 30 and start with one for when your baby is first born, ending with one for their first birthday. It's a shame that I can't use the first few because of R being 4 months old now, but I've decided that I'm going to put them in his baby scrapbook because they're too gorgeous to waste! If you're not a baby mama, they make such a beautiful gift for someone who's just had a baby too. Each card also has a section on the back where you can make notes, so they're the perfect little keepsakes.
Lost My Name are doing a promo at the moment where you can get 20% off if you buy two or more gifts in a single order, so if you want to grab yourself these two goodies then now is your chance!
So I think that's everything. Safe to say lots has gone on this month! Make sure you follow my Snapchat (gemellisx) if you want to see daily snaps of this little one, I post way too much.