Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gavin and Josie at four months

Does Josie look like Gavin? We've been asked our opinion on that a lot. Truth is, I'm not good at noticing things like that in people I know really well. When Gavin was a baby people were always commenting on how much he looked like Rob. But to me Gavin looked like Gavin, and I didn't see a strong resemblance to Rob because they're separate people and I know them both too well to see them in each other. I know it doesn't make a lot of sense, but I guess that's my argument.

I decided to find pictures of Gavin and Josie that are similar in pose and age so I could compare them. What do you think--do they look alike? Yes, I know it's a bit overboard to list exactly how many months and days old they are, but it was easier for me than deciding how else to word it.

4 days before 4 months old

3 days before 4 months old

1 day before 4 months old

8 days before 4 months old

4 months old

4 months old

4 months old

4 months, 1 day old

4 months, 3 days old

6 days before 4 months old

4 months, 16 days old

4 months, 9 days old
I wish I had close-ups of their legs--then you would see a MAJOR difference. Gavin was always very small for his age, but Josie has some great chubbins going on. I took her to the doctor the other day and she weighed 14lbs, 14oz at less than 4.5 months old. I looked up Gavin's weight, and he was 13lbs, 14oz at 6 months old! It has definitely been a new experience to shop for a baby that wears clothes in the age range she's actually in.

Josie is a really great baby. She's very easygoing and sweet. She just started grabbing things in the last couple of weeks, which is really fun. She loves to eat her toes and roll around. She hated tummy time for a while, but suddenly loves it.

A week and a half ago Josie was in her swing for her nap, and she was crying more than usual. I had Rob check on her, and she had rolled onto her belly in her swing! That was pretty scary. So we moved her from her swing to her crib, but kept swaddling her. (She hadn't ever rolled to her belly before that, and we figured the swing had helped her to gradually work herself around and she probably couldn't roll on a flat surface yet.) On Sunday she rolled from her back to her belly while she was swaddled! Once again, kind of scary. Thank goodness for our video monitor; she wasn't crying enough that we would have checked on her, otherwise.

Since she discovered she can roll to her belly, she refuses to play or sleep in any other position. She has only rolled from belly to back about five times total, and half of those appeared to be accidental. If you put her on her back, she will get herself turned over almost immediately unless there's a really interesting toy hanging above her. As a fellow stomach sleeper, I will admit that I love that she sleeps on her belly. Gavin is a stomach sleeper, too. Maybe some day Rob will get on that bandwagon.

9 months, 3 days old

4 months, 13 days old
Gavin has adjusted really well to having Josie around. At first he had no interest in her except to say "No, no, no, no!" every time she cried, but now he has this sweet affection for her. It's a great mix of love and sweetness without being so interested that he tries to carry her around or maul her. He calls her "Boo" with the sweetest expression and tone of voice. I think they'll be great friends once Gavin gets used to the idea of sharing his toys with another human being.

Gavin at 2 years, 5 months and Josie at 4 months old
I sure do love these two little sweeties!