Carter, Carter's progress, HUNTER, CARTER & CHLOE CARTER: MONTH 3-4 PROGRESS 5 December 2012

Happy 4 month Birthday, Carter!

 

Oh how I love my littlest man!!! I’m so tickled that I have a SMILEY child. I’ll be frank, Hunter wasn’t a very smiley or social baby… he was to Chris and I, but to no one else. It would be a huuuuge effort just to get him to crack a smile, and Hunter was completly (in)famous for his DEATHSTARE. He no longer deathstares (as much) fortunately but for the longest time, he was quite a serious child.

But Carter! Oh my! He’s just a fat bundle of smiles! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ All he needs is someone toย look at him, and he’ll break out in a cheery grin. Chris reckons it means his smiles come a little cheap (LOL) but it’s nice having a kid that laughs so easily.

Carter’sย special smile, though, is JUST FOR ME. It’s this wide-eyed, I just adore youย kinda look that makes my heart go all fluttery and weak and mushy. He has a special look and smile for me that he gives to nobody else, not even to his Dad. He absolutely adores me, his whole world revolves around me, and he wants nobody but me. And it’s obvious to everyone that sees him. It makes me feel so loved and so special, because I never got that with Hunter.. who, to this day, prefers Chris and my Dad over me (unless he’s sick or upset, then it’s “Mamaaaaa”).

“Yes I do!!”

 

All smiles in the morning

 

Baby giggles. Oh how they make my heart melt!
httpv://youtu.be/7nkpzJP6nnU

 

Carter has a real feisty streak though. If he’s unhappy about something…. theย scream he emits is window-shattering. It blasts our ear drums, makes people reel, and has everyone turning around to stare and wonder WHO’S TRYING TO THROTTLE A BABY??? He is a Drama King. It’s awful too cos he won’t stop until the particular need is met, driving everyone insane in the meantime ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

He’s also pretty… heavy. He was alreadyย 8KG a few weeks agoย and just keeps getting fatter?? But he’s on 100% breastmilk so nothing we can do.

 

Staggering around baby-carrying my chunky monkey

 

Small Fry? You wish!

 

  • EATINGย โ€“ Breastfeeds exactly 6 times a day, like clockwork. He spends the entire time staring at me with the same adoring look. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find that totally endearing!
Looking up at me, waiting for his feed

 

Very satisfied after his meal

 

  • SLEEPINGย โ€“ Carter sleeps from 7:30PM straight through for 12-13 hours. I feed him anytime between 5:30 – 7:30AM though, depending on whether he grunts/shifts around or my boobs feel like they’re gonna explode. He has an odd habit of frequently screaming himself to sleep. It’ll only be for a few minutes, but he’ll scream blue murder periodically, whilst appearing to fall asleep. Weird thing is that he’ll then put himself to sleep and be quiet as a mouse! It’s like he’s releasing a final burst of energy or something before he can sleep?? Also, sometimes after the 5ish mark, he’ll be really noisy (or maybe I’m only semi-asleep by then so I hear it more), so it really disrupts me and I end up sleep deprived pretty frequently ๐Ÿ™
Clowning around before bedtime

 

  • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENTย โ€“ Can reach for and grab objects, bringing them to his mouth. He spends the majority of the time clasping his hands together and ‘praying’ though. He adores tummy time and is very sturdy sitting in the Bumbo, as well as can hold his weight on his legs easily. Very strong neck control (I guess cos he’s pretty chunky) so we always have to remind people to “be careful, support his neck” when they hold him, as frequently they pick him up without doing so, forgetting he’s only really little!
    Also had his first swim this month! He really liked it.. dishing out happy smiles. Can’t wait to get him into the big pool in a few months ๐Ÿ™‚
First swim

 

Hunter will proactively go up and cuddle/kiss Carter, which is infinitely sweet. Carter will follow Hunter with his eyes endlessly, he absolutely adores his older brother. Can’t wait til both of them can run around and play together!

Chilling out watching a bit of TV in the morning… a rare treat for both!

 

HULLO, BROTHER ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Carter is a real social creature – he thrives on going out, and having human interaction and attention. He’s also really vocal, and will have endless ‘conversations’ chattering away with me. He’s actually pretty noisy!

My girl friend summed Carter up best – “he’d be the easiest baby in the world, IF he were your first born”. That describes Carter so eloquently because he is a perfect, smiley, placid baby that behaves, sleeps well and eats well…….ย providedย he gets all my attention. However, that isn’t always the case, since Hunter demands a lot of my attention and energy, and so Carter really becomes a monster when he fights for attention. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…..

 

Compare withย Hunter at Month 3-4 here.

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19 Comments

  • Sarah posted on December 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Carter is so sweet! I’m amazed that he’s sleeping so solidly through the night already! Any tips?

    Really hope my second one (due April) will be as easy going as Carter ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on December 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I think both my kids are lazy and so are good at sleeping at night… haha! I reckon it helps if you follow a routine though, we have ours like clockwork at specific times, so they end up just gagging to fall asleep ASAP once the routine ends.

      Also, because both kids were so chunky when they were very young, I think it also meant their bellies were physically bigger and could hold more milk to tide them through the night!

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  • Petrina posted on December 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    He is absolutely adorable! I wish my lil one is as compliant as Carter, I’m def finding it very tough at the mo being a first time parent and a difficult newborn. My LO also gives death stares like ur Hunter! We were trying to figure out what to call his frowns when he stares at ppl n when I read this entry I though omg it’s a death stare!!

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    • Beverly! posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Awwww Sebastien is so wee and adorable!! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

      And LOL at him also having a death stare. Hunter was absolutely infamous among family & friends for giving the nasty look, even when people leaned in and cooed at him (so embarrassing).

      I wouldn’t call Carter compliant, that was more like Hunter! Carter is super smiley but oh boy he can blast your ear drums when he’s not satisfied about something (which can be often). Sigh!

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  • Vix posted on December 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I was just think I shld post an update in G when you did this and I thought, it’s almost exactly what I would have written for G (not so eloquently though).
    I think carter and my G can fight for chunkiest bub – he was 9.2kg at just past 5mo.

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    • Beverly! posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Hehe so funny that both our boys are similar! It’s hard when they scream tho.. esp since we have older kids that demand attention too. sigh

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  • Ruth posted on December 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    aww he is so cute! babies are irresistible
    wished i’d the chance to carry him ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Beverly! posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      You can next time!

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      • Ruth posted on December 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

        i can?!! yay ๐Ÿ™‚ that would totally make my day. hope i’ll bump into you soon then!

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  • Mel posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love love love his smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE.

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    • Beverly! posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Aww thanks Mel! It makes me melt ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • C posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    he’s def looking like a happy baby buddha

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    • Beverly! posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Haha he does look like that!

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  • Fifilala posted on December 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    What a lovely smiley boy. He really is a chunky monkey, isn’t he?

    That photo of Carter laughing with Hunter leaning over him is just adorable.

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    • Beverly! posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      That’s one of my fave pics of them too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Iris posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Handsome and adorable, soooo cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Beverly! posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Aww thanks Iris!

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  • Sash posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Your Carter is SUPER adorable!!!!! Love his looks… I go aaawwwwwww every time you post his pics… I saw you with Erica once at Plaza Sing, but didn’t dare say hi… Chuckles. I really love to see your kids growing up and do hope to follow your blog till they get married… **Big grins**

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    • Beverly! posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      That’s so nice of you Sash, thank you! I don’t think Erica have been to Plaza Sing.. at least not for months and months??

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