Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Four Months Old!

Baby MC is four months old! Hard to believe she's been here for 1/3 of a year; this has been both the shortest and the longest four months of our life.
 
October 12, 2012

This month she is rolling both tummy-to-back and side-to-side. No back-to-tummy action yet, although she's been really close several times. She makes tons of noises and loves to hear herself screech. She gives us lots of laughs; she seems to be ticklish around her ribs and will screech with delight when a giggle just isn't enough to convey her joy.

She has learned how to blow "raspberries" with her mouth. Between the raspberries and the cooing and screeching, she has some interesting conversations with her toys.


She has gotten really grabby this month. Her aim and grasp have become much more accurate. Anything is fair game for grabbing - hair, sunglasses, cell phones - whatever you have, she wants it. And she wants to put it in her mouth.
 

She is drooling like crazy, but the pediatrician says no teething yet. He says that drooling and hand chewing are more of a development stage than a teething indication. So no pearly whites yet!

Last week, she caught my cold and developed pink eye, so we made our first sick-baby visit to the pediatrician. Luckily, both the cold and the pink eye were really mild and both cleared right up in a few days. We managed to not pass the pink eye around, but we did share the cold with BD.

 
She loves to hang out on her playmat and grab at all the dangling toys. She also likes her bouncy seat and has discovered that it has dangly toys, too! She will tolerate the swing for short periods of time; she's never been a huge fan of the swing (So glad we borrowed it from a friend instead of buying!). Her favorite toys are her Sofie Giraffe and some colorful plastic links. She also loves to be read to.
 
She is starting to recognize her name and will look when we call her. She is still very much a Mommy's girl - when she is tired, especially at night, no one else will do. BD is in charge of bath time and reading time before bed, but it is unusual that she will let him put her down for bed. So far bedtime has been a MC mandated Mommy-Only task. BD takes it in stride and assures her that one day when she needs help with math homework, she will be his best friend.
 
Four Month Info
 
Stats:
11lbs 14oz
23 3/4" long
 
Feeding:
Still exclusively breastfed. The pediatrician told us that at some point in the next 2 months she'll be ready to start with solids. She is definitely starting to pay attention and watch what we're doing as we're eating, so we'll probably wait another month or so and then give it a try.  
 
Sleeping:
She's taking three naps a day - a shortish morning nap (1 hour), a longer afternoon nap (1.5-2 hours), and then an evening catnap of 30-45 mins.
 
Overall her night sleeping is good, but naturally some nights are better than others. BD does bath and reads books then I nurse her and sing/rock until she's asleep. Once she's down, we usually have to go in and give her her paci once or twice before she's really out. She still sticks to her first long stretch of sleep - usually around 6 hours. On a good night after that first stretch, we get another 3-4 hours; on a bad night we're up every 2 hours. Thankfully she does go right back to sleep after she nurses. It's more a problem for me because I sometimes have trouble going back to sleep.
 
She's still sleeping nights in the bassinet in our room. She's such a little peanut that she hasn't outgrown it yet, and I haven't been in any hurry to get her in her own room. I did try to get her sleeping in the Pack n Play in our room, but she never really seemed to sleep soundly in it. Then she got sick, so I moved her back to the bassinet. This week we have started taking naps in the crib in her room. She's doing surprisingly well (after the PnP experience, I was expecting her to take a long time to transition), and I'm thinking we may try for night sleeping in the crib this weekend. She is still swaddled for sleeping.  
 
Clothes:
She is in mostly 0-3 month clothes still. There are a couple of 3-6 month things she can wear. The weather has been nice and mild here recently, so we've been doing short or long-sleeve onesies and leg warmers or pants. She sleeps in zip-up footie pajamas - cutest thing ever.
 
 

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1 comment:

Fine For Now said...

She is a little peanut still! Soo cute :-) Our little peanut is around 14 pounds according to holding him on our home scale :) He sleeps in his crib in our room still because he's still waking up 2-3 times a night to eat and I just am not ready for him to go across the house yet! :)