December 8, 2016
Our sweet little GL turned 4 months old last week. We have started calling her "Birdie" because she makes the cutest little chirps and tweets and trills at us all the time. Such a big change seems to happen for babies between months 3-4. They go from little floppy newborn to sturdier more interactive infant, and it is just so fun to experience it along with her.
Her head and neck control is really good, and we've even started putting her in the Bumbo chair for short periods of time. She really seems to like seeing the world from a new sitting-up perspective.
This month she has started rolling from tummy to back, grabbing her feet, and putting her hands in her mouth. She has also started reaching out for toys (and hair) if they come within reach for her little grabby hands.
But definitely the most fun development this month is her belly laughs. She had a few chuckles for us previously, but now several times she has given a full on belly laugh for some of MC's antics. It is adorable, and MC just bursts with pride when she is able to make GL laugh. It is the sweetest thing I have ever seen.
Four Month Info
She is currently in the 13% for weight and 20% for height - petite but staying on her growth curve, so all is well. And 81% for head circumference..."big brained", as the pediatrician said - LOL!
She is still exclusively breast fed on demand, and that continues to go well. She will also easily take a bottle of expressed breast milk if I need to be away from her for some reason. She does seem to be more impatient at the breast after she has recently had a bottle (because she doesn't have to wait for milk from a bottle like she does from the breast), so she only gets a bottle when necessary.
Her first stretch of night sleep is the longest, usually somewhere between 4-5 hours. After that initial stretch she's up every 2-3 hours. She is currently sleeping swaddled with both arms in, in the swing in our bedroom.
During the day she usually cycles through sleep and awake every 1.5-2 hours, with a longer nap in the mid-afternoon of 2 or 3 hours. I'm expecting her sleeping to become more structured over the next few months, but for now she basically sleeps when she's sleepy.
She is wearing 3-6 month clothes with some growing room.