Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ellie: 4 months


happy four months elle belle!
you are growing up super fast and are entering maybe my most favorite baby months with you.  you're definitely no longer a newborn baby and as much as i'll miss those sweet, sleepy, squishy moments i am so excited for your next adventures.  i feel like the past month was a big turning point for you and you are now a very happy and content baby 99% of the time these days.  thank goodness!

things you are up to at 4 months:
...  at your well visit yesterday you were 12 pounds 7 ounces and 24.25 inches long.  25th and 50th percentiles respectively.  you're maybe a smidge bigger than your sister was at this age and i would guess you too will be around the same size when you're all grown up.
... you are a happy, smiley baby!  you smile at everyone and it's the best.
...  you laugh!  you did your first real belly laughs this month although you're pretty stingy about when you'll give them out.  and you almost always stop once i break out the camera.
...  you love your big sis.  she always gets smiles from you and i think she likes you, too.  it's actually pretty cute to see you guys start to interact.
...  i started to move you into the cosleeper for your first nighttime stretch but then you got sick and i ended up moving you back to the rock 'n play since it was easier for you to breathe there.  your daddy is pretty anxious for you to sleep in your own room so we'll see what happens in the next month.  right now you still spend a decent chunk of time in our bed, which seems to be where we all sleep the best.  my guess is that you're waking up about 2-3 times to eat at night although i admit that i sleep through most of your wake ups.
...  you're not rolling over yet although we've been pretty terrible about tummy time and since you were pretty fussy for the first 3 months of your life you spent most of that time being held by me.  you'll roll to your side but can't figure out how to get the rest of the way over
...  you grab things with pretty good accuracy and of course once you have something in your hand it goes straight to your mouth.
...  you drool like crazy and love to chomp on your hands.  the doctor mentioned that you looked like you were teething when i brought you in at 3 months for a sick visit.
...  you're big enough for the ergo now so i think we've retired the moby wrap in exchange for the ergo.  you loved the moby wrap for those first three months but it was beginning to hurt my shoulders when you were in it for long periods of time and i always preferred how easy the ergo was to put on.
...  you're napping more consistently now.  you still take about 3-4 naps a day.  usually 2 morning naps with the first one in the rock 'n play and the second in the ergo.  you'll take a long afternoon nap when avery does although you will usually nurse your way through half of it.  if this nap is long enough then you'll stay up until bedtime but if it's too short than you'll take a quick evening nap, too.
...  speaking of naps, unlike your sister you prefer to put yourself to sleep by either sucking your thumb and being sort of jiggled or by walking around in the ergo.  you usually don't like to nurse to sleep but you will do this for bedtime (sometimes) and during the middle of the night.
...  you're a thumb sucker!  you finally figured out how to get it in your mouth and it really helps to soothe you when you're tired or trying to fall asleep.  this has actually helped a lot in the past month!
...  you're still nursing really well.  usually about every 2-3 hours during the day.  you're definitely not a comfort nurser like your sister was so it'll be interesting to see how long you nurse for.

happy four months, little one!  we love you.

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