Maybe one of these months I’ll get this post published on time. But for now, my baby girl turned four months last Sunday (on Valentine’s day!) I can’t believe how quickly time is flying, but at the same time, I don’t remember life without her. She brings us so much joy with her gummy smiles, her giggles, and her open mouth kisses. Her personality is shining through daily, which is the best to see! Here’s a recap of this past month.
Weight: 15 lb 3 oz
Head: 46 cm
Height: 24.5 in
She is in 3-6 month clothes at this point. Homegirl is a chunker.
Well, this month we discovered she had reflux. It explains her trouble sleeping and getting past the dreaded 45 min mark. She started out the month sleeping a lot in the swing. After she was sick and was in the swing all the time, she got used to it and it worked. Then, suddenly the naps got shorter and shorter and the swing made things worse. I started putting all naps in the crib, and we slowly got up to where she slept over 2 hours for some naps! We usually give her some Gripe water before each nap to calm her tummy and help her reflux. But, not every nap is a winner by any means!
Oh night sleep. How I wish for thee. Ha The beginning of the month started off well on the sleep front. Actually, she wasn’t doing too badly until a week or so ago. We dealt with a few nights of waking up at 1 am for no reason. She seemed more in pain from reflux than hungry. I would try to get her back down without feeding but it didn’t always work. It was exhausting because she’d be up again in a few hours. For the most part, she wakes up one time, eats and then goes back. She doesn’t always go down quickly, though.
Sadly, she doesn’t let anyone put her down but me anymore. It’s exhausting. Aaron has actually put her to bed since she was born, but this month she would not have it anymore. She’d scream and cry, so it’s been me putting her to bed. It makes going out difficult, and I know she just will scream for whoever puts her down, which stresses me out. Then, it’s a really bad night of sleep (usually). It also stresses me out to leave her and go anywhere at night, hence our day date this past weekend. Here’s hoping that gets better!
She still is exclusively breast fed and eating about every 3 hours. She takes bottles when I’m not around, or on the weekends in the morning when Aaron is home. She takes 4 oz in the bottles, and typically eats at 7-10-1-4-7 and bedtime. The times are not always precise. Sometimes naps run later so she eats at 5 and then skips the 7 and just takes the bedtime bottle. She eats 5-6 oz before bed.
- Her elephant blanket
- Binky when it’s sleep time
- Her changing pad
- Open mouth kisses
- Mommy’s hair tickling her
- Nuzzling into mommy’s hair
- Tummy Time, if she’s looking at this ball that lights up
- Her o-ball and o-ball rattle, and o-ball play station
- Gripe water
- Lights on her gym mat
- Pretending she’s an airplane
- Shopping Trips
This boots. I mean.. how adorable!
- Spitting up
- Having burps that she can’t get out
- Laying down after she eats
- Anyone but mommy putting her to bed
- Sleeping through the night (ha! Happened a few times but nothing consistent, sadly).
- Being overtired
- Being hungry
- Medicine (it’s peppermint flavor and she hates it. We also learned that peppermint can make reflux worse. So, why is it that flavor?! No one knows!)
- I started back at work this month. My mom comes over and watches her while I work, and it’s been really great. She’s slowly been getting used to my mom being here and putting her down for naps and such. The morning nap is tricky because I put her down for it, but if she wakes up and needs her binky again, my mom does it and it confuses her. We’ve been working through that, though.
- She got her 4 month shots and had a fever both that night and the following day. Her little leg was even swollen from the shot! I felt so bad!
- She is so close to rolling from back to belly, but not there yet.
- She does very well with tummy time. She actually loves it and loves watching this ball move around in front of her. She also will chat more on her belly.
Things I want to remember:
- Her smiles light up my world.
- She LOVES when my hair tickles her if I bend over.
- I love how her arms will clasp around my hand when she’s trying to fall asleep.
- Her screams in my ear when she wants to talk! Hilarious, but very loud!
- Her concentration trying to get toys. Oh gosh, the way she looks at something she wants and goes for it is the best.
- She smiles SO big when her pal Violet is around (stuffed animal that lights up and makes noise).
- How she gets so determined to grab on to things
- How she rubs her eyes when she gets tired
- The way she nuzzles up to her elephant blanket when she’s in her crib
- She slept through the night a few times!
- Her giggles!!!
Each month gets better and better! I can’t wait to see what this month brings!