Time seems to fly even faster when you have a child. This past weekend, I was putting away all of her clothes that she’s outgrown and I couldn’t believe how small she started out. When I look at her now, it’s hard to remember her as a 7 pounder. We took her to her 4 month check up and all is well. She’s in the 80th percentile for weight and 70th for height.
Sleep. Since baby girl’s been 3 months she’s been averaging about 10 hours of sleep a night. This is great, except the new bed time has moved from 9:30-10pm to 8 pm. What does this mean for mama? Getting up at about 6:30 am on my days off. It’s hard to be mad about it when you’re waking up to the happiest baby ever.
Eat. Two weeks ago, I gave her formula for the first time because I didn’t have enough breast milk stored up. We gave her a milk-based formula and the daycare lady told me that she had been unusually gassy. For the most part, I try to stay away from dairy because it’s pretty hard on my stomach, so she hasn’t gotten a lot of exposure to it. I told the nurse about the gas and she said it could be the dairy in the formula. I try to breastfeed and pump as much as I can on the weekends to help increase my supply for the week. Even though she’s intrigued by the act of sitting down and eating dinner, our doctor told us to hold off giving her solids until she’s at least 6 months. The longer I keep her on just milk, the better. She said that if she’s sleeping fine and seems satisfied after eating, there’s no need to rush it. I was happy to hear this. On one hand, I’m really looking forward to that stage and watching her have fun with food, but on the other hand it’s just a reminder on how quickly she’s growing up.
Play. Madelyn loves rolling over from her front to her back. I’m still waiting for the feet in the mouth moment. She knows that they’re there, but she hasn’t made the connection. She’s a really good supported sitter and can hold herself up pretty well before she falls over. She prefers to stand and can pull herself up like a champ. Madelyn is a little mover and a shaker. When she is put on her stomach, she tries so hard to crawl and clearly gets frustrated when she doesn’t go anywhere. I have a feeling that when she does start crawling we’re going to get a run for our money.
What she loves. She still can’t get enough of those fingers. Her Winnie the Pooh activity bouncer-we put her in it for the first time yesterday and even though she’s still not tall enough (we prop her feet with a pillow), she has a blast in that thing. She even knows how to turn herself around in it.
Another big love? The Christmas tree lights! Here’s a video of her babbling away when I laid her under the tree for a photo sesh 🙂 This is pretty much how she is every single day. My heart melts.
Happy 4 months to my baby girl! I love you more than you’ll ever know.