Monday, November 5, 2012

4 months

This is a baby-related post. Please feel free to skip if you are not comfortable reading.

K turned four months old on Friday!

Weight & Length: She's just over 11 lbs. with her clothes on, but she doesn't have her four-month appointment until next Monday. So we won't know her official length and weight until then.

Sleeping: She is still getting up once a night to eat, almost the same time each night - between 12 and 1. But she's MUCH better at falling asleep. She goes to bed consistently at 8 pm and wakes up around 7 am - though she usually has her morning bottle about an hour or two before that.

Eating: She's eating between 3 and 4 ounces each feeding, and anywhere from 20 to 26 ounces a day.

Diapers: We are still using bumGenius 4.0s at home, but daycare will only do disposable. So we are using Huggies Natural Care there, and she's still in a size 1.

Clothing: Clothes that are 0-3 months are packed away, and some of the 3 month clothes are starting to get tight. I've taken out the 3-6 month clothes and even some of the 6 month stuff in preparation for the transition. Ah!

Hair: Her hair is getting a little thicker, but she still has the bald spot from birth on the back of her head. I'm wondering when it's going to start filling in.

Eyes: Dark brown and incredibly expressive. Her eyes always tell me how she's feeling.

Personality: She is still as happy and chatty as ever. We actually went through a period this month where she was waking up in the middle of the night just to talk. It was as if she didn't have enough time during the day to say all that she needed to say. The ladies at daycare rave about how sweet she is there, too, so it's not just at home. She recognizes the people she normally interacts with, and smiles/"talks" to them when she sees them (including Joey and I, of course). It's all fun, all the time with this girl. I joke that she's going to be a comedian, but she is so active, that I have a feeling she'll be into athletics. Her little legs are always going. Can we say the next Mia Hamm?

Milestones & Firsts: This month, she started holding her bottle for the first time (though she's not strong enough to do it herself yet), sleeping in her crib (for most of the night), and taking her pacifier out of her mouth and putting it back in. She's desperately trying to sit up, but hasn't quite mastered it. She had her first trip to a pumpkin patch, "walked" in her first 5k race, visited Epcot for the first time (she's already been to Animal Kingdom), and celebrated her first Halloween. We also had an important "last" for this month: we had our last post-placement visit with our social worker, which means we are ready to finalize the adoption! It will either be later this month or early next month.

It's hard to believe that her first year of life is already a third of the way complete. I remember being in the NICU with her so many nights and wondering if she would ever get better - if we would ever have a healthy little girl to bring home. And now? That time seems like a blur. Because there are so many more days of her life that have been filled with laughter and smiles. It's a wonderful feeling.


Jen said...

Sounds like things are going really well! Glad to hear :(

Jen said...

That was supposed to be :)

AnotherDreamer said...

My goodness how she's growing :)

V;s hair was kind of bald in the back for the longest time. It's filled in now, but it's still shorter/thinner than the rest of his hair lol. Hers will get there, it will probably fill in more once she starts sitting more.

It Is What It Is said...

Wow, 4 months?! How is that possible?! I am sure I will be saying the same thing after baby boy's arrival.

Rach said...

Happy 4 months! She is so sweet and cute. I love all her pictures on FB.

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

I love that she has so much to say that she needs to wake at night to get it all out! Too cute! Enjoy every second!

Logical Libby said...

Things are about to get so fun! I loved that age... Does she do raspberries yet?

Mellow MW Mama said...

awww, great update! It sounds like she is doing AWESOME! Way to grow baby girl! it really is about to get so fun :)

someday-soon said...

So happy all the fun/good times are now outweighing those initially scary ones! Sounds like she's doing great =) That bald spot should start filling in when she learns to sit up.