It has been 4 months since I gave birth to Jada.
Toughest WOD of my life! And, the most rewarding too.
At 4 months, Jada is developing a personality and interacting more with us each day. She is trying so hard to communicate – lots of babbling, cooing, blowing bubbles. Oh, how she wants to mimic our sounds!
She is very observant in new environments and generally interested in people, especially when they are talking. We had a successful trip to Costco the other day with her in the ergo. Didn’t say a peep–just took it all in.
And, a progress pic for good measure–she has changed quite a bit in her 4 months!
Facts about Jada at 4 months:
This month especially, she has been noticing Cooper much more. I keep telling her that he will be her best buddy. And, we are learning the ASL sign for dog too.
And, he is still amazing with her! He is a big dog, around 90 lbs, but is very cautious near her. When she cries, he’s concerned and stays near to make sure she’s okay.
She is settling into a schedule, but there are always days (and nights) that mess with me–just when I think we’ve got it figured out. Courtney wrote that she isn’t reading any parenting/baby books presently because they tend to provide general guidelines that her little one doesn’t follow, and I’m totally with her!
I get downright jealous when I see facebook status updates, of “Little Danny slept for 10 hours last night!” Or, “Suzy is only 8 weeks and sleeping through the night.” Sometimes, I wish insomnia on those parents (not really. okay, maybe a little).
Jada does a bath a 7 p.m., followed by feeding and generally falls asleep around 8-8:30 p.m. She usually gets up for a feeding around 3-4 a.m. and then back to sleep for a few more hours. Sometimes, I have to wake her up to get to work in time.
She loves being outside. It is the most soothing place for her (besides bath time). This makes me so happy!
She wakes up alert and with a huge grin which is better than any cup of coffee, but I’d still really like Starbucks to deliver regardless. Anyone else?
Usually, she’s ready to eat soon after waking as we try to do the eat-play-sleep routine. Thankfully, breastfeeding has been going well. It IS hard but it does get easier. Promise. You really are giving up your body for more than 9 months.
Because I am working part-time now, I don’t have to pump often. Before I had her, I merely thought of breastfeeding as a means to feed her, but it is more than that. It’s a bonding time for us, and she seems to need that–especially at night.
Now that she is older, her feeding frequency has reduced, and I don’t feel “so full” all the time. Oh, and she spits up like a champ. It doesn’t bother her, but I have hold her a little extra after feeding to minimize it.
At 2 months, Jada was in the 85th percentile for weight 12 lbs 12 oz and height 23.5 inches. Update: At her 4 month check-up on Tuesday, she weight 15 lbs 10 oz. (73rd percentile) and 26.25 inches (98th percentile). She is in 6 month clothing right now. Stop growing so fast!
Strange enough, she has always liked tummy time. The kid came out of the womb with head control which is why I had to push for 2 hours!
She can roll over now, which means she wants to sleep on her side and/or belly. It makes me nervous, but I’m not sure how I can keep her on her back.
Her dexterity is improving daily. She enjoys batting at toys on her play mat or car seat and often brings her hands together like she is praying!
Often, when I am nursing her, I get a hand to the face. So, I find holding her hand helps soothe her and keep her from being so grabby.
She used to be a rockstar napper, but in the last week or so, she hasn’t slept all that much during the day. I read somewhere that it is because at this age babies are developing (physically and cognitively) at a high rate, so sleep may be impacted. Ugh. I need her to take naps.
Here are her past updates:
What are some baby must-haves for 4-6 months?
Do you like naps?