Thursday, April 7, 2011

4 Months

Wow!  Evie is already 4 months old!  Time is flying.  The poor baby celebrated her actual 4 month birthday with an 8 hour car trip from Waco to Clovis - no fun, but she slept almost the whole time.  She is growing and changing every day! Here are her 4 months stats:

Height:  24.2 inches (34%)
Weight:  13.56 lbs. (35%)
Head Circumference:  41cm (39%)

Her little body is finally catching up with her head!  She's still on the small side of things, but much closer to average now.  She actually looks like quite a little chunk!  I'll post pictures in a separate post.  (I've got to take some official 4 month pics today!)

 Here are some things she is doing/has done in the last month:
  • Sleeps in her own room for 10-12 hours each night
  • Naps 3-4 times a day, usually for only 30-45 minutes per nap in her crib, but for longer if she's in her Boppy pillow on the couch
  • Nurses every 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours during the day and anywhere from 0-2 times at night, usually just once
  • Has established a bedtime routine of bath, book, nurse, sleep starting at 7:30 each night
  • Likes going for walks much more since she has moved out of her bassinet and into the regular part of her stroller.  We walk 3-5 times per week.
  • Still doesn't love her Bumbo, but has begun to sit unassisted for short periods in the "tripod" stance
  • Loves to stand supported.  She will fuss to do this if we don't let her.  Most of the time she just needs to hold onto our hands for balance.
  • Is getting much better at grasping items.  She especially loves her Nugget, crunchy book, Taggies ball, and alphabet loops right now.
  • Loves laughing at Finlay when he walks away and then comes back into her line of sight.  This will entertain her for over 10 minutes at a time.
  • She can use her entertainer table if we put something under her feet since her legs don't reach the ground yet.
  • She's still too small for her high chair, but she enjoys watching us eat at mealtimes from her bouncy seat.  She still won't start solids until closer to 6 months.
  • She is getting very close to rolling over back to tummy.  She can get her lower half all the way over, but can't figure out the upper half.
  • Tolerates tummy time more but still doesn't love it
  • Likes to chatter to her mobile and toys on her playmat
  • Loves having raspberries blown on her tummy during diaper changes
  • Loves splashing around in her bath
Her normal daily routine is still pretty fluid, but typically she will:
Wake around 8-8:30am and nurse immediately.  Play for about 45 minutes-1 hour then get fussy and sleepy.  We put her in her sleep sack and read a book until she is super drowsy, then she naps in her crib for 30-45 minutes.  She repeats that cycle, normally eating around 11-11:30 and 2:00-2:30 and repeating the eat, play, sleep cycle and then staying awake for the rest of the evening after her 5-5:30 feeding.  She then starts her bedtime routine at 7:30, eats around 8:00 and is usually asleep by 8:30.

I am really trying to savor every moment that she is still in this small baby stage, but selfishly I am looking forward to the time that she can sit up on her own, allowing us to enjoy more activities together.  I know those days are coming quickly, though, and I wouldn't really trade a moment of these first 4 months.  Our sweet Evie continues to be a complete joy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll vouch for the "joy" part for sure! Just a living doll. . . GE