I decided to describe Charlotte as she is right now, at four months, for posterity. I completely understand if you think this post is boring and skip it, but I thought it would be fun to put down where she is at this point, kind of like a still frame in the middle of a movie. She changes so fast, one stage just kind of blends into another. Also, since we just went to the doctor for her well baby check-up, it seemed like a good time.
– Charlotte is 12 lbs 1 ounce (25th percentile) and 24.5 in long (50th percentile).
I’ve been worried for a while that she isn’t getting enough to eat when she nurses, because she finishes so quickly but still seems hungry. I’ve posted before that nursing has been a struggle from the very beginning. I actually decided to go ahead and wean last week. We’re down to 1 daytime and 1 nighttime nursing. She’s had no problems with the formula, and absolutely loves the bottle. She’s even decided that she can hold it herself! It is such a relief to know exactly how much she is getting during every feeding, and there is no more fight or struggle. Eating is actually enjoyable now for both of us, and it’s so nice to let Chris get in on the action! I struggled with a lot of guilt at first for “giving up” so soon, but my mom talked me down and reminded me that I’d surpassed my original goal of 3 months, and that it was kind of a miracle that I was able to breastfeed at all since I had to pump for the first week and a half. I still feel twinges of guilt about the added expense of formula, but we have stacks of coupons and several free samples that people have given us. In fact, for all you new moms out there that have extra cans of formula laying around, we’re using Similac Sensitive and would very happily take any you don’t want to use! 🙂
– Charlotte can hold her head steady when in a supported seated position, and can lift her head and chest off the ground when she’s on her tummy.
She’s had great neck strength starting at birth, so it’s no surprise that her head control is great. She’s still not a huge fan of tummy time, but I’ve discovered a way to make it much more tolerable for both of us. Angle her so she can face the TV. Okay, so this is one of the things I swore I’d NEVER do (ha! learned quick to never say never), but I figure that she’s not really watching it yet, just fascinated by the moving shapes and colors. I really don’t turn the TV on much at all during the day, but during the Olympics it was on all the time, which was when she developed her little addiction. Now I’ll put in on in the afternoons and lay her on our tummy while we enjoy the latest DVRed episode of Project Runway or Craft Wars (anybody else entertained by that show? It’s totally cheesy and badly edited, but it absolutely makes me want to break out the glitter and glue gun. In fact, I blame that show for my latest bow-making addiction).
– Charlotte doesn’t really roll over yet.
She’s flipped herself from her tummy to her back occasionally, but it was more accidental than anything. Her heavy head started to lean to one side and that momentum carried her over. I’m really not to worried about it or anxious for her to master this skill, since I know next comes crawling, and I’m really not ready for her to become mobile. Judging from the curiosity she’s shown so far, she will be into everything. Right now we have a tangle of cords and multiple power strips all over the living room, feeding our electronics habit, but we’re going to have to do something about all that before she decides to investigate. With her tongue.
– Baby girl has definitely mastered grabbing things.
Her dress, burp rags, rattles, stuffed animals, Mommy’s shirt, Daddy’s chest hair, board books, paci…if it’s within reach she is grabbing for it. She’s also gotten pretty good at transferring things from one hand to the other. She loves rings and those toys with crinkly cellophane, but her favorite things to grab are her toes, especially if they have socks on them. I can understand her fascination, because they are huge! I put on a pair of adorable lacy socks the other day for the first time, and was devastated to see that they were too small! I had to go buy some 6-9 month socks (and Grandma Baran contributed a ton too, so we’re definitely not hurting for socks now) but I’m worried that she will stretch them out from all the pulling.
– Charlotte loves bath time!
She even handles the transition out of the water to the towel much better…smiling and laughing while we dry her off rather than screaming. We had to remove the newborn sling from the tub because she’s gotten too long for it! As soon as she can sit up we’ll try out her inflatable ducky bath…it’s just too cute!
– Charlotte now sleeps in her crib in her own room.
Yes, I am happy to announce that while baby won a few battles, mom and dad eventually won the war. Charlotte goes down to sleep about 8:30 at night after a sweet little bedtime ritual with Daddy (bottle, jammies, story time, swaddle, paci, lights out) and generally sleeps until about 7:30 or 8. She still wakes up occasionally and wants her paci, but I’ve perfected the zombie shuffle down the hall, pat the mattress to find the paci, stick it back in, stroke the hair, shuffle back to bed, and pretty much do it in my sleep now. She’s still wanting to eat once during the night, but it’s a lot better than the 3 times she was wanting at first! Hopefully after we finish weaning we’ll work on dropping that night feeding, but for now I’m just happy that she’s sleeping in the nursery. I’m also extremely thankful for powerful monitors that don’t get interference from cell phones (the problem with our first set of monitors that cause constant feedback as well as random squeals and beeps that made sleeping about as restful as trying to relax inside an airport radio tower).
I guess those are pretty much the highlights. She’s also cooing, babbling, squealing, smiling, and laughing all the time, which makes interacting with her so much fun! I’ve been told this is the golden age of babyhood, and so far I definitely believe it! I’m trying to savor every day, because I know they will go so quickly! It’s crazy how fast she’s grown and changed already. I don’t think I’m ready for the next stage, but I see it lurking around the corner…solid foods and teething! Thankfully I’ll have a couple more months before that change comes. I hope.