My little baby is four months! Part of me feels like it's too fast and the part is very happy she's reached this stage! It's been a longish four months. Emma seems to have turned a corner in the last week or two. She's sleeping longer at night, she's happier during the day and in general, just more content. I was talking to Ben's cousin-in-law the other day and she mentioned that when her kids were waking up too early in the morning someone suggested to put them to bed earlier. She did and they started sleeping longer in the morning. I thought I'd try that with Emma and dream feed her at 10 instead of 10:30. Well I don't know if that's what did it, but she went from sleeping from 10:30-4/5/6 to 10-7/7:30! AMAZING! I tell you! Of course, now that I've written this, she'll read it when I'm not looking and go back to 4am! I think I'm less tired, but sometimes I wonder if it's just physiological and I just think I'm less because I know I've gotten full night's sleep with no interruptions. Either way I'm not going to knock it. **Ok, no joke. I wrote this post last week and never finished it. Since then Emma's been up between 3:30 and 4am for the past week or so. Ridiculous!
also started to have a bit more routine with Emma and slightly more
scheduled naps. Her routine looks something like this(provided I don't
sleep in, sigh.... is this a problem for any of you other moms? I wake
up with intentions of getting up, lie back down for one more doze and
wake up an hour later! Katie doesn't seem to mind at all and would
probably stay in bed til lunch if I let her. Seriously, I did a big
whoops a few weeks ago and slept in until 11AM! So bad! Emma was in bed
with me because I had nursed her in bed that morning and Katie just
played in her bed until I got her!) Anyways....
7/7:30 wake up and nurse
8:30/9:30 nap for an hour
10:30ish wake up and nurse
1/1:30 nurse and to bed
4/4:30 wake up and nurse
7:30 nurse and off to bed!
10pm nurse and back to bed
quite often have to put Emma in her swing to keep her happy if she
thinks she's hungrier sooner. She's a super fast nurser now; and rarely
nurses longer than 10 minutes. She's also super nosy, so regardless of
who is around I need to cover her up so she concentrates on the task at
hand. I think it's her nosieness(is that a word?) that makes her so
quick though, she doesn't want to miss anything.
She's started to
really grab at toys and things that catch her eye. I think that was half
of her problem before is that she wanted to grab stuff but didn't know
how. I feel like we'll have the same frustration/challenge when she
wants to start crawling and can't. She's super strong and pulls herself
up more into a sitting position when lying in her swing or bouncy
chair. She'll also contort herself to look at something she can't quite
see. I'll upload a picture of this feat.
I'm also back on dairy,
well almost. I eat everything, but I haven't dared to drink a whole
glass of milk yet. I'm so thankful that was short lived; phew! I
figured out cheese has hardly any lactose in it(which is the problem) so
I started eating that a few weeks ago. I've had cream in some dishes
and milk in my tea and so far so good! I'm still staying away from
coffee and citrus though. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but there have
been a couple times that I've really really wanted some: coffee at my
parents with slagroom and hagelslag, cheesecake on the side....(points
if you know what slagroom and hagelslag are without googling it :-)
had a checkup a few weeks ago and weighed 12lb 7 oz and was 25" long.
Katie was almost exactly the same: 12lb 10oz a 25" long. For some reason
though, I feel like Emma is much smaller than Katie: just a little
peanut. It's probably just because Katie is so big now....
full of smiles and loves to look at new faces. We haven't got any
giggles out of her, but a few gurgly squeals. I remember the first time
Katie did a fullout laugh; we laughed and smiled so hard it brought
tears to our eyes. Babies' firsts are always so sweet.