Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Fabulous at four months

Some quick stats and facts

Weight - 12lbs 13oz - 32%
Height - 24 1/2" - 61%
Head - 16" - 41%

Rolling over is a nothing event these days because, she's been doing it so long. She's practicing sitting up by herself but, can't keep her spine straight enough for that for more than a couple seconds. She absolutely hates to be laying down unless she's ready for a nap. When you lay her down, she tries very, very hard to pull herself up.

She can stand for long stretches of time holding on to our hands (or something else solid). I'm seriously impressed with her stamina.

When on her belly, she tries to scoot forward but, we're quite a while away from actual crawling. Instead, she gets around by rolling to where she wants to be. The teachers at her school like to point out how far she'll go when they put her down on the play mat.

Bottom line, this kid likes to be on the move! We'll be investing in baby gates very soon.

She's a good sleeper over all but, has nights here and there where she'll wake up and cry for a few minutes. Most of the time we wait and listen and she'll fall back to sleep. There have been a few occasions where we get her up for a feeding.

I recently read an article about the 4-5 month sleep regression and how they're now getting more REM sleep at this age but, when they cycle out of REM, their brains aren't quite developed enough to keep them asleep (an adult will easily continue to sleep after REM is over).

The article went on to say the best thing you can do for your baby is to give them time to self soothe back to sleep.

So, that's what we're doing. Thankfully, she really is a good sleeper so, there hasn't been very many totally frustrating nights. I hear horror stories from friends like "my kid didn't sleep through the night until she was 3".

We weren't sure what to expect. Ryan was an exception, in that, he slept through the night at 6 weeks. The kid has always chosen sleep over eat. We knew it was unlikely that Hannah would be the same way.

And, she wasn't. But, she did start sleeping through at about 11 weeks and, that's not bad! I won't go so far as to say she values sleep over food, though.

Not. Even. Close.
This kid loves her food.

We've been given the okay to start rice cereal in her bottle. Not sure about that yet, though. I'm going to do some research and really put thought into this before we make that call.

With Ryan, it was an easy decision. He was a small baby (4th to 5th percentile) and needed to fatten up (he never did). So adding a little extra to his bottle wasn't a big deal for us.

Hannah doesn't have this problem so, I don't think we're in a hurry to add anything.

In other news

We're in full out "deck the halls" mode. The tree went up as did the stockings. Hannah has her first ornament and we have a new family ornament, too.

I'm so excited about this Holiday season. I can't even say how long it's been since I've felt the spirit of Christmas like I do this year.

We're going to see Santa Claus this coming weekend and going to the nearby drive-thru light show a little closer to Christmas.

Ryan is talking about this light show non-stop. He asks me every day how many more days until we can go. He remembers it from last year and, I don't blame his excitement. This park has a truly spectacular set up.

'Tis the season!


  1. I can't get over how cute your kids are!

  2. I can't give you enough <3's for saying something so sweet.
    Baby Ellie is a beauty, too!