Thursday, March 8, 2012
Four Months Old!
Today my little miss had her 4 month check up. She's actually 4 months and a few days but who's counting? If you are a friend of mind you know that we have struggled so much with breastfeeding. It literally took us 3 1/2 months to get it down pat. The past 2-3 weeks have been awesome! With each month I can also pat myself on the back for making it another month. So, if you are struggling with it yourself, know that you can do it! I've made it through the ringer and can say that it is totally worth it.
Ready for the stats? My big girl has gone from the 8th percentile to the 25th percentile since her 2 month appointment. She weighs 13lbs and 3.5 oz and is 24 inches long. So big!
She is actively exploring her surroundings at all times. She loves to look around and smile at others. She had a small stage during her third month in which she did not want anyone to hold her but me. She seems to be growing out of that. Mommy isn't sure how she feels about it though. ;)
She often plays independently, as long as she can still see me. She loves her playmat still [a great investment] and is learning to play in her entertainer. She also has a new best friend.
In the past month Kathryn has really been working hard on her communication skills. She went from blowing raspberries to grunting, and then out of nowhere started shrieking and hasn't looked back. She gets all worked up with her arms and legs and then lets out a loud, high-pitched squeal. Of course, we react with great joy so she continues to do it. It's so fun!
She is really good at grabbing and holding onto things. She can hold her toys and enjoys throwing them. It's fun to watch her reach out for Bailey or for my nose. She loves to get hold of my face with both her hands and give me a wet sloppy kiss.
She still absolutely hates riding in the car. Every once in a while when we are just in town she does ok, but she will cry all the way to Louisville/Lexington if she has to. Which makes going anywhere undesirable. My nerves can't handle it.
She sleeps pretty well at night. At 3 months we moved her out of her bassinet and into her pack and play, and she started waking up several times a night when we did that. She had previously slept all night but after the growth spurt she's had, now I know why! Sometimes she just wants to be patted back to sleep because she isn't quite able to put herself back to sleep when she wakes up. Napping is hit or miss. She sleeps great if she's being held but not so much when you put her down. That's ok with me because I just take a nap with her. A great time for her to nap is when I pack her up in her stroller and go for a long walk around the university.
Her favorite toy is her daddy. When he comes home she starts kicking those legs and waving her arms with excitement. Sometimes it's just one arm, and Justin calls it her "chicken wing". She looks at him with such expectation..."What's he going to do next?" She gets upset with him when he tries to sit still with her. We had our first instance of her getting upset when he left for work. It was short-lived but his absence was definitely the source of her distress.
What I want to remember most about this stage is how expressive she is. She is so aware of everything and I know that will keep us on our toes as she grows. She wakes up with such joy every morning. The only time she is ever upset is in the car. As I've been writing this post, she is just laying on her playmat kicking her legs and babbling/shrieking. So much fun!