So I'm really behind seeing as Callie turned 4 months a couple weeks ago. But better late than never! Callie's fourth month continued to go smoothly - here's a summary below:
Callie continued doing both breast feeding and formula. I usually nursed her first (she only took about 10 min) and would then give her a bottle. She usually took 3-5 oz of formula from a bottle, depending on how hungry she was. She still burps pretty easily and rarely spits up. Such a small, but wonderful blessing! During her fourth month, she would usually go about 3.5 hours between feedings.
Her nighttime sleep was still great! She would usually sleep 11-12 hrs at night, sometimes waking up at 4:00 or 5:00am to eat....and sometimes not. Bedtime was about 8:00 and she would wake up between 7-8am. However, there were usually 3-4 times a night she would wake up crying, and would quickly go back to sleep after mommy gave her her paci.
Naptimes continued to vary. She generally took a morning, afternoon, and evening nap. But if one of those naps was short, she usually wanted a fourth nap somewhere in the day. And the naps weren't at the exact same time every day...it just depended on when she woke up that morning. Her morning nap was consistently good - usually 1.5 - 2.5 hrs.
Also, we still swaddled her. There was about a week that she acted like she didn't need to be swaddled so we stopped, and she did well for a few days. But then her naps got dramatically shorter, we started swaddling again, and they returned to normal length. So swaddling we stayed!
Callie awake longer this month. After a nap, she was usually awake about 1.5 - 2 hrs (including feeding time). This was fun because we got more time to play with her. She became much more aware of everything going on and didn't want to miss anything. She liked to stand on our laps or to be sitting up. If we were holding her, she liked to be facing out. She's still a big fan of bathtime. She kicks and smiles the whole time, and often gets upset when we get her out. Some things she liked to do during her waketime were:
- talk to herself while in her swing
- try to grab toys that mommy was hanging above her face
- watch Caeden and Ella play (now that's good entertainment)
- be held in mommy's arms while she walked around doing housework
- laugh at the ridiculous faces and sounds that mommy and daddy make at her
Our little Princess
Callie is still truly adored by big brother Caeden. He loves to love on her and help take care of her. He is getting better at being more gentle with her, but its always a work in progress. :) Sometimes Callie starts smiling and kicking as soon as she sees Caeden coming, and she loves to reach for his face. Other times, she starts crying when she sees him coming. Ha! So we're not sure of her feelings toward him yet. I guess time will tell!
Talking to her
She is already greatly loved by two boys!!
Some things Callie started doing during her fourth month were:
- laugh out loud
- reach for and grab objects held above her head
- grab toys and pull them to her mouth
4 MONTH DOCTOR VISIT
At Callie's 4 month check-up, she had to get 3 shots again and she recovered very quickly. She even acted normal the rest of the day (unlike her 2 month shots). She was on track developmentally, but the doc said we need to work on her rolling over....I guess mommy wasn't good about giving her enough tummy time each day. :) Here were her stats at the time of her 4 month appointment:
Weight: 14 lbs 6 oz (50-75th percentile)
Length: 25 inches (75th percentile)
Clothing size: 3-6 mos, and some 6 mos
Shoe size: 3 mos
Diaper size: size 2
I'm holding you as I write this. I love to smell your baby smell, feel your warmth against my face, and listen to all your little baby sounds, even simply your breathing. I cherish each day and moment we get with you - can't you just stay little forever? It's so sweet when you'll nuzzle your little face into my neck and "cuddle." We love your smiles, your laughs, and even your delicate cries. Thank you Lord for blessing us with Callie!