Thursday, March 31, 2016

Avery Katie | 4 Months

Sweet doodle bug is four months old, and I'm a little behind in posting this...she turns five months old next week! She has grown and changed so much over the past month and dare I say, I think we've finally figured each other out. She's happier, sleeping better, and has so much personality.

She weighs 14 pounds and is 25.5 inches long. She's chunky and has the sweetest smile ever. She laughs more, especially at Landon who can really get her to belly laugh.  She's nursing every 3 hours still, and when she does take a bottle is up to 5 ounces. She's sleeping more consistently waking up only once a night usually. She goes down between 8:30-9:30 and I can normally count on her to wake up somewhere around 4am, and then go back to sleep until 7:30 or so. After several months of waking up every 2-3 hours, this is so incredible. I'm sure its temporary and we will experience sleep regression down the road, but for now- I'm loving every second of uninterrupted sleep. We also moved her to her crib in her room across the house, and as much as I miss having her right there next to us in our room, we're all sleeping better now that we're separated. She still likes to be swaddled, likes her pacifier, and we use a white noise machine.

Toys- she LOVES her play mat, bouncy seat, and especially her bumbo so she can sit up and see what we are all doing. She loves riding in the stroller, and now that the weather is nicer we're going on walks almost daily while she naps. She also is loving her teething toys- because I have no doubt she's working on a tooth. She's drooly, and always needs something in her mouth to gnaw on. I sure will miss that gummy grin when she finally cuts a tooth!

She has so much personality and usually has a serious look on her face until she makes eye contact and her little face just lights up with a smile. She's rolled from tummy to back and back to tummy, but she's not consistent with either. She is doing great with tummy time, but gets frustrated if she can't get her toy to her mouth.

Unfortunately, at her four month visit we got a referral to see a plastic surgeon for her noggin. She's still a little flat on the back, so we're going to have more measurements taken and make sure its growing okay. It really is borderline on if she will need a helmet or not. Maybe just at night? Maybe not at all? Who knows. We go on April 7th. I'm a little bummed about the idea of her having to wear a helmet, but I also know that it isn't the end of the world. We've done everything possible to keep her off the back of it- so its frustrating that it still isn't rounded out completely. Fingers crossed they'll tell us its not bad enough for a helmet and to give it a little more time to round out!

Happy four months, little doodle! You're the best baby girl a mama could ask for!

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