Saturday, March 12, 2011

4 months old!

And yes, I know it's a couple days late.  To say I've been busy and slightly overwhelmed would be the understatement of the year lol.

One day about a week ago, we woke up.  I peeked over at Samantha, who was not only wide awake, but not crying to eat.  Not screeching for attention, just laying there, playing with her hands.  You could almost see her brain working.  And just like that, she wasn't a newborn anymore.  She was a baby.  A baby who was eager to gain some independence.  A baby who really wants to sit on her own.  A baby who knows what she wants.  A baby.

Lets see.  She is getting HUGE.  Her 4 month appointment is on Tuesday, so these are measurements based off of our scale and measuring tape.  I'm curious to see how close we are:

Length: 26" 95 percentile
Weight: 14 lbs 10 oz 75 percentile
Head: 16 1/2" (43.5 cm) 90 pecentile

Dusty thinks I'm way off with her length, I don't think so, especially since her feet are pushing out of her 3-6 month jammies.

We have started her on some baby food.  And my whole goal of it all being handmade went out the window. But, it is all organic lol.  She has had bananas and sweet potatoes.  She likes both ok.  We started her with stage one.  Actually we started her with me mashing them up, but she didn't care for them as much.  But, if I had brown rice cereal to it and thicken it, she's thrilled.  Last night she finished 1/2 container of Sweet potatoes and followed with 1/2 a container of Bananas and still wanted more.  This was after I not only thickened it, but nursed her before and after feeding.  She is just growing so fast.

Samantha has no problem rolling onto her side.  She just still hasn't mastered front to back or back to front.  That does not mean that if you put her on the floor on a blanket and turn your head for a few minutes, when you turn back she won't be halfway across the room!  She is a sneaky one, and so fast!

She loves her Baby Eisenstein activity center.  She can play with most of it and is slowly learning how to make her seat spin so she can change what she is playing in.  She's good in there for about 30 minutes at a time before she gets tired of it.  Her favorite part is the smiling sun.  She just talks to it forever.  She is getting good and tripoding herself up and I'm willing to bet she'll be sitting on her own before her 5 month update.  She also LOVES tummy time.  She reaches her hands and arms all the way out and pulls.  And kicks her legs.  Dusty swears if it wasn't for her big belly she would be crawling.

Samantha is a great sleeper.  She sleeps in one 6 hour stretch.  Of course, ever since the bronchiolitis it starts at 7 AM and then throughout most of the day she is wanting to nurse every hour and a half to two hours.  Which means nights have been rough and tiresome.  But, once she eats, she is back to sleep quickly and easily.  She just really likes to eat.  Can you blame her?

Yesterday we found out that insurance is no longer going to cover her Apnea monitor.  So, it has to go back on Monday.  Even though she hasn't had any bouts of apnea, I still like having it.  It will take some adjusting, but at least she will get to wear zip up jammies again.  That's a silver lining, right?  The majority of SIDS cases occur between 2 and 4 months.  In just a few weeks, she'll be 5 months old, maybe then the worrying will get better.

Samantha is probably the smiliest baby.  In the past month she's battled bronchiolitis and an eye infection of her lower eyelid and done all of it with a big ol' smile on her face.  She loves for people to pay attention to her, loves to have a fist in her mouth, is getting to the point where she hates her pacifier (and we may just get rid of them all together soon, better now than when she's a toddler), loves going for walks and if she is fussing, all you have to do is pick her up to get her to stop.

Here we are, 4 months old.

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