Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Yep, the 4 month mark has come and gone and I'm just getting around to a post about it.

Here are some random details of where we stand 4 months into this journey...
  • Sleep usually goes something like this...Bed by 7pm. Often a wake-up or two early on that requires a pacifier re-insertion. Feeding around 2am. Up around 6:30am. Naps around 8am, 11am, and 3pm. Naps can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, with the average probably an hour. We are also working hard on putting her down groggy but awake. Most of the time it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
  • Swaddle. Yep, still using it. Dr. couldn't believe that she still lets us swaddle her (well, she does scream the whole time we are doing it) and said it is ok to keep using it. She gets at least one hand out, usually both, at night. But if we don't use it, she just won't calm down to sleep. Hope we can get rid of it soon. We've tried letting her have one hand out, but that generally hasn't worked.
  • Food. Still just doing breastmilk. Plan to start solids at 6 months.
  • Size. 13 lbs (45th percentile) and 24 inches (50th percentile). The old noggin is a little smaller, only 25th percentile. Not bad for a baby who started her life in the 10th percentile all around.
  • Clothes and Diapers. Just starting 3-6 months clothes and Size 2 diapers.
  • Jog Stoller. We just started using our jog stroller last week and love it. I've been running with it 2-3 times a week and so far no complaints about the stroller (Schwinn Freewheeler).
  • Fussy. Emma has developed a grunt and shriek. The grunting precedes the shriek. I wouldn't call her a fussy baby but she's definitely fussier than in months past. I used to say (somewhat smugly) something like "Emma only cries when she's hungry or tired. What a perfect little angel." Blah! While those are the times she cries the most, she can start crying one second after smiling or 10 minutes after waking from a great nap. Thankfully the crying is usually short-lived and she's fairly easy to console. Mommy prays for patience every day! Guess that's the best I can do.
  • Prevacid. Still on it. Doctor said she'll likely need it until at least 6 months.
  • Drano. I wish I had invested in the makers of Drano. We've gone through so many bottles trying to clear the shower drain of the hair that I seem to shed by the handful every day. I hear this is common when breastfeeding. But it isn't very pleasant.
  • Toys. I think 4 months is difficult, in part, because the baby is more aware and wants/needs to be entertained, but really can't do much self-entertaining. We still use the playmat a lot and she likes to sit up in the Bumbo. She has a Sophie the Giraffe toy and a Winkle from Manhattan Toys that she seems to like. We also have a load of stuffed animals...we'll spread a blanket out on the floor and play with those for quite some time. Probably the way both baby and mommy most like to be entertained is by walking. Unfortunately, it was 100+ degrees everyday last week so there wasn't much of that. Wonder when she'll be ready for an exersaucer? Any of you have suggestions of fun ways to entertain a little one (aka something to make the time pass faster until daddy gets home from work)?
  • Talking. Well, no, she isn't talking yet, but in the last week, she has become increasingly chatty. She'll chat with us. She'll chat with her playmat. It's quite cute.
  • Smiles and laughs. Generally she's a pretty serious baby. So we really appreciate the smiles and laughs.
  • Work. Throughout my maternity leave, I've been doing work for my own company (I do research consulting for political campaigns). As far as my actual job, I plan to go back very part-time starting in September. I'll do 20 hours, max, and only one day in the office. I think we are going to use our friends' nanny. They only use her 3 days a week so I'll get her the other days. I think a day out of the house a week will do me some good.
And here are pictures of the little beauty...


  1. She is getting so chubby!!!! What a cutie!! I like your plan for work...I wish I could find a job that is flexible like that...*sigh*

    We are still swaddling too...they LOVE it...generally I won't swaddle them during the day, but at night they will scream all while I'm swaddling them, then I pop a pacifier in their mouth and those eyes droop instantly. I'm scared to stop using it!! :o)

    And I agree with the whole entertainment is difficult now...they are a little more opinionated too. :o)

  2. I just noticed your comment on my blog...yeah Caelyn actually let me snap pictures of her for AN HOUR....and 100 pictures later I finally had 10 that I liked...poor baby. I'm going to try to do Carter's photo shoot this week...we'll see if he participates...he's generally a bit more fiesty than his sister. :o)

  3. What a cutie! I know my husband goes for walks a lot to kill time while I'm out. Otherwise she spends lots of time on her playmat. Not a clue what else he does. Listen to music and sing and dance with her? Maybe find a playgroup in your area?

  4. louise is just over six month and we still swaddle her. she usually falls asleep while one of us is holding her and then we swaddle her and put her in her crib.
    emma's teeth could be moving around underneath which might make her a little fussier.
    having a baby can make you lose hair whether you're breastfeeding or not, i lost a ridiculous amount of hair every. day. until i started taking an iron supplement, then it stopped. i'm not sure if it was a coincidence or if the iron helped, either way, i don't want to stop taking it! i take one in the morning and one before bed if you want to give it a try.

  5. What a cutie! She's getting so big!
    We actually started using the exersaucer this week- I have to put books under their feet and put a towel around to fill up the empty space, but they have enough head control for it.
    My hair is coming out like nuts too. SO you are most definitely not alone.
    Still swaddling here too- we did attempt one arm out last week and that was a big FAIL, so I'm chickening out on the weaning for now.

  6. She's a beauty. :) She's really starting to look like a little person. Very cute. :)

  7. She is beautiful! I swear I could have written that post about Teagan when she was 4 months old (and still!). I used to say that she never cries...only when hungry or needs a diaper change...that all chaged at 4 months! I also have to laugh because I love the little smiles and big belly laughs but, for the most part, the main look she has is like she is serious and trying to figure everything out. Too funny.

  8. response to your comment on my blog...

    Thank you so much for the kind words!! I can't TOUCH what your photographer can do though!!! That first set of pictures you uploaded of Emma were stunning! I'm definitely trying though. I haven't had any formal training...just love to be behind a camera and now I have two little models who make taking cute pictures relatively easy *wink*.

    I have been considering trying to make some money doing this...especially since I'm going to be a SAHM next year...Shhhh...don't tell anyone...its still on the down low! :o) So far I have one friend who wants me to take pictures of her little girl...(she's the same age as our kids) so I figure even if she pays for half the cost of the props it'd be worthwhile!!

    Anyhoo...thanks again for the comment :o)

  9. She sure is growing! Thanks for posting about Emma's milestones. I find them interesting as we prepare for the arrival of our baby girl. I appreciate how you describe all of the ups and downs of the first few months after bringing a baby home. Thanks for your honesty! I'm so glad to share in the joy of your sweet miracle.