Baby Kate: Four Months Old

Weight & Height: She weighed 13 lbs, 9 oz at the doctor this month!  (31st percentile).  That is up from the 26% last month…growing girl!  She also measured 25 inches long (66%), and her head measured 42 1/4 cm (87%).

Eating:  Kate takes 3 bottles a day when she’s at Michelle’s, usually 3-4 oz each.  I asked the doctor if it was okay that she’s not eating a lot more than that, and she said some babies just prefer breast to bottle (and get more when nursing).  She does nurse more frequently in the evenings (which I am totally okay with!), so that makes me feel better.  She is gaining weight, and that is what matters!

Sleeping (naps):  Michelle is truly the Baby Whisperer.  Kristy told me she had the same luck with Reid…Michelle just knows babies!  Our girl went from taking crap naps to taking a morning and afternoon nap, anywhere from 1.5-2 hours long.  Now if she would just do that at home….hmmmm.  Michelle said her “secrets” are a white noise machine and a REALLY dark room.  I think we might need to look into blinds at home, as her room is surprisingly bright.  Secretly, though, I don’t mind that she doesn’t nap for that long on the weekends.  That’s more time I get to spend with her!

Sleeping (at night):  About the same as last month.  She is going to bed a little earlier (about 8 or 8:30, depending on when she wakes up from her second nap), and waking up twice to eat at night: around 12/1 a.m., and then again at 3/4 a.m.  We are starting cereal this month, though, so I’m hoping that helps to keep her belly full during the night.

Clothing:  No more 0-3 month clothes!  It was a little bittersweet to pack away those clothes, but I’m so excited she is healthy and growing.  She is in mostly 6 month size, and is evening wearing some 9 month sleepers (although they are a bit big).  Still in size 1-2 Kirkland brand diapers and size 2 Pampers.

New this month:  She LOVES to put her hands (and feet!) in her mouth. It’s so funny when she grabs her feet when I’m changing her diaper.  Makes it a bit challenging, too!  She also has been holding her own bottle for a few weeks.  Miss Independent?

Nicknames:  Sweet Pea, Punkin’ Punkin’ (it’s so nice that I say it twice), Sweet girl

Kate likes:

-Looking at her HANDS!  Man, she loves to check them out.  I caught it on video for few seconds here.

-Putting all.the.things in her mouth.  I introduced her to Sophie the Giraffe recently, and they have become fast friends.

-Still loves to nurse.  (Mama loves it, too!)

-She is finally starting to like baths!  Or at least not HATE them.

-Her FAVORITE song is “If You’re Happy and You Know it.”  Even if she’s fussing, if you sing it to her she’ll usually have a smile.  It’s the cutest thing EVER.

Kate dislikes:  

-She has been spoiled at her sitters!  She really hates when people go too long without paying attention to her. 😉

-Having her nose wiped.

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