Really? Am I actually writing this? 4 months old? The weeks are stealing my baby and I don’t like it.
This month I had to take the newborn insert out of the car seat and the carrycot off the pram as she was just getting far too long for it – I think she’d have lasted a bit longer if it was summer but by the time we’d got outerwear and blankets in there she was distinctly lacking in room. I was very sad to put the seat unit on and see her all sat up! Needless to say she seems to quite enjoy being able to have a good look round at what’s going on. Initially I was bothered that she was a bit exposed and vulnerable all of a sudden but I’ve got used to it now and I just keep her well bundled up with blankets and stick the raincover on if its windy (or raining obviously!) Now that she is sat up and being nosey she’s tending not to fall asleep on the school run as easily and since half term doesn’t seem to have got herself back into a pattern of day time sleeps. They seem to be much more of a nap now as opposed to the three or so hours she was enjoying before. She seems quite happy with that for the most part but every now and again she can get quite fed up and over tired.
She has absolutely nailed her bedtime routine and, touch wood, goes down every night without a peep. She pretty much always goes to bed at the same time as Ben and Chloe now meaning they often get to share a bedtime story which she loves. There are some nights it can be a battle to keep her going long enough and we end up letting her have a snooze on me downstairs first but its rare she falls asleep in my arms now if we’re at home – how quickly things change! With her going to bed so early (by 7pm at the latest) she tends to stir for a feed somewhere between 10pm and midnight – it really depends if we’ve disturbed her going to bed or not. I tried the whole dream feed thing but it made no difference, she never woke up enough to feed properly and was just more disturbed as a result. (I found exactly the same thing with Ben and Chloe). So since she started with this early evening bedtime routine she has been waking up more – I’ve had some nights where she’s been up every 2 hours, she’s usually up somewhere around three times a night now. I much preferred that single 4am feed I must say! These feeds are showing themselves in the fine lines around my eyes. Haggered…
She hasn’t been weighed for ages – clinic is just at a really inconvenient time and I’m confident enough in her feeding and general well being that I really don’t need to faff about getting her weighed and poked about at. I did get Dave to hop on the scales with her tonight and she weighed around 15lb. She’s certainly not got any of that “baby chunk” on her thighs and is just long and slim. So long in fact that I think she might well be in 6-9 month clothes very soon! I’ve started to put her in ‘proper’ clothes every now and again but most of the time I’m still keeping her in sleepsuits – she seems to have a habit of waiting for a nice outfit before she does an enormous explosive poo or pukes everywhere!
We did make one attempt at offering her a bottle this month – she was not amused at all. I stayed out of the way and Dave tried his best but she just screamed until I had to take over and pop a boob in! We’ve got an array of different bottles to try her with thanks to our lovely friends but neither of us has been particularly inclined to try again. At least now she has such early bedtimes I know I should be able to get away with going out of an evening (first test of this will be next week – eek) but I’m not sure how impressed she, or Dave, will be when I attempt to leave her for a few hours during the day at the end of March!
After Chloe managing to stand on her neck (I know!) Amy doesn’t get to spend a great deal of time on the floor! I tend to only feel safe putting her down on her mat or the rug when Ben and Chloe are out or asleep. Of course this means a distinct lack of tummy time or attempting to roll over. I’ve noticed now that she’s often trying to sit herself up in her bouncy chair now rather than just lounging in it.
Ben and Chloe are both still utterly besotted with her – Ben all the more so now he’s realised he can make her smile, something he’s very proud of. He likes to stroke her cheeks and talk to her in a proper “mum” voice – super cute boy. In the last few days Dave and I have both managed to elicit giggles from her when tickling, it’s such a funny little sound.
Her hair is just growing and getting more voluminous with every day. As yet there’s no sign of a bald patch at the back either! She just looks like she’s had a full on old lady set most of the time! Of course to us her hair is ‘normal’ now but when I take her out I’m always taken aback by how many people comment on it – her crazy hair and her beautiful blue eyes.