Friday, August 24, 2012

Emma Kate at 4 Months

Remember that time my daughter turned 4 months old, like, FOREVER AGO?
Actually it was just 14 days ago. But still, that's like, half a month ago.
And this post has been in the works for that long. So by the time you read this, some of these things will have changed. I'm trying my best to be on time, but ya know, I got other things to do! 
(If you could see my kitchen right now, you'd believe me and tell me to get the heck off the computer.)

Emma Kate, you are 4 months old! Can't believe it, sweet girl.
Which is why I will continue to swaddle you, pick you up every time you whimper, and refuse to let you start solid foods. :) You're the baby. And I want you to be the baby as long as possible.

"Hello, I'm cute." yeah you knew that.

Here's what you're up to at 4 months old...

You refuse to poop on anything except smocked bubbles.
Lesson #1 in our house: Poop on anything you want. EXCEPT a smocked bubble.
You're gonna need to learn that. Mama can't be changing you in to a onesie on every outing.
Ok, moving on...

You weight about 16 pounds and are 27ish inches long.
You wear 6-18 month clothes and size 3 diapers.
Butterball turkey. Yup.

You sleep all night; you are still sleeping in your crib, on the boppy lounger, although those days are about to be over, I'm afraid, because you're getting long! 
You always start the night in a tight swaddle but most of the time you end up like this:

 (These are from my video monitor, but were taken on 2 different nights!)

You are the master of breaking the swaddle; those fingers find their way out every time.

You still refuse a paci unless you are just absolutely starved or so tired that you can't calm down.
And even then you'll only suck on it for a few seconds.
Other than that, you don't care for it at all. You gag and spit them out immediately.

You're nursing every 3-4 hours during the day. I have said all along that I would wait until 6 months to start solids unless the doc tells us otherwise; however, you've already had a breadstick and a rice krispy treat, so I guess that thought is out the window.  I let you hold them and you gummed them until they were soggy. Niiiice. Typical third child, I guess. With the first baby, you start with rice cereal, then veggies, then fruits, waiting a careful 3 days between each food to check for allergies; with the second child, you go straight for the fruits, skipping the rice cereal completely, and hoping the veggies will taste great; with the third child, you start with breadsticks and rice krispy treats. Isn't that the way it goes? Here's a video showing you and your breadstick. Hilarious.
So yeah, I'd say you're probably ready for some solids. You are, after all, in the 150th percentile.
Bring on the good stuff!

You actually took a bottle this past weekend at Mimi's house. The Walmart brand! Wahoooo!
Here's to babysitters!

You are a very content baby and will lay in your yellow rock n play or on the floor or in your swing as long as we will let you. You also do well in the car.

You have begun to bring your hands together more and grab onto toys and pull them to your face and mouth. You are contantly putting your fingers in your mouth too. You are drooling a lot and blowing bubbles so you may be an early teether like your big sister. You've also found your feet recently.

You laugh out loud when tickled and you have the biggest grins when we talk to you or tickle you!
Your brother and sister love you. Sam calls you "Kate" or "Ah-Kate."

I'm pretty sure you are growing hair... which is kind of unheard of for my babies, but I'm almost positive you are; you have all this new baby fuzz all over your head. I'm not getting my hopes up but I'm almost certain it wasn't there before so maybe you will get some hair before you are 18 months old! 
I still think it may be curly like Mary Ella's. We will see!

You have started sitting in the Bumbo seat and you seem to like it a lot. You pay lots of attention to Mary Ella and Sam and you love watching them play.

You love books and watching the iPad and looking at yourself in the mirror.
You also love riding in the stroller and you've been to the zoo, the splash pad, the water park, the dog park, the mall, and everywhere else in that thing. We bought you the clip-on fan recently and it's helped to keep you cool on these hot summer days.

You watched your very first Olympics this past month. Go USA!
You and Daddy were nervous about the gymnastics event finals.

But your sister reassured you that she would teach you all her tricks.

You weren't so sure about the balance beam, but we're hoping you'll get used to it.
Because we're counting on you and your sister to bring home the gold in 2028.

You are the perfect little dumplin baby and I love you more than you'll ever know!
I thank God for your health and how well you seem to be doing. 
I hope I never take it for granted.
You are precious in His sight, baby girl. 

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The Penter Family said...

1. I have never seen a baby sleep with their arms behind their head like that. I think it is hilarious. She just looks like she is relaxing at the beach!!!
2. Raelyn totally loves chips. The 2nd (and 3rd) babies definitley get a little bit different treatments than the first! Love it.

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