December 28, 2011

on month four...

month four.

Well, the wee one is now four months old (and halfway to five months, by the time this is being posted!). Since Jay just started his new job, I was the lone parent at her four-month checkup—and learned that I am, in fact, capable of not turning into a hot, weepy mess while my child is being jabbed in the leg by numerous needles. (That's not to say my heart didn't break into a million pieces. But, you know. Baby steps.)

She is in the 50th percentile for everything except her head. Her noggin looks rather small to me, but apparently she's in the 85th percentile for that. The doctor and I looked at each other like there was no way that was possible. But even after she re-measured Eisley's head, it seems as though her round little head is a round biggish head. Also worth noting, she is now 14 lbs. Pretty crazy, since she was less than 6 lbs. when we took her home from the hospital. It's still so weird to think that I don't have a newborn.

Here are a few notable notes from the past month:
  • Her eye color is currently somewhere in-between blue and brown, and I kind of hope they stay this lovely hazel shade.
  • Four-month sleep regression, ahoy! The past month has been a bit tricky on the sleep front. She went from consistently waking only once (even sleeping 11 hours straight on one glorious occasion!) to waking up two to three times each night. It's been rough on me more than anything else, and I know there are definitely worse things in the world. I can't help but be thankful for not having to go to work right now. Because I would be sleeping under my desk. And spending too much money on fluffy coffee.
  • Naps, on the other hand, are THE GREATEST. She'll take at least three a day—usually four, unless one is ridiculously long. It's nice to be able to put her in her crib when she's still awake, and have her soothe herself to sleep. One day I randomly tried it, and she surprised me by falling asleep on her own within minutes. It's been an absolute lifesaver.
  • Drool, drool, drool. I'm fairly sure she's in the very first stages of teething, since she's constantly chewing on our fingers, her fingers, the fingers of anyone who holds her. She's had a few rough days lately, too, so I'm thinking she's in a bit of pain. Poor little nugget.
  • She's a complete and utter wiggleworm. She flails constantly. Out of happiness, out of sleepiness, out of grumpiness, out of pure, unadulterated joy.
  • She is slightly timid around strangers now.
  • Sometimes I'm the only one able to soothe her at the end of the day, and that makes me selfishly happy. She'll just cuddle into my chest in the dark room, and I'll rub her back and wait for her to fall asleep. Bliss.
  • New tricks: Picking up her pacifier and putting it in her mouth (this will not sound impressive to non-moms, but DUDE, it's huge), trying to rip out any hair I have left on my head, belly laughs, rolling over from her tummy to her back.
  • Somewhere between month three and month four, her outie belly button decided to no longer be an outie. Apparently this is a rather typical thing?
  • She enjoyed her first Thanksgiving, and even nommed on a pickle for a few minutes. She asked for turkey, but we decided we should probably wait until she has teeth.
Eisley is such a joy. It's so cute to see how giddy she gets when Jay arrives home from work in the evening. And when she wakes up in the morning, she's like this squirmy little nugget of happiness. Kind of makes the lack of sleep completely worth it, right?

16 comments :

  1. She is the cutest! I'm pretty sure I have baby fever now!!!

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  2. She's beautiful! Her liddle noggin is just perfect :) I'm so jealous of your 11-hour sleep stretch and 3-4 naps a day. That just sounds like a foreign language right now.

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  3. She is SO CUTE! And I bet she's smart, too- her head is big because she has a lot of brains in there!

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  4. Eeee! The top right pic is too precious for words!!!

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  5. The second pic (top right) is adorable (well, they all are, but that one in particular!) She looks like she's super expressive! Topher's always had a tiny head - it's always in the 25th percentile, while he's in the 75th for height and 50th for weight. I loved when he had 3-4 naps/day ... we're at the stage now where sometimes we fight for one! Ah, toddlers ...

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  6. Sounds crazy but before you know it you will be posting "on month 12." Can't believe how fast they grow.

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  7. Wiggleworm. Sounds like something out of Harry Potter. :)

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  8. Ahhhh she is too sweet :)

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  9. totally worth it! you'll get your sleep in the teenage years, at least that's what i'm hoping. ;) she's super cute and sounds like a perfect little joy.

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  10. My baby girl is also four months and waking up 2-3 times/night! I hear you on the lack of sleep.... And ditto on selfishly loving being the only one to sooth her.... It won't last forever, so soak it up! My 2.5 year old is so independent... I'm holding on to those moments so tight. You are doing great, momma! I just love love love reading your blog and relate oh so much to everything you write. Xo
    Maria

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  11. She's so adorable! I love the quirky little face in the top right picture. FYI the eyes will change, but it's amazing to watch them. Princess' eyes started out very very dark blue, almost black but within a year they had changed many times into a beautiful brown :)

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  12. Haha adorable face impressions. And you the talented one for capturing them all on camera. =)

    Tell me, what camera and lens did you use?

    Followed the blog, hope you don’t mind. And who knows, maybe you’ll visit me someday too.

    thebookness.blogspot.com

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  13. OMG she's sooo precious! These photos are so sweet!

    Isn't it so fun being a new mom? My little boy (Roman) is 18 months now, but I'm expecting again in May and am so excited! Babies are tiring, but the love and fun is SO worth it all! I remember all about the weird sleep habits, too, haha... just wait until they start wetting the bed and you have to actually get up in the night and change the sheets!
    Happy new year!

    Love & Cake,
    Amber

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  14. Okay, really. You went from being the most adorable newly wed and now to the most adorable mom. These pictures made me happy and it makes me happy to read that things are falling into place for you and your beautiful family. Cheers to 2012 and FOUR years of our amazing “Book Club” friendship! xo

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  15. What a sweet little munchkin! She's adorable. You must be the proudest mamma around.

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  16. She is too precious! Came across your blog from your award on 20sb, and love it!

    xo Shane
    shaneprather.blogspot.com

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