Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Abbie Rose is 4 months (and 3 days) old!

I truly don't know where time goes. I can't believe our blueberry is already four months old. A year and 2 days ago (Sept 21, 2008) we found out we were pregnant with her and that seems like it was just yesterday.

Mark was able to go to her 4 month appointment with me, which was the first one he's been able to go to with me since she's been born... I couldn't believe it. He'd never been in the peds clinic on base.
We went to the immunization clinic first to get her part of her 4 month shots. I'm doing delayed vaccinations with her, so she got her rotavirus vaccine (which is oral) and her DTaP. I tried to prepare Mark some since it was the first time he'd seen her get poked, and he seemed pretty nervous about it. However, she did great. She got a funny look on her face and cried for 10 seconds and was over it. She's pretty good about shots. And her leg never seems to bother her either. I've never had to give her tylenol after her shots or anything. She's never more cranky or tired or anything. (Knock on wood)
While we were waiting in the clinic, she started laughing at Mark. She's just recently started laughing and Mark had only heard it one other time (when Abbie and I were sitting on the back porch watching Mark "golf" for mushrooms with the skinny end of a rake). She apparently gets a kick out of daddy because she laughed at him for about a minute straight. Mark and I were about crying we were laughing so hard at her, and she liked that because seeing Mark laugh made her laugh even more. Too cute!

She is now 25 3/4 inches long, weighs 13lbs 9oz and her head circumference is right around 41cm. So for length she's above the 95%, for weight she's right at 50% and head circ. she's also right at 50%. For weight vs length she's under the 5%, which means she's still her daddy's girl (tall and skinny).
She's rolled over (front to back) a few more times in the past month and she's getting VERY close to rolling back to front. She likes to lay on her side. Her hand/eye coordination is improving quite a bit and she's figuring out how to use her hands pretty well now. Anything that's within her reach, she'll grab on to, which unfortunately for me, includes my hair quite often. She loves it when you get close to her face so she can grab you.
She loves watching the dogs, and will grab them any chance she gets and she loves going for walks. I try to take her for a walk every day. She's a screamer too. This kid has THE most high pitched squeal you've ever heard.
She likes to be able to see what's going on also. She's much happier if you're holding her facing out so she can see where's she's going vs where she's been. She's happiest when she's sitting there watching the world go by and she just loves watching everything and anything, including the TV if it catches her attention.
She teases us with her sleep patterns. For about 4-6 days she'll sleep GREAT - as in 10:30pm-6:30am, but then she'll have a week or so where she's hard to get to sleep and then she wakes up 2-4 times at night. I haven't really figured out a rhyme or reason to any of it. She's a night owl too. Very rarely will she go to sleep before 10pm. The pediatrician said to just let her make her own schedule for now as long as it works for us. I'm going to work on getting her on a better schedule though. I think most of her problem is I let her take these marathon naps during the day - like 2-4 hour naps, because either I'm tired or I have a bunch of stuff I want to get done while she's sleeping. I think I need to start cutting them down to 2 hours and then get her on a night schedule.
She still takes her naps in her swing most of the time. I've tried to get her to nap in her crib and it's a battle that I usually end up losing.
She's to the point now though, where she's more fun than she is work. She's outgrown most of her 0-3 month clothes, mainly bc they're all too short. Some of her clothes are even 6 months because she's so long. It's fun for me to dress her in stuff she hasn't worn before though.
Speaking of nap schedule, she's been sleeping for over 2 hours now so I should really go wake her up. We've started her on rice cereal, but that's a whole other post in itself and I'll try to put up those pictures too. We've take over 350 pictures of her in the past 9 days alone.... I probably have over 5000 pictures of her since she was born. It's hard trying to decide which ones to post on here!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

I can't believe Abbie is already 4 months old!!! She is growing so fast. She is absolutly adorable, thank you for always sharing so many pictures!!! (I can't wait to hear how the cereal went)