Fortunately I had some adrenaline to run on because it was baby’s first Christmas. I mean, I was making outfit lists and coordinating plans weeks in advance. I was so excited about Christmas, and I gave myself some grace (thanks for that line Darby). Decorating and over-the-top gift giving/wrapping was just not important. All that mattered was Coral’s first Christmas! And me surviving zombie-mode.
Anywho I'll stop rambling. But to all first time moms, the 4-month-sleep regression is definitely not a joke. Hopefully I'll get my act together to implement a routine followed by some sleep training.
and some stats to remember:
- 14 lbs 7 oz, 26 inches long. 60th percentile for weight, and 95th for height!
- size 3 diapers
- 3-6 m clothes are too short. 6-9 m are a little baggy and need to be cuffed
- bath time! she loves to splash
- fingers! staring at them while moving them, sucking them, chewing them. Holding onto our fingers. her hand movements just make me melt daily.
- mam teething ring. putting everything in her mouth.
- being sung too. she loveeeees music.
- getting out of the house. Coral is much more calm in new places.
- getting dressed
- cold milk.
- eating in the morning
- playing by herself
Sleep: mostly bad. lol. co-sleeping from midnight to the am. in crib all other times/naps. Although it has recently gotten better, this post is late and it happened in the 5th month. (to get technical)
- Still breastfeeding, and supplementing 4 oz of formula a day. We give her two half and half bottles a day basically.
- This helps me not feel so stressed if I miss a pumping session, and eases my mind that she can take formula if needed for an emergency situation. I also can quit pretty easily when I decide to end our journey. Supplementing has overall taken the stress out of breastfeeding/pumping for me.
- giggles. not laughing spontaneously, but we can sure make her laugh if we tickle her!
- sitting up with support very well. great head control.
- her movements just became so fluid this month.
Mom & Dad:
- Matt has turned into superdad this month. I finally broke down and asked for him to step it up, since naturally I was carrying a lot of the load on maternity leave. Once I went to work I just needed way more help. Especially since pumping is quite the ordeal.
- on the topic of pumping: exclusive pumpers deserve a serious shout-out. I tried to pump / bottle feed coral breastmilk very consistently when I went back to work. even on weekends and holiday breaks. She had developed a snacking habit when nursing and we just needed to get her out of that mode. and once she got it, I didn't want to go backwards.