Wow, I really feel like I could write a book about all that has happened this past month.
When I think back to last month’s post, it seems like she is almost a different baby now! I know ‘time flies by’ and ‘they grow up so fast’ are pretty clichéd statements, but they are TRUE!
She currently weighs about 16 pounds, and is wearing 3 month clothes still (except 6 months in pajamas), but I think in the next couple weeks we will be switching to all 6 months clothes since she is such a long little thing.
I think I’ll start with probably the most “life changing” difference (and I’m really talking about my life here…) is how much her sleeping habits have improved! Since birth Charlotte has really liked sleeping in someone’s arms (what baby doesn’t!) but seemed unable to sleep by herself during the day. Naps during the first two months weren’t so bad because I was happy to be holed up in the bedroom with her 24/7. But by three months my floors were pretty filthy, and I was ready to have a little bit of freedom from my little munchkin. In last month’s post I shared how she was taking her naps in the baby carrier only, which meant I was pacing around my apartment for 4-5 hours a day to accommodate her four naps (she wouldn’t let me stop moving or she would wake up). She also was waking up every 1 1/2-3 hours each night, and I was physically and mentally exhausted.
Then right around 3 months 1 week a miracle happened! Through a bunch of random “accidents” and God given grace, we figured out she slept much better unswaddled, would soothe herself by sucking her thumb, and was capable of putting herself to sleep at night. That first night it happened she slept for stretches of 3-4 hours and we were in shock! So, since she had shown us that she was developmentally capable of putting herself to sleep, we decided the next day to try and see if she could do it for naps in her cribs. We definitely hadn’t planned on doing any “sleep training” this young, but we felt like the night before had been God’s way of letting us know she was ready to sleep by herself. For her first nap that day she cried for 1 1/2 hours and never went to sleep. During that time we didn’t leave her alone to cry, we sat in a chair next to the crib and every few minutes would rub her chest and hands and tell her “it’s alright.” I was pretty much sure that she wasn’t ready to sleep in her crib yet, but we decided to try again for her next nap. For the next nap she cried for 30 minutes (again, we were sitting next to her crib, reassuring her that we hadn’t left her alone) and the fell asleep. The third nap it took about 15 minutes, and the same for the fourth. That night she put herself to sleep for bedtime with absolutely no crying, and again slept for longer stretches than she had before. The second day of napping in her crib, she fell asleep for 3 out of the 4 naps with no crying whatsoever. I couldn’t believe how quickly she adjusted!!!
So now I get several breaks a day to clean my house, bathe myself, and just have some “me time.” It’s awesome, guys. She only sleeps for about 45-50 minutes of a time, but we’re working on trying to get her to take really restorative naps (which should be ideally 1 1/2 hours). It’s all a work in progress, but I am so thankful that she is now sleeping in her crib all the time! Thank God for her thumbs! (she sucks the left and right, and doesn’t really seem to favor one over the other).
Speaking of sucking her thumb, in the last month she has become obsessed over putting just about everything into her mouth. It started with just her thumbs, but now she sucks on several fingers at a time, or just sticks her whole fist in her mouth. She also loves sucking on toys and has just started trying to put our hands into her mouth. Her favorite toys this month are her O ball, and her light-up seahorse, and she still loves playing on her play mat.
Charlotte is eating every 2 1/2- 3 hours throughout the day and about every 3 1/2- 4 hours at night, which feels so strange to me! When she was first born it felt like all I was doing was breastfeeding, and now it seems like such a small part of our day. I have to admit that I do feel sad about that, and already “miss her” in the sense that we don’t have those really close moments anymore. I think other breastfeeding mamas can understand…it’s a blessing not to be “tied down” anymore, but it is also a feeling of loss.
This month Charlotte got to celebrate two big things: Father’s Day and the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup! Although she didn’t technically watch the game (no TV for our little stinker, although she LOVES watching it when she can sneak it), I think she was their good luck charm . Charlotte really loves her daddy so much. She “talks” to him more than anyone else, and when he is around her she always stares at his face and smiles.
For Father’s Day I made Dave a video from pictures of him with Sophia, Champ, and Charlotte, and Charlotte and I did a little secret photo shoot to make him this picture:
Developmentally she has changed so much this month! In addition to being able to pick up, hold, and bring toys to her mouth, she also has started rolling! She has rolled from her front to back 3 times, and is so close to being able to roll from back to front unassisted. Just a week ago I was wondering when she’d start showing signs of being able to roll, and as if she read my mind, during one nap I looked at the baby monitor and saw this:
(Since it’s kind of hard to see, I added the arrows to show the changing direction of her body)
Now it’s totally normal for her to sleep at the top of her crib, or the bottom. Vertically or horizontally (meaning crib direction, she doesn’t sleep standing up…)
She easily rolls from back to side, and now will turn her head under in an attempt to get all the way over. When she hits this step kind of gets a little stuck and usually turns back onto her back. But if I give her butt just a little tap, she’ll pull herself all the way over now (see video below). I’m sure in a week or two she’ll have this skill totally mastered, and my life is going to get a little more complicated!
She is getting more and more comfortable with tummy time, although we still struggle to keep her on her stomach for more than 5 minutes at a time. But the fact that she is still progressing in her developmental milestones makes me realize that each child needs different amounts and not to cling to what the internet says is “normal.”
Her smiles are given all the time now, and in the last week we got our first real laughs. You can hear those sweet giggles at the end of the video below.
Since she is becoming so much more active, pictures are just no longer an accurate representation of her development. So, I put together a short little video showing our little girl in action this month: Four Months Old!
Finally, here are some other things Charlotte has been up to this month: