Dear Baby KK, you turn four months old on the 16th!
For a fun comparison – here is your brother KJ at 4 months
You’ve fully “woken up” and noticed your surroundings, including your loving brother, toys everywhere, pets, and of course, people like Mama and Dada! Every day is more fun as you become your own person! You love watching your brother run around, and I can tell you are so ready to join in the action as soon as your body catches up.
You’ve found your voice and will sometimes spend 15 minutes listening to yourself talk, especially in the bath. It’s not a babble yet, but lots of sounds! Speaking of baths, your brother sure loves having you as a companion at bathtime when your bedtimes align. You also love to hang out for KJs bedtime routine and read books with him. KJ takes his job as big brother VERY seriously. He often brings you your toys when you are upset, makes funny noises to make you laugh, and lets mama know when you are “hun-gee,” and she should feed you.
We’re still nursing on demand every two hours-ish. At your check-up your weight gain was still slow and steady (you are now 30th percentile for weight), so yesterday, we started a little oatmeal mixed with breastmilk per the pediatrician’s recommendation. At first, you weren’t sure what to do with the spoon, but by the time we were done, you had it down, and like your brother got impatient for the spoon to come to your mouth!
And yes, Mama is still dairy and egg-free over here, but not as strict as I was with your brother. I’m not totally sure you even need me to be egg-free but haven’t got around to testing it yet!
Sleep isn’t as great as the first 12 weeks of your life where you slept, long giant stretches. From about three months on, you’ve struggled with sleep. Some nights are worse than others. Recently you’ve been doing 2-4 hour stretches, so some nights mommy and daddy are more tired than others. You will nurse and go back to sleep most of the time, but occasionally daddy has to jump in and rock you to sleep. On really rough nights, you sleep with mommy for a few hours in the morning. You still take pretty good naps, though! On average, you nap 3-4 times a day but usually refuse a nap (unless it’s with mommy while nursing, haha) anytime after 4 PM, so that makes bedtime a little challenging when you get overtired. You mostly nap in your crib these days (but are still sleeping at night in your halo bassinet), or occasionally if you’re tired and already fed, you’ll nap in the car seat still on walks in the stroller or in the actual car.
Speaking of nighttime. We had to unswaddle you right at three months because you were rolling over in the swaddle. (That was part of the rough sleep until we found these fantastic transition sacks on Amazon!) Then the other day, I got up to get you around 5:30 AM, and you had rolled over in your transition sack. But you’re keeping your tricks a secret because you haven’t rolled over during the day yet! You do roll to your side, but then back. So then we roll you into tummy time, where you hang out happily until you get tired (which is always amazing to me since your brother would scream bloody murder the entire time he was in tummy time.) You may not be rolling all the way from back to tummy, but you can certainly move almost 360 when on your back, and you can almost move forward in tummy time.
You’ve always got your hands in your mouth nowadays and have started drooling more and more. You love the teething toy from Love Every but are happy to chew on whatever you’re holding. Speaking of holding things, those little hands are getting faster and more accurate. For example, you started grabbing at my plate when sitting on my lap (the best place to be) during dinner time. I chuckled to myself the first time you did it because there will be so many more months of that ahead!
Unless you are hungry or tired, you’re a pretty easy-going kid. You’ll hang out on your playmat, swing, bouncer, or just about anywhere as long as someone is in your line of vision, but you don’t like to be left alone. You occasionally have days where you want to be held all day, but usually, you only demand to be held 30 ish minutes before your next nursing or napping time. And just like your brother, you LOVE to be facing out when held. You want to see the world! So the only place you don’t love right now is the baby carrier forward-facing (you’ve never really loved it except for the first couple of months.) But, I’m sure you’ll like it more next month when you can face out a little bit more safely!
You may be new to our family, but I can’t imagine life without you, my sweet laid back baby.
What we’re loving this month: