Once again, youâ€™ve really grown a ton and developed much more rapidly than I expected. Â We have been having lots of fun smiling and laughing all day. Â You hit lots of developmental milestones this month! Â On your three month birthday, you decided it was time to roll over from your tummy to your back and then you barely have done it since. Â That must be boring because a couple weeks later, you rolled from your back to your tummy and now (in the 4th month), I canâ€™t keep you on your back. Â You love being on your tummy looking around, but still only for about 5-10 minutes at a time.
You not only smile now, but daddy and I have gotten a few chuckles out of you too. Â We absolutely love your laugh and try no less than 50 times a day to get it out of you. The first time I heard it was when I bounced a little green ball next you during tummy time. Â That was the most hilarious thing you had seen!
You also have the cutest little shriek Iâ€™ve ever heard. Â It gets a little louder and more often each day. Â You found your hands and really like using them. Â It seems like they are moving from sun up til sun down. Â You like to grab your toys and can hold them for a little bit yourself. Â You also love to grab mommyâ€™s hair!
We have started to develop a little more of a daily routine, especially at bedtime. Â I try to read a book to you and sometimes youâ€™re interested and sometimes not. Â You do like to play with your activity gym and a few other small toys that we have.
You are starting to drool quite a bit right now. Â I think teething is right around the corner.
Sleep wise, at the beginning of the month, you started to have longer stretches of sleep during the first stretch of sleep. Â It was about 4-5 hours and I was thrilled! Â You still liked to get up every 2-3 hours after that for the rest of the night, but that was okay with me. Â I was starting to feel a little more energetic and get some things done during the day. Â Then, one random Monday night, that was over! Â You went on a sleep strike and decided that we must get up every 2-3 hours for the entire night. Â As Iâ€™m typing this, we are three weeks later and still on the same schedule. Â Iâ€™m really tired. Â I have talked with lots of mom friends with babies your age, and it seems like itâ€™s a theme – the 4 month sleep regression (or a wonder week(s). Â I was told yesterday at a sleep support group that itâ€™s not actually a regression, but a progression because youâ€™re learning so much right now. Â Iâ€™ll take it.
You are outgrowing your rock nâ€™ play more and more each day. Â We have to get you into your crib at some point, but youâ€™re simply not having it. Â You took two 25 minute naps in your crib when I tricked you with a pacifier, but then it hasnâ€™t happened since. Â We will see…
We went to grandmaâ€™s house twice this month – once when your Aunt and Uncle were there (without daddy) and the other for a long weekend for the 4th of July. Britt and I took you swimming, but the wind picked up almost immediately when we got there, so you werenâ€™t in the water very long, but I think you liked it. Â Then, daddy, you and I went swimming two days and you really liked it. Â I am so happy that you didnâ€™t hate the water. Â Speaking of water, during bathtime, you like to play with the faucet. Â I think weâ€™re almost to the point where you have to go into the real bathtub instead of the kitchen sink!
I think you were a little shocked by the fireworks on the 4th of July. Â We have some great pictures of your little face! Â I donâ€™t think you hated it, but I donâ€™t know if you liked them either. Â I think the colors were fascinating, but you could have done without the noises. Â We did put some kleenex in your ears and covered them with a blanket.
We are still breastfeeding very well. Â Youâ€™re eating like a champ! Â At 15 weeks, you weighed 14 lbs. 4 ounces and then at your 4 month checkup (18 weeks), you were 15 lbs. 2.5 ounces, which is right in the 50th percentile. Â You were 25.5 inches long – in the 75th percentile. Â Youâ€™re long and lean like your daddy! I think your eyes might be changing from blue to green, but weâ€™re still waiting on that verdict.
As for me, I had some ups and downs this month. Â I was feeling great when you were sleeping 4-5 hours and then had a rough adjustment when the sleep regression started. Â I remained hopeful every.single.night that it would magically go back to how it was and while Iâ€™m still waiting on that, I know it will come. Â Exercise has kind of taken a backseat due to fatigue. Â I am still working out about 5 days a week, but they are less intense and Iâ€™m back to walking more. Â I decided that it is a priority, but itâ€™s not my first right now. Â I am not letting myself go by any means, but maybe 6 days of intense exercise is just going to have to wait for a little bit. Â When Iâ€™m not walking, I have been running and doing some circuit training.
I continue to love being a mommy to you. Â There are definitely hard times, but your smile and laugh make up for all of them times 100. Â I miss you being a newborn, but at the same time, you are getting to be so much fun now. Â I love playing with you and showing you new things. Â I can see that continuing for years and years. Â I wouldnâ€™t trade you for the world! Â Right now you are sleeping next to me like a little angel and I canâ€™t help but think Iâ€™m so blessed.
Love You Always,