Wednesday, May 6, 2015

4 months of Charlotte Mae

It's hard to believe my little girl is already 4 months old! She has had a good month after a few harder ones. After another trip to the pediatrician about her reflux and fussiness, he left it up to me to decide to continue giving her the reflux medicine or not. She's been gaining weight (though still tiny in the 5th percentile) so she's getting enough to eat, even with all the spitting up. I decided to take her off the medicine and she's been so much happier. She is generally a happy girl until about 5 pm and then Nick and I take turns holding her and playing with her till bedtime. 
Charlotte is more set in a routine, now that we are officially out of the newborn stage. She takes 3 naps a day in her crib. She sleeps for about 60 to 90 minutes in the morning and then usually (bless her heart!) will take a 2 hour nap at 1 when her brother also goes down for his nap. She takes a catnap in the evening and also sometimes when we are out and about. She has been waking up a little more frequently at night- usually around 12:30 - 1:30 and then again between 3:30 and 5:30. I usually don't have to feed her at the first wake up, just rock her for a bit and put her back in her crib. She still loves her swaddle and noise machine and those things are a lifesaver that allow me to put her down and let her fall asleep on her own, while I take care of Big Brother Hayden. 
Charlotte is mastering the roll from tummy to back and the super baby pose. She can usually kick her legs over and make it to her back, but sometimes needs a little help. In other news, she is a big fan of the Bumbo and loves when I put her in it so she can sit up and keep her eyes on brother at all times.
She is such a little outdoor baby- we have been having more picnics outside (at Hayden's request) and she is usually happy as can be laying on a blanket and staring up at the trees or clouds. She also enjoys walks in the stroller so that she can look around.
We have a new routine this month where most nights she gets a little bubble bath with our favorite new bathtime product and then a massage with some baby oil and lavender before I swaddle her for the night. Daddy has been taking over putting her to bed if I have planned ahead and pumped a bottle the night before. It's a nice way for him to get some extra Charlotte cuddles since Hayden loves to have all Daddy's attention from the minute he walks in the door from work. 
In terms of likes- she's a fan of rattles, her baby gym, and anything that she can put in her mouth. She loves to watch Hayden and she smiles, coos, and shakes her whole body in excitement when he gives her some extra attention. For his part, he is very loving and sweet with her. I can't wait for another 4 months or so when they start interacting even more. 
Little Miss is showing us her personality and she's a sweet baby who's a little reserved. She's happiest in Mommy or Daddy's arms and doesn't care too much for other people, just yet. She is warming up to some of our other family members and I'm glad we still have 4 more months before she starts going to preschool/daycare - I'm not sure the separation would go too well at this point! Anyway, this little girl is the sweetest and we are just so blessed to have her in our family. 
(Months 1, 2, and 3 )
 

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