Oh, How the time truly flies…On July 28th, 2011 Eliza was officially 4 months!
@ Hilton Head July 26, 2011

Over the past month E has continued to explore the environment … :

  • She consistently grabs toys and pulls them towards her … sometimes even gets them to her mouth
  • She squeals, yells, coos loudly & softly — mostly high pitched, but some low using her favorite ‘ah’. No consonants yet, mostly all vowels.
  • When she wakes up in her crib she’ll talk to herself while getting progressively louder if we don’t come and get her after about 5-10 min.
  • Mostly a happy happy baby.  She wakes up happy and is  all smiles and content unless there’s a specific need (hunger, boredom, etc.)
  • Started sitting up with support just recently! Not perfected, but she does ok when propped up with the boppy for a bit.
  • Rolls front to back — mostly does it on her own but there’s still some frustration. Doesn’t go back to front yet.
  • Size 6 month sleepers/onsies, but 3 month shirts/shorts.  Size two diapers.
  • Naps better — not the 30-45  min. at a time — now it ranges from an hour to two+ depending on the time of day.  She’s gotten better about soothing herself to sleep, but some days it takes longer to fall asleep than others.  She doesn’t really nurse to sleep except for a few times here or there…
  • Eats every 2-3 hours, though has gone about 3 1/2…

It seems to me that she’s been thriving and doing well.  At her 4 month appointment the doctor was concerned that she hadn’t gained enough weight.  She weighed in at 13 lbs. I have such mixed feelings about this…he didn’t have the nicest manner and pretty much just breezed through her appointment — I’m not sure he even listened when I answered a few questions.  Super frustrating.  So, she goes back for a weight check next week.  I know they’re using older growth charts and from some research breast fed babies grow a little differently than formula fed (not bad, just different).  I’m not sure how much he even knew about breastfeeding.  He mentioned we didn’t have to supplement, but could if we wanted.  I’ve ignored that advice and have been offering her bottle/breast every two hours to see if she’s hungry.  When given a bottle she usually takes about 4 oz. and will occasionally take more after I’m done feeding her.  I’m nervous about next Monday, but I really think she’s a happy healthy girl.  We shall see.

friends came to visit last week from St.Louis