Blair Monroe- 4 Months Old

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Height: 24.8 inches 60th percentile

Weight: 12 lbs 4 oz 12th percentile

Head Circumference: 15.8 inches 27th percentile

Dr. Appointment: shots once again! We hate shots. she bled a lot this time when they gave her the shots. The doctor thinks that since Blair is on the small side that we should start solids but I have done a lot of research on this subject and we are going to wait until six months. She is very content after eating, has plenty of wet and poopy diapers, and is meeting all her milestones like a champ. She is not interested in food at all at the moment. I am leaning more towards a baby lead weaning method of feeding her, and plan to do food as a “just for fun” kind of thing before one. She gets all the nutrients she needs from breastmilk.

Nicknames: B, Squish, Squish Monster, Squishy, Munch, Munch Face, Baby Girl,

Clothing: I pulled out her 3-6 month clothing. It’s my favorite of her little wardrobes. Most of the clothes are huge on her but that’s ok. That just means she will get to wear them longer! Her huge cloth diapers help fill out the bigger clothes.

Diapers: I will say this every month but I LOVE CLOTH DIAPERS! They are so much easier than I ever thought they would be. She goes through 7-8 diapers a day and we wash every other day now. I will never get over how adorable she is in these diapers!

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Eating: Blair is still eating on one side during a feed but occasionally she will be hungry enough to eat from both sides. She averages 6-8 minutes when she eats. She goes any were from 1.5 hours to 3 hours between eating. She is still on a bottle strike. It’s like she doesn’t know what to do with it. She just chews on it and then screams because she wants the real deal. I know a lot of people start solids at 4 months but because she is exclusively breast fed we are waiting until 6 months to introduce food. We are skipping cereals all together. From all the research I have done it doesn’t seem prudent to give a baby grains. I think we will start with avocado! I am super excited to see how she reacts to food.

Sleeping: This has been a horrible month for sleep. She has been all over the place. There were some nights that the longest she slept was 1.5 hours. There was a 5 day stretch where she did sleep really well. We unswaddled her and she slept great! Then we figured out that she is such a little mover that she would hit the sides of the bassinet and wake her self up. She was getting a little to big for it. So we decided to move her to her room and her crib. I am a crazy paranoid mother so right now I am sleeping in there on the air mattress. I wish her crib would fit in our room. The first night in her crib didn’t start off well because she kept startling. I think the bed was just too big and she didn’t feel secure so I swaddled her and she slept great. Last Tuesday I bought a sound machine that has several different sounds/lullabies and projects a moving image on the ceiling for her. I figured I would try it and bring it back if it didn’t help. To my surprise it has made her a completely different baby. I can put her down in her crib with that on for naps and she falls right asleep! It’s amazing! She also is sleeping much better at night and going down easier. We also bought a little rocking chair that is making bedtime easier as well.

Social: We have a little chatter box on our hands! She is a major talker and I love it! I am interested to see how she handles being held by a lot of people. We are going home to have Blair blessed and around 50 people will be there all wanting to see her and hold her! I hope she doesn’t get overwhelmed. She isn’t held by other people (besides Garren and I) often. I hope she does well! She loves hanging out with Lucy. Every time she is laid next to her, without fail, she reaches out and grabs her hand.

Likes: New sound machine, the stroller, the ergo, nursing, having conversations with mom, when daddy comes home, baths, and being outside

Dislikes: Bottles, Binkies, being in her car seat,

New This Month: Blair has started “singing” with us when we sing or when music comes on. It’s the cutest thing! She lifts her legs up for you when you are changing her diaper. I think this is because she has a new fascination with her feet but it’s still cute. She has rolled over a ton of times! She has done it enough that I know she can do it but for some reason she chooses not to most of the time. She does enjoy tummy time a lot more now! When she is on her tummy she will get her knees up under her and push off. It’s crazy! I feel like she will be an early crawler, which I am not excited about.

Fun Things We Did:

  • Went to the Joseph Smith’s Birthplace Memorial. It was the longest Blair has had to be in the car. It went pretty well!
  •  We found a gorgeous trail to walk on.
  • Took Blair to the park for the first time
  • Figured out this napping business! She may not sleep long but at least she is going down easier.

Mama: My recovery isn’t going as great as I would like it too. We found out that I have uterine prolapse but luckily it doesn’t look like a bad case, and it should correct itself (with exercise) in 6-12 months. Every one told me that when you breastfeed you don’t get a period! Yeah right. I got my first one at 5 weeks postpartum and they are back to being every 28-29 days. Oh well at least they are consistent. Being a mom is better that I imagined and I love hanging out with my girl every day. I know I am biased but I am certain I have the prettiest, smartest, and best baby around ;)

Daddy: Garren is doing great in school. I love seeing him working so hard to provide for us and reach his goal of being a PT. Blair has started getting excited when he comes home. It’s adorable. We bought a sound monitor and my favorite thing is to turn it on while he is changing her diaper and listen to him sing to her. He makes up songs about her.

Things we are looking forward too:

GOING HOME! We are going to Utah in 2 weeks to have Blair blessed and to meet her family! I am so excited.

Pictures:

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She approves of her crib

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Hanging out with Daddy!

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This is what happens when you comb her hair down. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Sometimes we have days where she mostly looks like this….

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Her Face

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2 thoughts on “Blair Monroe- 4 Months Old

  1. She is so adorable! You are such a good mom. Just a quick thought though, I know you said you don’t want to start solid foods, and I can agree that they don’t necessarily have additional nutritional value; however, I know both of my babies only started sleeping longer periods once we started solid foods, like cereal or something else. And several friends told me same thing. I was waiting as long as possible but finally tried around 5 months…and it made big difference. Kids slept soon much better.

    But I understand your hesitancy and not all babies react the same. Just gotta figure out what works for you. Good luck! You are doing great!

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