4 months of Olivia!

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Our perfect little baby girl is already 4 months old! Time is flying way too fast. Everyone tells you that it will, but you really don’t understand until you experience it. I was giving Olivia a bath last night and it was honestly hard for me to remember when we first started bathing her and she was so small she would just lay there and look at you. Now she’s grabbing my hands, grabbing the wash clothes, kicking her feet and rolling on her little bath seat!

She is the freaking cutest in the bath! Since her 3 month update we had to retire her baby bath and start bathing her in the big girl tub because she grew too long for it!

Smiles are now happening daily and laughs are happening much more often as well. There is nothing better than her sweet little smiles and giggles!

She still has only rolled from her belly to her back twice (and never again!) and she hasn’t yet rolled from her back to her stomach. She kind of hates tummy time though and I probably don’t put her on her stomach as much as I should… she does regularly roll side to side now though and she loves hanging out on her play mat. She doesn’t just look at the toys now, she full grabs them and engages with them. It’s so fun to watch her!

 

She is also so so over facing IN in the carrier. At 3 months old I was still regularly putting her in the boba wrap to get things done around the house in the evenings because she’d nap in there. Not anymore. Now she rears her head back because she wants to look around. So outward facing in the Ergo 360 is how we baby wear her right now.

Even though I vowed it wouldn’t happen, our home continues to fill up with baby stuff – like this exersaucer! But at this point anything that keeps her entertained and is engaging for her between naps is well worth it! Also I took this picture to show how good of an arm she has on her, she threw that little white teething toy off her exersaucer and then looked at me like ‘what?’

Olivia now is in bed between about 7pm and 7am give or take. Sometimes she goes to bed earlier (like last night) but we try really hard to make sure she never goes to bed any later than 8pm. Her sleep was getting better last week as we were having 4 – 4.5 hour stretches again, however this week it went back downhill as she got a cold. On Sunday night she was up every 1.5 hours and screaming and screeching. I think she was SO tired but couldn’t sleep because she was congested. Most of her wake ups were just to put the pacifier back in or soothe her back to sleep after holding her upright for a minute so her sinuses could drain. Hopefully her congestion is gone soon and the 4 – 4.5 hour stretches come back as I was really enjoying them.

During the day she goes down for a nap every 1.5 hours of awake time – maybe 2 hours but she’s usually showing tired signs around 1.5 hours and 90% of her naps happen in her crib and last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours! I try really hard to make sure she gets at least one 1.5 hour nap each day.

Olivia is still exclusively breastfed and she currently weighs around 14 lbs. Considering she was a 10 lb baby at birth that is not a lot of weight gain! However at her three month check up the doctor really wasn’t concerned because 14 lbs is normal and average for her age and even though she was a large baby at birth she now appears to have just evened out. One day I will write a post about breastfeeding, even though it has been relatively easy for us I still always feel worried about her weight gain since most babies have gained 7 – 8 lbs in 4 months not just 4! Of course, her being so large at birth makes a difference and she also just isn’t a big eater. She’s more of a snacker and almost never eats for more than 7-8 minutes per side (it’s usually more like 3-4 minutes per side) and she will refuse when I try to get her to eat more. She does take a bottle, but again will not suck if she’s not hungry!

Oh, and she has her daddy completely wrapped around her finger. Yup, that adorable finger she’s pointing out there 😉

The next month is going to be a big one for us as I have a 2-day fitness training coming up and then a 2-day first aid course just a few days later so in the course of a week I will be away from her for 4 full days from about 7:30am to 4 or 5pm!! I’m a little nervous about it, but I know between Eric and my mom she will be in great hands. It’s just hard to give up control after being her main caregiver for the last 4 months. But I know it will be good for both of us.

I truly love this little girl more and more every day. Eric said to me the other day “if we had gotten pregnant when we first started trying, we wouldn’t have her” and he’s so so right. The wait for her was 100% worth it and I would do it 1000x over to have this exact baby in my arms again because she is perfection.

6 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    AWWW, make me cry why don’t you?
    SHE is just the cutest! I can’t wait to meet her in person some day! I love the pic of her in the Ergo with the sunglasses on! My kids LOVED facing forward at that age too (Jack would still like to but I have to put him on my back because he’s so heavy ha ha- Eric can still do front though) Believe it or not, the Ergo 360 came out when Max was almost 6 months and I bought it because I was like- he is going to LOVE that. Before that Eric used to rig up the old one to face him forward- it probably wasn’t the best for either of them though haha.

  2. Lindsey says:

    The exersaucer saved us! haha. She is so darn cute! And I cannot believe she is 4 months already!
    Weight gain is such a touchy subject with babies, my girls were such slow gainers, but steady usually but the Dr always were happy with development etc so it was not an issue. I think as long as they look and act healthy all is good!

  3. Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns says:

    I also can’t wait to meet her in person and introduce her to Paul. It will be so cool to have kids in the same grade as they should start school the same year. She is just too cute for words. I am enjoying our current stage as much as I can but I look forward to when Paul is more interactive. Do you feel like she liked tummy time when she was younger? Paul likes it but I wonder if that will change!

    The weight gain thing is tough. But she is exactly the same weight I was at 4 months and we were both 10 lb babies. As you know, weight gain has been so hard for us. Paul is finally starting to gain weight. I have a feeling he will always be on the small side, though. Especially since Phil is very thin and both of us were on the small side as children.

  4. Stephany says:

    Ah, she is just the cutest! And I love what Eric said about if you had gotten pregnant in the beginning, you wouldn’t have Olivia. Everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t quite understand what the reason is until everything is revealed. <3 She's the most perfect baby.

  5. She is so adorable! Have you guys tried to elevate her mattress by putting a pillow under it? It is only slightly but doing that go us through some wakeups caused by nose or indigestion/burps/gas.

    And the weight gain, if your doctor isn’t concerned and she is gaining weight, I say don’t worry about it. These percentiles are so inaccurate and to no apply to every kid. My cousin has a 10-month-old son who weighs the exact same amount as 2-year-old Emery. It will all even itself out.

  6. Awwwwe, that is so true what Eric said <3 And she is an absolute doll!

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