Friday, January 15, 2010

Developing by Leaps and Bounds

Baby Girl is 4 months old. I can't believe it.

She is really developing by leaps and bounds these days. A sample of some of her accomplishments:

  • she far prefers to face forward rather than facing me (even in the moby wrap)
  • she's able to deftly stuff her soothie into her mouth, when she looses it
  • she perfected sucking her thumb; although she doesn't keep it in there long
  • she found her toes... and like everything else, quickly stuffed them in her mouth
  • she is exploring our faces when we feed her
  • rolling from tummy to back, and back to tummy; she prefers the latter
  • laughing out loud and talking up a storm (on Dec. 30, she spent the entire day blabbering!)
  • she is trying to hold herself up on her feet, and she prefers to be upright rather than sitting up (we have a Bumbo seat and she tolerates it for maybe 10 mins at a time, but she loves her new exersaucer!)
  • she watches every morsel of food or every drop of fluid that goes in our mouths! (a sign that she is ready to start cereals maybe? She tried to grab my Mom's coffee mug out of her hands!)

I estimate that she's between 14 and 15 lbs right now. We'll know more next week when we go to the doctor's for her shots and a check up. She's still in some 0-3 month outfits, but she seems to be starting to fit into the 3-6 month stuff now. About time too! She looked so adorable in her Christmas dresses! What a cutie!

And we had her christened while we were at home. I received two wonderful gifts from three of my good girlfriends (all sisters) at home. One of them made me a little photo album with pics of the day and the event, and the other two made me a beautiful framed keepsake with a photo, a quoted passage, the date and the people involved (baby's name, our names, those of the godparents and the church official). It's spectacular. I'm so blessed. And Little Miss looked angelic in her (my!) christening dress. She never even made a peep when the water touched her forehead; my concern was that she would stick out her tongue to drink it!

It was a lovely 5-6 weeks at home, and now we're back in our own surroundings and we'll get her on some sort of a schedule. She's still only taking 4-5 oz per feed, with a rare request for more. And some nights she sleeps through, while others, she's up for more food. It all depends. I'm hoping that when I can start getting some cereal into her formula that she'll sleep better at night.

This morning she had a first; she had her first swimming lesson. She really enjoyed it for the most part, crying only momentarily the first time she went underwater. But she did beautifully and I'm looking forward to the rest of the classes! I hope she is too!


Anonymous said...

Hey Gil,

My advice, don't rush the feeding. They don't sleep any better once they start on cereal. It's a myth! Wait until she's 6 months. I was told (and read) to never add cereal to her bottle...just add formula to her cereal in the bowl.

Rhiannon took swimming lessons too. I don't agree with putting them underwater (because of secondary drowning issues) but I did it during her first couple of sessions. Then, I stopped doing it and they didn't force the issue.

Time goes by so quickly, doesn't it? They are just little lumps and next things you know they are little people.


Anonymous said...

She is growing up so fast and getting so cute!

Vee said...

Her progress sounds very much like Doudous. It is amazing to watch all these firsts, we are loving it.

She is just adorable Gil.
Love from the 3 of us xxx

Angie said...

Great hearing from you! She is adorable!

Miss K said...

She is the cutest thing!