Jilly @ 4 months

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Jill,

It’s honestly hard to believe that your first 4 months have gone by so quickly.  You’ve grown so much since we first met you on August 28th!  This past month your smiley and happy personality have really started to show.  You love to have long conversations, especially with your mom and dad.  The number of sounds you make has greatly increased in the past few weeks.  All we have to do is look at you when your in a good mood and you just laugh.  You’ve really taken a liking to your big brother.  You often smile from ear to ear when he’s in your line of sight. 

Although you’ve done much more tummy time in the past month, you still don’t show too many signs of rolling over any time soon.  You would much rather be in a sitting or stand position when you are ready to play than lying on a blanket with toys.  You love to hold things in your hands and bring them to your mouth in investigate them.  You’ve perfected the art of taking your pacifier in and out, but you forget to let go of it after successfully getting it in your mouth.  (You find that awfully frustrating at times.) 

We took you in for your 4 month check-up about a week early thanks to the holidays.  You were 15 lbs 14 oz (93rd percentile) and 24 inches long (40th percentile) although the neither Daddy or I thought her marks were very accurate for length.  We were told we could start baby cereal with you anytime and so we look forward to that in the coming weeks.  Your appetite will surely appreciate the extra filling!  You still feed 5 to 6 times a day with one of those being a bottle from Daddy before bed. 

I’ve finally found a bit of a routine which you seem to do well with.  You generally wake up between 7:30 and 8 to feed in the morning.  After a little bit of floor play time, you are usually ready for a morning nap about 9:15/9:30.  Although this nap varies in length each day, you’ve been better about being down for at least 30 to 45 minutes before needing to be re-pacified.  Beyond that the rest of the day is still unpredictable.  When you take an afternoon nap really depends on how long the morning nap was.  Daddy usually starts you on your Daddy-time bottle about 8:30 and then it’s off to bed for you.

I’m looking forward to several things in the coming month.  Hopefully we’ll having you rolling all over the place in the next month or at least starting to roll.  We should also be starting cereal.  I’m sure there will be many other firsts in the next month also. 

Happy 4 month bday Jilly!

Love,

Mommy

(4 month comparison pictures after the kids are in bed tonight)

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