Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Four Months Old!!!
Ok, I can't believe it y'all. My Ky Bug is 4 1/2 months old! It doesn't seem quite real. It feels like just yesterday we were coming home from the hospital with her, scared to death, with absolutely no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. It amazes me that I could love someone so much that I have known for such a little time. Each day I love her even more than the day before.
She has grown so much in the past month and a half. Kylie now weighs in at a whopping 12 pounds and 10 ounces (25th percentile), is 25 1/2 inches long (50th percentile), and her little noggin is 16 1/2 inches around (50th percentile).
Kylie now fits perfectly in all of her 0-3 clothes except her sleepers. Her little legs are too long for those so in sleepers she wears 3-6 months. She just moved up to size 2 Pampers diapers, though Santa might bring her some cloth diapers this Saturday. She still has tiny little feet and size 1 baby shoes are still a bit too big. And don't even get me started on keeping socks or shoes on her, it's damn near impossible. I keep her her in her jammies a lot these days just because there is no way she can kick those off!
Kylie is liking tummy time more and more. It helps that she is getting better at it too. Now she can lift her head and chest up 90 degrees and is starting to push up on her arms. She tries to pull herself along with her hands now as well. And last week she rolled from her back to her belly. Kylie loves standing, she can hold herself up with just us balancing her. She grabs stuff with her hands and brings it to her mouth. She has discovered Rex's beard (well really just his scruff from not shaving for a week and a half) and loves touching his face now, and also my ears. Whenever she is on her back she just kicks and kicks and kicks. She loves sitting propped up against my Boppy pillow but hates the Bumbo seat Rex and I got her. She just braces her back and pops herself out of it. And if she can't pop herself out then she just cries.
Kylie still loves being outside, though it is getting harder as the weather is getting colder. But on the non windy days I just bundle her up and we go on walks. She still loves looking trees up and down and has discovered the windmill in my parents' backyard. Kylie loves watching the chihuahuas wrestle and growl and be crazy. We are teaching her to pet them too :) Now she opens up her hands when we move her fingers over their fur.
Kylie is super vocal now. In the morning when she wakes up she will talk to herself for about 20 minutes before actually wanting to get up. She laughs and giggles and chuckles and squeaks and squeals. She also makes this siren sound, getting louder and quieter and then louder again. Kylie still smiles with her whole mouth open.
The bug sleeps about 11 hours a night now, from 8 pm to 7 am. This is much appreciated by Rex and me. For a while we were having trouble getting her her to fall asleep without a whole lot of crying. But we finally found a routine that works for us. Every other night she gets a bath and a massage while I put lotion on her. Then every night she gets her last feeding, is burped and put into one of her sleep sacks, we read Goodnight Moon with her in my lap, and then I rock her and sing Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) by the Dixie Chicks. I set her in her crib, kiss her four times, and sing the song one more time and then turn on her ocean sounds and sights. Most of the time she will be asleep within fifteen minutes with minimal fussing. Naps are a different story though. She will NOT sleep in her crib and very rarely she will sleep in her swing. Ky will fuss and cry for a whole hour without falling asleep even for a minute. She will fall asleep in two seconds flat if she is in someones' arms though. So for now I have given up and both of us will take a nap together on our bed. The other day we both slept for an hour and a half. It was pure bliss.
Her eyes are still blue, but a gray-blue now I think. Her hair is finally filling in on the sides of her head, but not quite because she still has the Mohawk look going on sometimes.
She is still completely on breast milk and formula. We're not going to start her on any solids till she is six months old. We decided this with her pedi since she doesn't NEED solids yet and it also reduces the risk of her having food allergies too. Ky is sure interested in food though, and she now assumes any kind of drink is for her and opens her mouth wide and gets all excited!
So my Ky Bug is growing with leaps and bounds. It is wonderful to see her grow and discover the world around her everyday. How beautiful it must be to look at the world with brand new eyes everyday. Even when I don't want to get up in the morning, I love looking down into her crib and seeing her smile up at me, it makes my day every time. I love her so much that I feel think my heart might burst out of my chest. I seriously can't imagine life without her, and she has definitely made me into a better person.