Gwendolyn At Four Months

Gwen is four months old!  I feel like the last four months have gone by so fast.  I don't remember it going by that fast with Wyatt.

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This month has been a little crazy - it started out a few weeks ago with Gwen getting sick for the first time!  Poor baby.  It was just a cold, but it led to a few rough nights because she couldn't sleep and breath comfortably on her back, so she ended up sleeping part of a few nights in bed next to me.  It was the only way I could keep her comfortable and get her to stay asleep.  

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I think her being sick kind of messed up her sleep schedule, because she's only slept a full 8 hours a couple times since.  She's mostly just been going 4-6 hour stretches at night for the past couple weeks - not bad at all, but not sleeping through the night.  I was looking back through Wyatt's monthly updates though and he had a rough sleeping patch around four months old too, so it could also be a growth spurt.

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This past month I went back to work, and Gwen has had to get used to taking a bottle from my mom!  She's not as good at taking a bottle as Wyatt was, but she will when I'm not there.  She's drinking about four-ish ounces at a time when she takes a bottle.  When I'm home she nurses probably 4 or 5 times during the day, and then however often at night.

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She's wearing a mix of 0-3 month clothes and 3-6 month clothes now.  Her newborn shoes are getting too small, but I don't really have any 0-3 months shoes at the moment, so we mostly just do socks right now . . . I'm waiting to buy her some little summer shoes when the weather gets a little warmer.  She wears size 2 disposable diapers, and when we do cloth she's on the smallest size.

At her doctor's visit we had her measured, and she's 15 lbs, 2.5 ounces (60%), her head circumference is 17 inches (96%), and her height was 26.5 inches (99.8%)!

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She'll do tummy time, but I think she mostly doesn't see the point of it - she'll just lay there and look around with a puzzled expression on her face, like she's not sure what we want her to do!  No rolling around these parts yet, though she's gotten close a couple times.

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If Wyatt comes anywhere near her though she's as happy as a clam.  She loves Wyatt.  And Wyatt never turns down the chance to give her a kiss or help take care of her.  She's starting to show a little interest in her toys when I put her under her play gym, but especially when Wyatt shows them to her!  They are so cute together.  

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One thing that I think is funny is that Gwen loves to see.  Wyatt used to snuggle into me when I held him facing me, but Gwen gets impatient - she wants to be turned out. She likes to be able to see around her.  She hates to be left alone laying down - if I need to set her down for a minute she wants to be propped up or in her Bumbo so she can look around and see what's going on.

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Her little personality is so sweet!  She's such a smiley girl.  If anyone stops to talk to her, she'll give them the sweetest little grin, and when Derek and I talk and play with her, her whole face just lights up!  She gives the biggest gummy smile whenever we pay attention to her, and she brings her little fists up under her chin - if she's wearing a dress she'll grab the fabric and pull it up to her face and just peek out at us from behind it with her smiling eyes.  It's the cutest thing!

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She also gave a first real laugh on April Fool's Day!  Derek was playing with her and heard her laugh.  We thought it was such an appropriate day for a first laugh.  She's been laughing quite a bit ever since, and Derek got her laughing pretty hard the other day by making robot-like noises  - she thought he was so funny!  I caught it on video - use my blog name as the password.

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She likes to blow raspberries lately - I'll set her up on the couch and she'll just look around and blow raspberries and spit bubbles.  It's cute!  She also loves kisses.  She gives the sweetest little smile every time I give her a kiss.

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With sickness going around to everyone in our family this month, I didn't take as many pictures as normal, and I'm determined to do better next month - she's growing so fast!  I want to catch all these little stages while I can.


Baby Girl,

You are such a sweetheart, Gwen!  I can hardly even have a bad day with you around - your smile just lights everything up!  You are so beautiful, and especially when you smile.  I try to get you smiling as much as I can because I just love to see you happy.

You usually eat right around the time Wyatt goes down for his nap, and sometimes I'll feed you and then lay you down for a nap too.  But this week I found myself just holding you, and watching you until you fell asleep - and then I couldn't bear to put you down.  You look like a doll with your eyes closed, and I can feel your little tummy go in and out against mine as you breathe and dream.

You are so peaceful when you sleep, and as you get bigger I know you are going to sleep in my arms less and less . . . and soaking it up is more important sometimes than checking something off of my to-do list.  You are my gorgeous girl, and these days with you are precious, Baby Doll.  I don't want them to go by so fast.  

I love you so much, and every time I look at you it washes over me again.  I'm so glad you are mine.


Your Mama


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Emily Powell said...

I wouldn't worry about the sleep. Most babies go through sleep regression at about 4 months where their sleep cycles change to be more adult like. She's gorgeous. So funny, in the first picture I thought she looked like Daddy and then in the second picture I just saw you...must be a good mix!

Sarah said...

Audrey also went through that sleep thing at 4 months. The more I looked into it, the more I learned that it is extremely common! The things you learn...

Tami said...

I can't believe she is already 4 months old! She is so beautiful and has the sweetest little smile!

Jenni Lynn said...

She does look like Wyatt!! And I love that strawberry outfit!

Unknown said...

She is so adorable Callie! Love that big grin.

Amanda said...

Happy 4 months Sweet Gwen!

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

She is a doll! You can tell her sweet personality just from these pictures!

Lyndsey said...

Happy four months Gwen! It does seem to be flying by this second time around. With all of her smiling and sitting up, she definitely doesn't look like a newborn anymore, but she is a gorgeous baby girl!

Kristy said...

She is sooooo cute! We have had some sleep issues at 4 month too. Apparently it's a common thing. Hope she starts sleeping better for you soon!

The Clem Family said...

Happy 4 months! I have to agree on the moving too fast with the second child!

Bethany G said...

Oh she is so adorable. You make such cute babies!!!

Hollie said...

Oh my, she is just too sweet. I can't believe how big she has gotten just this month. She is precious Callie.

Melanie said...

She's soooo cute!! I remember Makayla getting a little stuffy once when she was real little like that. I ended up putting in her bouncy chair in the living room next to the couch (I slept on the couch, of course, with my hand on her all night!)..that was the only way I could get her comfy!

Jodi said...

4 months already? Where do the days go? She is getting so big. She is so cute and I love all of her outfits!!

la petite lulu said...

She is so cheery! It's so hard when they get sick, esp for the first time :( I hope next month is a healthier one. Happy 4 mths Gwen!

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