What I’ve Learned: 4 Months

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  1. Sarah just had her 4 month appointment and she is the picture of health :)  Her weight is a bit low, at 12.7 pounds (25th percentile), and her length is above average, at 24.75 inches long (just under the 60th percentile). The doctor said she looks great and may be small framed/petite. I’m just hoping she gets more length from her dad, especially since she’s already taller than most at her age.
  2. Babies eyes tend to change color within the first 6 months. Sarah still has her blue eyes, and we are hoping they stick! She got them from me, and I got mine from my Papa. I’d really like to keep them in the family.
  3. Having your husband at the Dr. appt’s that involve shots helps SO much! There is a special power that comes from the comfort and strength of a father. When our child cries from pain I cry and dad soothes (at least in our family).
  4. Speaking of which, I’ve never been a sappy person. I don’t cry in movies or books or stories. However, I DO cry when it involves Sarah.
  5. Something happens around 3-4 months where babies start learning like crazy! Sarah has started doing more in the past 2 weeks than the past 3 1/2 months. It it SO much fun!
  6. I finally have an answer I’ve been asking for years…God gave women curvy hips to help hold children! My left hip has become a chair for Sarah, and a relief for my back.
  7. I’ve learned to do more with 1 arm/hand than I ever thought imaginable. Cook dinner-check. Clean-check. Use the restroom-check (hey, I’m just being honest!) Get dressed-check. Laundry-check. Pack for a trip-check.
  8. Nothing can break your heart more than when your baby is crying. Not crying like ‘I want you to hold me’, but crying with tears flowing lip quivering. I’ve never wanted to take away someone else’s pain more in my life!
  9. Playing peek-a-bo with a baby is fun and hilarious! Every time I ‘reappear’ Sarah’s eyes get HUGE and her smile is contagious. At this age she honestly thinks I’ve disappeared, so to reappear from ‘thin air’ must be fascinating to witness.
  10. Losing those last ’10 pounds’ is truly difficult, especially when the first 30 fell off without much effort.
  11. My lactose-intolerance disappeared when i was pregnant. It was like Sarah healed me of my dairy problems. Sadly, it has returned sometime in the past 2 weeks.
  12. I really really miss cheese!
  13. Babies can sleep in the most uncomfortable looking positions I’ve ever seen.  You would think they didn’t have bones from the way their bodies bend.
  14. Because of how easy it is (and delicious) my diet is probably 50-60% peanut butter. I tell myself it’s okay because it’s got my protein and fats for the day. Plus it’s easy to put on a banana, apple, animal crackers, and anything else you have in the kitchen. I even have my own separate peanut butter jar in the pantry that I keep a spoon in. Yes, I double-dip, that is why I have my own jar.
  15. I may not have made Stephen aware of fact #14…
  16. I started out washing Sarah’s laundry with a baby detergent. Since then I have slowly added pieces of her clothes into our own laundry with regular detergent. I am now completely baby-detergent free. It has made laundry SO much easier (and cheaper)!
  17. We got the all clear to start rice cereal with Sarah but I think we are going to wait a few more months. Mommies food is free food, and free food is our favorite food!
  18. Sarah has always been a pretty great napper. Well the last few days she has switched from two 2-3 hour naps each day to two 20 minute naps… pray with me that this isn’t a permanent switch, it has been rough!
  19. Speaking of which, I “haven’t learned” why children fight naps. They get so fussy. Of course I get fussy too when I’m sleepy, but If I had the choice to sleep I’d take it in a heartbeat!
  20. We had our first ‘date night’ where we dropped Sarah off at Stephen’s parents and went to dinner and a movie. We had a lot of fun, but I was definitely ready for some sweet baby hugs by the end of it!
  21. Our child has post-nap “where am I, whats going on” moments right when she wakes up. It takes her a few moments to figure out that she just woke up and all is okay with the world, usually hugs and my voice do the trick. It makes me feel so needed and special.
  22. There isn’t much cuter than when your child reaches out to your face and plays with your nose and mouth. She laughs SO much when we pretend to eat her hands. Babies, while a TON of work, are SO much fun!!
  23. I’ve come to discover that baby wipes are great for cleaning more than just your babies bottom. Those things clean almost anything! We use more wipes than anything else since having Sarah. Speaking of, I need to add those to the shopping list, we are down to our last package.
  24. Last for this months list, the Pacifier clip. What a brilliant invention! A parent must have come up with it.

 

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6 Thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: 4 Months

  1. Nicole McKenzie on July 11, 2011 at 11:37 am said:

    I love this baby!! Is she joining us Wednesday or staying with Grandma?

  2. She looks like she’s saying, “Put that camera down and pick me up….now ; ) ” LOL Adorable pic with the embroidered bloomers. <3

  3. Nicole McKenzie on July 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm said:

    YAY! :)

  4. Matt on July 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm said:

    I can’t wait to see this all in print… And it’s not like your even going to have to ‘write’ anything, just transfer it from blog to Word…

  5. Kelli on July 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm said:

    Cassie, I wish we lived closer. The more I read your blog the more it sounds like you and Sarah have a lot in common with Hannah and me. I’m staying at home with her, and we’re still exclusively breastfeeding. It’s nice to know there’s someone else there who is having a similar experience to us! She’s so beautiful, I know you and Steven are loving every minute with her :)

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