October 4, 2010
sleepy little monkey at 4 months
she weighed in at 12lbs 6oz (25th percentile for weight) and 25inches long (25th percentile for height). she's growing and happy and healthy, meeting all the milestones she should be!
another milestone that we've made around here is sleep! now she's always been sleeping through the night (10 to 12 hours) since she was 6 weeks old...yep i'm lucky, i know. BUT what she wasn't doing was napping for more than 20 minutes at a time and she also could not go to sleep without using me as her pacifier!
she still won't take a paci, but she WILL go to sleep on her own. i will nurse her until she's sleepy, so she gets a good feeding in but then i can lay her in her crib and walk away. i was completely ready for a big crying session and having to bite my nails and listen to her cry it out. however, she surprised both J and i and whimpered a bit, then "talked" a little bit (which was hilarious to listen to) and drifted off into dreamland. i couldn't believe how easy it was. i'm scared to have another, surely they aren't all this perfect?! we also now have scheduled nap times, and it's like a new baby! she goes down to bed at 8pm and sleeps until 8am. then we play on the playmat and in her jumper, maybe read some books together. around 11 she goes down for a nap until 12:30 or 1. then she's happy and wide awake until 4 ~ she doesn't even get cranky until very close to 4. we then put her down for an hour nap from 4 until 5 and she's up and ready to go until 8 when it's bedtime. i know it's better for her to have such a concrete schedule, because she's a much happier baby (as opposed to being very cranky after an hour or so and then taking a 20 minute snooze), and i'm a much happier mummy, and the predictability is just much easier to work with! it's hard to believe that in a few short weeks she will be 5 months old, where does the time go? i'm happy to say that i am still successfully nursing 100% and there are still no issues. it is truly such a blessing to have had such a smooth ride, God is so good!