Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Baby CDS: 4 Months

Sweet, smiley Baby CDS is 4 months old! She really, truly is a sweet, sweet, smiley baby! She is the star of the family right now, and by far the easiest of my four girls... at least for now. 

We're continuing to get many, many gummy baby smiles, along with some squeals and baby babbling. She (mostly) wakes up happy and talking to herself. She very rarely cries, pretty much only if she is hungry or really needs her diaper changed. She is starting to get a little upset if we leave her alone for too long, but if she can see the family, she's happy.

Baby girl has had an exciting month. In the past month we visited E's family in Southwest Minnesota with a side trip to rural South Dakota, spent a long weekend with my family at a cabin in Wisconsin, a short weekend at a cabin with friends in Minnesota and made a quick trip to Duluth. The only weekend we were home this month we celebrated Baby CDS's baptism and Lady C's birthday. It's been a fun filled month!

Baby CDS continues to grow and grow. She officially weighed in at 16 pounds, 10 ounces and is 26.5 inches long. I switched her clothes to 6 month size, with a few 3-6 month items left that still fit. I wasn't expecting to feel so emotional about getting new clothes out, but wow! A lot of the outfits haven't been worn since Little A was a baby 6 years ago. It was crazy to think of her being so little. Packing all the tiny clothes away was pretty hard too.

Eating and sleeping is still going well. Baby CDS nurses about every three to four hours during the day, but goes longer stretches at night. Her nights don't really have a pattern right now, but hasn't been up more than twice a night. Most nights she's just up once, and there are a few wonderful nights when she doesn't wake up at all. Her pediatrician gave us the ok to start baby food now, but I don't think we'll start that any time soon.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Baby CDS: Months 2 & 3

Baby CDS continues to be the sweetest baby you could imagine. She's so easy going I can hardly believe it. Months two and three with our littlest girl were great!

At 2 months old Baby CDS started smiling. My very favorite! I love looking at my sweet girl and seeing a big smile fill her face.

Baby CDS is still a big girl. We went in for her well child check up and she was 14 pounds, 6.5 ounces (99th percentile) and 25 inches long (100th percentile). She's very long and lean, much like Miss A was as a baby. The doctor suggested we make sure she's looking both directions when she's laying on her back because she has a bit of a flat spot on the back of her head, but that it's not too bad right now.

She's a chill baby during the day, going along with our adventures with very little crying and she sleeps well at night too. She's not consistently sleeping through the night, but she occasionally makes it through the night and when she doesn't, she sleeps long stretches and goes right back to sleep after I feed her.

Baby CDS started going to Kid Stuff at the Y a few times a week just after she hit the six week mark, and so far she's doing really well. She mostly sleeps while I'm gone, or hangs out with a teacher or in a swing watching what Lady C is up to.

Three months brought even more, aid even bigger smiles from Baby CDS. I love how her smiles light up her whole face. It's amazing! She will give anyone a smile, but she's especially smiley for family. Miss A and Little J both love when they can make her smile! Lady C continues to love her most of all. Baby CDS is the one person who Lady C never gets mad at, and Baby CDS is sure to make Lady C smile (and say, "Hi Baby, Hi Baby, Hi Baby" on repeat). Baby CDS also gets lots and lots of hugs and kisses from all three big sisters. Baby CDS has also started babbling a little, and she makes laughing sounds when we give her the pacifier.

She is happy to take the pacifier when offered to her, but if there is no pacifier around, she supplements with her thumb. I am trying to keep her using the pacifier, but we'll see who wins that one.

Baby CDS is still in 3 month and 3-6 month clothes, but they are getting really tight. I'll be switching out clothes to 6 month sizes soon. We also had to retire the newborn swaddles for bigger sizes.

So far there's no real routine to Baby CDS's days, but she's a great sleeper so far. I know that can (and probably will) change any time, but Baby CDS rarely wakes up more than once a night and sometimes sleeps through the night. In fact, there has been more than one morning when I've had to wake her up in the morning after 7 because she's been sleeping for 12 hours. It's amazing what a full night of sleep can do for a tired mama!