Brynlee // 4 Months

One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of Brynlee’s milestones so that one day she can look back on them. So far… I have not been very good at it. So while she is already 5 months, I still really wanted to get her 4 month update out there and I will get the 5 month update up as soon as possible.

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Brynlee has grown so much since she was born. Because she was a month early and due to some complications, the doctors were initially worried that she wouldn’t gain weight and grow like she needed to. She was only 5 pounds 4 ounces when she was born and by the time we left the hospital she was down to 5 pounds. However, Brynlee was food lover from the start and started gaining weight right away (HUGE RELIEF!!!) And since then, she has continued to impress us and her doctors with how well she is growing and how strong she is!

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Weight: At her 4 month Well-Check she was 13 pounds 9 ounces.

Health: She has been congested basically ever since she started daycare, but that could also be attributed to allergies since it is that time of year here. I use a saline solution and an aspirator when it gets too bad and sometimes have her sleep in her MamaRoo instead of flat on her crib. That doesn’t happen too often and usually one night of that will do the trick.

Sleep: She has been sleeping in her crib for a month now and doing really well. She sleeps flat on her back with her arms and legs splayed out; she is a very hard sleeper. It’s actually kind of funny the way she sleeps! She usually goes to bed between 8:30-9:00pm then I wake her up around 6:00am to get ready to go to daycare. Sometimes on the weekends she lets us sleep in until close to 7:00am. She sleeps through the night pretty much every night. Every once in a while she will wake herself up if she is congested, but falls back to sleep very quickly. I am so thankful she is such a great night sleeper!!! As for napping, she’s not one to take a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. Usually she will take a 30-45 minute nap midmorning then a couple 20-30 minute naps throughout the afternoon and even takes one around 6:30pm.

Social: Brynlee is a social butterfly!!! She loves being around people and loves to people watch. She is happiest when she can just sit and observe what is going on around her. When I was on maternity leave I very quickly learned that Brynlee got bored sitting at home all of the time and I would try to run at least one errand a day so that we could both get out of the house .She was always a much happier baby when that happened. The ladies at her daycare absolutely love and call her their angel baby because she is so sweet and doesn’t cry very often. They say she just likes to be held and to watch the other kids play. She smiles all the time now, especially when anyone talks to her. I love it when she smiles, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world!!

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Diet: After talking with her pediatrician, we decided it was time to introduce baby first foods for one meal a day. I know a lot of people don’t generally start their babies on food until they are 6 months old, but Brynlee was showing a lot of signs of being ready and it has gone really well thus far. We feed her in the evenings, right before bath time (which is perfect because she is quite the mess!). She’s had rice cereal, butternut squash, pumpkin and carrots so far. We are following the 3 day rule, we feed her the same thing 3 days in a row to make sure she isn’t allergic. For the most part Brynlee really likes eating food. There have been a few times that she really hasn’t wanted to eat it, but we just try to follow her cues and give her what she needs. I think that adding this meal in the evenings has helped her to sleep through the night better. In addition to the baby food, she has one 6 ounce bottle in the morning before I take her to daycare, two while she is there, one more when Landon picks her up, then has her baby food and we usually feed her a 4 ounce bottle right before bed. This schedule has been working out really well for us and for her. But again, we just pay close attention to her cues to see what she needs.

Clothes: Brynlee is still in 0-3 month clothes. She was in newborn until she was over 3 months old, so I expect her to be in this size for a while too… She does wear 6 month pajamas though. The 0-3 month ones are too short and if they are footed she can’t stretch out very well. But all the rest of her clothes are fitting her well. Actually she is 5 months old at this point and I would say that they are just finally fitting correctly; they have been a little loose up until this point.

Crying: The only time Brynlee really cries is when she gets overtired…  It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it is a challenge to get her calmed down enough to sleep. She fusses a little when she is hungry, but we’ve gotten pretty good with knowing her schedule that it usually doesn’t escalate to a full blown cry.

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Likes: She loves her play mat and watching the mobile on it turn. Pretty much anything that plays music or makes sounds will get her attention! She LOVES snuggle time (which is my favorite too!) and she is getting much more active. We are currently working on her hand eye coordination with grabbing her toys and things. She loves to eat and anytime she sees her bottle she gets excited! Again she loves to observe so when we walk around with her, even just at home, or stand in front of a window she absolutely loves it!

Milestones: She started rolling over from her front to back shortly after she was 3 months old and she continues to do that constantly. She is getting really strong at tummy time and can hold herself up really high and for long periods of time. She’s getting better at grabbing things, although sometimes it takes a few tries. She smiles all of the time and even laughed a few times which just might be the cutest thing ever!!! I feel so blessed to be able to call Brynlee my daughter and cannot imagine my life without her.

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