Sierra is 4 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos,Sierra,video — by Lauren on April 6th, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

Sierra turned four months old today!  She had her well check this morning – 25 1/2 inches long (90th percentile) and 14 lbs, 1.5 oz (60th percentile).  I chuckled when the nurse said that she was thin because of the difference in the percentiles; no one looking at our little chunky monkey would call her skinny!  The doctor said she’s very healthy and commented that she is beautiful.  She got four shots and an oral vaccine, and did much better with them this time than at her two month appointment; she only cried a tiny bit and had almost no reaction afterward. (On a side note, Anya got the last of her baby vaccines today and she was extremely brave – she cried for under five seconds!)

In this past month, Sierra has mastered rolling from her belly to her back, but only to her left.  She’s making a concerted effort to roll from her back to her belly, but I think it will be a little while before she figures it out.  She started laughing a few weeks ago (boy, do I eat that up!).  We’re starting to see her attempt to reach out for things, but it’s hard for her, since it requires actually taking her hands out of her mouth for more than a second.  When she’s on her play mat, she likes to play with her toys with both her hands and her feet:

I like that video because you can kind of see her inner struggle about hands in the mouth vs. hands on the toys.

Sierra still isn’t sleeping all that well at night, but the last two nights I got her to sleep without nursing her, so that’s certainly a step in the right direction.  She tends to sleep about a 4 hour stretch, but after that she’ll rouse to nurse every 1-2 hours.  During the day she usually nurses every 3 hours, though sometimes she gets hungry after 2 hours.  We’ve been swaddling her with one arm completely out for a while now.  She kind of reminds me of the Statue of Liberty, wrapped up like that.  I’ve tried putting her to sleep with both arms out a few times and it hasn’t gone well, so we’ll continue with the one arm swaddle for a bit more.

We haven’t introduced solids yet and will probably wait until Sierra is six months old, like we did with Anya.  I don’t think that Sierra is quite ready yet, anyway.  She isn’t showing that much interest in our food, and her tongue thrust reflex is still pretty strong.  However, she’s gotten MUCH better at taking her vitamins – no more screaming and not as much spitting.  In fact, in the last few days she’s been opening her mouth eagerly for them and trying to suck them out of the dropper.

We finished up the last of our size 2 diapers this morning, so Sierra is now officially in size 3 diapers (or size 2-3; we have a few of those left).  She’s filling out her 3-6 months clothes quite nicely, though I think she may need to graduate to 6-9 months onesies soon.  Like Anya, Sierra is more torso than leg.

We’ve begun to see her little personality emerge.  Let’s just say the girl enjoys attention (and makes it known if she doesn’t think she is receiving enough).  Lucky for her, we like giving it to her!  I think we’ll keep her.

4 Responses to “Sierra is 4 months old!”

  1. Grammy Says:

    Are you sure? You could leave her with us for a few months if you need a respite!

  2. Erika Says:

    I love how Sierra was using her feet to play with the parrot as well. What a sweetie! Happy 4 month birthday baby girl 🙂

  3. Nickien Says:

    I totally see what you mean about the struggle with her hands. She just can’t decide!

  4. Lauren Says:

    Grammy – Sorry, she’s ours!

    Erika – Thanks! I can’t wait until she discovers how to grab her feet. I have a few ultrasound pictures of her cuddling with them. It will be like a reunion!

    Nickie – It’s an addiction for her. She simply cannot get enough!