Sunday, September 15, 2013

Stella - 4 Months

Weight: 14 lbs, 12.3 oz (62%)
Height: 24 inches (35%)
Head circumference: 43cm (98%)  Massive!!  HA!

Clothes: Bye Bye 3 to 6 months - hello 6 to 9 months clothes.  I went through all of her 3 to 6 month clothes and packed them away.  I feel like Stella didn't get an opportunity to wear half of the cute clothes Lottie wore at that age.  I tried desperately to rotate the clothes as much as possible, but she grew way too fast!  I was hoping the girls would be in sync for the changing of seasons, but I may end up having to go out and buy a few things for Stella before it is all said and done.  All of Lottie's 9 month clothes are WINTER wear.  I know it is only around the corner so hopefully she can still squeeze into a few things while the warm weather lingers. 

Diapers: Size 2 - Huggies fit me best right now, but soon enough I'll be in size 3!  Mommy just has to use all of Size 2 before she'll put me in size 3! 

Eating: This child is still eating great.  She is still taking in anywhere from 25 to 28 oz each day.  A typical day when she's going to daycare is:

6:15 a.m.: 5 oz
9:30 a.m.: 5 oz
12:30 a.m.: 5 oz
3:30 p.m.: 5 oz
6:00 p.m.: 7 oz

She is still on a full on feeding frenzy from the time I pick her up to the time she goes to sleep.

Stella's reflux has gotten a tad bit better.  We switched up her bottles and have been using the Playtex Vent Air bottles.  She seems to really like them and I think it helps with the amount of air she takes in while sucking down a bottle.  Her tummy doesn't seem to bother her as much, but we've also been using Gripe Water.   We are on still on our third brand of formula.  Currently we are using Enfamil Gentle Ease (Sam's Club brand).  I've felt pretty comfortable sticking with this brand over the last month.  We will play it by ear for another month and see how well she does. 

Sleep: During the week she normally takes at least 2 catnaps at daycare and one longer nap lasting around 1.5 hours.  She's just not been a great napper from day one.  She just wants to sit up and take in everything around her.  Her favorite things to sleep in are her rock and play, bouncy seat and crib at night.  If ever we get desperate we put her in her car seat and lock it into the portable travel swing.  That normally does the trick but almost always our last resort and rarely used.  As far as the night shift goes, you couldn't ask for a better sleeper.  The kid absolutely wears herself out during the day!  By the time I pick her up from daycare, give her a bath and feed her - she is done.  She normally falls asleep around 7:30 p.m. and sleeps until 6:15 a.m. through the week.  I think she would sleep longer if we let her.  On the weekends she goes to sleep around 8 / 8:30 and normally doesn't wake up before 7:00 p.m.  AMAZING! 

Crying:  Stella is a pretty happy baby all day.  She smiles, coos, talks, laughs, constantly bubbling with happiness!  She just makes you want to pick her up and kiss those cheeks all day long. 


She is still on a crying fit from about 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. every night.  This has been going on for the past two months.  Same thing, day in and day out.  Crazy!!!  The tears and the uncontrollable cries are the last thing you want to have happen at the end of a work day when all you want to do is spend time loving and playing with your kids.

Again, the doctor said that this period is usually because she is over stimulated and just doesn't know when to give in.  I honestly think if she would start taking more naps or at least have two long naps during the day, she wouldn't get so upset at the end of the day.  I am hoping this period of crying is almost over.  The doctor said that they usually stop around 4 months.  Hopefully next month's post will be a little different.  I can almost see the light at the end of this crazy, crying tunnel.

Milestones: This past month has been full of smiles and laughs.  She has the sweetest, most genuine smile on her.  She loves being tickled and sitting up right.  She still HATES tummy time.  Go figure! I feel like she's getting stronger and stronger every day but by no means is she even close to being a full time "roller".  She's only actually done a couple of rolls from tummy to back during tummy time and I think those were "accidental".  Stella's ideal day is spent hanging in her Baby Einstein exersaucer, jumping in the bouncy thing that hangs in the doorway, hanging outside on the deck in her Bumbo or Rock and Play and chilling on the couch with her toys.  She's started grasping onto rattles, little dollies and her Sophie giraffe.  She loves pressing the buttons that make music on her exersaucer and has recently starting laughing/screaming at the "SUN" part of her exercauser.  It is hilarious!  Her most favorite thing though is sitting up right!  She does not like laying down unless it is to sleep at night.  Most of the day, she is sitting up - engaged in what's going on around her.  She's also found her hands!!!!!!!!!!  The girl loves sucking on her hands!  I remember not being able to wait until Lottie stopped putting everything in her mouth.  It starts with the hands!  Woohoo!   

Sibling Love: Stella is beginning to see what we see!  Her sister is quite the little character.  Stella has starting cracking up whenever Lottie is around.  When Lottie enters the room, the whole room knows - especially Stella.  Her eyes immediately turn to see where her sister is.  Lottie constantly talks and gets entirely too close to Stella's face about 1,000 times a day.  If I had a dollar for every time I have to tell Lottie to get out of Stella's face, I would be RICH!  But when she's in her face, she's either kissing her or telling her sweet toddler nothings!  You can tell how much she has taken with Stella.  It is going to be a really beautiful relationship and I'm looking forward to watching them grow together!

Likes: Being held, EATING, sucking on her hands, riding in the car, taking a bath, putting her warm jammies on at the end of the day, seeing her daddy walk in the door from work, playing with sissy when she's not poking or prodding her, sitting up, playing with her soft rattle, pressing buttons/playing in her exercauser and being tickled. 

Dislikes: Being hungry, tired, laying flat on her back (other than bed time), tummy time and when Lottie whines, cries, fusses in front of her.  It sets her off. 

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