Official weigh-in at the doctor's office (along with her 4-month shots, which she handled like a champ) came one day shy of her 4 month birthday. She clocked in at 12lb 6oz (25th to 50th percentile) and 25 inches (50th to 75th percentile). Looks like she's going to be long & skinny like her parents - no surprise there!
I was determined to get another smiley shot for her 4-month pic. After about 10 tries, we got a gem!
S's motor control continued to improve this month. Now she can easily reach out and grasp objects she's interested in. I need to be careful when she's sitting on my lap at the table as she has nearly flying saucer-ized my Cheerios a couple times now! She loves to pull the rings off of her Fisher Price "Rock-a-Stack" (a baby staple), and she's getting much better at spin spinning her Alphabet Zoo! Check it out:
And, of course, EVERYTHING goes in her mouth at this stage. Toys, teethers, blankets, her hands, my hands, your hands, and the latest and greatest...... her toes! As soon as her diaper is off during a change, her legs kick up and her toes are in her mouth. I swear this girl's going to be a contortionist when she grows up as I can't believe how flexible she is! (Then again, she did spend her last few months in my belly assuming this position, so it shouldn't be too surprising.)
I'm sure it goes without saying that she now gets a little pissy when it's time for the diaper to go back on! ("What - I have to give up my toes? This is bullsh*t!!!!") She has even developed a new sound to voice her displeasure over the last few days - a combination of a grunt and a growl. She can't help but smile if you do it back to her, though!
A big milestone this month - she has learned to roll onto her tummy! However she hasn't grasped the fine art of rolling back yet, so she'll get there and become frustrated as she's now facing the daunting prospect of perpetual tummy time! (Unfortunately no video of this yet; will need to snap one stat!) Apparently most babies are the opposite, learning the front to back maneuver first. Our DD just has to be different!
Her neck and back continue to gain strength and control. She's now pretty steady in the bumbo chair and just about ready to join Mom & Dad at the table in her super-sleek 'n' modern Boon Flair pedestal high chair! (Or the "hair cutting chair", as Maryana calls it!)
She's also loving the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo she borrowed from her cousin Avery (though she can't QUITE touch the floor yet!)
Now that she isn't quite as "breakable", we've been starting the activities which let her experience movement - airplane, bouncing games, pseudo-inversions, etc. She loooves this stuff!
Socially, she continues to be a happy little camper! Lots of smiles for everyone and laughter is pretty much guaranteed upon making funny kissing sounds around the sides of her tummy!
She has also become intensely fascinated by "the baby in the mirror", as my 3 month, 2 week update from babycenter.ca promised she would be!
Finally, I like to put people on speaker phone as she so she can hear voices on the other end. She gets totally spellbound by this, widening her eyes, grabbing at the phone and cooing. She's probably (and understandably) a little baffled as to how her Granda Mary is talking to her from inside that tiny black box!
A few other noteworthies from this month:
- We took her swimming for the first time!
- Unfortunately, it looks like her (nearly) inevitable allergies are beginning to come out - boooo.
- We've been showing her food to see if she's interested, but no appreciable reactions yet. We're not planning to introduce solids for at least another month, so it's good to know that she's still fully satiated by da boob!