Blaire is 4 months

  • Date: June 17th, 2017
  • Height: 24.25 inches
  • Weight: 12 lbs 12 oz
  • Sleeping Pattern: Well, it’s an improvement of schedule from months before, but her sleep is not. This month, I’ve been waking her up at 8:30am. I begin putting her down for a nap when I see she’s tired, which is usually 1.5-2 hours after waking up. Then, it takes a good hour of comforting her every 5 minutes to get to sleep. Usually, it ends up that I have to nurse her to sleep or put her in the swing to sleep. By the time she gets to sleep for her first nap, it’s noon. Then, she sleeps in her swing (ugh!) for a long while. I usually wake her up at the 3 hour mark because she would keep sleeping for 6 hours if I let her (longer than she would at night, of course!). So, I wake her around 3-4pm, she is awake for 1-2 hours before she shows signs of tiredness. I try every effort to get her to sleep, usually with no success. Then, I nurse her around 7pm, try laying her down…feed her a 4oz bottle, trying laying her down…nurse her again…and nurse her one more time…then she falls asleep around 11pm-12am. She then wakes up every 1-3 hours at night until 4am-5am. At that point, I nurse her again and wake up for the day before the boys. She continues sleeping for another 3 hours until I wake her at 8:30am. Exhausting.
  • Eating Habits: Well, we started supplementing Blaire this month with one 4oz bottle of formula a day. She has this at night when she is fighting to go to sleep and is acting hungry. Other than that, she breastfeeds every 2-3 hours during the day and at night.
  • Development: Blaire is SO strong. She will try to sit up from laying on her back coming up halfway. She’s also a pro at rolling from her back onto her stomach (which she hates because it wakes her up in her sleep and she screams to go back on her back…ugh). Blaire is insanely observant and has even started to imitate! When I blow bubbles or sick, she does the same thing back to me! It’s darling! I still think she is teething based on the constant fussiness, drool, hands in the mouth and gnawing on my fingers.
  • Mischief:I don’t know where to begin. This month has been extremely hard. Starting at the end of May, she began acting like she was teething and suddenly was unable to sleep well. She also happened to learn how to roll onto her tummy even with her arms still in the swaddle. So scary! I took about 4 days and slowly tried weaning her of her swaddle (one arm out, two arms out, just hear belly swaddled and then no swaddle). Since then, she’s very difficult to get to sleep. She also is gaining more control of her hands, allowing her to constantly want them in her mouth. However, she isn’t soothed by sucking on her hands, so her hands are essentially taking her pacifier out of her mouth that she’s falling asleep to, and in turn, waking her up! Oh, Blaire.
  • Cuteness: Even though she is so hard to get to sleep and stays awake for hours and hours on end, she is very good. You couldn’t tell she’d been awake for 4 hours because her mood is just delightful…I’ll say, only if she’s being held by mommy or daddy, that is.
  • Talking: She’s still cooing, she sucks in with a high pitch when she gets excited and she’s officially found her voice this last week! She’ll just talk and talk and talk. “aaaahhh, ahhhhh, ahhh”
  • Favorites: Blaire loves watching what’s going on and her all time favorite is for me to carry her on my right hip. It’s her go-to spot to come along with me all day. I really should invest in a sling so I don’t break my bicep on my right arm holding her all day!
  • Firsts: Rolled onto her tummy from her back this month and rolled back to her back right at the 4 month mark.
  • Concerns: The concerns of last month have gone away! Her tear ducts are healed! And she never caught chicken pox from my shingles. Yay! Now, our concern is lack of sleep and sleep training, but it’ll just take some time and patience.
  • A Day in the Life: This month, Blaire is going to bed around 10-11pm. Like I said in “Eating Habits”, I nurse her to sleep every night. She’ll then wake up 1-3 times during the night for a feeding. Her longest stretch thus far has been 8 hours (unfortunately, I only got 6 hours of that because of the engorgement)! And it’s too bad it was a fluke, it hasn’t been repeated in a while. She’ll wake for the day around 8:30am and stay awake for 3-4 hours, nap from 12-3/4pm then stay awake for another 3-4 hours before nursing/sleep routine until 11pm.

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