After the difficult early weeks the time really does fly with babies! We are at 4 months already and they grow and change so much in these first months don’t they? She is 13lb 1oz, still on the 25th precentile line for weight, but she is tall/long and at 36cm she is on I think the 91st percentile line for height! She is a gorgeous little girl but is still quite challenging at times.
So what is she up to?
Feeding and Pooing
We are still using the lactose free formula at the moment and for a while after we stopped the gaviscon, all seemed well and her movements got a bit easier. Lately though she has been constipated again a few times and we are at a bit of a loss as to why really. The other thing is that she doesn’t poo in her nappy. Ever. She will only poo with her nappy off and generally with a bit of help – bicycle legs and lifting of legs. It is a situation which started out of necessity and then became normal and now we are remembering that it isn’t normal, and we certainly weren’t expecting to be doing it at this point. We had thought that by removing the gaviscon her movements would be better and we wouldn;t need to do it anymore, but it hasn’t happened the way we thought it would.
As she is 4 months she should be growing out of her lactose intolerance in theory so we have just bought some normal formula and are going to try her on that. the Lactose free formula can cause constipation so we are hoping that a change in formula will solve all of our problems. FIngers crossed she doesn’t still have a problem with lactose and it works, otherwise we will be of the the GP again! Sorry if TMI about her bowels but it takes up a lot of our attention at the moment!
She still sleeps really well after her sleep training a couple of months ago, which is brilliant. Her little body clock is pretty rigid at night and she goes down at 7 almost every night, regardless of what has happened! Whether she wakes up in the night is more variable, sometimes she lulls us into a false sense of security, sleeping through til anywhere between 530 and 630am or about a week, and then suddenly waking up famished at anywhere between midnight and 3 am for a few days. Because of the varing sleep patterns we still have no daytime routine to speak of (aaaah) though I am very much hoping that a pattern may settle too. We are very much baby led on routine fronts because I just don;t understand how you can force a baby to sleep at certain times or wake up at certain times. I just don’t get it. I wish I did but I don’t. Monkey’s routine fell into place around 4 1/2 mths and I am hoping hers will too. Because she sleeps in her cot we rarely see her asleep but a couple of times this month she has dozed off on me after a difficult afternoon (and once after her jabs :() so we have some shots of sleeping so peacefully!
For the most part we get it right and we put her down at the right level of tired and she goes off to sleep without a peep. other times we get it wrong and I hate it as I am convinced she is tired, only for her to ball. Sometimes she wants to go to sleep after being awake for an hour and a half, other times she will be awake for a good few hours, fussing intermittently but definitely not ready to sleep. I don’t cope well with the sound of babies crying, makes me feel like an abject failure to be perfectly honest so I really look forward to the day when we have a routine so it is a bit less guess work! Teething is playing a role in this but more on that below.
She loves lying on her playmat and batting at her toys. Her favourite is a pink Jellycat Octopus which we were sent to review before she was born. Monkey was too big to get much enjoyment out of it at the time, but she loves it! She loves her playmat more now too and chuckles away at the flashing lights and dangling butterflies above her head.
She also has a slightly random sense of humour. One thing guaranteed to make her chuckle is Bing Bunny. It is one of her big brother’s favourite TV programmes so it is on pretty regularly, anf well, she loves it, chuckles away at it. Makes me feel like a terrible mother introducing her to TV so young but , ah well I suppose!
So far not so random I know, but the other thing almost guaranteed to make her laugh is the pink soap standing on the bathroom sink. Every night after her bath, Monkey has his and often she and I will come and stand in the bathroom to chat to Daddy & Monkey. I stand opposite the sink and she chuckles away for ages. At first we thought it was the taps, being all shiny and sparkly, but nope. Turns out it is the pink soap that makes her chuckle away! See, random eh?
She is so strong now and still loves sitting up though can’t hold herself up at the moment (she falls forward) she loves being propped up by pillows and surveying the scene.
She is getting happier on her tummy sometimes and she has rolled from her tummy to her back. She did it, just once, nearly a month ago, seemed to scare the heck out of herself and hasn’t quite managed it again since lol! She lifts her head beautifully when she is on her tummy though.
We have been convinced she was starting to teethe for a while because of all the dribbling and because of the general fussiness that has become common, and well we are now ever more certain that we are right as there is the little speck of white on her lower gum of a tooth about to pop through! I know it is early but Monkey cut his first tooth at 4 months so it doesn’t come as too great a surprise. Her upper canines also seem to bother her a lot and seem quite close to the surface so maybe they won’t be too far behind either. We shall have to see I guess.
I hate teething though. I hate it. We have an amber anklet which despite high hopes and reading success stories from other bloggers, I am just not convinced I’m afraid. She is still uber grumbly and obviously in pain a lot (I daren;t take it off though in case she is worse without it!!). We also use teething granules, teething gel and have been sent some teethers to review that so far she won’t have anything to do with. Despite all of this though there are days when she will only sleep, or just generally stop whinging and crying, when she has had calpol or baby nurofen. I hate having to give these to her, especially as she doesn’t have a fever or anything, but she is so much better when I do and it is survival as much as anything. I just hate to see her in pain and she can just be so miserable sometimes at the moment which I find really quite exhausting 🙁 Poor thing.
When she is not in pain she is generally a smily little girl and I hope that once these first teeth make an appearance that things will start to improve and we will see more smiles, and less medicine!
Aw she is so cute. My baby is two weeks older (although 5weeks prem) we are completely in the teething zone. She almost has the hands eaten off, she wont take to teething toys at all. Anklet and teetha gel do help. We do follow asleep routine, i felt the same as you at the start but it does work most days and it gives me a better day structure to work with. Hope the normal formula will help with bowel movements, we deal with leakages from the nappy most days!
Aw sorry to hear you are going through the teething too, its rough isn’t it? Thank you, I hope so too.. Though not looking forward to nappy leakages! X
She is just so beautiful! How funny about her only pooing without a nappy; she’ll be on the potty before you know it! I know what you mean about teething and giving medicine. I hate it too but it can be the only thing that works. Hopefully won’t be long and some will come through xxx
Thanks lovely, we think so! Ha ha I know we keep joking that she will be potty trained before Monkey at this rate! X
I really can not believe LM is 4 months old already, where did that time go? Teething is a horrid business isn’t it, not knowing what is happening and being unable to help them, knowing they are uncomfortable and in pain- I hope it settles down soon and those teeth pop through.
Thank you, I know its crazy isn’t it? Time flies! Xx
Aww she is so beautiful! We started to get a more strict routine with indiana around 4/5 months, I say strict but she was just going down for a nap 2 hours after she woke up and bed at 7. I’ve never seen bing bunny, may have to pop it on and see what’s so funny haha 🙂 xx
She is so big now! I had forgotten about teething and the fact that babies have no teeth to begin with. I’ve forgotten about everything to do with newborns….eeek!!!
At least you aren’t too worried about poonami’s 😉
Ha ha yep, that is definitely a silver lining! And don’t worry, it all comes flooding back! Xx
Wow it’s amazing there’s 3 months between Beb and Little Miss but how far they develop in that relatively short space of time. I don’t remember anything from Boo ha ha.
I am therefore looking forward to smiles but not teeth. I hope the lactose intolerance is over. I look forward to reading about it xx #MaternityMondays
I can’t believe she’s four months; it’s so good that you have her in a sleep pattern already and I hope her teething isn’t too bad.
Aw she’s a little cutie!
my daughter has also always needed help to poo, but now that she’s mobile and almost 2 we do poos on the toilet. Hopefully her movements become easier, haha poop talk is at the forefront of most parents with babies conversations.
oh my she is so precious! Happy 4 months princess!
Ha ha it really is isn’t it? Oh that is interesting, and reassuring to know we aren’t the only ones! Thank you! X
Lovely post. Have a 2 1/2 months old and nice to know what a 4 month is like. Cuddles to her.
WOW four months how is that possible and when did that happen. I swear it was just yesterday you had her. She is growing up so fast and so beautifully too. Lovely post. (minus the poo troubles bless her) Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
Oh Caroline, she is adorable. You must be so proud. Shes coming on brilliantly. I wonder how much she will have changed in another 4mths!
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Bless her, first thing I thought from the first photo was that she looked as if she was teething with those rosy cheeks. Hope you get her bowels working better soon – such a worry at that age. Seems so long ago for us know #SSAA
Wow takes me back. That’s awesome that she’s sleeping through the night like that already!
Thanks for sharing.
Grace says – Yay!! Our youngest member of the GL Gang is really growing up She’s very cute and we hope her routine starts soon. Loved hearing how LM is getting on :0 #sharewithme
What a happy baby and a good record of her development at this point. Our little one started the teething dribbling around 2 months, though no actual teeth appeared until around 6months. She will get there before you know it and the teething pains will be behind you. I’m not keen on calpol too, but sometimes you know it’s the right thing to do and you’ve got to do it. We do our best hey, and hope for the best too. You’re doing good, well done. #MaternityMondays 8
Thank you, hmm because Monkey had teeth so early I have been expecting her to too but so far no teeth so may be a bit longer to wait! Thank you, lovely thing to say! xx
She is a sweetie, and I can see Monkey in her. I found we didn’t get into a routine that easily with Little E but then Ethan is a routine boy! I will have to send her over our little lady is always going to the toilet, it is what we mostly talk about here lol. How sweet she is so happy and smiles all the time, we had a moody bum perhaps your Little Lady can have a word about that ;0) xx
haha yep lets get them together to give each other a talking to! xx
Your gorgeous little girl is growing up fast!
Her fascination with the pink soap bottle made me giggle at her happy face.
Hopefully the p o o situation will get easier but you never know, she may go straight to a potty.
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