Friday, February 18, 2011

Kinsley Anne @ 4 months..

Kinsley Anne,

Today you are 4 months old. How time flies when you're having fun! In the last month you have developed & changed so much. You are an incredible joy to be around & are such a good baby. People are amazed all of the time because we don't have to change our schedule to "deal" with you. You go with the flow, eat wherever we are, and smile and giggle at the people around. Long story, but we've switched to a new pediatrician. They are in my building at work which is super convenient & we go see them next Friday for your 4 month well visit with shots :( I think you will like them. It's an all-girl group of docs!! Anyway, here is what you are doing at 4 months...
  • You are wearing size 2 Pampers swaddlers.

  • You are wearing 0-3 & 3 month onesies but wear mostly 6 month pants now. If an outfit is "one-piece" it needs to be 6 months for the length. You are a long baby!!

  • You are still a barefoot baby. Thankfully, the weather is warm (mid to upper 70s this weekend) so I don't look like such a bad mom for letting you be sock-free.

  • You let me put all your bows on. I feel like you're half-naked without a bow on your head. I usually let you go bow-free at daycare though. They end up taking it off of you for your naps, anyway.

  • You still love car rides and stay awake during most of them. You just look out of the corner of your eyes and watch the world go by. You talk to your baby einstein peacock that hangs from your carseat in the car now, too.

  • You dislike laying horizontally while awake. You think you are a big girl & always want to sit upright so that you can see what's going on around you.

  • You also like to "stand" on our laps & look around. If you see something that interests you, you lean wayyyyy forward to get a closer look.
  • You smile consistently & it's a biggg gummy smile with tongue and all. You are learning your laugh & voice and it is the cutest sound. When you let out giggles, you make me giggle & it's the funniest cycle. There is no sweeter sound in this world than baby laughter.
  • You are very expressive and when you smile, your entire face lights up. When you are about to cry, you turn your bottom lip out and give the most pitiful face. You muster up all of the sadness in your sweet body and let it out. If you are very "into" what someone is saying to you, you raise your eyebrows and your eyes get really big. I love watching you learn your facial muscles.
  • You also have found your hands and feet. It looks like you are going to be a thumbsucker. You currently put much of your hand in your mouth all at once and lick it, but I think you'll learn to suck your thumb soon. You like watching your toes move.
  • You typically take 2-3 good longer naps (1+ hours) per day & have 2-3 smaller 10-30 minute naps as well.

  • You love showers & baths.

  • We still swaddle you at night & you wake up if you get yourself out of the swaddle.

  • You are not swaddled for naps.

  • You have consistently been sleeping through the night since your 3 month birthday. Your longest stretch was almost 10 hours. This was the first night after your breathing treatment. I think you were just happy to be breathing without difficulty.

  • On a "bad night" you wake up around 3:30 or 4:30am & sometimes just want your paci. Very rarely, you want to eat then.

  • You typically get hungry for your big nighttime bottle (with rice cereal) at 8:30-9pm & whenever you get sleepy after that, you let us know with some fussiness. We swaddle you, love on you, then put you in your bed. You typically talk or cry for 2-3 minutes and then get quiet, look around, and put yourself to sleep when you're ready.

  • You are still sleeping in the pack n play, located in the family room that's outside of our master bedroom. This helps your mom & dad sleep through the "little" noises that you make but we can still hear you if you cry.

  • On weekday mornings, mommy wakes you up at 6:30am, loves on you, talks to you, feeds you, loves on you, gives you your inhaler (which you now take Advair 2 puffs twice daily as maintenance), unswaddles you, loves on you some more, then gets you dressed for the day. I get you in your carseat & head to your school!

  • You love school. Everyday the teachers tell me how happy of a baby you are. You sit in the bouncy, bumbo, rocker, or on the floor mat & talk to everyone, smile at them, and laugh at them. They rarely tell me that you're fussy, even when you're sick.

  • You are the happiest sick baby. You had your first case of bronchiolitis & required breathing treatments because of your breathing difficulties & smiled as you wheezed. You do NOT like getting the inhaler mask put on your face, but it's over quickly & you're back to smiling in no time. Mommy is hoping that you get used to the inhaler quickly.

  • You are loving your Bumbo seat so much. Mom & Dad put you in it every evening while they eat supper & we all watch Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy together. Mommy says you're already smart because you talk to the TV trying to tell the contestants the right answers.

  • Mommy and Daddy went away this past weekend & got to spend time together while you went to see your Nonie & Poppy. You seemed to love it & didn't miss a beat. Maybe we'll do it again sometime soon. I think you will love getting to know both sets of your grandparents. They're all pretty great people & we think you'll be spoiled by both of them...I bet you won't compain ;)

My babydoll Kinsley Anne, I prayed for you for a long time & told my parents that I wanted lots of babies when I was a kid. Now my time has come to hold you & love on you & raise you. Now, rather than praying for a child, I pray that I can raise you to be a wonderful young lady. You bring so much warmth & sunshine into your daddy & my life and we have already been so blessed by your presence. I don't know why God chose us to be the lucky parents for you but we are very thankful to Him for it. We think you are the most beautiful litte girl we have ever laid eyes on and are excited to see you grow up but are trying to cherish each & every moment that we have been given with you. We love you now & forever, to the moon..and back. Love, Your Mama

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

ps- new pictures to come soon! please excuse if I don't post the rest of the weekend. We have a busy one planned with a dog show tomorrow morning & helping to move Kyle's great aunt/uncle. I'll be sure to do an update Sunday evening/Monday with the happenings of our weekend! Hope everyone enjoys the milder weather this weekend!!

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