F had her 4-month well-check this morning. She looks “perfect” and the nurse accused her of second-child syndrome–i.e. doing everything on an earlier curve (since she tried to pull herself over the side of the scale and roll off onto the floor, even with hands holding her down). The nurse’s remark was “you are too young to be this squirmy!” I guess she would know better than I, since this is only my second interaction with a 4-month-old.
- 14 lbs, 14 oz (73rd percentile)
- 25.5 inches long (89th percentile)
- Head circumference: 40.6 cm (36th percentile)
At 2 months she was in the 75th for weight (so pretty much the same) and the 65th for length, to give some perspective.
E, at approximately the same age (she was a few weeks behind for her 4 month appointment, so she was actually seen on March 26, 2011… The perk of having babies with approximately the same birthday is that I know pretty much exact equivalents) was 17 lbs, 8 oz (95th percentile) and 25.5 inches long (75th percentile). Her head was 42 cm, putting her at the 50th percentile mark.
I’ve been saying I think F looks more slender than E did, and I guess this is just confirmation. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect a baby to gain 3 lbs in 3 weeks at this point, and even if it was, their heights at the time of comparison are the same, so… there we go. F is not as pudgy…
For the time being.
And since E is a pretty slender kid, now, and has been since she started walking, I’m not worried about it. E was doing a lot less in the gross motor skills department at the same age, so she wasn’t burning as much (F is already rolling around the living room back-to-front-to-back-to-front etc. and she’s pretty close to pulling herself into the sitting position. E didn’t decide to roll in any direction until she was 6 months).
F also had her 4-month vaccinations today, which, I won’t lie, freak me out. I just imagine all of the worst things happening, and it’s pretty much a guarantee that I won’t be sleeping much the next few nights as I stare at her, counting breaths. Unfortunately, shots came at her morning “nap” time (I use this term loosely since I have never been one to set hard-and-fast nap times until later. So, “nap” time is more like “time that the baby seems to fall asleep every morning/afternoon”), so she was starting to doze off when she got stuck in the legs. Poor baby. Horrible way to wake up. But, once she was able to try to roll off the bed (again), she was happy.
… Well, maybe “happy” isn’t the best descriptor. “No longer crying” is probably better.
Anyway, a glimpse of F at 4 months for you:
- Wearing 3-6 month clothes with a couple of exceptions (she has some overalls from Gymboree that run a little small that are 6-12 months she has worn a couple of times).
- She started rolling from back-to-front a couple of days before she turned 3 months.
- She started rolling front-to-back last week (a couple of days before 4 months).
- She is still exclusively breastfed (I may pump and have S try to give her a bottle in a couple of days just so she can get used to it. Oops).
- She LOVES toys. Her favorites are soft, plush buddies with plastic bits to chew on. And her stuffed Kristoff. She loves Kristoff.
- She adores her sister. E can pretty much do no wrong, everything E does is funny, and E always gets the biggest smiles. I’m kind of jealous.
- She has found her feet, but she only chews on them if a buddy isn’t available.
- She enjoys the Jumperoo and the Mamaroo equally, but for different reasons.
- She loves to be worn. In fact, she loves to be moving. She does not like stopping. At all.
- Sleep at night is still a struggle. She has never been the sleeper E was, but we’re trying to get there. After a couple of weeks of “I will only sleep if you hold me,” she has settled back into sleeping a 4 hour stretch, a 3 hour stretch, and then, if I am lucky, a 2 hour stretch in her own bed (knock on all of the wooden things!). It’s not ideal, but I can live with it.
And in a couple of weeks, she will officially no longer be a resident of the state of Washington!