About the little one, 20 weeks
I would like to start posting more, mostly for historical reference. Yes, I do see myself forgetting when she did what and when, and hmm wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look back. So this post is mostly for that.
I oscillate between wanting to talk about her all the time, to wanting to talk/write/think about something (anything) non-baby related. I think moms now have it a little easier than in the past for this one particular point. The internet makes it easier to converse with the outside world, even with a minimal amount of time during the day. Of course it’s not face-to-face, and it does nothing for cabin fever, but it helps.
Right, so back to the baby I adore!
For the last 2 weeks at least, sleep has been more uninterrupted than not. All of last week she would go to bed around 8:30 or 9 p.m. and then wake up at 4 a.m., almost like she had a mini alarm clock tucked inside her crib. While 4 is slightly better than 2 or 3 in the way-too-early in the morning, it’s really not by much. You can’t realistically get up at 4 a.m. (nor would you want to). So most often she will eat and go back to bed, but sometimes this is a longer process, and it’s really not good for mama and papa’s sleep. Last night she woke up at 4?, took a pacifier and went back to sleep until around 7. Seven never felt so good.
We’re working this week on moving her bedtime to 8 p.m. sharp because a.) she’s tired by then and b.) we like having the time to clean up and be just the two of us.
She’s eating about less often now, maybe 5 times? a day, and the usual amount is around 165 ml. Sometimes she leaves 40 ml, sometimes she can do closer to 200 ml. (We don’t measure by ounces but I think it’s between 5 and 7). No solid foods yet, maybe in another month. We need to get a good baby food book because there seems to be about 25 different opinions on what/when/how for making and feeding a baby “real” food. Anyone have suggestions?
Baby A is still spitting up pretty regularly. It’s less than before but it’s still something we watch out for all the time. She’s teething now and chewing on everything she gets her hands on. Drool wears slightly nicer than spit-up since it’s clear..
The original physical therapy sessions we have been taking for her one-side preference (from birth) was continued this month for another 10 sessions. The doctor thinks she looks great and doesn’t have problems there now (yay!) but would like to make sure she gains strength in her arms and stomach muscles evenly and on time. I’m pretty sure at this point it’s more of a follow-up than a real concern, but I’m happy for the extra attention and care. She doesn’t cry quite so much now during the exercises we “practice”, so I’m not feeling so much the baby-torturer in training like I did in the first few months!
For about the 3 weeks she’s been turning over from her back to her belly, and she does this almost every time we lay her down. She’s grown more fond of her tummy time lately, which is a good step towards crawling, but when she gets tired she still cannot roll herself to her back (yet), so she just starts complaining very loudly.
Everyone comments baby A is very alert. She was born with her eyes wide open and hasn’t changed since. I also get many passing comments that she’s big or tall, and quite a few surprises when I told people she was 4 months old. She’s wearing 6-9 month clothes now and even some of the 12 month stuff fits well enough to wear. This is pretty normal from what I’ve heard, but it makes planning ahead difficult.
Personality wise, she’s a “good” or an easy baby. She’s rarely grumpy without a cause, not overly sensitive to stimuli, and will let new people hold her without any crying. She doesn’t cry when we change her clothes (unless it’s her winter suit which constricts her movement), and she smiles all the time. Finding ways to make her laugh is more difficult, so if I find something she thinks is funny, I stop and save it for when papa comes home so we can both see her laugh.
We walked to the doctor’s this morning for an 8 a.m. appointment. She got her third and last vaccinations until she is 1 year-old. She weighed in at 7.3 kg or 16.09 lbs, and was pretty brave with those needles!