Thursday, February 23, 2012

4 Months Old

About a week ago, November turned four months old! She is now in the age that I've always imagined and as 'typical' baby: she's giggly, wiggly, loves to smile, grabs toes, sucks on everything... always babbling, likes toys and books. She still hasn't rolled over all the way but I can tell she wants to badly!
And every day when we practice tummy time, she gets stronger and stronger! She kicks her little legs, just trying to figure out the mechanics of crawling.
Entertaining her has also changed. It seems so recently that she would sit for long stretches of time in her swing, staring bright eyed and curious at her mobile above her. While she still enjoys sitting in her seats occasionally, I can tell she'd rather play when she starts kicking her legs and squirming. She has a bouncy gym at my mom's house that she really seems to like when she's there, so we decided to buy her a similar one for our house too. It just really seemed like she needed something fun that she can play with and keep her occupied, as opposed to simply just contain her.
I am so glad we got her that bounce gym! She seems to like it more and more every day as she notices more of the toys and learns to turn in the spinning seat. It's also become the newest way to get things done around the house! She loves playing in it while watching us prepare food, eat, clean, even vacuum!
We've also been trying to nip a bad habit in the bud: too much tv. November is so fascinated by tv that it's easy to slip into the routine of letting her watch it whenever she is awake so I can focus on other things like blogging or reading! But that just doesn't seem right...I SHOULD be focusing on her! Not to mention the developmental setbacks that can happen from exposing a young baby to too much tv (thanks to my brother for sending me this link.) So now the tv is off most of the day (unless she has an occasional overly-fussy moment and a somewhat educational show is on.) This means I have to be a lot more creative in entertaining her! But it's been fun; we've been reading a lot, getting lots of tummy and back time in, singing, dancing, and playing with her toys. She especially likes music toys, like her new panda...
November is still sleeping really well! She often sleeps throughout the night, waking for a night feeding only some nights. Here she is holding daddy's hand while she naps...
Other good news: we are expecting a really good tax return soon! We have about $1400 in past due bills from my pregnancy and birth, and with the child credits and such, November is essentially paying for them herself! What a relief! I can't wait to pay them off before they go into collections (one, unfortunately, has already gone that way.) And with the leftover, I think it's time I treat myself to a few things! Working only 3 days a week doesn't really leave me much for spending on fun things like clothes and makeup, so I am excited to buy the few things on my 'post-pregnancy-spoil-myself' list. One thing on the list that I'm considering getting is one of those expensive Ergo baby carriers. They are supposedly the best for baby's spine, and support more weight for the mommy's comfort; November is getting a little too heavy for the moby wrap. By the end of a 30 minute walk, my lower back is killing me!

I think we have a wonderful month ahead of us! I am so grateful for November and all the smiles she brings. And on that note, I'll leave you with a smile: this is what happens when you let your wiggly baby smell your chocolate ice cream...

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