Monday, November 16, 2009

Four Months Old

At four months, Christiana weighs between 12 and 13 lb. She is wearing 3-6 size clothing and still fits into newborn shoes.
She drinks about 6 ounces of soy formula every four hours during the day. I had her on a three hours schedule when she was on breastmilk, but it just dawned on me the other day that she could go longer between feedings. She goes 10 to 12 hours at night between feedings. This schedule seems to suit her very well. She is sleeping better and seems much more calm during the day. Shortly after writing my post about her need to be swaddled and patted to sleep, she began to learn to fall asleep by herself. By three months, she was consistently falling asleep on her own with very little fussing.
We are also enjoying longer periods of awake time during the day when she is very happy, vocal and active. When ever she catches any one's eye she will coo, laugh or screech. Yesterday, she stayed happy and awake throughout the whole church service. She really enjoys Amanda's activities. She has very good head control and can push up on her elbows. Even though she rolled over several times when she was two months old, she rarely rolls over now. Perhaps it's because she can still see what going on by propping up and her elbows so she doesn't feel the need to roll over.

She still needs to be tightly swaddled at night to sleep well and she has been able to break out of her swaddles lately. Last night, I tied a silk scarf around her after she was double swaddled and she slept from 9 pm until I woke her at 7 am. Hopefully, this is a new pattern and not a sign she's getting sick!
I did discover that even though she can go through the whole night without a feeding, I cannot. I still need to get up to take the Unisom and B6 and have a little snack part way through the night otherwise, I am very sick the next day. Oh well, we need her sleeping through the night so she can share the room with Amanda. There is little hope that I will be able to sleep through the night anytime soon!


Anna said...

She's adorable. She's such a good baby.

Nancy said...

She is SO cute and growing up way to fast! She has a great smile.