All about family life here on our little farm on the West Coast.
Friday, June 3, 2011
April is 4 months...I can't believe it. She is changing so much everyday. Some mornings I look at her and I swear she is growing overnight.
In terms of her development, I think she is right on track. She can roll from her tummy to her back and from her back to her tummy (she almost rolled off her bed doing this). She is sitting well with support. She sat once without support for a few minutes but has refused to do it since then. She can grasp and hold things and is beginning to pass items between her hands. She can sort of scoot, though at the moment she is more into doing the army crawl. She is still working on laughing; so close but not a true laugh.
Sleep is still something she is trying to figure out. We had about a week or so when she sleep for 6-8 hours at night and took a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoons. It was really nice. But now we are back to cat naps, waking in the night to nurse and she doesn't sleep for more than 5 hours in a row at night (last night she woke every 3 hours). It's tough because she just doesn't understand how tired she is so she will melt down and cry until she finally falls asleep. I've started letting her sleep in our big bed even for naps and that seems to help.
EC for us is hit a bit of a wall. April has started fighting hard against sitting on the potty or being held over the sink so she is having more wet diapers than before. My solution to this is to just lay her on the floor or on the change table over a pad or open diaper and then cue her or wait until she starts to go and make the cue noise. I feel like this is a good middle ground. Yes I'm doing more laundry but I'm still communicating with her. I think if I continue this way, eventually she will be ready to sit on the potty again.
Four months later and her favorite things are still books, music and baths. She is also enjoying finger play and rhymes more. She also really likes looking around at nature (she likes trees and flowers) when we go for walks. I'm so enjoying her right now. She's has the most kissable cheeks and for the moment she's ok with the overload of mommy kisses.