Our little lady is 4 months old today! She's getting so big. At her pediatrician appointment today we found out that she is 13lbs 9.5oz and is 23 and 3/4 inches long. She's gone up in all of her percentiles too! Basically, she is doing great! We're STILL waiting on a big belly laugh from her, but she's finally started to give us little "heh heh" sounds every now and then. Abby is definitely not a squishy little newborn anymore and hates being held any way but upright. In her bouncy seat she strains to sit up on her own and looks like she's doing baby sit-ups! She loves sitting in her bumbo and chewing on a toy while she watches me cook or put the dishes away. Abby still loves bath time and has started to kick her legs more and splash a little, which is so fun to watch. As I wrote in the last post, she's not sleeping all the way through the night anymore. Last night she only got up once between 7pm-8am though, so that was a good improvement! I've been trying to be really mindful of her awake time so that I can get her down for naps in the optimal window of time. Awake time for her right now is only about an hour and a half. She CAN stay awake longer than that, but she starts getting very fussy and then nap time is a struggle. If we can get her to her crib right around the hour and fifteen minute mark though, she'll usually go to sleep right on her own and wake up happy. It's pretty remarkable!
Her doctor mentioned starting her on solid foods sometime between now and 6 months when we feel ready for it. The old recommendations were to start feeding baby rice cereal around 4 months, but there have been recent studies that show rice cereal may predispose kids to childhood obesity, so our pediatrician recommended starting with oatmeal or just skipping the cereal all together. At this point, Abby isn't showing any signs of being interested in food. She isn't sitting up on her own, she still has a tongue thrust, and she doesn't really watch Dave and I eat or try to take our food. So, for the time being I'm just going to continue breastfeeding her and reevaluate as needed. The tentative plan is to start with either green or orange veggies around 6 months. I plan to try to make as much of Abby's food as I can. I'm sure there will be posts about that in the future!
Here are some more recent pictures of Abigail: