Saturday, March 11, 2017

four months

dear cece,

it's so much fun watching you grow -- mentally, physically, and socially! your personality continues to be the epitome of chill. you nurse every 3 to 3 1/2 hours during the day, then one last time around 11 pm before I go to bed, and sleep through until 7-7:30 a.m. (although as the days get longer and mornings get brighter, you start to stir earlier!). you love your sleep, although you're happy to stay awake for 90 minutes, sometimes up to two hours before you nap.

in the past few weeks, you have started playing with toys, especially your Sophie giraffe, your green rattle, and your soft books. you also love looking at the mini board book attached to your carseat handle. you sit on my lap and look intently at the book when I read aloud. and you found your feet!

you're making all kinds of new noises, too: growling, blowing raspberries, and laughing! all the noise we make in our house doesn't seem to bother you. even when Kaiser barks, you just blink, unperturbed.

this week, you mastered rolling over from your tummy to your back. you're actually enjoying tummy time more now, and will play with your crinkly soft books for up to 10 minutes before rolling, or sometimes just squawking for help. you haven't quite managed to roll from your back to your tummy yet, but you're close -- you'll flip your whole body over except for one shoulder. once you figure that out, we'll have to stop swaddling you, and i'm a little nervous that that transition will ruin your phenomenal sleep. oh well!

you absolutely adore Greta. you crane your neck to watch her as she plays, and when she talks to you or sings to you, your face just lights up. sometimes I still have to remind her to be gentle with you, but you don't seem to mind when she hugs you a little too tight. she calls you "Cece-ceece" and "little darling". 

you weigh 12 lbs 6 ounces (13th percentile) and are 24 3/4 inches long (62nd percentile). for as small as you are according to the growth charts, you are definitely getting some chub! you're wearing 3-6 month clothing now, and even some 6 month sleepers in brands that run small. and you're drooling up a storm!

you love when we sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and do the motions, especially the dramatic arm movement for "wash the spider OUT"; and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"; and your eponymous song "Cecilia", although I use Grammie's substitute lyrics ("you're melting my heart" instead of "breaking my heart"). and before every nap, I sing "All the Pretty Little Horses" while rocking you. as soon as I sing the first phrase, you smile up at me and then your eyelids start to get heavy.

we love you so much, cecilia marie!!