Dearest Bright Eyes,
You turned Four-Months-old on September 4th. I wrote this awhile ago, but am just getting around to posting this letter. Sorry. Better late than never!
You continue to light up our lives with your smile. Seriously kid, I dare anyone to resist that grin of yours.
You are at such an amazing stage right now. Happy, alert, curious, but not yet (too) mobile. And, WAY cuter than when you first popped out.
I could gnaw on your big ole cheeks for days. (Come to think of it, I do). Did you know you gained 4 lbs in 2 months? Yup, you weighed in at 17 lbs 4 oz at your 4 Month Appointment. You love Mama's milk and it shows.
The Pediatrician gave her thumbs up on introducing solid food to you (since we have no food allergies in the family). She seems to think that you will sleep longer at night with a bit of solid food in your belly. You've been grabbing at the food on our plates for weeks now, so you are definitely ready.
The first food we gave you was some mashed up bananas. Followed by avocado. You seemed ambivalent on the bananas, but chowed down on the avocados.
You are now officially a belly-sleeper. I don't even bother putting you on your back anymore because you immediately flip over. You started getting your legs stuck in the slats of the crib (because you wiggle around so much), so now we put you in a sleep sack.
When you are placed on the floor, within 3 minutes you have scooted around 360 degrees. It hysterical watching you (except when you get frustrated because you REALLY, REALLY want to crawl). You can get your bottom up in the air and your chest up separately. But, putting the two together is the challenge.
You love yanking out your monkey pacifier, staring hard at it and shoving it back in your mouth. Your Big Sissy doesn't appreciate you trying to grab her precious Milky or her hair. But, you put up with her touching your face constantly and tons of hugs, so I think it is only fair.
It's so pathetic when you start crying because you hear your Sissy crying (even if she is faking it).
You can transfer your toys from hand to hand and seem very pleased with this new skill. You can also sit up by yourself for up to 20 seconds now before you crash and burn.
Unlike your Sissy, you like to go to bed at a reasonable hour. You usually conk out at around 8:30 pm. I nurse you between 11 pm-12 am and then you wake up indignant and hungry at around 4 am. You usually let Mommy sleep until 7:30 am. You play for an hour or so and then it's time for your first nap. After that your schedule isn't too predictable. Your ideal play-time seems to be about 1 hour until you need some rest.
We have started sleep training you (yet another thing we've done different this time around). When you let out your sleepy screech, yawn or rub your eyes, we know it's time to put you in your crib. I sing a few rounds of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, pat you on the back and leave you. Sometimes it only takes a minute or so of you crying before you fall asleep. We've been doing this for a few weeks now. It's such a relief compared to putting your Sissy to sleep (she still takes up to 1/2 hour sometimes). Thanks for being such a Trooper.
Your family adores you. You light up our Lives, You Sweet Thing.
We love you so very, very much,
Mommy, Daddy and Big Sissy