Monday, November 7, 2011

17 Weeks

We had Josie's four-month well baby appointment on Friday, and she is officially an enormous baby: her length (26 3/4") and head circumference (17 1/4") are off the charts, and her weight is in the 95-98th percentile (17lbs 8oz). She apparently is hitting all her milestones, as she basically ran through most of them during her appointment (holding her hands together, chatting, laughing, holding her chest up when on her belly). The pediatrician confirmed that she is teething, and said that Josie will begin to grab at everything to put it in her mouth - my hair included. She's already started on that though, and I really, really need to start putting my hair back I think, since a haircut does not appear to be in my near future (I was supposed to have one the day I went to the hospital, and so I'm now four months overdue...).

Josie also got more vaccines, and now has had two doses of DTaP/HIB/Polio and Rotavirus (we split the normal 4-month shots again, so I'll be bringing her back in a month for her second dose of Pc and Hep B). She did much better afterward this time - just cried for a few seconds after the shot, then had a very slightly elevated temperature the second day and didn't sleep so great that night, but appears to be back to normal now. What a difference it makes to not have her fighting an ear infection at the same time!

Except for the second night after her vaccines, this week was probably Josie's best week yet for sleeping. We continued to swaddle her with one arm out, and every day during the week she was able to get herself back to sleep with sucking her thumb, and would go to sleep around 7:30pm, and wake up the first time around 5am, and then wake up again for the day at 7am. She seemed to be sleeping more soundly than usual, and was barely moving around - so maybe we finally got her temperature right. We had been dressing her in a onesie with her swaddler over it, and then switched to a long-sleeved footed sleep n play once we were swaddling her with one arm out. But her arm would still seem too cold in the mornings, so we now have her in a short-sleeved onesie, a heavier material sleep n play, a swaddler, and then a blanket tucked over her lower body, and she feels like she's at the perfect temperature now - and given how well she's been sleeping, she seems more comfortable now too.

Josie also is continuing to hone her skills at being able to sleep under more unusual (for her) circumstances. She's apparently able to sleep in the middle of the chaos in the playroom at daycare. She also fell asleep basically everywhere we took her last weekend - out to eat, grocery shopping, etc. And she fell asleep nearly every day this week on the way home from daycare. Which is less than a 10-minute drive. I'm starting to think I'm boring her - I set a goal for myself to talk to her the whole way home, since otherwise I tend to lapse into silence as I think about all the stuff I need to do at home, at work, etc., and I have such limited time to engage with her during the week as it is. So instead I regale her with songs (usually about her squishy feet or baby poo) and stories (ranging from when I used to baby-sit for my neighbor to Ryan's facial hair to our couches)... although maybe boring stories are just what she needs, since it does seem to take the edge off for her to get a quick nap in before I start putting on all her layers of clothing so I can nurse her down to sleep.

For developmental stuff for the week, Josie is now sucking her right thumb too. She had still been forcing the whole fist in her mouth, then got it down to one digit (her index finger, which wasn't too effective), and then shortly after figured out how to get just that thumb in her mouth instead. So now she can suck either thumb... or apparently both at the same time, which she likes to do too - she'll interweave her fingers and then stick both thumbs in her mouth. It seems to entertain her (and us), but isn't very effective at soothing her to sleep since it's a slobbery, loud mess when she does that. She also held her bottle for the first time all by herself! I didn't get a picture of that, but here is one of her at least assisting with the bottle-holding:

Josie has also started to roll to her right side too - she had been rolling to her left side the last couple of weeks, but now is getting better at rolling to either side. And while she hasn't rolled all the way over yet, she certainly is starting to put more effort into it - she was most of the way over to her tummy last night, feet scrabbling away to try to flip herself over, but I think her playmat+socks just wasn't working for her. And I wasn't much help either - I was cheering her on but simultaneously watching with horror, since I love to freak out over every little indication that she's growing up ;)

Sadly, Josie is starting to rub some of her hair off, so her little rattail that she was working on is no more. Instead, she's sporting a bald patch at the back of her head, and very short hair on the sides, which naturally seemed to lend itself to a faux hawk. We then attempted to tame her hair with a hat (Ryan's normal method for his own hair), to limited success (but look how cute!).

We didn't even get to take Josie out for Halloween, although we may still dress her up at some point for pictures, since I'm sure she'll be adorable in her little pumpkin outfit :) We were going to take her to a community event on Saturday, which got rescheduled to Sunday due to the weather (first snow of the year!). Then on Sunday we learned that the last tenant at the rental house had moved out, so Ryan spent most of the afternoon/night over there instead, working on the remaining rooms so that we could get the house on the market this week. So instead I stayed in with Josie, and we had a fun-filled evening of me watching her watching her mobile... :)

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