WHOAAAAA…guess who has officially graduated from the “newborn” phase into the “infant” stage?!?!? Sweet Reagan Marie is four months old and I can’t believe how “cool” and “happy” this little girl is. I’ve always loved kids and while I was never a baby/infant person, I could still appreciate the extreme cuteness of a newborn baby or smiley infant! Well Miss Reagan takes it to a whole new level and my heart is just so full of gratitude that her spirit is so joyful!!!
I have never seen a more happy or smiley baby in my life and I could cry happy tears thinking about how she is all ours!!! I just love her so much and love that her little soul is elated like 95% of the day. HAHA! The rest of the day, hold on to your ears friends, because this little angel can scream! The girl definitely has a sassy side to her as well. Pretty sure my mind just flashed forward 16 years to Jeffrey and I sitting on the edge of our seats, holding on for dear life…*with or without a bottle of wine in our hands. I think we’ll take it one day at a time for now. 🙂
Here we are, well into our fourth month of being parents, and I think I can finally say that things have gotten easier. Life feels normal (and wonderful) again, we have established routines that make everyone happy & things are good. Its just crazy to think about how challenging, both physically and mentally, those first few months were. And yet when I think back, I can’t even really remember the pain and struggles of the early days. I just remember that it was HARD as hell but we made it through as a family.
Here are Little Reagan’s Month 4 Photos and Updates…
PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: Miss Reagan went in for her 4 month wellness checkup at the beginning of July. She is doing sooooo GOOD! All the nurses and doctors just love her little smile and she is always so vocal when we go in for a visit. It cracks me up how she is always smiling and giggling at strangers and basically anyone who smiles in her general direction. She babbles, blows bubbles (more like spit & drool), and loves being the center of attention. She continues to remain a petite little thing weighing in at 13lbs. and generally stays in the 25th percentile for weight. She is in the 50th percentile for height at 24″ and the 50th percentile for head circumferance at 40cm.
EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND ONE TUMMY TIME FANATIC: Her eyes are continuing to remain a beautiful blue color with the lightest hint of gray mixed in. I’m still waiting for them to change at some point but the older she gets the more I think they might stay blue. Her hair doesn’t seem to want to grow at all, but it has become a shade darker over the past month. When we are outside the true strawberry blonde color really comes out. I always expected her to be a strong red head like me but her hair is much darker then mine.
Reagan’s BIG DEVELOPMENT this month is her new love for tummy time. She has always tolerated tummy time but is much happier when being held or cuddled. Then one day I walked into this…
“Oh Hey Mom, look I can prop myself up…and guess what, I like tummy time now.”
SLEEP: The magic formula for a good nights sleep continues to remain elusive. We have tried so many different things from extending her bedtime, more milk before bed, and every “effin” sound/music machine on the baby market. ITS JUST A “NO GO” FRIENDS!!! Right now, she goes through phases of sleeping well and being up most of the night. Some nights I get up once or twice and other nights its 6+ waking episodes. Even though I have heard that you sleep less as a parent as your children get older. Something about high school, boys (gulp), and actually letting your children grow up and all that nonsense. I’m resolved to just let it be what it is, and I know when we are in our 40’s we might actually sleep through the night again. That being said, if anyone has any tips or tricks on getting a new baby to sleep though the night I would love some suggestions. BUT…if one more person tells me to just be patient I might straight up smack you across the face…consider that a fair warning.
FEEDINGS: Can I just take a minute to gush over my chubby baby. There is seriously nothing better (or cuter) than a happy FAT baby. This girl LOVES to eat and I love to feed her. I am getting so excited and antsy to begin feeding her solids. Another BIG development for Month 4 is that I officially kicked my pump to the curb. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!!!! I’m so much happier now and Reagan is doing fantastic on formula. Once I had officially committed to exclusively formula feeding I really dug into researching the best options and brands. I felt a little twinge of mommy guilt at not being a “breastfeeding” mommy and wanted to make sure that she was getting the BEST as a result of my choice to quit pumping. I’m going to include the NEW formula breakdown in my Month 4 Favorites coming soon but for now HERE is a link to the brand we are using now.
SCHEDULE: Month 4 was a little bit of a “shake up” schedule wise for us. July has been an insanely BUSY month and any consistency we had went out the door rather quickly. We had weddings almost every weekend and Baby Girl was up way past her bedtime most nights. We spent the weekdays trying to recover and regain some semblance of our regular schedule, only to reach Friday and gear up to start all over again. She loved it and has been sleeping well most nights from sheer exhaustion. She no longer likes to nap on her tummy and I am desperately doing everything I can to get her to stay asleep for longer than 5 minutes during the day. The weather has been crazy hot lately so we’ve been holding off on walks and staying put in the air conditioning trying not to go stir crazy. Summertime is just so wonderful though and I hate to waste it. Reagan is still a bit too young for sunscreen according to our Pediatrician, something about the chemicals etc., and I don’t want to have to drape her in blankets all the time because of the heat. I’m already so excited for next summer when she will be walking and playing all day long in the sunshine.
MILESTONES & PLAY: Milestones are AWESOME!!! As soon as I think we might never get to a certain phase, then BOOM, we wake up the next day and suddenly little miss is giggling, holding her own bottle, or rolling from tummy to back.
She has learned to lock her chubby little legs and loves standing up while we hold her. I would not be shocked if she started walking before she crawled. Like I said earlier, she is a tummy time fanatic now! She loves propping herself up and looking around everywhere. She is smiling, laughing (baby giggles are the sweetest), and has officially learned to YELL. Not sure that is a positive one but it is beyond funny. She likes to explore all the possible pitches and Jeffrey and I cannot stop laughing when she is screaming her little head off. She is sitting up like a champ in her bumbo, rolling from front to back, and loves grabbing her toes to pull to her mouth. One of the cutest baby milestones for sure.
Playtime with Reagan is my absolute favorite part of our day together (except maybe bedtime for obvious reasons) and baby girl sure does love to play. She is completely smitten by the golden girls, Jovie and Roxie, and watches their every move with curiosity and joy. She busts out the biggest smiles for them and loves to talk (or scream/yell) at them. She has started putting everything in her mouth, including their puppy ears, and loves to pet and cuddle with them.
Happy 4 Months Reagan Marie!!!
You are a true gift to this world and I pray that you never stop smiling!!!