How is our baby Alex already four months old! The time is literally flying by so quickly, and she is changing and developing daily! The theme for this month summed up in one word is flow. Doug and I are going with the flow with Alex each day, as she is in charge of or schedules, most of the time! However, there is becoming a little more predictability to our days. Doug and I are getting more into the swing of things, each day! This month, Alex is captivated with putting her fists (and any object within reach) into her mouth — we do not see any signs of any teeth coming in, yet, but she is drooling more and she loves to go to town on her hands! Alex is also sleeping through the night most nights these days. There are still some nights, though, she gets up to eat. She goes to bed quite early and, as a result, she is up early. Doug and I have been going to bed earlier ourselves in order to get more rest. She continues to grow at rapid speed! Each month, I pack away the clothes that no longer fit! She just recently had her four-month doctor’s appointment and she is in the 95th percentile for length! Baby Alex still loves to play and to be read to in the mornings and evenings! I love spending time with her in the mornings as she is very well rested and full of smiles! It is always so wonderful to see Alex smile so big when she sees us in the morning — it is the best! Victory still comes into Alex’s nursery during the morning, day, and evenings, which is great! Victory still licks our Baby Alex and cleans her daily! It is really adorable! Victory has been doing well, too, except for a recent ear infection that we are treating, which we, thankfully, discovered early. As such, our little Victory should be on the mend! Finally, we are looking forward to celebrating our first Thanksgiving together as a family of four!
Everyone is adjusting pretty well and we have a flow to most of our days together.
A few highlights from Alex’s fourth month include:
-she is sleeping for much longer stretches, along with a few descent naps these days! She now uses a larger velcro swaddle wrap, which is working well!
-she really loves to suck on her fists and fingers and she loves this teething glove that we recently discovered! The Nuby products have worked great for us, thus far!
-she is sitting up in her Bumbo seat while holding her head high! This month she has seemed to have almost outgrown her Bumbo seat! Her thick thighs get stuck in the leg opeinings!
-she is rolling over more frequently and she can roll over from her back to stomach and from her stomach to her back! She also loves to lay and play on her side while doing ‘scissor kicks’ with her legs!
-she loves to play ‘peek-a-boo!’
-she loves tummy time and she is doing tummy time for longer stretches! She, so badly, is trying to move her little body, but she is not quite there yet, but she is making progress!
-she is even more interactive this month — she smiles at us a lot, and she makes lots of different noises and sounds, which is really lovely!
-she loves for us to blow air on her stomach — she chuckles so much!
-she also loves it when you rub your nose on her nose — she thinks it is the greatest thing!
-she loves to move her legs, while playing — they are in constant motion!
-she is touching Victory’s fur more and more. (We can’t wait for her to fully understand who Victory is!)
-she still loves play time and story time — she loves to be read to!
-she is still very alert and observant! We take her out to eat with us and she loves experiencing new experiences, thankfully! She did well this past weekend at her first Navy football game where the Navy won!
-she still loves her swing, and she takes at least one nap in it daily, typically!
-she still does not love bath time — she tolerates it at best! Alex is now a member of our gym! We look forward to taking her with us to the gym! We soon plan to get her into some swim lessons soon at the Goldfish Swim School!
-she still loves to go on walks in her Ergo! We try to get out most days for a walk together, when the weather is nice outside, which are becoming less and less, unfortunately, with colder weather upon us.
A few highlights I would like to remember:
-photographing Alex — I want to remember and capture as much as I can!
-greeting Alex in her nursery in the mornings! One of my favorite times!
-loving on her chunky body along with all of her folds and rolls!
-loving her smell and her velvety smooth skin!
-loving how she smells after a bath! (We love the Baby Cetaphil line!)
-loving how her hair is so fluffy and soft against my skin!
-remembering that Alex’s body runs warm and when she gets warm, her cheeks turn a really rosy color!
-remembering that she gets extremely fussy right before bedtime in the evenings!
-enjoying our morning time consisting of: play time and story tine together, a time when baby Alex is very animated and she is generally in a really good mood, and now Victory joins us, which makes it even better!
-enjoying nursing Alex, especially in the mornings and evenings, as it is one of my favorite times of day with her!
-hearing her little ‘baby talk;’ ‘cooing;’ and ‘chuckles!’ She is becoming more vocal at increasing decibels each day!
-marveling at her smile — she has the most wonderful smile that melts our hearts!
-admiring her eyes — they are the prettiest blue eyes I have ever seen — I know that I am partial!
-enjoying the beautiful morning light in Alex’s nursery each morning!
-knowing how much our little Victory loves her ‘little sister!’
-watching Alex play with her Daddy! (Daddy is in charge of Alex’s books and toys!)
-knowing on the days that I feel totally exhausted, that I will someday really miss these early days, and I need to remind myself, at times of this fact.
-enjoying taking Alex out to dinner with us — she is pretty well-behaved! We are lucky!
-still asking myself what will I miss about this time of my life when it’s all gone? This question keeps everything in perspective.
-most of all, we are cherishing getting to be Alex’s parents!
Doug and I are very grateful for our little girl and our little family! We feel so fortunate. We look forward to seeing Alex’s little personality continue to develop and unfold. Below are a few images: Alex’s monthly portrait; Alex and Victory’s monthly portrait; followed by photos of Alex throughout this month; and some iphone images, of our precious girl along with some images of Alex and Victory during her fourth month with us! You can read our birth story along with viewing images from Alex’s birth here; you can read Alex’s first month snapshot here; her second month snapshot here; and her third month snapshot here.
See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!
See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!
A few iphone images from this month!