Violet at 4 Months

It's hard to believe my little Violet is 4 months old already! It seems like she changes so much from week to week too. Here is this month's update.

{Violet at four months}

Weight - She won't go in for her four month check up for a couple of weeks, so I still don't know. I think she's getting to be quite the chunk though!

Length - I still don't know, but I had to put all the 0-3 month pants in the too small pile because her legs were sticking out of them!

Sleep - For the most part, she goes to bed after her last feeding at 9pm and wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30am. We've had some random super early wake-ups, but usually I can get her back to sleep until about 6 without having to feed her. I've noticed some signs of the famous 4 month sleep regression with naps--those are a struggle. I used to be able to get her to nap in her crib, but these past couple of weeks she isn't having any of it. She'll nap in her swing (if we're lucky) or in someone's arms, and that's about it.

Eating - I'm still pumping and feeding her milk from bottles, and so far I haven't had to supplement with formula. However, I'm not sure how much longer I can keep up. She eats a pretty consistent 5 ounces, 6 times a day.

Clothing - She is still wearing her 3 month clothes, and a few 3-6 month things as well. We've had a few warm days this past week, and I think she liked not having as many layers on. One warm night we laid her on a blanket with just her diaper on and she was happy and kicking like crazy.

Mood - She's been a little all over the place this last month. She's had some really fussy days and some days when she's content all day. She still cries more often in the evening and is happiest right after she eats (who isn't?).

Favorite things - chewing/sucking on her hands, looking at her hands, reaching for things, putting her blanket in her mouth, mommy (yay!), mornings

Least favorite things - tummy time, evenings, naps, being held facing "in"

How we're doing - Life is still pretty crazy, but I feel like we've settled into a pretty good routine. Violet is on a pretty consistent schedule, so while evenings can still be stressful, they're at least (mostly) predictable. Aaron has this semester off from grad school, so it's been nice to have him around more. The concept of "flow" on the podcast The Lively Show has really appealed to me lately, so I've been trying to have more flow in my life and less rigidity. That is a challenge for type-A me, but I can tell that it is making a positive difference in my life.

How big brother is doing - Overall, he's doing really well. Jona still really likes preschool and is still doing awesome with potty training. But guys, 3 is hard. This past month there have been so many melt-downs and outbursts. After just talking up bedtime in my currently post, he's back to fighting it and often wakes up multiple times a night.  I just feel like this age is a roller coaster. One minute I can't get enough of him and the funny things he says... the next minute I am so exasperated with his temper, his refusal to listen, etc. Moms of kids past the age of 3, please tell me it gets better. Please?

Things I want to remember - I feel like Violet is getting past the squishy newborn stage and getting more fun and interactive. Her little personality is starting to develop and she's starting to show preference for different people and activities. Right now she can't get enough of her mama, which makes me pretty happy. Jona always preferred Aaron (and still does... tear), so it's nice to finally be the favorite. She loves laying on the changing table, kicking her legs and talking. She's starting to blow raspberries and seems really fascinated with moving her tongue around. I've also heard her laugh a few times, but it doesn't yet happen very often.

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