Sophie’s Four Month Update

Four months has just flown by! It’s been an up and down sort of a month as Sophie suffered with her first cold and has had two sets of vaccinations (one at the start of the month and one at the end). Although she has had a slight fever with each of these, she didn’t suffer any serious side effects or seem unduly bothered afterwards so that’s a relief!

Here’s how Sophie got on between three and four months old:

4months Sophie1

 

Growth

At exactly four months old, Sophie is weighing 12lb and sitting at just under the 9th centile in the baby record growth chart. Her weight has been a source of concern over this past month. I was breastfeeding and she started to lose an ounce or two every week from the three month mark. As she was sitting at the 0.4 centile (the lowest) the health visitor told me she couldn’t afford to lose any more weight and that Sophie would have to go onto formula. It was a bit of a shock because at three months in to our breastfeeding journey, I thought I had this thing down. I was just getting used to whipping my boob out whenever and wherever necessary and was really relaxing into the whole experience and starting to actually enjoy it. However, for one reason or another I wasn’t producing enough milk for Sophie to thrive so we made the decision to move her onto formula. The week after we did this she had put on a pound and a half and she is now at four months, a healthier 12lb baby. I had a lot of support when I was breastfeeding but I noticed as soon as I stopped, the support, like my milk, dried up. I probably did it all wrong as I ended up with a nasty bout of mastitis and a big course of antibiotics but everything seems to have settled down now. Sophie is obviously not going to be a great big strapping baby but I am relieved to see that she is gaining at a steady pace now and she seems content. I would have liked more support in the combination feeding though.

Sleeping

I can’t quite believe that I am going to write this and I say this rather cautiously knowing that a lot of you are rather sleep deprived but Sophie sleeps on average 11-13 hours a night, every night and has done since about the 12 week mark. Now I know that this can and probably will change depending on her mood, health and state of teething  (she is only four months old after all) so I am just enjoying each full night of sleep as it comes along – nothing is taken for granted once you have had a child who may well awards for the worst sleeper EVER (that would be Zak by the way). As I have done absolutely nothing differently with my two kids, it seems to suggest that children are either a good sleepers or they’re not no matter what you do. As for daytime naps, well she has settled into a routine of a nap at about 09:30, 12:30 and 16:00 – never lasting more than about 20-30 minutes. Bedtime is at 18:00 – not because we have a strict routine but just because she falls asleep in her bouncy chair otherwise. That is the time she ready for her bed at four months old but I know this won’t last forever!

Four Months

Development at four months

The theme of the three – four month mark has been chatting. Sophie never stops chatting to us, to herself and even to the dogs who she has just started to notice. Obviously not actual words but lots and lots of babbling with one or two noticeable vowel sounds. More often than not though she emits a loud, high-pitched shriek over and over again, which she is mightily pleased about. It was cute for all of five minutes… Looking forward to her finding out she can make other, more pleasant noises to be honest!

At around 13 weeks we had our first full-on belly laugh. Nothing melts my heart more than a baby genuinely laughing at something – it’s absolutely infectious and so we are encouraging her sense of humour with lots of giggles and silly faces.

Socially though, we seem to have regressed this month. Up until about 14 weeks, Sophie was happy to be held by other people and would smile and gurgle happily at strangers but not now. She has taken to crying and screaming if someone outside of our immediate family so much as looks at her! I think that she has started an awareness of being separate from me and she is understandably, feeling extra clingy as a result whilst she negotiates the bigger world around her.

Despite the issues around feeding, we have had a lovely four months and have now started a few new activities including baby massage and tummy time group. Sophie is loving both of these groups although she is far more interested in the other babies than the actual activities on offer. One of things we notice with Sophie, is that she is more interested in people than toys/things whereas my son was the opposite of this. It is interesting to see the differences in them!

If you would like to know more about what we get up to, come and follow us on YouTube  or check how we got on at two months and at three months where I upload our day in the life vlogs and updates.

I will leave  you with a few pictures of our month together and see you next time for Sophie’s Five Month update (where is time going?!)

 

FOUR MONTHS COLLAGE

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Julia
    May 21, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Lovely article!

  2. May 21, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    She is stunning! Sorry to hear about her weight loss and the fact you had to stop breast feeding. I was only able to breast feed Layla for a week as she just wouldn’t latch on so I was basically starving her! I to found that as I was bottle feeding there was no support and no support for the grief I felt having to give up BF. I am shocked that she is so liitle in weight and sleeping through! I always assumed that Layla wasn’t sleeping because of her weight (12 pound 11 at 6 months and on the 2nd centile) but now I feel robbed! You need to tell us your secrets!

    • May 22, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you felt like this about your feeding journey – it can be hard to explain to other people can’t it? The support just is non-existent for bottle feeding mothers as far as I can see but at the end of the day, our babies are fed and well and that’s all that really matters. It’s good to hear that Sophie isn’t the only teeny tiny baby on the block 🙂 Honestly, I don’t have any secrets about sleeping – like I said, my son was an absolute horror when it came to sleeping through the night. It’s just pot luck I think xx

  3. May 22, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Oh, she’s lovely! What cute photos. I’m sorry to hear about the lack of support when you had to stop breastfeeding. I had to stop unexpectedly at 10 months as I was admitted to hospital for a few days and the maternity ward wouldn’t lend me a breast pump while I was there! So I also got mastitis and that was that. It’s not fun, but I’m glad to hear you’re better and she’s gaining weight. All the best babies are little dots – my (very small) little girl included 😉 #KCACOLS

  4. May 25, 2016 / 10:27 am

    awww fab re the sleep. we didn’t get a night without a dream feed until he was 11 months. hed still wake at 10pm for a feed then sleep till around 7. and yes, it changes too, well for us. as hes gotten older, he wakes more for things I cant quickly fix (i.e with milk!) #KCACOLS
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  5. May 25, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    She is such a cutie. My little girl is 15 weeks old and I am still breastfeeding her. I do wonder if I m producing enough milk for her but she is putting on weight so I must be. Its weigh in tomorrow so I will see where she has gone up to from 12lb 14 oz at 11 weeks. xx

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  6. May 27, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Ah such a little sweetie! Sorry to hear your breastfeeeding didn’t go to plan and that you weren’t given the support you needed once you had made the decision to stop, very pleased that you are now happy formula feeding and that Sophie is growing well. She sounds like my little girl with all her chattering and fascination in people, maybe its a girl thing?! My little boy like your’s was never that interested and preferred to play. Great news about the sleeping through, you should certainly take full advantage of that while it lasts! Looking forward to hearing how much she grows and changes next month, the time just flies by doesn’t it? #kcacols

  7. June 29, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    seriously could she be any cuter! what a gorgeous baby, you are so blessed

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