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:
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.
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!
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!
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?!)