You certainly have kept us on our toes these past few months. So much so that Mommy hasn't blogged in 2 months and didn't even have time to write your 4 month letter! I'm sorry little one! But I'll make up for it now.
First off, you must know that we are grateful for you every day! You are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing at night. Your smile gets me through my day my dearest! We love you more than you could ever begin to imagine.
From your 3rd month of life to your 4th, you were a busy little girl. You started to hold toys, recognize faces and voices, discovered your feet (which you think are incredible and you play with all the time), and you started to have real, true laughs! What a joy it is to hear you laugh at Mommy or Daddy when we are being silly. Best sound in the world - besides hearing "your daughter is born" but that only happens once and you must laugh at least 10 times a day! You also started to learn to kiss, or what we think is you attempting to kiss. You open your mouth and lean in to Daddy or me or your stuffed monkey that you love. It's adorable!
Here's your 4th month birthday picture with your name blocks.
You also had your first trip in August to see G-ma and Grandpa in Pinetop. You weren't the biggest fan of the ride, even though you slept for a lot of it, you also cried for too much of it and made Mommy and Daddy worry. But we made it safe and sound both up and down the mountain. However, you got your first cold while we were there and Mommy and Daddy felt helpless as they heard you cough and sneeze and cry. This led to less sleep for you once again which we continued to battle for some time after your cold had subsided. You are still sniffly, but your cough is gone. However, you were never unpleasant with your cold and always still had a smile for all of us. Also during this trip you got to meet Daddy's grandparents for the first time. They LOVED meeting you and watching you interact with Daddy! It was later discovered that you were actually starting to teethe during this trip as well. We didn't see or feel any teeth until after your 4 month birthday, but we think that this was part of your unhappiness in Pinetop.
Even when we came home, you still had trouble sleeping which we attributed to your cold that stuck around for way too long. But you did figure out how to put yourself back to sleep when you woke up in the middle of the night. YAY!
But by far the biggest event of this time was learning to roll from your belly to your back! And Mommy got it all on video...purely by accident...but it happened! (It may look like I am helping you roll, but you did it all on your own!)
So as you can see, your third month of life was very busy and Mommy could barely keep up with you!
But your 4th month, was also quite busy! At your 4 month appointment with the pediatrician, your weight was 13 lbs, 15 oz and your length escalated to 24.75 inches! You are growing like a weed. Dr. Kids said we could start to feed you solids, so that is just what we did! You started with rice cereal on August 19th, although you weren't a fan, so we quickly moved on to avocado mashed up, which you really liked. Then oatmeal which was also good and finally sweet potatoes. Mommy has decided to make all your food so she knows it is nutritious and because it is a ton cheaper! It's been fun and easy too. Who knew you would make Mommy a cook after all?!
I was trying to get a picture of your little teeth here, but I don't know if you can see them! But they are there for sure!
The ladies at daycare continue to love love love you (and Mommy - or at least they say so). When Mommy and Grandpa came to pick you up one day, this is what we found at daycare... You look just a wee bit comfortable!
It may be hard to believe, but Daddy gave you a bath this month and it was a first for him! He did great and you, of course, loved it! You also learned how to pull down on the toys that hang from your car seat. Usually, you would just wait for Mommy or Daddy to do it, but apparently you got impatient and figured out how to do it all on your own! You even surprised yourself I think!
Mommy continues to keep you well dressed and this month was no exception. I know this picture is a little dark, but your shirt says, "When God made me, he was just showing off!" and we believe that to be the full truth! You are so beautiful, smiley, loving and wonderful!
And the last thing that happened this month was the addition of Mamie to our family. She is your sleep coach and she has been helping Mommy and Daddy help you sleep better at night and during the day. Plus, when you sleep good, Mommy and Daddy sleep good. And on your last day as a 4 month old, you slept 10 hours through the night! You woke up so happy and Mommy and Daddy were ecstatic! We really think we have crossed a bridge and this will continue.
The bottom line is this my love... You are growing so fast. You are maturing so much. It's hard to believe. Even though I carried you in my belly for 9 months and you have been before my eyes for the last 5 months, I am still amazed every day when I wake up and look at you and realize that you are my daughter. It's incredible to be your Mommy, even in the tough times. I still think the hospital messed up and someone else will come claim you some day because you are just too beautiful to be our daughter. But I know that won't happen because I was there when you were born and your face hasn't changed. You are the joy in my life, even when you aren't napping and should be. Please don't forget that we love you more than you could ever imagine and that will never change!
What surprises do you have in store for us next little Monkey?
We love you,
Mommy and Daddy