I can't believe how fast she's growing these days. Time really has started to feel like it's slipping away. I'm both excited by the changes and sad that I can't get these days back. I'm trying to move slowly and enjoy every single giggle.
That's right, I said giggle. Baby O is officially giggling and doing it frequently. She does it MOST often when daddy is being silly. He can make her smile and giggle so much easier than I can! As we take walks through town, she looks at everything, both near and far. She loves to look up at tree leaves from the stroller or across the room at the fish when I'm sitting on the couch with her. The way she looks at strangers is definitely different than when she looks at familiar faces... but not for long, almost everyone earns a smile eventually.
Her fine motor movement is making slow, steady gains as well. She sees things that are out of reach and really strains to get them. She's so happy and proud of herself once she's got it in hand. If you tickle the back of her hand with a toy, she'll open up and grab with it. Still using both left and right pretty equally, but I'm on the look out for a preference!
The gross motor movement is growing much more rapidly. During this 4th month of live, Baby O has really shown us what rolling over can be all about. She rolls over multiple times a day at this point-- back to front and front to back. She isn't scared when she flips over onto her tummy... she loves it. She grasps her hands together and just looks around like she's thinking, "okay, World, whatcha got for me now?!?!?" Only in the last couple days is she able to hold her head and trunk up well enough on one hand to use the other hand to reach for something... and her aim while on her belly isn't great. But it's a step in the right direction! The day care teachers think she's going to crawl any day now. When on her belly, if you give her something to push off against, she'll scoot across the whole floor!
We finally got over the cold that started around the 3 month mark. First the all day coughing turned to meal time coughing only. Then it was night time nursing coughing only... I was really beginning to think something was wrong with Baby O... and when you tell a Feeding Therapist mother that her coughing after breast feeding is "fine and normal" when she's sleep deprived, you should see how loud we yell!!! Poor Ben got an ear full a few nights in a row. But about a month after the illness started, the night coughing has finally subsided. We're all sleeping much better, thank-you-very-much!
Okay, let's see if I can get pics and a video in this time...
Love from Boston!
p.s., at the 4 month visit, which occurred a few days later, Ms. O was clocked in at 14 lbs - 12 oz and 25 inches long! That puts her in the 70th and 90th percentiles respectively. :-)