Penelope Marie – Four Months

Dear Penelope,

You are 4 months old! You are the happiest little baby and we have had so much fun this past month. You have changed so much over the past couple of weeks and we have had so much fun watching you grow. You are such a happy baby and so easy-going; your personality is starting to come through more and more and we are loving every bit of it.

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This has been a big month for you, Miss Penelope. I went back to work so you started going to see Ms. Merritt during the day. I cannot tell you how difficult it’s been leaving you every day. I tried to prepare myself as much as possible, but I don’t think you can truly prepare for that. The first week was filled with lots of tears (from me), but you handled it like a champ. Ms. Merritt loves you so much and I know that you’re in good hands. You have a blast with her every day and her kiddos love you, too. They put on shows and sing for you; little Brady greets you at the door most mornings and refers to you as “My Penelope.” It’s the sweetest thing!

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There are (still) a lot of emotions that I deal with when it comes to leaving you. I love my job and work for a great company and genuinely enjoy working. But I miss you like crazy and experience so much jealousy when I don’t get to spend time with you during the day. This is my struggle to deal with and I know that eventually it will get easier (it has to get easier, right?). I count down the minutes until when I get to see you again and look at your pictures on my phone throughout the day so that I always get to see your cute face.

About a week after you started going you came down with your first little cold. Poor thing! It wasn’t terrible and we didn’t even need to put you on any medicine; just lots of sleeping and doing a saline treatment for your runny nose. Thankfully it just lasted a couple of days and you were back to your happy self.

You gave us an early Christmas present this month and laughed for the first time on December 4. Your Papa was holding you on his shoulder and I was hiding behind him and playing “peek-a-boo” with you when we heard your first sweet giggle! Now we are always trying new things to get you to laugh. You love it when we make funny faces and sounds at you. Your Papa is especially good at making you laugh with his hilarious facial expressions. Trying to catch all this on camera or video though? That’s a different story! As soon as we whip that phone out you go straight-faced – I guess we’ll have to start being sneaky!

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Unfortunately Papa caught your cold and with his allergies and asthma suffered for several weeks. It was quite a time for him, but he’s finally better which we are so thankful for! It did make him feel better to see your sweet smiles and hear your little giggles though!

You started reaching for toys this month so we’ve gotten a lot more use out of your play mats. You have been playing with lots of rattles and soft toys and of course, everything goes straight to your little mouth. I love watching you play. You’re having such a blast exploring new textures and shapes. You got some fun new toys for Christmas so we’ve enjoyed adding those to the mix also.

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You’ve been eating like crazy. I’ve noticed a significant increase in what you’ve been eating this past month. You’re now drinking about 5-6 ounces every 4 hours. I nurse you every now and then (sometimes it’s the only thing that calms you down), but you’re primarily bottle-fed right now. You prefer it that way because it’s much faster and you don’t have to work as hard. This has been a little difficult for me to accept…on one hand it’s nice because bottle feeding you is easy, but I also miss that special time that only you and I had together.

You are still a great sleeper. You are now going to bed a little earlier (usually between 9-10) and sleeping until we wake you up around 6:45 every morning. Your naps are becoming more consistent also. You typically sleep from 8-10:30 or 11 and then take another 2 hour nap in the afternoon. You also take a couple of small cat naps – usually a little after lunchtime and then again around dinner. You still sometimes get overtired in the evening so we have been trying really hard to get you to go to bed a little earlier – easier said than done!

We had such a great time getting into the Christmas spirit with you. Even though you had no idea what was going on, we had a blast dressing you up in adorable holiday outfits, taking you to see Santa and doing fun Christmas activities with our friends!

We took a train ride around Pullen Park with some of our friends to see Christmas lights which you really enjoyed. You have been all about some Christmas lights this season! We even took you on your very first carousel ride!

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Although I went back to work this month, I did have a short Christmas break to look forward to which made things easier. We decided to go to Ohio so that you could see your grandparents, auntie and future uncle and meet your great grandmother for the first time! We had such a wonderful Christmas and they spoiled you rotten with snuggles, kisses and presents.

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You did so well traveling. You hit a growth spurt a couple of days before we left and we seriously considered staying home instead of driving to Ohio, but thankfully the growth spurt passed and you were a champ the whole trip. You pretty much slept the entire 8-hour car ride (both ways) and didn’t fuss at all!

The day we got back from our trip to Ohio (and also your 4 month birthday!) you surprised us all by rolling over for the first time! You rolled from your back to your belly (still haven’t figured out how to go from your belly to your back yet) and now it’s all you want to do. You’re a little wiggle worm!

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You still love bath time. We have to keep towels handy because you splish splash all over the bathroom. 🙂

You are still wearing your 3 month clothing, but you received some really cute 6 month clothes for Christmas and once I get all those washed and put away, we’ll transition you to your new size. Your growing out of your 3 month items more and more every day and I’m sure you’ll be more comfortable with a little more wiggle room. You’re still wearing size 1 diapers, but we’ll probably be moving you over to a size 2 when we finish our last box.

Your four-month check up was at the beginning of January so here were your stats from that visit.

Weight: 13 lbs, 3 oz (33 percentile)

Height: 24 inches (33 percentile)

Head circumference: 16 inches (34 percentile)

You are truly a joy and this has probably been one of my favorite months so far – you are just so much fun! You are the happiest baby and love being around people…just like your Papa!

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