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Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 2009: four months old

I am pleased to say that Bailey is well over and done with her colic phase, it was short lived but definitely challenging! She still challenges me when it's time to nurse, but I have hope that it's only a phase since baby center sent me some newsletter about nursing strikes describing similar things that I am going through with her. She sure does take the magic out of it at times. I have learned that she has incredible core strength. She will pull herself up by grabbing on to my fingers keeping her back and neck completely straight using just her abs and back muscles. It is more impressive when you see it I am sure, but I am pretty confident that she is stronger than me LOL. She actually started doing sit ups on the bed the other day using just her abs, no arm assistance. She did it six times in a row, sitting straight up from a lay down position, before getting tired. She laughs all the time, and I LOVE it! I am very amused by the things that she finds funny. Bailey has always had a little giggle, but never anything I could call a laugh until this fourth month started. She has become VERY vocal. She has been trying to talk to us since she was almost two months old, but now she is starting to test how loud she can get. Some days I feel like all she did was yell at me all day long, but she's not just doing it when she's mad she just does it the entire day because she can. What I love the best about her noises are the faces she makes while trying to get the sounds out. Definitely seems like she is trying to tell me about something important. She has really mastered standing on her feet, and her stance also cracks me up. She locks those pudgy little legs, sticks that diaper bottom out, and arches her back.... so cute, like a little who from Whoville. And of course anything and everything is going into her mouth. She has developed her hand-eye coordination pretty well now and can actually grab the things she wants and bring them to her mouth, even her toes. Still working on the rice cereal, she's not a big fan of it yet. I am only giving it to her every few days for now. I am not to worried about making her have it all the time until month 6. She is starting to respond to her name, new development this week, so she hasn't mastered it entirely yet. And the last thing I have noticed is her exploring things with her hands. She wants to touch my face when I talk to her, or my hands, or her hair and ears, but it's not the grab that she used as a newborn. It's just a soft open handed touch to feel and explore what it's like. We should be purchasing a stroller for her FINALLY, this weekend, so we will have a lot more exploring to do next month :)

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