This was the month that I really fell in love with Alice. That might sound weird to say, but I remember that this feeling hit me at about this point in B’s life, too. Between three and four months, there are more smiles than tears, routines are somewhat more established and little personalities start to shine through. Basically, babies become more like real people and less like little blobs and life doesn’t feel like it’s spent in constant survival mode at this point.
All that to say, I just can’t get enough of this smiley, chatty, giggly little girl! When I am having a rough day, or B is screaming at me because I put her juice in the wrong cup, one grin from Alice can instantly send my bad mood packing (and, of course, wishing that I could keep her little so that she won’t be able to yell at me, too).
At her four-month doctor’s appointment, Alice weighed in at 16 pounds, 1 ounce and was 2 feet long. Alice has seemed increasingly interested in the food we are eating lately and puts just about anything in her mouth, so I was excited we got the go ahead to start solid food. We’ll start experimenting with fruits, veggies and oatmeal over the next couple of weeks.
Sleep continues to go well at night, probably because like every other baby I’ve ever met, Alice loves her Rock and Play sleeper. I said last month that we would be making the move to the crib, but the few naps we have tried there have been disastrous, so we have chickened out. Since Alice seems to have fallen into a pattern of day-time cat napping for 20 to 40 minutes at a time, her hours of stellar sleep at night are pretty important to all of us, as she does get pretty cranky when she is sleep deprived. But, she is soon going to outgrow the Rock and Play, so we are biting the bullet and sending B to my mom’s for a long weekend sleepover over July 4th while Alice gets used to her new situation. Wish us luck, and please send wine and coffee.
Alice loves sitting with me and B while we read stories and even tries to turn the pages herself. Her favorites are anything featuring Clifford, “Time for a Hug”, “Guess Who?” (mostly, because it’s filled with mirrors and she loves looking at herself) and anything with different textures to play with (the “That’s Not My…” series has always been popular in our house). She has been loving her exersaucer and jumperoo, and still enjoys spending time on the floor from time to time to practice her rolling skills. Since her initial roll last month, she hasn’t really done it again, mostly because she gets stuck on her side and her chubby thighs and belly prevent her from making a full turn!
I am sure I sound like a broken record at this point, but the thing I am loving most about having two kids is watching how much they interact with each other. I love seeing Alice reach for B and hearing B laugh, even when Alice has managed to grab a fistful of her hair. When B is dancing around the room to the “Hot Dog Dance” from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” Alice looks at her as if to say “Are you always this crazy? And, can I join you?” At the end of the day when Alice is clearly ready for bed, B will pat her on the head and say “What a good baby you are. Mama needs to put you to bed. See ya tomorrow.” Of course, there are the less adorable moments where one of them starts to cry and whine, which immediately sets the other one off. As you might imagine, it’s louder than ever in our house these days.
It’s also funny to see just how different siblings can be, even at such young ages. I mentioned last month that Alice seems to be a bit more sensitive than B, and I’ve noticed that she also is generally less wary around strangers at this age than B was (and continues to be!). B was also the type of baby that would happily nap for three hours in her car seat on a long drive or stroller while we ate at a restaurant or went shopping, but Alice get antsy after being confined for 30 minutes or so. In short, all of the things that I learned and came to expect with B definitely do not apply to Alice.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Alice’s adventures during the last month:
Happy four months, Baby Alice. You bring such joy to all of our lives–we love you more than ice cream on a hot day!