Can you believe little Greta is already 4 months old! I know we certainly cannot. Time sure does fly.
We went to the pediatrician for her 4 month check up today, her 4 month birthday, and she weighs 17 lbs 10 oz (over 100th percentile) and is 25 3/4 inches (95th percentile). We think her height may be a tad off (a little bigger than she really is), but still she is quite large!
I decided that weekly updates were too much to keep up with, so now we will be on the monthly update schedule. This weekend we will head to MA for a wedding and Greta’s second plane trip. Our flight times are not great, but hopefully we will get Greta to sleep at least some, or at least not scream.
Right around the 3 month birthday Greta learned to roll from her back to her belly. Apparently this is the second direction that babies are supposedly to roll and that belly to back is easier. She is now very good at rolling back to belly and almost anytime you place her on her back she rolls over to her belly. She doesn’t seem all that close to rolling from belly to back, but eventually she will figure it out. She doesn’t particularly like to put her arms down when she is on her belly and prefers to skydive.
Greta has gained lots of control over her hands in the past month. She began to rub her eyes, although many times she actually hits herself in the head instead. She finally gained an interest in toys. Her favorites are things that are easy to grasp, especially things with rings. Greta usually grabs the toy and immediately puts it in her mouth. She also really enjoys chewing on her hands. We try to replace the hands with a toy so that she doesn’t get too used to chewing on her hands and turn that into sucking. She also enjoys grabbing hair, especially Daddy’s.
Greta loves to be outside. Everyday we go out for a least a little bit. Since she can’t wear sunscreen yet and we have mosquitoes around these parts, we try to limit the time to a few minutes in the morning or evening. Sometimes when she is cranky she will immediately calm down when you go outside. She loves the breeze in her face and sometimes tries to catch the breeze.
I think I mentioned before that Albert was finally taking an interest in Greta. Well now the interest is mutual. Greta loves to watch Albert and will follow him around with her eyes. The other day she tried to grab some of his hair. We continually warn Albert that his safe time is limited and very soon Greta will be chasing after him. We tried to show Greta how to pet Albert nicely the other day.
In about the last week or so, Greta has started to try and push her behind in the air. When she tries her head falls flat on the floor, which is kind of funny. She needs to figure out how to use her arms to push herself up and then maybe she won’t fall over when she tries to get her large booty in the air.
Greta carries her weight like a woman already, with most of it being in her thighs and hips. We have several pairs of pants that do not fit over her thighs. All pants need to have some stretch to them in order to fit over her thighs and hips. It also doesn’t help that her diapers are a little bit bulkier and so then her booty looks even bigger than it is. Greta’s eyes are still very blue and we definitely don’t expect that to change. They are definitely a lighter blue than when she was born and are developing more fun designs.
Greta’s hair remains a mystery. She has a dark patch on top and in the back and lighter hair everywhere else. Who knows what color it will ultimately be.
Greta continues to be a very happy baby. She laughs and smiles often. The only times she really cries are when she is tried or hungry and really that is mainly when she is tried. She will also cry when she is overwhelmed and just wants mommy or daddy. Greta is a pretty awful sleeper, but I think I would rather have a bad sleeper than a baby who cries all day every day. Greta loves to babble and make noises. This past week in church she wanted to talk the whole time. Luckily she isn’t very loud and there are plenty of other kids at church making noises.
We didn’t do a whole lot of new or exciting things this month (after the 3 month birthday trip to PA). Greta really enjoys getting out of the house and going to any place, so I try to get out every day or every other day. When we go out we usually put her in the Ergo. She loves being close to us and being able to look around at the same time. The Ergo is the one go-to that we have for putting her to sleep. When the boob, rocking, swaying and everything else won’t work, we put her in the Ergo and put the cover up and she is out.