Ruthie // Four Months Old

Weight: 11lbs13oz. This little girl is only in the 7th percentile for weight and height! She eats a lot but is having a weight check at the doctors soon since her percentiles have dropped since she was born. 

Height: 23″

Head: I forgot what the doctor said 😂

Doctor’s Appointments: We had to leave our awesome pediatrician back in Boulder, but there’s a great pediatrics office in Holland.

Eating: Ruthie is still eating on the same 3 hour schedule but I am getting ready this week to move her to a 4 hour schedule and possibly introduce some cereal to her. She seems to be ready to try some food because she has good head control, puts things in her mouth with her hands, and I am hoping that solid food helps her spitting up. Speaking of that, I think it actually got worse around 3-4 months because she was taking in more ounces during her feedings. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all but it’s still a lot of work for me. She takes a lot in her bottles these days, between 6-7 oz. and has even finished an 8 oz. bottle at bedtime before! She is definitely going through a growth spurt.

Sleeping: Ruthie adjusted really quickly to the eastern time zone when she was 16 weeks. She is sleeping in a packnplay this month at the lakehouse but I am anxiously waiting the day when we can get her back in her crib, just because it seems more comfortable for her. She sleeps great and I haven’t seen any signs of the four month sleep regression, but I haven noticed that if we don’t put her to bed at 7pm then she takes longer to fall asleep, cries, or wakes up early. It’s the best when we start her bottle or bath at 6:45. In the last week or so she has been turning around in her crib and when I go in to get her in the morning she will be completely turned around! She’s so funny.

Leaps: Ruthie is the fourth leap right now (which is like 50 days long….) and I haven’t really seen any signs in terms of bad sleeping. However I have noticed her getting a lot fussier in the afternoons or any time she doesn’t like something. If something sets her off in the afternoon then she can cry for a while before she calms down (usually it takes nursing her to do this). She is also growing and changing so much – holding her head up, putting everything in her mouth, holding her feet, “talking” so much. This is such a fun age.

Clothes: When we moved to Michigan I packed up a lot of Ruthie’s 0-3 month clothes and transitioned to 3-6 month clothes. This girl has so many clothes. The 3-6 month clothes are still a little baggy on her but the 0-3 month ones were getting tight. It’s a lot colder in Michigan than in Colorado (and we have air conditioning here!) so she wears a lot of footies during the day.

Likes: the morning, playing and grabbing her feet, when people talk to and pay attention to her, getting her diaper changed (only if she isn’t hungry), her new front-facing carrier, her playmat on the floor, her swing, sitting up with the help of someone, Facetime 🙂

Dislikes: tummy time, the car, 4-5pm, when she finishes a bottle or finishes nursing, being taken out of the bath

Highlights of this month:

  • Our friends threw us a going away party when we left Colorado. Ruthie slept through most of it, especially when Gammy came and rocked her 🙂
  • Dave’s parents drove my car out to Michigan and stayed with us for a few days – it was great to have them in Holland!
  • I celebrated my 28th birthday with my family and Ruthie.
  • Dave started his new job and I am home full time with Ruthie so she has been my little buddy during the week as we get to know a new city.

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