Again we celebrated you being 4 months old with a trip to Public Health for your immunizations. I promise milestones won't always be celebrated with needles in your thighs. You of course did great! And you continue to chunk up. I was so happy to find out you weighed 12 lbs and 15 oz and were 24.5 inches tall. And then just a week later at your 4 month check up with our doctor you were 13 lbs and 3 oz. Happy and healthy!
You still spit up A. Lot. I couldn't count the number of times I've told you "it's a good thing you're cute" because some part of you constantly has baby barf on it. Some days it drives mommy a tiny bit crazy for all the bibs, burp cloths, blankets and clothes we go through, but thankfully you aren't in any discomfort and usually have a big smile on your face even though you are soaked. The doctor said it is quite normal for some babies and you should grow out of it soon as your core strength continues to build. I think we need to work some sit ups and planks into our play time.
You are definitely getting stronger though. You roll from your back to your tummy quite often. Most of the time you get stuck there and aren't too happy about it, but sometimes you figure out how to roll back again.
You have a lot of friends already Quinn. We are so lucky to be surrounded by incredible moms and their awesome kids. I try my best to fit in some sort of play date at least once a week for you and your brother. A lot of the time it's because I need some honest mommy talk, but it's always because I love watching you two socialize with other kids. Amidst the chaos the sweetest moments happen all the time.
We took you swimming for the first time a few weeks ago and you didn't seem to mind it at all. You were so adorable in your little bathing suit and several other swimmers commented on how cute you were. In fact, just seconds after two other moms told me they loved all your hair, you spit up in the pool and I tried to stop it from floating towards them while they politely swam in the opposite direction. That was about the third time you had spit up so I figured it was time for us to get out and changed while your dad and brother enjoyed a few more trips down the waterside.
Now that you are more expressive, it's so awesome to watch you react to Brooks. You clearly love him just as much as he loves you. You always give him a smile when he comes to say hi or kisses your hand. You are extremely patient when he gets in your face a little too aggressively and giggle when he tries to make you laugh. He has honestly shown nothing but love, pride and a need to protect you since the day you arrived. The other night we were playing with a dragon puppet and I pretended it was biting your feet. The game came to a screeching halt and Brooks quite seriously and sternly said "no dragon. That my brother."
You are really getting the hang of the jolly jumper and even though you are still too small for it, you seem to like it in the jumperoo/exersaucer too. Just like your brother did, you usually spend some time in your jolly jumper before bed and Brooks and the dogs are usually a very captive audience.
We haven't given you any solid food yet, but we have started bringing your to the table with us in the bumbo chair while we eat. You are getting more and more interested in what we are eating all the time and the plan is to give some rice cereal a try right after you turn 5 months old.
Sleeping continues to come very naturally to you. We are so so lucky!! You nap for an hour or two in the morning depending on what we are up to and then again for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon. You are usually asleep for the night by 9 p.m. I am still needing to settle you one or twice in the night before you are up between 7 and 8 a.m., but that's no big deal at all.
Your hair is actually starting to lay down a bit in the front. You still sport a sweet rooster tail most of the time, but a bow or headband is almost always necessary to keep your bangs out of your eyes now.
It's so true when people say, "enjoy it, they grow up too fast" and it's happening even faster the second time around. Quinn, I hope you always know that even in the hustle, bustle and sometimes stress of our days we are "enjoying it" and loving you each and every second. And we thank you for your sweet and somehow knowing smirks that melt that hustle, bustle and stress away. We couldn't love you more!!