Little Miss Anna is growing so quickly. I cannot believe it's been 4 months since she has joined our family! (4 months and 8 days to be exact!)
December has been great. I love the holidays already but adding a little baby to the mix makes it that much better. I couldn't stop buying stuff for her to give to her on Christmas Day. Nothing too big or expensive just little things like books, puzzles, a Jenny Jump-Up, tummy time mat, chair, bath toys, and lots-o-links (Anna's favorite Christmas too besides her books). Blake kept telling me, "That's it Holly. She's not even going to know what is going on. Haha! I know! I know! But, it's so much fun.
We went to visit my mom's side of the family for their family Christmas and it was so good to see family and all the kids together. My brother and his family got to come down and I know everyone enjoyed spending time with them.
We also started a new daycare and we could not be more excited about it. Anna smiles when I drop her off and pick her up. Each day all the litle kids are in the bouncy chairs, sitting in a semi-circle around one of the teachers who reads to them and stops to show each of them the pictures. Anna LOVES to "read." She studies each picture and if I point to something on the page she studies it very closely looking like she's thinking, "What does Mommy want me to know about that picture?" I love coming home and reading with her.
We started rice ceral this month as well. The first day was great. She had it down after 10 or so spoonfuls. She'd suck the cereal off the spoon. Now, she isn't so into it. She starts to suck the food and then realizes it's not her bottle and she screams. Haha. She just wants to be held and fed. "Why should I have to work for this?!" Thank goodness I have an older sister who has the best parenting advice because she said we should start out with giving her an ounce or so of milk so the real hunger subsides and then she'll not get so frustarted because she isn't "starving" when she starts to eat. So, we will try that tomorrow.
Anna is a great sleeper. She's been sleeping through the night since October-ish but waking up around 11 after going to be around 7. She then no longer needed the 11 pm feeding and stayed alseep until 5:00 or sometimes 5:30 am. Now, she's sleeping until 7 or 8 am! This is great on teh weekends but during teh week I have to wake her up to feed and get her ready for the day and I HATE waking up a sleeping baby. She is so tired and I just can't stand it. I'm so thankful she is a good sleeper. She normally falls right back asleep after her 6 am bottle and sleeps until she gets to daycare at 7:30.
Anna is smiling and talking so much more! I've posted some videos on our youtube of her talking and "singing" along with one of her favorite toys. Also, some of her eating cereal. Kallemyn You Tube Channel
Anna still really isn't rolling over, almost there though. Each day when we get home and I get us un-packed and re-packed for the next day Blake gets Anna "part nakie" as our niece Trinity calls it (only down to a diaper) and let's her roll around on our bed. She loves that time with her daddy. No restricting clothing or tights and she talks and rolls around. It's so fun for her and I know she looks forward to it! :)
Anna also went to her 4 month check-up and weighed in at 11 pounds 10 ounces. I'm pretty sure she's well into the 12 pound, if not 13 pound mark. The doctor still refers to her adjusted age since she was born 4 weeks early, but she is pretty much the size of an "average" 4 month old. On the smaller side but that is expected. For development, until they are 2, our doctor uses her actual date she was originally due as her age to compare her to the "average" child instead of her actual birthday. So, technically she is only 3 months in regards to her growth and development.
Here are some December/4 month pic