Another month has passed and Avery is now 4 months old. Time seems to be going so fast, especially now with being back to work. I’m finally coping better with being away from Avery each day…but that still doesn’t mean I like it. I’m so very appreciative and relieved to be taking Avery to Mom’s or Mari’s each day, but I still wish it were me that got to spend the whole day with her. I crave the weekends like never before, knowing that I get two entire days with her, instead of just a few hours each afternoon and evening. My heart has been stolen again by this little girl, just like it was almost four years ago by her Daddy. I love those two more than I could have ever imagined!
Weight — 11 pounds, 14 oz (up from 6 lbs, 15 oz at birth; up from 10 lbs last month)
Length — 23.5 inches (up from 20 inches at birth; up from 22.75 inches last month)
What has changed over the last month?
-Avery rolled for the first time about three weeks ago. Now she does it all the time. However, so far she can only go from her back to her tummy. She will roll over again and again, then get “stuck” after a while and start to cry. She has even done this a few times in the middle of the night in her crib. She has gotten very speedy at it too. When she decides she wants to roll over, it’s only a matter of seconds and she is there.
-She has lost the majority of the dark hair she was born with, but is now getting lots and lots of new hair, especially on top. This hair is not nearly as dark…more of a light brown. Her bald spot in the back still remains though. I’m hoping this will go away soon.
-Avery prefers to “stand” when being held. She goes stiff-legged and wants to bear weight on her legs. You pretty much have to force her to bend her legs if you want her to sit on your lap. Along with this she is quite the little mover and squirmer.
-She continues to be aware of more and more things around her. Despite the fact that our TV sits up really high in our living room, she has figured out where it is and will turn to try to watch it. She doesn’t want to sleep as much either, because there is too much to look at. She stays awake in the car a lot more than before, but still seems to be a pretty good sleeper after about 15 minutes of the lull of the moving car.
-Her dexterity continues to improve as well. She reaches for, bats at, grabs, holds on to just about anything she can.
-She loves to sit on my lap and listen to me read her books. She isn’t always that interested in the pictures though…I think she just enjoys the cuddling. I can’t wait until she is really into the stories as well.
-Avery smiles and smiles and smiles. When I wake her up in the mornings most days she has a smile for me. When I see her for the first time after work she smiles at me. Every time she gets a diaper change she smiles. She grins at silly noises and of course at Daddy. I looove that big grin!
-Still lots of cooing and “talking” too.
–A Favorite of the Month: I can’t really think of just one instance this month. But I do love holding her in front of the mirror in her room and watching her reaction. Most of the time she smiles really big, then hides her face in my shoulder, almost like she is shy. Then she will slowly turn and look again, repeating the smile and turning away.
In the next month I am most looking forward to…
-Avery learning to roll back from her tummy to her back.
-Each weekend that I get time with both Avery and Adam together.
-Even more growing and changing.