Four Months Old

Anna is four months old already! We had her four month checkup on Monday and she got a great report. The official stats:

Weight: 14 pounds, 14.5 ounces (76th percentile)
Length: 26.14 inches (97th percentile)
Head circumference: 42.3 cm/16.65 inches (82nd percentile)

The pediatrician said she has great head and trunk strength and was impressed with her ability and willingness to bear weight with her legs. At four months, our sweet girl is just a delight to be around. You merely have to make eye contact and smile at her and she’ll do a whole-body smile in return, wiggling around with delight. She can sometimes roll from her tummy onto her back, though it may be more luck than skill at this point. She remains a champion nighttime sleeper, usually doing a solid eight hours (Mama thanks you, Anna!). Still not much luck with naps; if I wear her in the carrier I can sometimes get an hour, otherwise it’s 20 minutes or so. I’m happy to report we have had some forward progress in the bottle department and she’s taken an ounce or so three times in the past two weeks! Next up will be working on replacing a full feeding with the bottle.

The four month pictures!

I’ve mentioned my friend Leanne and her Tiny Toppers hat shop. She made this bear hat as a gift for Anna and I’m so excited that it fits now! I put it on her this weekend and just had to take some pictures.

We had a wonderful family weekend. There was time with Daddy, to read:

And to watch videos of oneself:

We took pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes. You have to wait to see those until closer to the holiday, but it did involve some bribery with a cupcake on Max’s part. Here he is enjoying his reward. I don’t know why he’s not wearing pants, it’s a two-year-old thing.

We got a car seat to have in Jeff’s car, Max tested it out:

Looking cool:

So I saw this cute idea online where you cut two holes in a pumpkin, put your baby in, and the baby’s legs stick out the holes. So we got a giant pumpkin when we went to the farm, and Jeff dutifully carved out holes of the appropriate size and location. Then we went to put Anna in and realized we’d failed to plan adequately for the process of getting her legs in said holes…and unless we could bend them forward from the knee, it wasn’t going to happen. Oh well, the best laid plans and all that. So I figured we might as well just set her in it and take some pictures anyway, can’t pass up the opportunity for a baby in a pumpkin photo! This first photo is cracking me up, she is clearly not so sure about Mom’s harebrained scheme:

Okay, maybe it’s not so bad after all:

Big brother and Chester join the fun:

Max wanted Chester to touch Anna.

Telling Anna “Chester touched your head!”

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