Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Bella Girl

I recently took Bella for her 4 month check up. I can hardly believe she's already 4 months old! She's growing and changing so quickly, much faster than I remember the boys growing up. She is doing very well, per the pediatrician: in the 75% for weight at 14. 6 lbs, the 95% for height at almost 26 inches and is developmentally right on track. She giggles and coos, rolls over from belly to back, makes some serious eye contact, is very intent on studying people and loves her mommy most of all.

Because I do not yet have a baby book for her (classic 2nd child [really, 3rd child, but 2nd pregnancy for me] syndrome), I decided I would write some things down here on the blog to help me remember these days that are flying by.

We moved Bella to her own bedroom at 4 months old. Mommy was sad to see her go. She was my own personal sound machine. And, I was sad to see her in that big room all by herself. The boys have each other, and I have Lawrence. It doesn't seem right that she's all by herself. But, no announcements to make, I promise! :)

Bella is attached to her nuk, which is fine for now. It helps her sleep and be quiet when she's growing cranky which is seldom. Bella is a pretty happy baby for the most part. She has been getting up around 6 a.m. when I give her medicine for reflux or try to get her to go back to sleep. Usually, by 7 or 7:30, I give her the first feeding of the day. She's up with the boys and me until about 9/9:30 when she goes to bed for a morning nap. She's usually up again around 11:15/11:30, when she eats again and plays with the boys and me until we all go down for an afternoon nap around 1:30.

It is super nice to have that afternoon nap still, though it's hard to come by some days with the boys needing a lot of discipline to stay in their beds.

I have to give Bella her reflux meds. again around 2/2:30 and sometimes, this keeps her from getting a good nap in. Sometimes she'll go back to sleep, but other times she just spends the next hour or so fussing off and on until I finally wake her up for the 3rd feeding of the day.

After she nurses, I usually make dinner and enjoy some alone time with my girl while the boys still sleep (this is on a good day when the boys actually nap!). The boys wake up anywhere between 4 and 5 and I frantically try to keep my sanity while getting dinner together and wait for Papi to come home.
On a good day, Papi will be home by 5:15/5:30. We'll eat dinner together while Bella sits in her Bumbo seat on the table. Mommy cleans up while Papi plays with all the kiddos. Sometimes, we'll take walks as a family after dinner. Bedtime is around 7/7:30 for Bella and the boys are typically about a half hour behind her.
I have to wake her up again around 9:30 p.m. to give her reflux meds. and then I feed her about a half hour after that. Because she only eats 4 times a day at this point, all her feedings tend to be hearty ones (hearty for Bella anyway which means about 5-6 minutes on each side). Papi and Mommy get some alone time with just Bella which we have cherished. It's usually brief, but we love spending this time with just her. I put her down for the last time in the day and she sleeps through until the next morning. She has slept through the night since almost 7 weeks. I am very fortunate, I know.

Right now, she enjoys playing in her exersaucer, playing with her little duck wrist rattle, laying under her singing star on the playmat and most of all when mommy just spends time talking and playing with her. She loves her brothers and her brothers love her. They have done really well with her, are very gentle and attentive, sweet big brothers.

A quirky, little fact about Bella that I want to remember just in case it goes away: her hands and feet are always clammy.

We love our little, beautiful Bella!


Danielle said...

I'm always impressed with her head of hair!

Anonymous said...

You don't remember as much about the boys becuz you were too tired! She is soooooooooo cute, how can you not enjoy her? Good to hear about your days with your family, though it sounds orderly, I know there are lots of days when the unexpected is always happening. We could never, never get son #1 to stay in his bed at night, he was what you called an oppositional kid! I finally gave up on the afternoon nap, it seems the kids always grow out of it before the moms do! G.

Anonymous said...

How fun it is to hear about your day. Your boys still take good naps? You are fortunate, as Norah gave hers up quickly after being 2. Emma would still take naps however, if I let her. Bella is a beautiful baby. She sounds just darling :) I'm glad you have a little girl to do princess-y things with! Just you wait!

peg said...

what a beauty!!! thanks for letting us in on your days!
my baby girl is cleaning out her room, giving away so many things it makes me a little sad..
she'll be twelve in a couple weeks!
each season brings so much to enjoy and a few challenges too!
Love you!

Zoanna said...

She's got the cutest expressions on her little face. So glad you posted some details to remember later.

Sacha said...

That last photo looks SO much like Lawrence!~!~

Anonymous said...

don't front. tell everyone how you couldn't find an extension for the bassinet so she could sleep w/ you til she was 6!! poor Bella all balled up in that little crib. (shaking my head w/ shame) (ok nevermind, i won't tell anyone about this if you don't tell anyone bout j. wesley) :p

-la Tia