Wednesday, January 19, 2011

4 Months Old

I Learned How to Put Things In My Mouth!
The picture above shows how Noelle likes to spend most of her days now. We have hit the "everything goes in the mouth" stage. Once her dexterity improves and she can really pick things up we'll have to be very diligent watching her!
Yesterday was her 4 month Dr.s appointment. Drum roll for the numbers...

16.5 lbs, 27 inches

Our little chunky monkey has gained 8 lbs and grown 5 inches in the last 4 months! I'm impressed. One more half pound (roughly 1 more week) and she will have doubled her birth weight already! In fact, I was a little afraid the Dr. would tell us she's too fat =) Fears unfounded... we were assured she needs that fat now 'cause she'll start to burn calories like crazy when she's crawling.

The other surprise in the visit was we were given the go-ahead to start offering solids. Most of the literature I've looked at still recommends waiting until 6 months, but my Dr. said that research has shown, in the last year, that waiting until 6 months may actually increase the risk of food allergies (the very thing waiting for solids was meant to prevent). Anyway, right now it's just offering a little (tablespoon or less) once a day, until she gets the hang of it. The goal, we were told, is to have her eating two solid 'meals' a day by the time she's 6 months old.

The rest of the visit was not so fun for Noelle, two vaccinations. We know our baby, and she's a drama queen =) Noelle was so happy when the nurse came in that she commented the shots would probably go over really well. We warned her, not with this baby. Sure enough, first shot and Noelle went from 0 to 60 mph screaming almost instantly - BMW should be jealous. Her reaction to the little prick was so extreme, in fact, that the three of us started laughing, poor thing! The nurse was a little hesitant to give the second shot after that performance, but she powered through and Noelle was safe in mom's arms immediately thereafter; where she insisted on remaining for the rest of the day. Thank goodness for the Ergo baby carrier!

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