4 month update

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun (and when you're sleep deprived) - Quinn is now 4.5 months old, and definitely not a squidgy little newborn any more! She's a whole lot of squidgy baby though, and at her last weigh-in at 17 weeks she tipped the scales at 16lbs 9ozs - which is more than double her birth weight! She's moving from 3-6 month clothes in to 6-9 months and showing no signs of slowing down!

So, a quick update. Quinn's still exclusively breastfed and absolutely thriving on the Mama milk. She's grown out of her reflux so isn't medicated for that any more and whilst she feeds a lot - she's showing no signs of being ready to wean on to solid foods, we'll be holding out until at least 6 months and starting baby lead weaning as and when she's able to sit completely unaided and feed herself.

All routine vaccinations are now out of the way until 13 months - the third and final set didn't seem to effect her as badly as the first lot, but worse than the 12 week set, which makes me think it was definitely the new meningitis B vaccine which disagreed with her. When I say "disagreed" - she had a temperature and was rather irritable (screamy) - I'm still glad she's vaccinated and she had no serious complications.
So far Quinn's managed to catch two colds - both of which she has seen off within 48 hours - the girl has a serious immune system! It's actually more encouraging to see her get ill, and then make a super speedy full recovery, than just never get ill - as I know that her defences are actually working - rather than her having just been lucky.
We still go to Baby Sensory once a week which is pretty much the highlight of our week! We've made some wonderful Mum and Baby friends in the group and Quinn absolutely loves the sessions now that she's able to take a lot more in and get involved in a few ways.
At home, she's a big fan of "tickling songs", like Hickory Dickory Dock... and bubbles - most of my time is taken up by blowing bubbles and/or singing nursery rhymes!
I have finally got her to ride in the pushchair happily, although I still use the baby carrier daily. We've taken the pushchair out of it's carrycot mode and in to seat mode, but on the furthest recline, so that she's sat up at just enough of an angle to be able to look around. For the nosiest, most inquisitive baby in the land - this has been a reasonable compromise and she'll now *usually* travel around in the pushchair without too much complaint - she even naps in it every now and again!

After Seb had attacked us with a huge pile of fallen leaves!
We've borrowed a Bumbo baby seat from a friend for now to give her something to sit in and watch what's going on at home. If she isn't hungry for milk, Quinn will gladly sit and watch people cook all day long, she finds it fascinating - needless to say, my leisure activities now include a large amount of apple crumble making!
I'm not sure how long it's going to be before she's able to sit up without the Bumbo, she does try very hard and is always doing crunches when laid on her back, straining (very unsuccessfully) to pull herself in to a sitting position. When propped up with pillows she'll quite often move forward on to her hands, so that she's entirely supporting her own weight without help, but if she lifted her hands from the ground she'd fall flat on her face - we're definitely moving towards an independent sitter though!
Tummy time is relatively sorted   -she is very much like Seb in this regard. I always put his upper body strength down to the fact that he slept on his front: but Quinn sleeps on her back and is just as strong when laid on her tummy. She'll now push herself right up on to her hands and look around for several minutes at a time. She can also get up on to her knees with her face on the ground... she just hasn't worked out how to get up on to her hands and knees at the same time! The fact that she's mastered both ends independently though makes me worry that she might be an early crawler (uh-oh!)
She can recognise a few words spoken to her now, particularly "milk" or "boobie" at which point she starts looking at my chest, smacking her lips and/or pulling at my top (charming), "kiss" for which she leans forward and opens her mouth to kiss people (usually with considerable dribble) and "Hiya" or "Hello" which usually gets her to wave. She waves in response to a wave too, or occasionally unprompted if somebody enters the room.
One "milestone" Quinn's showing no interest in what so ever is rolling over, she honestly couldn't give a shit about that stuff. She will lay on her back quite happily, she will lay on her front quite happily, but the thought of swapping between the two hasn't really so much as occurred to her!
We've moved out of the fourth Wonder Week or developmental loop now, and she's beginning to feed a lot less, and be a lot happier with other people. However - the four month sleep regression has hit us HARD! I was pretty smug about Quinn's sleeping habits early on, from birth she would easily do four or five hours in one sitting and was going eight hours a night from a few weeks old. No more. Now I'm very very lucky if I get three hours sleep in one go, but it isn't unusual for me to see every single hour. She now pretty much exclusively cosleeps, despite us buying her a new cot and moving her out of the hammock (wondering if she felt slightly to restricted now that she's enormous) but it's made no difference, she'd still rather sleep in with us and to be honest, whilst she's breastfeeding every hour, I'd rather have her in our bed anyway. Hopefully in the next few weeks she begins to adopt a more agreeable sleeping pattern! She can stay in with me as long as she likes (within reason) but I'd just like to use less concealer under my eyes!

I'm really looking forward to the next month with Quinn as hopefully we'll near enough get the sitting unaided thing sorted and she'll begin to "play" a bit more, but for the time being she's being pretty incredible anyway!

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