Wednesday, April 2, 2014

[Baby #2] Kenley Drew - 4 Month Update

Kenley turned 4 months old on Sunday.  Time is going at warp speed!

Weight: 14lb 5oz (49%)
Height: 24" (22%) 
Head:  15.75" (29%)

She's in 3-6m clothing and size 2 diapers. Tops and bodysuits fit just about perfect, so I'm assuming by the end of the month they'll be getting snug.  Pants seem to be long still, so she'll be able to wear them a bit longer, good stuff because most of A's 6-12m hand-me-downs are fall/winter season.

And for comparison sake, these girls are almost two peas in a pod.  Ashlynn was 14lb 6oz, 23", and 15.75" at her 4 month check up.  Virtually the same minus that inch in length, but we'll chalk that up to the fact she was born a month early and she's still lacking in height. Funny, because Kenley seems like a bigger baby, but she really isn't.

I can't even remember the beginning of the month.  I want to say it was pretty decent and that she was starting in her crib a few nights and after her first wake usually coming to our room because she wouldn't settle quickly enough once fed and put back down.

Mid-month was a mess.  I felt like the 4 month sleep regression hit early.  I noticed she was fairly distracted in nursing during the day and up every two hours or so at night to catch up.  I ended up keeping her in our room again because it was just too much to deal with feeding in her room and trying to get to settle back to sleep before the next wake up.

A few days later I came down with a cold, most likely from the lack of sleep (this was around St. Pat's) Almost everyone else seemed to stay healthy, but because I was itching so bad for extra sleep she'd stay in room and end up co-sleeping halfway through the night.  She finally was getting more rest next to me, and so was I.  Then everyone got hit with the sniffles and we were back to dealing with infant wake ups and toddler wake ups, rough stuff when they seem to alternate their times to cry out and your up the whole night.  Finally everyone is on the mend,  I'm back to starting K in the crib, even if it's only from 9-12am.  She seems to wake around 1130-12, 3ish, and 530-6am.  Clearly, not ideal, but seems bearable for now.  Hopefully, we can work through the crib transition this month.

Much more social month now that the weather is slooooowly getting better.  Was still an awful March, but at least we had a few warmer days mixed between the return of snow and cold.

We had a handful of birthday parties and long road trips to accompany them.  She's already like her sister, and pretty much hates the car.  Both trips she slept the ride up no issue, but both times home woke early and CRIED.  The first trip we had to stop and it took a good 15minutes to calm her and the second I was able to get her settle after a solid 25 minutes of SHHH SHHH SHHH in her ear.   I should stock the car with EOS.

Mama's milk.  

Had a small milk supply scare after my appointment with a retina specialist.  I had to have my eyes dilated which I've been able to avoid at my annual eye appointments since I've been pregnant or nursing since 2010 (seriously).   I called the eye doctor, pediatrician, and my OB all without real knowledge of the safety of the drops and breastfeeding.  They always skipped doing it when I was pregnant or nursing, so I assumed there was some risk involved.  The OB said it wasn't classified with any results, so that I'd probably be fine with a pump and dump of the session after receiving them and then returning to regular feedings, if I even wanted to do that.  Which I did.  However, when I got home from the appointment and went to pump, NOTHING came out.  Like seriously, maybe a few drops.  It had been almost 4 hours from her last feeding too.  I freaked out.


I should note, the last pumping session I had the week before, I filled a 4 oz bottle.  From one side.  And not like, got 4 oz, but actually filled the whole bottle. 

I tried again a few hours later and got about 2oz and then said, back to nursing to see if she's at least getting satisfied, which she seems to be (and we know now she is).  I think my pump is just biting the dust. Mixed feelings over that.... good riddane, but not really into the idea of getting another.

Girl is on point by development standards.  Grasps objects and lets them go. Rolling over (only 3x so far, from belly to back, but trying damn hard at back to belly).

Trying to stand, and actually jumping - fairly aggressively - in her jumperoo.  Tracking me around the room and knows the difference between Mom, Dad, and Big Sis (favorite being mama.. she's got the milk).  Giggling and cooing.

The only thing she needs work on is napping and sleeping in the crib, but that's more my problem and less hers.  I'm so proud of her and couldn't be happier for being blessed with such a happy and healthy baby.

She also started sucking her thumb, but prefers fingers and even grabs her feet. She loves being read to, especially Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb which was one of Ashlynn's first favorites too, and CRACKS up over Patty Cake, like loves it.

Once again, each month things get better.  Just try to savior it, even the less than awesome stuff.


  1. She's so cute!! Our little guy just hit the 4 month wakeful a little earlier as well...and it's awful!! Glad it's getting a little better for you!

  2. These are great pictures!!!! The exact same thing ended up happening to me with the b-feeding - it was around the same time, too. We had to get a new pump which I hated doing, but used it on our insurance (did you know you could do that!) & the minute the new pump came it was back to normal! Then I made it a year!!!! :) Happy four months, Kenley!

  3. Ahhh! I did know that, I just totally forgot! Going to call my insurance right now and find out how we can do this... I really dont want to buy another, but really can't go 8 months with out one either.

  4. She is too cute. Good luck with sleeping I am already so dreading those sleepless nights (but know that one day I will miss them dearly!)

  5. Yay, good luck! Hope that helps, it saved us a ton of money! XO

  6. Your girls are seriously the cutest. Regarding the pump, most health insurance companies will give you one for free. I exclusively pumped with roman his first year and around 10 months my pump bit the dust. I hated to buy a new one but really wanted to make that one year mark. I called our insurance company and they sent me a brand new medella double electric pump for free delivered the next day. I wish I would have known that before I bought the first one!

  7. Ah, I love the feet grabbing stage!! My 10mo is pretty much out of it *sob sob* Kenley is adorable!!!

  8. Sweetest little baby girl! I loved the pictures in this update! Also, high five for good boob work. They're total jerks when they freak you out like that.

  9. Charlotte HanleyApril 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Kenley is seriously the most adorable baby!

  10. she is scrumptious!

  11. She is just so perfect! I always love the pictures you post of her!

  12. I love this age! I look back fondly at 4 months when Noah was actually sleeping through the night unlike he is now! Shouldn't it be the other way around??? She's adorable and sounds like a lot of fun!

  13. Oh my she is just so cute!! I love her hair and her expressions. She is doing so well and you're awesome mama!!

  14. Time is flying...weren't we just discussing Ashlynn's 4 month update?! ;)

  15. Such a cutie...I can't believe she's already 4 months!!

  16. She is so beautiful. I can't believe she's already 4 months old. How did that happen? Sorry to hear you've been sick and sleep's been an issue. I feel your pain there. I can't say I'm all that looking forward to the crazy sleep of a newborn in a few months. I'm trying to sleep as much as possible now, but Mac doesn't make that easy.

  17. She is so beautiful (both of them are!!). It's going wayy too fast. Love these pictures!!

  18. So interesting that both girls are basically the exact same size at this age! I know A was a preemie but I do remember her adorable rolls---love it. Both are so beautiful.

    So is sleep. Hoping the lack of it is behind you for now.

  19. So so adorable! Time seriously flies! Love love her cute hair!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  20. Kenley is so precious! When was she born? My daughter just turned 5 months and was born on Nov 30th. I think they're close in age! Going to follow you to see Kenley's development! :)

  21. She was born Nov 30th too!! Love that :)


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