Just like everybody says...it is going TOO FAST! Aya is four months old today. Wasn't I just pregnant?!
For weeks she was brilliant at putting herself to sleep - now Aya has regressed and is giving us a really hard time going down,
even when especially when she is exhausted. Sometimes she'll sleep for a longer stretch at night like 3 or 4 hours, but she almost always sleeps for either 45 minutes or 2 hours. At night time, this is truly EXHAUSTING! It must be her body's normal sleep rhythm though and we will now start working harder to teach her to put herself back to sleep at night without feeding. Because really. It's just not at all sustainable when her big sister has to be awake by 5:45 am to get to kindergarten on time.
Aya still nurses like a champ and is equally happy to take a bottle of pumped milk. For some reason she is fighting (or giving up?) her binky (NOOOO!) but does seem to be taking to the forced attachment of her "lovey bunny" (our chosen comfort item for her - thanks to my Aunt Judy for that one!). She is smiling and laughing a lot - although almost never on camera, argh - and is especially happy/chatting/giggly around Grace...who will do anything to get a smile or laugh out of little Miss Little Sister. At 14.5 weeks old she weighed a little over 13 lbs (6 kg) and goes back to the doctor for her next shots and another check up in about 2 or 3 weeks.
Aya still loves her bath. She does not love the bouncy seat very much because she just tries to sit up in it and gets frustrated. She rolls back and forth both ways so we now find her all over the place and not at all in the same position in which we left her. She sits in the bumbo or her high chair (not feeding yet, mostly for entertainment) more and more. We have a hard time getting her out of the bumbo because of her chunky little thighs :) She also really likes her musical mobile in her crib - it calms her down and distracts her if she is upset, but she will never fall asleep to it. She is starting to get into little toys/rattles and seems especially to like music. She sometimes likes being read to but often fusses...I think I am reading to her at the wrong times and should start doing it when she wakes up instead of before she sleeps.
Aya is a typical 4-month-old in that just when you think you have her figured out, she changes! Her pictures from today are not stellar because she spent most of the day: 1) in the car, 2) in a Board meeting at Noah's school, 3) in a parent meeting at Grace's school, or 3) in the car. That was because Oliver has been sick and unable to work for the last 3 days so I've been dragging Aya along with me to all of my commitments. She's a busy little lady. And as much as the time is just flying by, we're enjoying many happy moments with our little peanut and are eager to see what the next month has in store for us (read: please stop waking up at night!).