It really doesn’t feel like it’s been a month since my last Cadence post. Probably because my blog was down for three whole weeks! Ahhh! Still can’t get over that. Anyhow, it’s been an uneventful month, but our little girl keeps growing and changing! Here are some tid-bits about her from this past month.
- She weighs 15.5 lbs which puts her in between the 75th and 90th percentiles and happens to be the EXACT same weight her sister was at this age. I find it intensely amusing how their growth stats started out so different but now, they’ve magically merged! She is 25 inches long (75th percentile) and her head is also in the 75th percentile. Overall, she is a very well proportioned baby! Her 3-6 month clothing is fitting very well these days and I don’t see her growing out of them any time soon. She’s been wearing a few 6-9 month size pants though…her thighs…you should see these thighs! Rolls like you would not believe. I love them!!
- Here is a comparison photo of Adelaide and Cadence at 4 months! (Yes, I did this on purpose)
- We announced her name change to the world a month ago now, and we’re not looking back! The name Cadence has taken such a strong hold that when we see the name “Emery” places, it takes me a second to recognize it and realize that it’s referring to my baby girl. I can’t wait for her name to be legally changed so I can stop confusing myself! BTW, we haven’t even started that process yet…yikes!
- Sleeping. Her awesome sleep habits from two months ago did not continue last month. NOT AT ALL! So, a quick recap…she WAS going to bed between 7 and 8, waking up to eat 3 and 6 and finally waking up for the day around 8 am. NOW she is going to bed between 6 and 7, waking up to eat at 12, 2 and 4 before finally waking up for the day at 6 am. I’ve been “troubleshooting” this all month and can’t seem to figure out how to get her to drop that 2am feeding, UGH! The good news is, though, that we moved her out of our room! Hooray! She’s been sleeping in her own room all month! And no, before you suggest it, the bad sleeping habits did not coincide with the room change, and we’ve eliminated all possible environmental factors that could be waking her up. It’s just her. She does occasionally skip her midnight wake-up, and just last weekend she let me sleep from 1:30 – 6:30! What a treat! Maybe there is hope in sight?
- Napping, on the other hand, is going quite well. She takes 3-4 naps each day (usually 3) and they last a minimum of one hour, sometimes 2-3 hours! Pretty awesome. The only bad thing is she has to be at home for her naps if it’s going to be a “good” nap. If we’re out running errands or at the park with Adelaide then she only cat-naps and gets SUPER fussy before her next nap. Oh well…such is the life of a second child!
- Rolling. She has gotten very good at rolling over! Always from front to back, though, she hasn’t figured out back to front rolling. When she’s on her back, she can do this little half roll thing, so she can crane her neck around to look at what’s going on behind her. I’m sure when she’s properly motivated she’ll roll her little self right over. For now though, it’s tummy-time rolling!
- Grasping! She is focusing and reaching and grabbing at toys all the time now! And they go straight to her mouth. Ah, I love this milestone! It’s such a cliché baby thing to do—grab a toy and bring it to her mouth. I love watching her do it over and over and over. Oh, and I also love, when she forgets that she has a toy in her hand, and then she waves her hand around and surprises herself when the toy hits her in the face. haha!
- Her eyes are still blue and her hair is still red. Oh, and her hair is growing back in! Most of it fell out in the weeks after her birth, but her peach fuzz is blooming into actual hair and it is staying light! It’s a little difficult to tell if its red-red or more of a blond red, but it definitely still had red in it! We gave her a tiny hair cut too! She had a patch of hair at the base of her head that didn’t fall out at all, so it was dark and thick and it looked like she had a rat-tail. Not the most becoming on our tiny princess. So we used Matt’s beard trimmer to trim it back to the length of the rest of her hair, thus lightening it in color and it looks much better now—still darker, but at least it’s the same length as everything else. I bet in another month or two she’ll have a full head of hair, ready for all of those adorable baby barrettes I have from when Adelaide was a baby.
- She’s doing so much better in the car!!! Now, she only cries when she’s tired and wants to fall asleep—which she does in 5-10 minutes. We often have entire car rides when she’s awake and NOT CRYING!! This has TRANSFORMED our lives!! THANK GOD she grew out of this terrible phase!
- We finally found our play gym (it was lost in our attic…) so she’s been able to take advantage of all of that stimulation for the past few weeks. I think the part she likes best is the mirror. She will catch her reflection and just start babbling and cooing and shrieking and kicking her legs and waving her arms. It’s hysterical to watch! Apparently, babies don’t understand the concept of a reflection until 8-9 months, so it’s even funnier when you understand that she thinks she’s looking at another baby!
- This little girl is such a happy baby (most of the time). She giggles easily and when she smiles, she smiles with her whole body! It is such a mood-lifter to look down at her and watch every limb and muscle curl into a giant grin! I love her whole-body baby smiles!
And of course, here are some pictures of her from this past month. Enjoy!