well, it's that time when i give an update on our growing baby! we took her to her 4 month check-up at the beginning of the week and she is smack dab in the middle of the growth charts:
height: 24.5 inches (50%)
weight: 14 pounds (50%)
head circumference.: 16.5 (60%)
mahealani continues to be very laid back and easy going! now she is laughing and smiling a lot! she has much to laugh AT with 3 older and very silly sisters! they love to make funny noises and weird sounds to get a laugh out of their youngest sister.
one of mahea's new favorite noises to make is blowing bubbles and going, "pbththth" . it is very cute and slobbery! i think it is soothing to her, as well. she is very slow to get upset. but she will usually give us some warning that she is going to get upset if we don't give her what she wants. she will start fussing a little and then start making that bubble blowing noise. then she will wait, fuss some more, then blow bubbles. she will sometimes do this several times. then, if we don't satisfy her need she will really let us know that she is upset. i think it is funny how she will make that noise to soothe herself before she really let's loose!
she also has discovered her fingers/fist and loves to suck on them with an occasional gag!
about a month ago she rolled from her tummy to her back. at first i thought it was just some fluke thing. so, i turned her back onto her tummy and immediately she rolled over again. i was surprised because our other girls didn't do that until later. mitch didn't believe me for the longest time, until she did it for him, too!
now that she's got the rolling thing down she's moved onto tummy crunches (because a girl can never start to early on getting those washboard abs!!)
she does several ab workouts a day in search of the perfect tummy!!
this month she started waking up 2 to 3 times a night, which was killing me! i needed to break her of that so i let her cry a few times in the middle of the night, but that wasn't working! she just cried and got mad and i'd end up feeding her anyway. so, i just resigned myself to getting up 3 times a night. then, miraculously, last week she went to once a night, just like that! and i'm loving it, except that i am having a bout with insomnia! grrrr!
last sunday at church one of the sisters in relief society handed mahealani a small, soft toy and she grabbed it and started playing with it. i was shocked and decided that i guess it was time to get the baby toys out for her.
it's interesting with this fourth child because everything seems to be going by so much faster than with the other three! like the toy thing. i didn't think she was old enough to play with toys because she still seems so little and young to me, but obviously she is ready. with nani, our first, we had introduced solids by now and it seemed to take forever for her to be old enough for solids, but with mahea i still think she is way too young and probably won't give her solids for at least 6 more weeks. did anyone else experience this weird "baby-growing-much-faster-than-her-older-siblings" thing?? i'm curious!
we introduced her to her excersaucer last week and a new bumbo (see how happy she is in the first picture in the bumbo). she is loving her new view and perspective, as well as the fun toys!
and, lastly, here is a little after bath babble (you'll notice that she never stops moving, that is just how this kid is! she's always either kicking or swinging her arms or both which doesn't surprise me for how active she was in-utero!):