Little Cashew | Four Months Old

oh my sweet Zoey how has it already been four months since you entered our lives earthside! I cannot believe how fast you are growing my beautiful babe. You are already showing a cheeky personality, full of life just like your big sister (double trouble) and you love having a ball of fun every now and again. You had your four month check up recently and your growing so wonderfully, your weight is in the 90% which is sooo crazy as you have just been breastfed up until now and it is so amazing that my body has nourished you so far. I give myself a pat on the back for that effort! Your length is pretty average 50% and you have a teeny head 25%, overall we are all super chuffed with your progress.

We have started sleep training you to self settle and it is a slow journey but hopefully will be a rewarding one in the future. I got you a Riff Raff sleep toy because you seem to like to hold onto something when your falling asleep, mainly a hand or my chin, so I got you something soft and cuddly to love on. The Riff Raff sleep toy I got you is the Clover one, a wee bunny which is super adorable and so far you like it! which is good and you are actually getting much better at settling yourself even though you are still in our arms majority of the time. We have to rock and tap you less which is soo nice! It is so nice to not have to fight you with your sleep anymore. Also we are transitioning you to the crib since Phoebe has a big girl bed now, the first night was kind of horrendous for me and ended in tears, but the second night you slept majority of it in the crib which was also so lovely. So hopefully you continue on the right path (fingers crossed)

You seem to already have a keen interest in food already which is crazy! not to sure if we will give you anything to try just yet because I know we waited till Phoebe was six months to do baby led weaning but at the rate you are progressing we could maybe start it earlier with you, it all really depends on when you can sit up yourself and such. Your drooling a tonne and already chewing on your hands so I think you may be teething already which sucks but its exciting at the same time. I am so not ready for those terrible teething nights and to see you in pain but hopefully you take it all like a champ. 

You rolled over just close to turning four months and you literally squealed in delight when you did which was so damn cute (we squealed as well for your achievement). It did not take you that long to master it and you did a few side rolls every now and again but once you fully rolled over you now do it every-time we lay you down, hence the move to the crib asap. I also notice that you can now reach your knee with your hand, so soon you may be able to touch your feet! You now love lifting your legs in the air and banging them down which your sister loveeeed to do in the bassinet, you also love kicking whatever is nearby and you sometimes even scoot backwards while you push off the object of choice. You are already trying to crawl every-time your on your belly also which is just crazy! stop it kiddo! soon you will be walking and running after your sister.

I also have noticed that you love patterns, your noticing things close up to your face like your sleeve or hands, also things far away like your Da in the kitchen. You love staring at your sister and already are squealing at her in delight which she promptly squeals right back at you. You have found your voice this month and squeal at the ceiling and when you get super excited, your a real happy baby which is a blessing. Also you are slowly learning to grasp things and pull them towards you, you honestly just want to eat everything that heads your way. 

We are still going strong on our breastfeeding journey, you are easily distracted which at times can be frustrating when I really need to feed you. At night it is very easy for me to be sloppy and then you get a bad latch and its downhill for my nips which is painful as hell all over again but with some care they are all good to go the next few days. I have to constantly cut your nails though because you pinch me like crazy and its not fun at all. We have been giving you a bottle of expressed milk towards your somewhat bedtime which we always forget half the time and you like it but take foreveeerrr to finish the bottle. Half the time I just want to give up breastfeeding and put you on formula just because I want my body back, to sleep at night and breastfeeding does get stressful majority of the time but I don't think I will just yet, although navigating a teething baby might change my mind. 

You are growing so beautifully and are just blowing us away with how perfectly you fit into this family. You have your Da's blue eyes but your's just seem endlessly deep blue, your hair is certainly red in the sun but I think also straight like your Da's. You have his chubby baby cheeks and I am going to say my tiny head? haha! Your just the most perfect sweet mixture of us both and completely on the other end of the spectrum compared to your sister. You get so excited when you see Phoebe, your little face lights up and your so in awe of her, she loves you so much already but if your feet touch her she legit freaks out. She is also a tad bit jealous of you probably because you keep stealing the spotlight but she helps us out caring for you (she is honestly the best big sister ever)

We love you my sweet Zoey patoey sooo much and I am so excited to see how you grow and shine these next few months. 

xx

milestones - 18th June first raspberries, 19th June rolled to side, 26th June rolled to both sides, 5th July rolled over and the 8th was first chuckle.