eloise {month four}

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{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // sweater & onesie: Carter’s // jeggings: Levi’s // Santa hat: handmade by Aunt Kelly // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

{month four} holy cow, another month in the books! this has been an exciting month for us (but aren’t they all?) as eloise is becoming more & more of her own little person. she is so, so happy during the day – the happiest baby we know! she is always smiling & is so attentive to what is around her. this month she has really started laughing which is probably the best thing we have ever heard. sometimes we can get her to laugh if we laugh too (or give her a little tickle) & it is so fun. we have tried to get it on video to share, but it is still a bit illusive. also, we have both noticed that as soon as a camera comes out (our phones) eloise changes her behavior; she will play along with the big SLR & give us big smiles (like for her weekly photos) but with our phones she often becomes more stoic. it is a good reminder for me that as much as i want to capture every moment, it is important for me to just be in the moment with her!

tummy time has gotten so much better & eloise is pretty much liking it now. she has her limits (as to time) but will lay on her tummy with her head up & look around for quite a while. i even can get some giggles out of her sometimes which is a huge feat! as of the past few weeks eloise can lean her head (to the left) & tip over to her side. it isn’t exactly rolling, but it is definitely a start. she is also starting to sit better these days too in both her chair & with support. i have been having her grab my thumbs after a diaper change & pulling her up with her arms to sitting – she really seems to like it when she is sitting up as there are so many new things on the changing table for her to look at.

eloise still adores her hands & we are already at the stage where everything goes right into her mouth! i knew that was true about babies, but i didn’t think it happened quite this early! she has a very strong grip, & loves to hold things & stare at them right before they go to her mouth. her favorite toys these days are ones that rattle – like this rattle & this ball, Sophie the Giraffe, & the crinkly version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

sleeping has been a bit elusive these past few weeks & i am chalking it up to the dreaded & infamous four-month sleep regression that everyone always warns you about! when eloise was a newborn, she slept really well, especially at night only waking for feedings. now every nap is a struggle to get eloise to stay asleep & nighttime is very similar. the interesting thing is that it isn’t that she doesn’t want to sleep, it is that she doesn’t want to stay asleep! during the day she takes four naps & i have found that if i can start the naptime routine (sound machine, low lights, a book or two, & sleepsack) before she gets too tired i can easily rock her to sleep. she sleeps in either her crib or the Rock N’ Play & generally can go for about half of her nap – if i am lucky! – before waking up; then she is up a few more times & i usually end up holding her in the glider while she sleeps until the last few minutes of her nap just to get her to sleep. at night, she nurses to sleep & can sometimes sleep straight thru to about 5 am, but usually she is up between three & six times… such a bummer. she doesn’t always wake up, but does get fussy & cries. sometimes just putting her pacifier back in will solve it & she will go right back to sleep, but often she needs to be picked up & held. she sleeps like a champ when she is held, or when she is in the Ergo, so i am still not sure what is causing her to wake up. at this point i am not worried any more about creating bad sleeping habits (rocking, holding, or using a pacifier) & am just focusing on her sleeping! sleep begets sleep & if she naps well during the day, she sleeps well at night!

{weight} 16 lbs 4 oz

{hair} dark brown, though pretty light in the sun. still a faux hawk!

{teeth} none.

{eyes} dark grey with a hint of brown.

{clothes} growing out of 0 to 3 months (unless in a disposable diaper) and wearing 3 to 6 months (though the sleeves & legs are still all too long!). at least 6 months in hats. eloise is also getting close to outgrowing her beloved gold moccasins which are a size 1. luckily santa is bringing her the next two sizes in gold so she should be set for a while!

{diapers} full-time cloth {bum genius freetime & pocket} & honest company size 2 diapers at night with a bum genius diaper cover (though we are at the end of size 2 & the next package is a size 3). once i finally figured out we needed three layers of absorbency to make it thru the night without leaks, i also figured out at the smallest diaper setting there is just too much fluff to make the diaper fit eloise properly. so for now we are using disposables at night – which are awesome! – & will re-evaluate once eloise needs a bigger size setting in her cloth diapers.  

{feeding} during the day, 3 hour cycles. her bedtime feeding is between 10 pm and 11 pm, & we have started having aaron do bedtime a few times a week (with a bottle) which is only tricky because i don’t really know how much eloise is eating each feeding. it looks like about 4 to 6 ounces. eloise has dropped her 3 am middle-of-the-night feeding (which she didn’t really make a big deal about at all) & is up for the day between 9 and 9:30 am.

{likes} being held while napping, her hot air balloon mobile, making faces & laughing, cooing, singing, staring at other people’s faces including her own in the mirror, bath time, the stripes on her ceiling.

{dislikes} napping in her crib, sleeping at night, being hungry.

{nicknames} Bug, Bugs, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Little Love.

happy four months eloise!

M

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