Emerson- 4 Months

9.20.2011

Dear Munchkin,
They say time flies when you’re having fun. I know now just how true it is. The last 4 months have been the best of my life and man they sure have flown by! Over the last month you have changed so much. You are doing so many things you weren’t doing before and you are really developing quite the little personality. You are such a happy baby and you love people! You are happiest when someone is talking to you. You are so smart and you are really starting to figure stuff out. You already know how to work your Mommy and Daddy and I can tell you are going to give us a run for our money! You are so sweet when you wake up in the morning. Your whole face lights up when you see me or Daddy. Every morning we bring you to bed with us and after you eat we lay there and “talk” and laugh. It’s one of my very favorite parts of the day!  We are so proud to be your parents and we know that God has so many great plans for you. We love you to infinity and beyond our sweet little E!
Love,
Mommy and Daddy
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I think this has been your biggest month for growth! You don’t look like a little newborn anymore! You have the sweetest little chubby thighs and round cheeks just like your Momma Your eyes are still blue and your hair is strawberry blonde. You still have a patch of dark hair in the back, but the rest of it very light with a reddish tint. I’m wondering if you’re going to have pretty red hair like your cousin Hannah. You are still wearing Size 0-3 clothes and Size 1 diapers though some of your pajamas are getting short on you. I think you’ll be able to wear your 0-3 month clothes for another month or two, but you’ll be ready to move up to bigger (longer) pajamas very soon. You are still nursing every 2.5 hours and when you take a bottle you usually eat about 4.5 ounces.
Your 4 Month Stats
Length: 24.5 Inches- 50th Percentile
Weight: 12 lbs 2 ozs- 18th percentile
Head Circumference: 16 inches
This month:
You have started laughing out loud all of the time. I can get you to laugh every now and then but no one can make you laugh like your Daddy. He can get you giggling uncontrollably in no time.
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You are the most ticklish baby I have ever seen and will laugh if I barely even touch your feet. I know for sure you got that from your Mommy. I guess we won’t be going for Mommy/Daughter pedicures.
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You have found your hands and you know how to use them. You love to grab the toys that hang from your playgym. You also love grabbing Mommy’s hair, earrings, and necklaces. Once you get a grip it’s very hard to get you to let go! You also love, love, love to stand up. You will stand for at least a minute if I hold you under the arms or by the hands.
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You have become such a water baby- you love bathtime and the pool. You’ve recently started scooting yourself off of your sponge during bathtime and laying your head back in the water. For some reason you just love to have your head underwater.
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You are officially de-swaddled! On September 8th you rolled from your back to your tummy (and have done it several times since.) I knew it was getting close to time to de-swaddle but I didn’t know if you were ready and I really didn’t want to be up all night if you weren’t. The next afternoon during naptime you broke out of your swaddle and you were on your tummy in your crib. We officially ditched the swaddle that day and haven’t looked back! You have not had any issues without it so we are thankful. You do still wear it around your torso as a wearable blanket but your arms are free and you love it. When you go to sleep you usually roll to your side and throw your head all the way back. It doesn’t look very comfortable but it sure is cute!
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You still love your Soothing Seahorse- especially at naptime. You are still such a great napper. I lay you down in your crib with your seahorse and you go right to sleep for anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Bedtime is a whole different story. For the last few weeks you have been fighting bedtime like no other. Once you’re asleep, you sleep for at least 10 hours but it usually takes us a while to get you to go to bed.
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You have become such a little wiggler. It is almost impossible to get a picture of you because you are always moving! You either have your hands in your mouth or you are pulling up your dress to put it in your mouth.  You’ve also recently found your feet and you like to hold on to them whenever you can.
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Even though you smile all the time, you won’t do it for the camera much anymore. You just stare at me with those big blue eyes while I try get you to smile. Usually when I finally put the camera down, you flash a big grin!
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You like sitting up- either in your Bumbo, the highchair, or the boppy. In the morning you sit in your highchair while Mommy makes coffee and unloads the dishwasher. You alternate between watching me and reading your book. I think you like to sit up because you just have to see what is going on around you.
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After you were born I was talking to Aunt Mandy and telling her how happy I was and how much I loved you. She told me it would only get better and that I would love you more every day. At the time, I didn’t think it was possible but she was definitely right. Just when I think I couldn’t possibly love you more, you flash me one of those sweet, sweet smiles and my heart grows with 100 times more love for you. I don’t think words could ever describe the depth of my love for you- it is unconditional and it is endless. You- my sweet baby girl- define love for your Daddy and me.
 Happy 4 Months!
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Mateya said...

Oh my goodness she just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

The way she sleeps is too funny!

Rebekah said...

She is losing the newborn look! She's getting so big. Haha, I love how she sleeps. You know I love a girl with red hair. :)

Joeylee said...

she is adorable. I agree she does keep getting cuter and cuter!

Kait said...

So adorable! Where did you get such cute hair bows? And love the 4 month patch too!!!

B said...

She's So beautiful!

mom said...

What a cutie. Mimi misses you all so much. We have to talk soon.

The Jeffcoats said...

Happy 4 month birthday sweet Emerson!! I can't believe this precious baby girl is 4 months old already!! I can't wait for our girls to meet and become best friends like their mommies!! :) Miss you guys so much and hope we can talk soon! Give her a kiss from Aunt Mandy and we love you guys!

Brittany said...

Happy 4 months!! She is ridiculously cute!!

cait said...

She just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!

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