4 months!

My baby girl is 4 months old today! I can’t believe it. I seriously do not know how she got to be this old. She had her 4 month checkup today. Now see, at her 2 month checkup, Dr. Superfantastico was a little worried about her weight because she hadn’t gained as much as Dr. S was expecting. So she had her come back in at 3 months for weight and height checks.

Fast forward to last week, when I was at my breastfeeding group and weighed Buttercup. I became a little worried (and worried off and on this past week), because I remembered that she was 12 pounds 1 ounce at her 3 month checkup, and when I weighed her last week, she was 12 pounds 3 ounces. Which meant she gained only 2 ounces in 3 weeks. I had to get major reassurance from the lactation specialist that it’s okay if she doesn’t gain very well every month and that breastfed babies don’t grow at the same rate as formula-fed babies. She’s happy, she pees and poos very well (she’s a champ!), smiles and laughs all the time, rolls from her tummy to her back, and continues to develop new things every week. So I knew I shouldn’t be *too* worried, but she’s also started just snacking during the day. She eats great at night and in the wee hours of the morning and when she first gets up for the day, but she isn’t very interested in food during the day, because she just has better things to do. There are puppies to watch and lights to look at and sounds to follow. So I’m lucky if I get her to eat for 3 minutes during a feeding. She’ll eat every 2 or 3 hours, but she’s mainly just power snacking. Just enough to get by until night time. For reference, though, we’ve weighed her before and after a feeding, and the girl can chow down 3 ounces in 4 minutes. So she’s like me–wolfs her food as fast as she can.

Still, with the erratic eating, I was worried that Dr. S was going to suggest I supplement with or switch to formula–though she’s never even come close to suggesting that before.

So today at her appointment, she was 12 pounds 7 ounces. I felt a little better about that, but not much. 6 ounces in a month isn’t a whole lot of weight gain. Dr. S didn’t say anything about Buttercup’s weight, so as she was finishing up, I asked if she was okay with Buttercup’s weight. And she was *very* happy with it, because she gained 22 ounces in 30 days. “Wait, what?” Yeah, so it turns out that last month she was 11 pounds, 1 ounce. Not 12. So I guess her meal plan is working for her, and I’m just going to stop fretting when she only eats for 2 minutes.

She’s now 23 3/4 inches. She’s a small baby–18th or 19th percentile for length and 25th for weight. But 59th for head size! She has a giant brain, just like her mom.

5 Responses to 4 months!

  1. Yay Buttercup! You are so adorable. And so is your mommy. Mommy worries will always be with you Sarah, but that baby is doing wonderfully! And with the big brain, she must take after both her mommy and daddy, since they both have big heads … I mean brains! :)

  2. All of my babies did that snacking thing at that point and onward – I think that’s just what breastfed babies do :) You’re right that as long as she’s happy, and doing all the things she’s supposed to be doing – she’s doin’ JUST fine :)
    Also, once you start solids with her, do not worry if she doesn’t like it when the experts say that she should. As long as she’s still nursing, the solids are pretty much just for trying new things!

  3. Yes, she looks very healthy and happy to me! And she is putting some chub into those cheeks. I am convinced that is the best little part on babies, their chubby little cheeks to smother with kisses.

  4. This is wonderful stuff. I’m such a sucker for baby news. Awesome.

  5. Hi, SarahK:

    Great news about Buttercup! Just remember that a Baby’s Prime Directive is to eat as much as she or he needs while oh-so subtly driving their parents to distraction.

    Jack.