Happy 4 Months Aubrey Joy!

 And just like that, another month has passed!  I can’t believe it!  I know I say that every month, but it is so true!  You are wearing 3-6 months in clothes, and you’re almost completely out of 0-3 months.  We’re still hanging on to a couple shirts!  At your 4 month check up you weighed in at 15 lbs 12 oz (90th percentile) and you are 24 3/4 inches (60th percentile).

LOVES

  • Your exersaucer
  • Sleeping in Mommy and Daddy’s bed
  • Being outside
  • Tummy time
  • Your swing
  • Talking
  • Bath time

HATES

  • Being in the car for too long
  • Having gas
  • Being put down at night anywhere other than the swing or our bed

This month you became so much more active! You hang out in tummy time for a while!  You love to stand or sit up.


You figured out how to roll over from you stomach to your back, but you don’t do it often.  You REALLY want to roll from your back to your belly, but you get stuck.  I think you’ll have it figured out within the next week or two.


You’re naps are like clockwork.  You can only make it about an hour and a half between naps before you’re ready to go down again!  You’re taking about 3-4 naps a day.  When I can get you to skip that 4th nap we have an 8pm bedtime and Mom LOVES it.  If you take your 4th nap it’s more like an 8:30 – 9:30pm bedtime… which is still MUCH better than the 10:30-11 you were going to sleep at!


Daddy really wants to transition you to your crib, but of course I’m hesitant.  I like when you’re close to us at night, but since you’re still waking up about 3 times a night (around 11:30, 2am, and 5am) I’m getting closer to moving you on over to your own room.  You have recently decided you don’t want to sleep in your Rock n’ Play… AGAIN.  So you were sleeping in our bed, but then we decided to let you sleep in the swing so we could actually get some sleep! That’s where you’ve been sleeping for the last few nights, and it actually works out pretty well.  The swing puts your right back to sleep, so I don’t even have to make sure you’re asleep after I nurse you.


You LOVE being pushed around the house.  We typically push you around in the Rock n’ Play or in the exersaucer, but you just think it’s the greatest thing.


You like reading stories, I am not sure if you just like when we talk, or you just like the pictures, but they keep you pretty entertained.


You still spit up like a champion, and if you’re not spitting up there is something in your mouth.  EVERYTHING goes right in your mouth.  Your hands, our hands, burp cloths, blankets, toys, you name it!  If you can grab it, then it is going right in your mouth!  I am still pretty sure you’re going to be a thumb sucker for a while.  You won’t take a pacifier, and I’ve caught you on a few occasions falling asleep with your thumb in your mouth.


  

If you can’t get anything in your mouth, you suck on your own tongue and you make a pretty great duck face.

We haven’t gotten any belly laughs out of you yet, but we’ve had little giggles here and there, and they are my absolute favorite.


We had your first trip to the beach this month, and I’m pretty sure you weren’t the biggest fan. You were pretty fussy the whole time we were there, and the wave scared you.  You love the water and being outside though, so we will try again.


This month you really started to notice the dogs, and you just stare at them.  They’re all starting to pay more attention to you too.

 
The weekends are my favorite, because we have so much time together.  They always go by too quickly though.


Aubrey Joy, I could just stare and you and snuggle you all day every day.  You are growing so fast, and I can’t believe it!  Your smile makes my heart leap for joy, and I do absolutely anything I can think of to try and bring a smile to your face.  We love you more than you know!

Doggy Parenting Fail

Paul and I have 3 dogs that are our babies… until we have real ones eventually.  Unfortunately, Laila is not feeling so hot right now, and I can’t help but feel dog mom guilt over it.  Let me start by saying that Laila is a chocolate lab and they usually have sensitive skin.  It seems like almost every month Laila has a rash of some sort and we are giving her benedryl until it heals and goes away.  We have NO idea where these rashes come from or how severe they will be because each time it is different.

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We were told she was allergic to fleas.  We never miss a dose of flea medicine.   We were told it was her shampoo.  We switched to trusty Dawn which is safe on animals.  There has to be something in our backyard she is reacting to and our only thought is poison ivy.  Regardless of how many times our vet tells us that dogs cannot get poison ivy – I still don’t believe them.  Maybe it’s because they can’t seem to give me an answer.  Or maybe it’s because I just need to know the cause of the rashes so I can prevent them and I created my own theory.

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Last week Laila came down with one of these “rashes”.  We proceeded like normal giving her medicine while we waited it out.  We then dropped her off at a friend’s house while we went on vacation for the weekend.  We checked on her periodically and the report was the same each time.  Still itchy and swollen but she was fine.  We picked her up on Sunday and the report was again the same.  She was still itchy and swollen, but nothing much had changed.  Then we gave her a bath.

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During her bath, Paul went to wash her head and noticed how swollen her ear was.  Her big ol’ floppy ear was thick, swollen and heavy.  The inside of her ear is completely torn up.  We immediately decided she had to make a visit to the vet.  As soon as they opened today, I called to get her in.  At this point we swore it was poison ivy from our backyard.  The vet claims otherwise.  They determined that Laila has a bacterial infection on her snout and stomach, and a yeast infection in her ear.  She is “reacting to her environment… maybe pollen” according to our vet.  I think the pollen reason is bologna, but we don’t have much else to go off of.  I just know she is miserable.

So now we have our own personal pharmacy to get our girl back to normal and hopefully relieve some of her itching.   I’m hoping it works really quickly, because if I have to look at this poor little face and swollen ear (that she can’t even hold up)  much longer the guilt is going to crush me.

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