I feel like I just wrote the 3 month update, ahh!! I have a happy baby girl who I just want to squeeze and hug all day, and listen to her make noises!  She is awesome.

K at 4 months old ~

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Eating – she is eating every 4 hours, which makes it easier. I can’t believe I’m already at that point though. It kind of makes me sad. We went back and forth this past month with 4 to 5 feedings and finally within the last week, it is smooth with 4 feedings. I pump in the early am and before bed to keep my supply up.

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Sleeping – she is a champ, sleeping for 11-12 hours. Bedtime is around 645-730, and she wakes up between 6:45am and 7:30 as well. She sleeps on her belly, most of the time but spent the last 2 nights on her back.  The middle of this week she was taking 30 min naps and wanted to be held all the time – either teething, 4 month sleep regression, a leap… all of them…
yesterday she was back to long naps and happy in between. Hope it continues!  Naps are around 9-11:30 and 1:30-3:30, 5:30 to 6.  Feeding times are 7:30, 11:30, 3:30 and bedtime.

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At 4 months, she looks just like her 5-year old big sister!

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Wake time – such a happy girl! She just learned to jump in the bouncer and thinks it’s hilarious! She is coo-ing and it’s adorable, and the big change we saw this month was with reaching and swatting for objects and grabbing. Look out big sister’s hair when you stick your face into her face – it’s been grabbed and pulled out many many times.  We’re loving it when we imitate her and she tries to repeat the sound we make back to her. Rolling over – I haven’t had a chance to get this on camera yet! She does it in her crib when she’s alone!  She loves and gives big smiles to her sibs.  She is obsessed with the ceiling fans! and lights on the wall/kitchen light. Love when she has the really loud funny laughs too!

Mom updates ~

I thought I was back into my early morning routine and then this week I decided to wake up at 5 to pump and go back to sleep until 6:15 every morning but one. I need the sleep! Am I just getting older? Two of the nights my 3-yo was in visiting in the middle of the night which killed me.

I’m trying to listen to my hunger signs instead of mindlessly snacking and this week has been the best so far.
I think I’m still 9 lbs away from my postpartum weight – it’s really going slowly, but not helping with my eating habits. I’m hungry! I can feel it that I’m not ready to be hard core and strict at this point, so when I do, I’m sure if will come off!  It was nice to one day see my weight within 10 lbs away.  I’m doing 30 minute workouts most days and that’s it. Running 2-3 miles or doing a circuit.

I have been doing 30- minute training sessions that came free with my gym membership on Friday mornings that are timed and intense. Yesterday after muscle ropes was an AMRAP – 10 minutes of 5 rows on the TRX, 8 pushups and 10 squats. It was great! I got in 11 rounds.  I can tell I’m not ready to give 110% = my motivation isn’t there and I’m still tired and sort of unmotivated :/  After I posted about lowering my mileage, I started thinking I should run a 10-miler to prepare for the half marathon and then run the half marathon! But it’s more about not wanting to give my time to the long run(s), and the race day as well.  I do miss the long runs!

I’ve been struggling a little with feeling bored/lonely, and sitting around too much. I like to be on the go, be moving and out. Two of my kids are in school full day, and my 3-year old is with me 2 full days and then all afternoon from 11:30-3:30 when the kids get home.  My patience has been a struggle there.  I have been staying home for naps, and I think I just need to let the morning nap happen on the go. The baby is such a good napper, I like to stay home and let her nap, but it’s so boring for me & her big sis, that I may try to get out and see how that works. I am reading “The Hands Free Revolution” and it really helps give me perspective on everything. I’m really sad that 2 of the kids are in full day school. I miss them being little and it goes by so quickly. When I look at pictures, I realize how much they’ve grown and I’ve definitely been emotional about it!  I question if we made the right decision having more than 2 children, so that we can be sure to give all of our time and attention to everyone!

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