My sweet girl is 4.5 months and best described as “pure sugar”.
Now that we are through those first tough 3 months, I can honestly say it’s been so much more enjoyable and less stressful since she’s been a bit older. Less of a newborn and more of a baby, you know what I mean?
She’s generally content, easy going, and still sleeps at night like a champion. She still hates the car seat and doesn’t nap for very long in the daytime. And honestly, now that’s she’s more content and happy in the day, I don’t mind that her naps aren’t terribly long. It was hard when she wouldn’t nap and then she would be fussy because I’m sure the fussiness came from being overly tired.
The boys are still endlessly patient and absolutely smitten with her. Every morning they greet her when she’s playing on her play gym and sometimes David will forgo some TV time just to sit and talk to her. He has the cutest little baby talk voice when he talks to her, and he even has started calling her “sweetie”!
Emily has her first tooth and I’m pretty sure the next one is coming shortly. David had his first tooth at 4 months and I’ve heard that siblings generally get their teeth at the same time. Luke took a little longer to get all his teeth but I’m fairly certain David had almost all of his teeth besides 2 year molars by the time he was about 15 months or so. Don’t quote me on that though-my memory is rough from those infant days with him!
She’s still nursing really well, gaining weight at a great rate, and I’ve been loving that breastfeeding has worked for her and I.
Justin and I were planning on hiring childcare for Emily during my work days so Justin could have a bit more time to work on his business, but at the last minute we decided to hold off on that. The summer, as far as work hours for both of us, can be best described as complete and utter chaos to an unimaginable degree, but since the boys are in preschool a few days a week Justin suggested that he just keep Emily on my work days and we give that a try.
I could write so many words about the struggle of being a working, work-at-home mom when it comes to childcare but I’ll spare you. The enormous plus side of my work situation is that I’m able to pause and nurse Emily when she needs to eat and the gift of being able to do that is not lost on me.
ANYWAY, back to her. Having a girl is such a delight. I love picking out her outfit in the morning, though I’m looking for some easy casual outfits for her and that is surprisingly hard to find. So many baby girl outfits are adorable but not super cozy, and oftentimes the basic t-shirt onesies have a phrase written on them (and I kind of dislike baby clothes with phrases like “my mom is cool”).
I’m looking forward to her sitting up and being able to watch her brothers more clearly. She loves watching them play and I just know she’s dying to be able to play WITH them. We’ll start trying out solid food at around 6 months or so and I always find that time fun.
While the transition from 2 to 3 kids felt, in some ways, like adding 5 more kids to the family, she’s been such a joy and is always ready to greet you with a smile.