Colette: Four Months

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Since Colette was SO tiny at birth, I feel like we have been more concerned with her weight and growth than most parents (and certainly more concerned than we were with Cullen.) I am happy to report that she weighs 10 lb 13.5 oz (2%) and is 24.5 inches long (50%). She is finally wearing size 1 diapers and entirely in 0-3 month clothes. Her not-so-tiny feet are outgrowing some of her jammies, so we may be moving up a size in jammies in the very near future. It is really no surprise that she is growing so much, she loves to eat! About a month ago, she figured out how to nurse without the nipple shield (Woohoo!!!) and has been layering on the leg rolls ever since!

Colette may just be the happiest baby ever. Her cheeks must hurt all the time; if she is awake she has a smile on her face. Especially if Cullen is around. I should probably feel a little jealous that he is her favorite person, but it makes me so happy that they already love each other so much.

One of her favorite things is funny faces. She laughs at funny faces and likes to play endless games of sticking-our-tongues-out-at-each-other.

She is also quite the little talker these days. Quite often, her nursing sessions take forever because she wants to stop and talk to me every five minutes. And don't get me wrong, I love the bonding time with her, but sometimes I'd like to be able to get some other things done.

 Most recently, Colette has mastered the art of rolling from front to back. She is so proud of herself every time she flops over and escapes the oh-so-hated tummy time! The funniest is when she rolls to her side, grins and coos, and then keeps moving onto her back. She is so pleased with herself, and wants everyone to know about it! I have a feeling she will be sitting, crawling, standing, and walking before we know it. If she is awake, she wants to be sitting or standing (with help of course).

She is still sleeping about six hours during her longest stretch at night and is finally in the crib in her room. For some reason it was a lot harder to move her out of our room than it was with Cullen. Probably because she is still so little it seemed like we were moving a newborn. But she has done well so far, and I have been able to sleep better than I expected without being able to just roll over and check on her.

 We are so blessed to have this little one a part of our family. We all fall more in love with her every day and have so much fun getting to know her sweet little personality!

Bathtime Favorites

Thursday, August 13, 2015

1. Skip Hop Dunks: These bath toys are fun for little ones to explore the water; Cullen sill loves to play with them. And we use them for hair and body rinsing for both kids.

2. Safety First Bathtub: I'm going to be honest, if you are short on space, this is probably not the best tub for you. But is works great for us. I love that it looks like a miniature bathtub! Cute goes a long way with me. And the infant insert that can be used facing two different directions is a really nice feature. Having Colette face me instead of laying perpendicular to me makes bathing her and interacting with her a lot easier, which is super important when your little one hates baths.

3. Circo Newborn Towels: Cullen has pretty much outgrown hooded towels at this point, but these are our favorite towels for Colette (and were our favorite for Cullen when he was a little younger.) They come in so many cute animals and are basically the cutest ever wrapped around a little one.

4. Crayola Bath Dropz: This may be the best seven dollars I've ever spent. Every single night, without exception, Cullen asks for a "color bath". We have not had to coerce him into taking a bath once since purchasing these. These are primary color tablets that you drop in the water to change the color of the bath water. They don't stain the tub, or your child, and because they can be combined to make secondary colors, they are a great way to introduce the idea of combining colors to make new colors.

5. Boon Flo: Love this spout cover! We used it with Cullen as well. I really like the bubble bath reservoir that adds bubble bath to the water with the push of a button. I'm probably the only one, but I have always had a hard time getting a tub full of suds when I pour bubble bath straight from the faucet.

6. Babyganics: These are the only baby-cleaning products we have ever used. I love that they are fragrence-free, baby-safe, and made from plant-based ingredients (and not quite as pricey as some similar brands.)

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