Sam had her 4-month checkup at the pediatrician last Thursday, and in addition to shots, got a clean bill of health. Her percentiles are generally up as well, and she has a good weight “velocity.” This means that a lot of changes are starting now.
- We’ll be able to start giving her solids as soon as we like.
- We need to start setting good bedtime habits and establish a bedtime routine.
- We can start letting her sleep for longer periods of time.
When put in bullet-form like that, it doesn’t seem like much. But it feels like it’s really shaken our world. Thursday night, Carolyn got more than 4 hours continuous sleep. In the past, we’d been having to wake Sam to nurse, letting her go no more than 5 hours between sessions — and even that no more than once per day. I’ll report more when we actually give our first go at solids.
Again, I’m amazed by the changes she makes. It seems like small, simple things like noticing and watching her hands as they move in front of her, but they add up to such a different baby than the one we brought home from the hospital a little over 4 months ago.
Anyway, Sam’s stats and percentiles from this visit were:
- Weight: 11 lbs, 8.7 ounces — 15th percentile (up from 5th)
- Length: 23 inches — 10th percentile (down from 15th)
- Head circumference: 40.25 cm — 45th percentile (up from 25th)
WRT her length/height, I think she could have measured a little longer — I’m not sure her neck was fully extended. It wouldn’t surprise me if she were still actually in about the 15th percentile, and that the difference was in measurement error. That said, small is beautiful, so if she wants to be short, that’s OK too. 🙂