Bah, time is getting away from me again! Ok, so month 3-4, Emily’s personality started to really show. She started making lots of new noises, including what Chris likes to call her “demon baby” sounds – squeals followed by almost growls. They’re pretty funny. She also starting spitting bubbles a lot, I guess for fun, and we saw the starts of a laugh – just a small “heh” kind of sound. Very cute. She’ll also smile at us or herself in the mirror. I’ve read they don’t know it’s themselves until much later though – they just like looking at faces this early on. Still cute, though!
Her energy is also way up. She loves to sit upright – she’d actually do little baby crunches, pulling her head forward, to try to pull herself up if you lay her down in your arms. She also loves to stand with support. She definitely pushes down with her legs, and if she had any balance, might actually stand on her own, her legs are so strong. She looks so proud when she does it! Speaking of her strong legs, she’s also discovered kicking. She’s a kicking maniac during diaper changes, stomping her little feet and practicing her aim for mama’s boobs. Ouch. I guess they are kind of a large target. She also kind of kicks off with her legs when I pick her up from the swing or carseat, which is kind of helpful actually!
She’s also discovered that her hands are for more than just examining intently – they hold things! Between 3 and 4 months, she started holding toys and her clothing during diaper changes (or just playing with her top when she’s just sitting there), and pulls her pacifier out (bah! Leave it in!). With her stronger neck muscles and affinity for “standing,” we decided to try out the exersaucer, which she was not so sure about at first, but came to enjoy. She was still pretty unsteady (I’d have to stuff a blanket behind her to keep her more steady), but she seemed to like to look at things and bang on things, while gripping some of the things that stand upright to keep herself steady. We also tried out the doorway jumper, but she just wasn’t ready for it. She also rolled front to back once a few days before hitting 4 months, but only once. I think I scared her with my enthusiastic response! Whoops! 🙂
While going out, we started trying out the BabyBjorn. I like it pretty well with her facing in – she seems comfortable (enough to fall asleep even) and it’s actually fairly comfortable for me too. Facing out though, eh. We took her to Ikea and I loved how much attention she got while facing out (she had an adorable purple bear-eared hat on and she’s pretty cute all on her own, though I might be a bit biased), but I’ve discovered I really can’t leave her facing out very long because it seems to cut off the circulation in her legs. So, I think we’ll stick with facing in, at least until I can find something that allows her to face out without the circulation issue. I’ve tried the Moby Wrap (despite claiming I never would) and perhaps it just takes more practice, but it seemed to kind of loosen while I wore it. Not dramatically, such that there was any falling hazard, but it just seemed that she ended up lower than where I started her out. Too bad, because it seemed ok forward facing.
Speaking of Ikea, that was our first outing where a meal was involved. It went fairly well, but I kinda felt like I had to eat really quickly so I could tend to Emily. Being a longer outing, it was also the first time we fed and changed her while we were out and we had no problems. It was a good day out, but man, Emily was a fuss bucket when we got home (and the next day, too, oddly) and we were beat.
In less fun news, it apppears our little Emlets has eczema and cradle cap. This runs into month 4-5, but it kind of arose in month 3, so I’ll write about it here. I’ve tried all sorts of baby soaps, shampoos, and lotions, none of which really helped. Around 3 months, the doctor suggested a particular lotion and 2-3 days of hydrocortizone and it helped, but then it came back. Just before 4 months, we tried a mild steroid cream on her knee pits because they were really irritated and that helped a lot and stayed clear a good amount of time with just the regular lotion afterwards, but I really want to avoid using that as much as possible, since steroid creams aren’t terribly good to use often, especially with babies. So, as of now, her body is mostly under control, but gets irritated after baths. Her face and head are a different story. Her left cheek is super irritated. It has been for almost a month. We’ve got an appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow to try to figure out what to do next. Nothing seems to help it. I’m really hoping he’s got some ideas. I just feel so bad for her. I’m sure it’s uncomfortable. And I know my feelings are not nearly as important as her health, but it makes me self conscious. I worry that people see that and her cradle cap (which might also be eczema – it acts a lot like her cheek, red and oozy and occasionally crusty) and think I’m a bad mom, who’s not doing anything to help it. But I’ve tried so many different things! And I’ve tried leaving it alone! I’ve taken her repeatedly to the doctor! And now we’re going to see a dermatologist! But I can’t just blurt that out to everyone I see. Especially if I’m imagining that people even think that, haha. But really, I just want her skin to clear up, so she can be happy and healthy. And I’m a tad worried about scarring, so hopefully this doctor visit will provide some ideas to get this cleared up quickly.
*Update: Since I’m so slow in uploading pictures for this entry, we’ve now been to the dermatologist. He prescribed some new gels/oils to try and took a swab for staph (came back negative) – we’ve been using the lotions since Thursday and her head is completely cleared up and her cheek is on it’s way! Yay!! We have a follow-up appointment next week and I’m hoping both will look good then. Apart from the prescribed stuff, I’m just supposed to keep her slathered in Vaseline. Slippery baby!
And of course, here’s her monthly shots (forgot her headband at first, which you can see on my arm in the third shot, lol)