Charlotte is 4 months old!!!!

IMG_7288Charlotte is 4 months old.  Being woken up in the middle of the night since I was pregnant with her makes time really fuzzy.  Thankfully, she normally wakes just once in the night, nurses, and goes right back to sleep.  She is a bit of a night owl still and is up until 9 or sometimes even 11.  I look forward to having some time again when regularly all of my children are asleep and Kyle and I can hold an uninterrupted conversation. She eats every 2-4 hours, and takes nurses at the beginning of each awake time.  The only exception is right before bed since she recently dropped that nap.

IMG_7265Charlotte is very content as long as she is being held.  There is so much noise in our home, that I can’t really handle her crying very long.  So, she is up in my arms.  I have gotten quite handy doing things one handed.

IMG_7257Parenting is such a funny thing.  I rocked Eliana to sleep for 7 months.  I was so drained by that and her lack of sleep.  Moms whose babies slept well said they read Babywise.  I didn’t hold to it strictly, especially at night, but I often let Natalie and Lydia cry and settle themselves in for sleep when they were tired.  But for Charlotte, I rarely let her cry long before sleep.  I think it is in part because I just can’t handle one more person crying in my house.  There have been those amazing moments when I notice she is sleepy, and I lay her down awake and she falls asleep on her own.  Then there are days like to today in which I have rocked her to sleep, and as soon as I lay her down she wakes up screaming.  Most of the time I can just pat her tummy, and she goes back to sleep.  But she has been back in my arms countless times today.

In the last month, Charlotte out grew her cradle n’ swing.  It has taken a bit, but she is sleeping pretty well in her crib now.  Last night was the best so far.  She went to bed around 9:30 and woke a little after 5.  Normally she is up somewhere between midnight and 4, but I was super grateful to catch up on some rest.

I am so thankful for this little bundle of joy.  I am glad her sisters love interacting with her.  We are blessed to have her with us.

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