Wednesday, April 27, 2005

4-Month Checkup

Abby had her well-baby checkup today. She is now 15lbs. 9.5 oz. and 26.25 inches long. She's more than doubled her birthweight already. According to her doctor, who eyeballs the chart, she's at about the 75th percentile for both height and weight. According to this website, she's in the 79th for weight and in the 95th for height. She's going to be taller than me before she's 2!

Apparently, Abby is one smart cookie. While talking about solids, her doctor mentioned that once upon a time it was suggested to wait until about the time baby rolls over to start, but now that babies aren't supposed to sleep on their tummies, they're not rolling until later. Umm...Abby rolled a few days shy of her 3-month birthday. She was surprised to hear that she's already found her feet. She was also surprised to hear that Abby can take an object and transfer it from hand to hand. I guess this isn't something most babies do until they're 6 months old! She's been doing it for a couple of weeks.

One thing that really surprised me about Abby's doctor is she's pro "crying it out." I totally had her pegged for more of an attachment-type parent. She said that a lot of babies start sleeping through the night on their own, but she doesn't think Abby will since we seem to be going backwards in her nighttime sleep. She agreed with the books that while it's the hardest thing to do, babies will usually only cry for about 3-4 nights before their sleeping through the night. By the 4th night, they just cry a little. It's something that if we decide to do, though, that we must commit to because going in there only makes things worse. It's so painful to listen to, though. I just don't know. One thing I do know, is that what we're doing now isn't working. Last night, she woke up around 9:15 and didn't fall asleep until after 11:30pm.


Sylvie said...

Came to you from Lil Baby G's blog, your Abby is soo cute!

Brandi said...

Welcome Cle and Sylvie. Thanks!

Maureen said...

My son is almost 10 months, and I have been torn about the "cry it out" thing too. I got this book called The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, and it has helped me alot. I'm one of those that just can't stand to hear my baby crying. I think I might sway towards the attachment style of parenting.