A new year

Phew.

Holidays are over and we can find our routine again. I love the holidays with all the chaos and crazy, but it’s time to return to normal again.

Here’s what you’ve missed:

The Baby can roll from her back to her tummy AND has figured out how to prop herself up on her elbows. She’s just starting to show signs of working on rolling from her tummy to her back.

She can sit up if well propped on her boppy and will sometimes sit in our laps.

She has started showing a distinct preference for things. She’s no longer content to play with anything we hand her. Now, she sees specific things and works to obtain them, reaching for them.

In just the past couple of days, she seems to have realized that The Mommy and The Daddy are putting things in their mouth that she doesn’t get. I’m pretty sure milk isn’t going to satisfy for too much longer. She’s just four months adjusted*, so we aren’t quite ready to start cereal yet. She had issues in the NICU because of her immature digestive system, so I’m not going to rush solid food. I am starting to watch for good sales on high chairs though.

We can almost play Peek-a-boo and she may be starting to learn her name. The Mommy and The Daddy are making a conscious effort to actually USE her name when we talk to her instead of one of her many many nicknames.

She sleeps in her crib in her own room at night and has found a routine for naps. Hooray! Even better, she sleeps from about 11pm to 7 or 7:30am!!

She’s figured out what things make her sleepy and protests doing them in case she misses something. It isn’t really interfering with naps, but bedtime has been a real battle the past few nights. But, once she’s down for the night that’s it. She can put herself back to sleep if she wakes up (usually because her thumb has fallen out of her mouth).

*I can’t remember if I explained this and I’m too lazy to look back. With premature babies, you calculate their age two different ways. There is their actual age…that is how long since they were born. The Baby is a little over six months old. Then, there is their adjusted age….how old they would be if they had reached their due date. For The Baby, that’s a difference of 11 weeks. There are some milestones that preemies won’t hit until their adjusted age is old enough. For example, a digestive system isn’t ready for solid food until a full term baby is about six months old. If we went by The Baby’s birthdate, we’d be giving her cereal now, but her digestive system wasn’t full term when she was born. It was supposed to have another 11 weeks to grow before being used. We have to take that into account. That applies to all sorts of things. You temper your expectations for various milestones by using their adjusted age. By about age 2, everything is usually caught up and actual age is all you need.

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