Wednesday, March 7, 2012

annabelle rae: month four.

Annabelle Rae,

Sweet girl, you are four months old! I am completely in awe at how this has already happened! You are getting bigger, stronger and sweeter with each and every day. We are loving every minute!

This was a fun month for you! We had lots of fun visitors this month-your GiGi, Aunt Jenn, Grandma and Grandpa Krueger and Troy all came to spend some time with you. You and I even had our very first slumber party when Daddy had to go away for a night. I cannot wait until you are older and we can have real slumber parties together!

You have discovered the big, open mouth smile and your daddy and I cannot get enough! Your whole face lights up! We can usually get the biggest smiles from you when you 'fly' up above our heads or when we sing silly songs to you. 

Your favorite thing to do is put your little bitty fingers in your mouth. You could spend the whole day chewing on those things, it makes you so happy. You are also working on your motor skills and are learning to play with your Sophie giraffe and a fun teething toy from Pops. You are so good at holding onto them and bringing them to your mouth. Within the last few weeks you have learned to pick them up on your own and can move them from one hand to the other and back again. It thrills me to watch you learn to do this.

You are the happiest, easiest baby! You are still sleeping like an absolute pro and we are thankful for that. I can't remember the last time I woke up with you in the night. People may say that you look like your daddy, but you certainly seem to have my love for sleep. You wake up each morning around 7:30 and nap from 8:30-10:30, 12-2, 3-4:30 and 6-7. Bedtime is generally around 8:00 and then you are fast asleep until I see you again in the morning. You always wake up with a smile on your face, it warms your mommy's heart!

You haven't quite rolled over yet but you sure are close!  You rock from side to side when you're on your back and your tummy. You generally get distracted by chewing on your fingers, that is much more important to you than rolling over! I can't blame you, you're a girl who knows what she likes.

We can already see your personality starting to peek through. You are filled with smiles, giggles and coos when you are at home with us. When we go out to church or to a friend's house though, it takes you a while to warm up to the new surroundings. You aren't quite as open with the smiles and you stay pretty quiet. Your little eyes dart all over, looking at every new person and taking everything in. You seem just the tiniest bit shy around new people and new situations. We don't mind that you save all of your cutest smiles for us!

My sweet girl, you continue to be the greatest blessing to our family. You bring such joy, happiness and love into our home. I look forward to each and every day with you. You are learning new things every day and we are on the edge of our seats to see what new things this next month will bring. 

And just so I'll always remember what fun we had during these photo shoots, how about a little blooper? Sometimes a girl is just tired of having her picture taken!

We love you, our Annabelle Rae!


Four month stats:

Height: 24 1/2 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 13 pounds 5 ounces (50th percentile)
Head circumference: 42 cm (85th percentile)
Diapers: size 2
Clothes:  0-3 months, moving into 3-6 months depending upon brand