I’m nothing if I’m not honest and I’m not going to lie, this month was a doozy… With one of our biggest developmental leaps to date, paired with some serious teething, and the four month sleep regression wherein she woke up just about every hour and a half for almost a whole month, there were more than a few tears shed on both of our behalves. To help ease the matter, our sweet Ivy girl started laughing for real, and her tiny baby giggles legitimately made everything worth it. I’ve said it before but these babies are well designed and really know just when to turn on the charm.
In addition to her newfound giggles, she’s also started clasping her hands together like she’s concocting some sort of evil scheme (sometimes I wasn’t entirely convinced otherwise). And she’s becoming more and more aware and interactive as the days go by. The difference between month three and four has absolutely been the most profound to date, and it’s been fascinating to bear witness to it.
Our girl has opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them. She knows which toys she likes, and which ones can kick rocks. She isn’t afraid to manhandle my chest the second she’s hungry, making tiny adorable gremlin noises as she does. And when things really hit the fan Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” quiets her just about instantly (we’ll hopefully work on her musical taste in the coming years, but for now it’s Raffi on repeat).
All that said, she continues to make our hearts expand into crevices we didn’t know existed, and continuing to watch her little (big) personality unfold is truly the greatest gift. Sleepless nights aside, I am relishing every last moment of her babyness as it’s already proving to pass far too quickly.
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