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Friday, July 16, 2010

Whoa . . . Alexa's Four Months Old!!

It's so hard to believe Alexa Hope turned four-months-old July 13th. Time really has flown by. Alexa decided to celebrate her four month birthday in style by visiting the doctor and getting her vaccinations. Poor thing! She was our little rock star and hardly cried at all. We're so thankful she did well.

Currently, Alexa weighs 12 lbs 12 oz (31%) and is 25.5" long (91%). She's gained 1.2 lbs and grown 3" over the last two months. I guess we all figured she'd be long and lean.

I'm amazed at how quickly Alexa is developing. She can roll over from her tummy to her back (only if she decides she wants to). She is grabbing everything in sight whether she's using her hands or her feet or both. She'll grab anything from colorful links to Mommy's hair - so watch out!! I'm truly amazed at her coordination. She enjoys standing when someone is holding her hands and is aware of everything that's going on. She loves to dance and smile when anyone claps, sings or dances. She really has such a sweet and happy disposition - we thank the Lord daily for our sweet little girl and pray she stays that way.

Alexa has also discovered her voice - and goodness - she has a set of lungs!! Her squeals, rather screams, are hilarious (I don't think it's a good idea for her to sit in a church service anymore). She also enjoys giggling if the tickle bug gets her.

Speaking of oral development, she just learned how to use her tongue to make buzzing sounds (and lots of drool). She also loves to chew on her hands or fingers - whatever is available. She doesn't suck them. She enjoys chomping, gnawing and drooling all over them. And, she makes the cutest duck mouth with her lips when she is really concentrating on a task. I keep trying to capture "the duck face" but haven't been successful yet.

Alexa sleeps in her big girl crib all night (most of the time)- normally 8 to 9 hours, and she normally takes 3-4 naps a day (if she's swaddled). Again, we're thankful for such a good sleeper and pray this continues as well.

Alexa still loves her toys, Mr. Bumble Bee and Miss Butterfly. We actally purchased a back-up set of them just in case something happened to the originals. "Where is Baby's Belly Button" is still her favorite book. She can now help us with the flaps. And, she's a big fan of Baby Einstein's "Baby Beethoven" DVD - a lifesaver when Mommy has to get something done. If it's cool enough, Alexa and I try to take a walk in the evening. Daddy said we'll have to get new wheels for the stroller soon. Alexa really enjoys walking under trees - they are quite fascinating to her.

Well, that's it from the doting mom. One wonders what I'll write about when she is walking and talking :) Just know, I'm writing a lot of this so I can reference it when I start working on Alexa's scrapbook (She'll probably be 16 when that happens so I need lots of details now) :) 

This was our Mommy & Alexa "Good Mornin' four-month-old!" photo op.

I took these photos before the doc's appointment, just in case she didn't feel so "happy" after her shots. I couldn't pick just one. I love each expression.

The sound on the camera sounds like a bird chirping. It almost always solicits a grin.

Here she is chewing on her fingers.

Alexa swings while enjoying her "A is for Alexa" cloth book made by Aunt Kelly. Notice she has the pages turned to the same image of "autumn." Yes . . . we think she's brilliant :)

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