How many weeks old is your baby?
17.5 weeks (4 months yesterday)
Just for fun, how big is your baby now?
Just got our official measurements-- 25" long, 13 lbs, 14 oz (she was only 6 lbs 6 oz at birth), 16" head.
What new things is your baby doing now?
-Happily growling at us and expecting us to respond, etc., etc. ad infinitum. It's a screeching match over here.
-Just (literally today) rolled over completely under her own power, both ways. She could get 75% of the way there since 11 or 12 weeks, but seemed to lose interest and started working on crawling for a while, which she's still doing (working on it-- she's not crawling yet). She can get her knees directly under her hips and can prop herself up onto her hands (or forearms indefinitely), but hasn't quite combined them effectively yet, (of course).
-Gotten seriously interested in the cat, who is luckily very tolerant.
-Loves to turn the pages of books we're reading, and is actually kinda successful.
-Loves standing (holding her under her arms) and "tapdancing" on the bathroom sink with the baby in the mirror.
-EC is going well-- we made it 21 hours straight recently with all poo and pee in the potty, and only maybe 1 mis-guess (taking her to the potty when she didn't have to go). Most days, she pees and/or poos a total of 12-16 times, and we use an average of 4-6 diapers, the rest going in the potty. I feel like that's pretty good for now, since it's not like she will pee and poo on command, per se-- she usually loudly protests a mis-guess. Except for minor sharts, she poos about 4-6 times per day and most days, either all of those go in the potty, or we have one miss.
How is breast feeding going?
Quite well, considering, but she won't take a bottle and that may be problematic. (She did take one at 7 weeks, but we didn't end up needing to give her one again until recently, and now she won't really do it.) DH is working on it, but he's tried at least 4-5 different occasions in the past 3 weeks, using all the basic tricks, and no takers. He may need to go to a sippy cup or something-- IDK. But we WILL need to make this work, because I have to be away from the house for business, about 6-12 hours at a time, for maybe 6-8 days in August/September (luckily not consecutive).
How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?
Really quite shockingly well. I am decidedly not a baby person and have famously little patience, and yet-- I'm doing pretty well. I mean, I am prone to existential crises since I still haven't published The Great American Novel and all, but basically doing well. Physically, some lingering pubic symphysis pain, which I should really be treating with yoga, but it's much diminished anyway.
Funny you should mention babysitters of any kind-- it occurs to me that Miss L has never been out of our sight (one or both of us) or in the same house, at least. I mean, ever. It's kind of fine with us for now, anyway. Though DH has an upcoming HS reunion in October or November that I'd like to go to... And I have no idea who would take her. My brother lives in our basement, but is 25, and, meh (I mean, he was an EMT and he loves her, but otherwise clueless). Now, he has sorta volunteered to watch her with his girlfriend, and we do love her, and she has a niece only a couple months older (whom she lives with), so... maybe a possibility. Maybe. Because I am thinking that when she's 8 or 9 months and scared of strangers, no one else will be able to cut it. My paternal grandmother, whom she sees almost weekly, would almost be a great choice, except she's pushing 90 and I can see them both ending up on the floor, unable to move. DH has a brother nearby (stationed here by himself bc of the Army), and he raised 2 girls, but he's not seen Miss L often enough for her to recognize him yet (like he sees her every 6 weeks at this point). It's not a big deal FTMP, but... It would be nice to have an option.
Otherwise, we weren't getting much "alone" time of any sort, even though DH only works 18 hrs/wk outside the home, and I'm a WAHM, because Miss L takes only short (20-40 min) naps FTMP, and was going to bed so late, so there was no "when the baby goes to bed." But her bedtime has naturally (baby-directed) gotten earlier and earlier, so that it's now more like 9:30-10:30, and we do squeeze in some fun then. DH and I are actually really happy and in-tune FTMP... But I have to attribute that to 15 years of marriage and a LOT of therapy and whatnot, LOL.
How are you dealing with the Summer heat?
Where I live, it's notoriously disgusting in summer. I joke that the daily forecast is the same for three months+: "Hazy, hot and humid, highs in the mid-90s, 60% chance of afternoon thundershowers." But we are fortunate enough to have a very well-maintained and long wooded trail right outside our door, which partly makes up for the fact that we are no longer downtown in the city (boo!) I find that as long as it's below 90 and the humidity isn't too extreme, it's actually very bearable (and I HATE the heat). Maybe a tiny bit sweaty, but the gauzy wrap or mei tai (back carry) are not too bad.