Monday, December 1, 2008

Off the charts

Sara Beth turned four months old yesterday.  To commerate the milestone, she went in for her four month checkup.  She weighs 16 pounds and 6 ounces and is 26 and 3/4 inches tall.  That puts her in the 95th percentile for weight and she is off the top of the chart for height.  Just like her daddy.  Though she is growing so quickly, I do feel I need to print a retraction.  In my previous post, I had mentioned that we might need to go to size 4 diapers.  Apparently, that is not necessary.  The size 3 Luvs are just much smaller than size 3 diapers from other brands.  She still comfortably fits in the size 3 Pampers, though she does have the amazing ability to fill them up quickly.

Sara Beth has really grown this past week.  I came home from work last week to find that Sara Beth can now roll from her back to her belly.   It is rather impressive to watch as she  doesn't use her arms at all.  It is a carefully choreographed sequence involving swinging of the legs and an arch of the back and finally a little flick of the head to complete the flip.  The reverse procedure from stomach to back still needs a little practice; she is unable to complete that maneuver unassisted.  One other caveat is that she is not an ambi-turner.  She can only turn over on the right.  There have been several times where she will almost make the flip to the left.  She will teater on the edge of doing it, and then collapse onto her back again, only to quickly flip onto her belly with a quick roll to the right, as if that was her intended direction all along.  As you can see, she still has her arm trapped under her after she completes the flip and it takes a minute to wiggle it free from under her chest.  Also note that she is now face down over bare carpet instead of on top of a easily washable blanket.  I have started laying down burp cloths in a straight line on her right to prevent any spit-up mishaps.

I decided to record  her new skills on the camcorder to capture the moment.  I set her on her back, got the camcorder turned on, then had to flip her onto her back again as she has rolled to her stomach before I was ready to film.  In the end,  it didn't make for a good video as she completed to maneuver too quickly.  You need at least a little struggle for good movie making.

I could go on for several more paragraphs describing all the wonders of a rolling baby.  Stories of how we rolled across her play room (her handling the back to the belly and me helping with the other half of the complete roll) or the late night rescues where she rolled onto her belly and I had to stealthfully flip her without her noticing that I was in her nursery.  In any case, I have other things to mention.

Like that she is a lot more interactive and aware of her surroundings.  She is more prone to smile, though sometimes she will burst into tears when kissed instead of smiling.  I am beginning to see a personality forming, though the isn't really anything solid yet.  

She is definitely ticklish as Heather kindly demonstrates for the camera.

This is her first Thanksgiving day outfit.  Once she thoroughly soaked this one in drool, we swapped it out for one that we had on loan from a neighbor who has a daughter about a year older then Sara Beth.

After Thanksgiving, we setup the Christmas tree.  I was admiring the tree.  Sara Beth was keeping track of where her Mommy was.  It was close to feeding time for her.

And what use is cold weather if you can't bundle up your little bundle of joy in obnoxious warm outfits.  I blame the camera for not keeping the image in focus.  Perhaps if any one is reading and is interested in purchasing a new Cannon PowerShot A2000IS camera as a Christmas present for me will be rewarded with much better pictures after the Holidays.


---jen said...

I can't believe how big she's gotten! :)

Anonymous said...

She's going to be tall like her daddy. It only gets better from here. Before you know it she will be getting her first tooth and walking :)

Take care and see yall at church, Trey