Quinn: 2, 3, & 4 months

To document each monthly milestone of Quinn's first year, we'll be taking photos of her with these fun monthly stickers courtesy of Sticky Bellies{ Sidenote: I've bought these to include in baby shower gifts for my expectant friends & they're always a hit! }

So since I'm fierce competition when it comes to being Super Mom (has noone invented a sarcasm font yet or is that what italics is for), I thought I'd blog Quinn's 2, 3 & 4 month photos all in one post.  I'm that far behind, but at least we took the photos on time(ish).  I also had intended to recap her developmental milestones in each monthly post but these past few months have all blurred together.  I jotted down notes when she did something fun/awesome/progressive but they're so indecipherable, a summary from memory will have to suffice.  Hope this failure on my part won't make her hate me when she gets older.  If she does write a Mommy Dearest memoir, I wouldn't blame her.  Who am I kidding, I'd totally buy 10 copies because hey I'm in a book!

{ Some Quinn notables ('Quotables', har!) from the past few months }

* Learned to smile & laugh up a storm.  She really is a happy baby most of the time, despite her catnapping which you'd think would make her fussy.

* Discovered her hands.  Discovered her left foot.  Discovered her right foot.  Discovered she can fit all these in her mouth.

* Can "hold a conversation" by cooing, gurgling, squealing in response.

* Has been reaching for/picking up/tugging on/lunging for toys, people's hair, my earrings (no more dangly earrings for me for a while), etc. like a squirmy monkey.

* We transitioned her to her crib at 3 months & started sleep training (a combo of the Ferber method & the no-cry method).  We must've read 6 baby sleep books between the two of us.  It was rough for a few weeks (esp. since she'd been sleeping pretty well for 5 hour stretches at night which is actually amazing for our little firecracker).  Honestly, I don't think any of the methods worked on Quinn.  Everything takes patience & commitment when it comes to babies, so we just found a routine that worked for her/us.  Now she sleeps "through the night", which for her means 7 hour stretches.  The wonderful thing is that Quinn has always been a star at putting herself back to sleep........at night.  Not so much for naps. Believe me, I've tried it all (for weeks & weeks) when it came to getting her to nap longer (30 min. is the usual).  Some babies are just catnappers & light sleepers.  Quinn's one of them.  Little high-maintenance stinker.  I'm somewhere between still trying/hoping she'll grow out of it/embracing this whole catnap thing!

* Learned to roll over at 3.5 months but only from back to front (which is the opposite from most babies, apparently?).  Cue another week or so of restless sleep for all of us, sweet! I must've checked the baby video monitor every 5 min. during that time.

* Is great at playing independently though I still hover anxiously (out of her sight)....can you say control freak.

* Just yesterday, learned to finally roll back the other way (front to back). Yay!

* Starting to reach for me when she sees me.

* Still exclusively breastfed (w/ the exception of a bottle of my pumped milk if I'm away, which is not often) & nursing like a champ now.  However, she's becoming increasingly aware of her surroundings so it's somewhat of a challenge to keep her focused.  My nipps have finally healed, though they'll probably never look the same.  Did it just get weird in here...........

* Finally realized that Hiro exists.  Proceeded to reach over & gently grab a fistful of his hair.  Hiro was extremely calm about it all.  We were supervising the whole thing, as we try to always do when it comes to this type of interaction.  The last thing we want is for Hiro (our geriatric gentle giant) to feel uncomfortable & react.  It was actually a heartwarming & endearing moment.

* Her baby hair's falling out!

* Eyes are still that mysterious navy-grey-blue most babies are born with, though there's some hazel coming thru.

* Not so much a milestone, but just for fun here's Quinn's ethnicity (someone check my math):
1/8 German
1/8 Italian
1/4 Norwegian
1/4 Vietnamese
1/4 Chinese
                She's not going to find that box to check on official forms, HA!

Some outtakes from our photo shoots:

OK, now that I'm all caught up let's hope I can post next month's photo on time!
Not holding my breath. =]

Quinn: 1 month