Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dani 4 months

What, it’s the end of May? I guess we were having lots of fun this month....

I am still excited when I get to write an update on the 31st, ie when Dani has a “real” month birthday.

I have filled the car with gas 3 times since Dani was born. (It was full the day of.) I will one day lose count but I haven’t yet. Obviously I am driving less which is good as gas prices  have sure gone up.

Anytime it’s a full moon I think of Dani’s birthday.

I had to delete the photos and video from Dani’s birth and early weeks off my phone a couple of weeks ago. And even though they are on the hard drive I feel kinda crappy about it because it means I can’t see them anytime I want. I struggle to organize media but I really would like to some way make photos and videos more accessible while keeping them safe. I feel like there’s some kind of cloud technology I should learn how to use.  I like the hard drive backup but I’d like a virtual backup too. People who know about this sort of thing, feel free to comment.

Dani continues to meet her milestones. She is long and lean like her sister. I forgot to write down her length and weight at the doctors’, oops. She is a solid little cutie, though.

What’s new the past month:
  • Sits with support, and tries to sit up from a lying down or reclined position
  • Pushes up when she’s on her tummy and holds up her head

  • Rolls onto her side (usually in pursuit of her thumb). Doctor thinks she is getrting ready to roll all the way and will do this early.
  • We saw a specialist about the hip dysplasia, but he was not convinced there is a problem (apparently only one photo showed an issue, and there are no physical signs of a problem). So we will go back for a follow up ultrasound.
  • Squeals and giggles. I have a fitful career as a comedian, as in I sometimes discover a silly sound or word that will make her giggle for a few minutes, until she’s bored with the joke.
  • Blowing Raspberries
  • Grabs her toes

  • Still loves to suck her thumb
  • Taking a bottle better: last date night she stayed with grandparents and actually drank all the milk I left her
  • Sleeps  through night for most part, but starting to wake up to be fed between 4 and 5am....usually I can get her, and myself, back to sleep for another hour or two though. Self soothes with her more swaddled arms.
  • Dani is increasingly full of charm and personality. Sibling interactions continue to go well. AJ and Dani can interact for a few minutes together, smiling and cuddling. AJ shows great caring to her baby sister. 
  • Nicknames: Dani, Dani Bear, or simply Bear
  • Had a period of time this month when I felt really exhausted, but energy seems to have returned
  • Breastfeeding going well. Boobs don’t feel so huge and heavy anymore  so I think my body has found a balance 
  • On the other hand I wonder if hormones are being weird. I have been waking up hot lately, even when it isn’t a hot night. It’s not exactly how I’ve heard a hot flash described, not so dramatic, but I wonder? Also woke up nauseous in the night which sometimes occurs during menstrual cycle (though it has not returned)
  • Weight is slowly coming off. I don’t usually pay much attention to my weight so I imagined myself losing 5 lbs a month which isn’t apparently realistic, especially since I’m not interested in making any major lifestyle changes. I go for walks with the kids, take a weekly exercise class and try not to snack on junk food.  I’m down to about 12 lbs over pre preg weight and consistently dropping and I’m good with that.
  • Vacation next week, to Mr Turtle’s convocation ceremony and then a few days in the city where he was born. MIL and husband will be there too. Should be fun.
  • We are enjoying the summer and play date opportunities. And relax time, either inside or outside.
Wishing everyone a wonderful June.


  1. So Feedly hasn’t been letting me comment, or it has been eating my comments!!
    Love this age when they are so interactive and reactive!! Am impressed and jealous you have managed to only fill your tank 3 times in 4 months!!! And really love your approach to losing the baby weight-life is too short to stress over it!

    1. Yes, it’s adorable to see the personality coming out. I really love it. It’s great to only have to drive a few times a week. I don’t miss the frantic days at all.

  2. So cute!!

    Google Photos is the BEST- and free if you agree to the photos getting compressed (it doesn't affect when you want to print them out). I have the app and have it set to automatically download my pictures every time I have WiFi.

  3. I agree with the google photos suggestion! That's what I use. Every so often you can select to free up space and it saves them all but they are easily accessible with the app. You can also make little photo collages and movies/animations with your photos.

    It's crazy now looking back over the pictures from the past few months and seeing how much Mini has grown and changed! She still hasn't found her thumb yet, just tries to get her entire hand in her mouth haha.

  4. I'm on the Google Photos train -- I can delete things off my device but have them in Google Photos online and see them anytime. It backs up automatically, and I am really happy with options for organization and whatnot.

    That said, I love this update and am late to the party, so I'm sure Dani is doing all sorts of even more exciting things now. She's adorable! I love her smile, and she's got so much personality. And good for you with the slow and steady weight loss! And the gas fill-ups? Jeezum. I fill up probably once per week, maybe in the summer once per 2 weeks, and it is so very expensive. I look back on subway days fondly when it gets like this...