We took Bridget to her 4-month appointment yesterday. Here's how it went:
- 26 inches long, which puts her in the 95th percentile for height
- 14 lb 10 oz, which puts her in the 75th percentile for weight
- I don't remember her head circumference, but she was only 25th percentile for that I think.
- Got her second dose of vaccines, which of course she didn't like.
- Her thigh folds are slightly asymmetrical (???), which could be a sign of hip dysplasia. Doc said not to worry, though, and if it's more prominent at her 6 month, we'll do an X-ray then.
- She has a mild case of eczema, so we're to put Cetaphil on her dry patches.
- We're supposed to wait until she's 5 months old to start solid foods.
- We are NOT supposed to be feeding her at night (Doc looked slightly taken aback when we told her we still were) because she should be able to go for eight hours at night without food. Bridget should be sleeping through the night now, so we need to start sleep training her.
- Otherwise, she seemed like a happy, healthy baby.
6:00 - Gave Bridget a dose of infant Tylenol because of the shots, and I started to give her a bottle. The drugs were making her drowsy, so we decided to try to put her to bed. By the time we actually got her in her bedroom and ready, she was screaming.
7:00 - Still screaming, after Nate trying to soothe her, and she spit up all her food.
7:45 - I decide she's hungry again having no food left in her tummy, and I take her out to feed her. She doesn't eat much, so I put her back down, and of course, she starts crying again.
8:30 - Nate gets up and tries to soothe her again. Somehow, she finally falls asleep.
11:45 - Starts crying, so I get up and rock her, try giving her a pacifier, put on her seahorse a couple times, read the sleep book recommended by the doctor for tips (didn't really find much useful information for the situation, but more on that later).
12:45 - Essentially cries herself to sleep when I can do nothing to comfort her. I was sitting in her room the whole hour, so I went back to bed at this point.
3:30 - Crying again. At this point, it's been about 8 hours since she ate, so Nate got up and fed her. Apparently, she wolfed down this food in minutes.
6:15 - Woke up but only ate 1 oz of formula. Seemed happy, though.
Needless to say, night one of "sleep training" was hard. But I kept reminding myself that it's supposed to be hard, but it should get better soon. It was kind of nice to know that we're actually doing something proactive to get her to sleep through the night.
The book the doctor recommended was Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.
I could see how the book would be very useful had we started sleep training earlier. He had a lot of tips for babies birth through 3 months. Most of the tips for 4+ months were for "post colic" babies, which Bridget is not. We just haven't known we needed to sleep train her (or how we needed to) until now. The vast majority of the book seemed to emphasize the importance of naps and a timely schedule. That's all well and good, but it left me no advice for what to do in the middle of the night besides one page on how to soothe your baby. So I guess we did the best we could--try to console her and know that crying is going to happen at this point.