4 months, 2 weeks, 5 days

Before Ruby was born I planned to write about her on the blog. It was going to take the place of a baby book and remind us all of how her little life began. But then I up and caught postpartum depression, and I haven’t particularly felt like writing about her.

For reasons that I won’t get into, I have intense anxiety over her developmental progress. I try to remind myself that every baby is different and avoid any talk of milestones. Keeping track of her first this and thats sort of goes against those efforts.

But I know I will regret not documenting anything. So I’m going to attempt to write a bit of an update weekly. A friend suggested I call it Ruby Tuesday. This is a brilliant idea, but here it is Saturday so I guess that won’t work.

Today Ruby turned 4 months, 2 weeks and 5 days.

A few weeks ago she went to the doctor. She weighed 13 pounds and 15.8 ounces. The nurse rounded that up to 13 pounds, 16 ounces, and I’ve been calling it 14 pounds so people don’t think I forgot my ounce to pound conversion. That puts her squarely in the 55th percentile for weight.

Jason must have slept with the mailman because somehow she’s turning out tall. At 25 inches she lands in the 76th percentile for height.


I’m afraid she’s already taking after me. She certainly seems to have missed out on Jason’s laid back tendencies. Even in her very first weeks of life people commented on how alert she was, and that remains true.  She’s constantly watching and studying her surroundings. She furrows her brow and focuses with such intent.

I can no longer wrap her facing me because she has to be a part of the action. She doesn’t like being alone either. All I have to do to get a rise out of her is leave the room to throw a load of laundry in the wash. (Although, I must admit, this is exponentially better than the first couple months when she wouldn’t tolerate being set down AT ALL.)

I absolutely love hearing her laugh. It usually comes about unexpectedly, and can be difficult to re-create. Last night Jason and I were singing Push It by Salt-N-Pepa, and I mentioned to Ruby that that was what I did during delivery. She laughed so I’m pretty sure she understood how clever I was being. Then again, she also laughed the time I told Jason I was almost bit by a dog. So perhaps she’s just making a mockery of my pain.

16 thoughts on “4 months, 2 weeks, 5 days

  1. Okay, I know you JUST said you didn’t want to talk about milestones, but… sitting up at four months is amazing! She looks so alert and happy. I suspect (at least some of) your mommy anxiety about her development is PPD-related. Like you said, every baby is different and Ruby is obviously a beautiful and well-loved child!

    • So this picture is definitely deceiving. I think the slop of the couch somehow enabled her to sit up for the like 2 seconds it took me to take the picture. And the mommy anxiety is definitely a symptom of PPD. Hoping I get over this before she’s old enough to become aware of it!

  2. Yes, sitting up at 4 months is great! Kalena didn’t sit on her own until at least 6, and she hit most of her physical milestones early or on time.

    I love the idea of Ruby Tuesday. I feel like I should be updating on Daniel more often, but now I want something gimmicky to call it.

    • Okay, I now feel like I should have captioned this photo – Ruby is not sitting up. It’s the couch and pillows, only for a second etc. She definitely cannot sit up on her own.

      I guess maybe I need to do the Ruby posts on Tuesday now… You could always go with Daniel Friday. Not gimmicky enough? I’ll keep brainstorming.

  3. Or perhaps babies just enjoy rap? lol Remember the Friends episode where Emma would only laugh when they sang Baby Got Back to her?

  4. Ruby Tuesday is such a cute idea!

    Addilyn is in this terrible phase of not wanting to be set down and then crying whenever I leave the room and I feel like I’m going insane.

    I think I’ve told you but Ruby is the cutest thing ever!!

  5. Aww, I love baby laughs! One of the best sounds in the world!

    I have quite a few friends with young kids and tell me about all of the percentiles and growth charts and all that and geez… I cannot imagine how you would not stress out about that stuff. Did our parents keep track of that?!

    • The growth charts and stuff don’t stress me out too much. It’s all the other milestones like grabbing objects or rolling over etc. The bad thing about that is there’s always another milestone no matter how many they reach!

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