My TnR Dreads at 3 and a Half months :D! (better pic added)
i was excited to see how they were coming along but the picture sucks!!!! i want a better one from what i can see they're looking great!
you'll be fine. your progress looks good! i'm going to start beauty school soon and when i went to tour the school i had to redreaducate all of the stylists at the salon! they couldn't believe there was nothing in my hair and that i did nothing to maintain the roots. they really just don't know shit, so don't feel bad
and i personally would leave the loops and bumps alone, but that's personal preference.
i was just looking at your 4 months pictures the other day and thinking that your progress was on a roll now!!! if i were you i'd break out some rubber bands and put them around your sections. most of the time the bands break off in a couple weeks and leaves behing a nice little knot in the area where the band was... *prepares to get kicked for suggesting bands*
i did this to help my tiny bang dreads along and it worked quite well.