Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bailey: 5 Month Update

BAILEYBUG!! No way are you FIVE MONTHS old already!!!

Age: 5 months. When did this happen? How did this happen? I SWEAR yesterday she was just 5 weeks old.

Weight/Height: Haven't had a doctor's visit since 4 months when she was 11 pounds, 2 ounces. I'd guess she's about 11'9", if not closer to 12 pounds by now. She's definitely filling out. Her checks are chubby and I am obsessed with each and every little chub roll. Love, love, love. She's still a teeny little peanut, though. We JUST moved out of newborn size pants, though we've been in 0-3 month tops/onesies for a while. We're still in size 1 diapers. Told you. Small lil' peanut.

Sleep: Sleep. Glorious, glorious sleep. I don't even remember what you feel like. Naaaah. It's not so bad. I mean, it's the same as last month, but it's not so bad. She's still up sometime between 2:30-3:30am most nights. Not every night.... some nights she's up more, never less... little stinker. But, still-- not so bad. Luckily, she still (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!) goes right back down after nursing. I'm OK with it. Sure, I'd love, love, looooove to get a solid 8 hours of sleep. LOVE. But, it's just not in the cards right now. We're gonna try a bit of sleep training very soon to see if she really NEEDS this middle of the night feeding or if she's just used to it. She is a creature of habit, through and through. She loves consistency and routine (which we very much encouraged and enforced, so it's our own fault!), which is OMG SO GREAT during the day. I know exactly when she's hungry and needs to go down for naps and is gonna be ready to play, etc. But, at night I think the routine has also carried over and she's just used to getting up once. Now, maybe she still needs the meal and nutrition and that is 100% ok. But, I'm going to try a few nights and see if she's just waking out of habit or out of need. Who knows how it will go, but I'll take any advice or prayers I can get! :)

<Note: She actually turned 5 months on Friday, 4/11 and this has already changed and sleep has gone from OK to baaaaad very quickly. Hopefully it'll go to OK and then to good just as quickly!>

Nursing: Same! It's going really well. She's definitely starting to get more inquisitive and wanting to twist and turn and look all around to see what's going on in the world while nurisng which isn't so fun, but overall she's a great nurser. No complaints at all.

We did drop 1 nursing session this month. Until this month her schedule was:
6:30am: Nurse, Diaper, Play, Nap
9:30am: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
12:30pm: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
3:30pm: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
5:30pm: Nurse, Diaper, Play, Nap
7:30pm: Nurse, Diaper, Sleep
11pm-ish: Bottle of BM from Hubs, right back to sleep
2:30-3:30am-ish: Nurse, right back to sleep

We dropped the 5:30pm feeding and moved up the 7:30pm session. She was seeming very, very disinterested in the 5:30 feeding and wouldn't take very much. I felt like I was forcing her to eat, which is just silly. Plus it was a PAIN IN THE ASS each night because right when I walked in the door we had to sit down and nurse and then it felt like the second we got done we turned around and did it again with no time to do anything at night.

So, our new schedule looks like this:

6:30am: Nurse, Diaper, Play, Nap
9:30am: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
12:30pm: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
3:30pm: Bottle of BM at daycare, Diaper, Play, Nap
7pm: Nurse, Diaper, Sleep
11pm-ish: Bottle of BM from Hubs, right back to sleep
2:30-3:30am-ish: Nurse, right back to sleep

So far, so good! Sometimes she seems hungry before 7pm. Sometimes she won't make it all the way to 11pm after that feed. We're still working out kinks and getting into a rhythm, but so far it's been pretty good.


Likes: Tummy time! She loves lifting her head and being on her belly. She also still love, love, loves her play mat. She loves to look at herself in the mirror that hangs above her and bat at the toys.

She also LOVES to roll over now that she has mastered that skill. If you put
her down on a flat surface on her back, she WILL try to roll over.

And, she looooooves her hands. In her mouth. ALL. THE. TIME. I don't know if she's teething (I don't feel any teeth, but who knows?!), but girl legit has her hands in her mouth like 85% of her waking hours.

Dislikes: The darn carseat still. Girl just hates getting strapped in. It's a battle almost every time. She also dislikes (or rather pretty much refuses) to sleep in the car now. Which is just greaaaaat. If we go for a decent car trip (like to my in-laws which is about 45 minutes away), she'll LIKELY fall asleep. But, even that's not guarenteed and pretty much anything less than that-- nope. She's over car naps apprently.

Special Moments/Milestones: Laughing! We get little, teeny chuckles now. Not huge laughing fits, but a quick little "Ha!". OBSESSED. I will do just about anything to get one little "Ha!" She's also officially mastered rolling from her belly to her back, though she can only do it on one side. Goofball.

She's tried SO HARD to go from back to belly, but her blasted arm just got in her way each time for WEEKS. Then, just like that-- BOOM! Mastered it and did it over and over and over again. Now, she's a pro!

She also recently discovered her feet. She isn't SUPER facinated with them just yet, but I can tell she's getting there.

Babies really are amazing with how fast they figure things out at his age. It's amazing.

"Look, mom! FEET!!"
Looking Forward To: Oh you know, sleep. :) But, other than that-- start solids at 6 months! And more babbling. And her starting to really like PLAY with toys. I cannot wait.

Not Looking Forward To: The sleep training. I said it last month, but we didn't end up doing it because she was still just too teeny. She's ready now, I think. But, UGH. Not looking forward to that.    And just like that, she's practically a toddler. I swear, she's going to start crawling tomorrow, walking next week and will be on her way to college the day after. SLOW DOWN, TIME!!

1 comment:

  1. Happy 5 months Bailey! She IS a tiny little tot! I'm proud of her for growing out of the newborn pants - I remember when even those didn't fit. Just want to give those cheeks so many of the kisses!