Back again for a 5 month baby girl update! Time is flying by!
She doesn’t go back for her next appointment until 6 months so I don’t know her measurements.
She wears size 2 diapers and 3-6 clothes/ 6 month clothes! Her sleepers are getting tight in the toes, though. I swear every time I wash her clothes, they shrink even more!
She eats every 3-4 hours. She gets 4 oz in a bottle when I’m at work, and between 5-6 at night before bed. We went through trying cereal in her bottle at night to help with the reflux, but ended up causing her more trouble with pooping, so we stopped that.
We were given the green light on solids, but I’m waiting just a bit. She is so aware when we’re eating or drinking. Loves my water bottle, ha! We are going to start oatmeal cereal soon, though, and see how she does with that (the rice cereal is what caused her pooping issues). I am also going to do Baby Led Weaning, probably starting around 6 months. My friend Emily is a occupational therapist and specialized in feeding, so she’s been helping me figure out that world! We may start some fruits or veggies in the next two weeks or so just to get her used to some other food, and then head into the BLW. I’ll keep you posted!
We’re still dealing with reflux issues. We switched meds and it was a rough few days. She’s now having huge burps and gas issues, so now we’re trying to figure that out. It’s always a playing game!
This month I’ve been trying to figure out how to get her to stay awake longer, but how long is too long. Who knew you had to work at it! I think we’re getting there. I’m also working on figuring out when the last nap needs to end for her to sleep well. Her morning nap is typically her best one. We figured out that if she was given Gripe water before a nap, it calmed her stomach and she slept better for the nap. But, then we switched meds and we were back to 45 min or less naps. Her awake time suffered from that, too. Over the past week and a half, though, her awake time has gone from 45 min to sometimes 2 hours!
I haven’t found any correlation to naps and sleeping at night. I so wish I would! I’m trying to get her on a 3 nap a day schedule, but until her awake times are a bit longer, it’s been a struggle. Also, some naps are shorter and screw up the day. Naps range from 45 min-2.5 hours.
We hit the 4 month sleep regression, folks. I think. I really don’t even know because of her reflux and whether she was in pain or just sleep regression. Some nights she’s up every hour, sometimes she goes to sleep and sleeps for 7-8 hours without waking up. Some nights we were up for hours in the middle of the night! Of course this was when Aaron was gone and it was just me to handle it.
The one thing that I can’t figure out is why she is suddenly fighting sleep so much. She has been fighting sleep at night and screaming and crying. It’s torture for me and I just don’t know why it’s all of a sudden. It started when Aaron was gone, so I don’t know if that’s part of it? It’s still been happening now that he is home, though. I’m not sure if we aren’t keeping her up long enough before bed? Or too much? Any moms out there to help?
- Any toys with lights
- Her toes
- Elephant with her binky
- Rolling! She rolls from belly to back. So close to back to belly, though!
- Her walker, though she can’t really walk in it yet, ha!
- Mommy’s water bottle
- Anything new
- Gripe Water
- Chewing on everything
- Elephant blanket
- TV/Barney (I used this a few times when Aaron was gone and I was losing my mind keeping her occupied at night. No shame in my game)
- Watching people dance
- Her swaddle for naps
- Daddy not being home
- Being overtired
- Going to bed at night
- Sleeping through the night
- Having burps she can’t get out
- Her medicine!
- Losing her binky and not being able to put it back in
- Being on her stomach too much
- How dark our house gets at the end of the day, haha.
Things I want to remember:
- Rubbing her eyes when she is tired
- Playing with her feet, talking, and smiling away on her changing pad
- Her smile and giggle when I tickle her
- How excited she gets to see me or Aaron
- How her face lit up when I would show her videos of Aaron talking to her when he was gone
- The determination she has playing with new toys. It’s the best. She’s figured out how toys can move and how to spin them.
- How she looks around at everything taking it all in!
- When she first rolled over! She didn’t think anything of it, but I was pretty darn happy. She did it 4 times that first night!
- Her cuddles and kisses when I picked her up in the morning or from naps.
- When she wakes up from her nap and I unswaddle her, she has started turning over to her elephant blanket and cuddling up to it for a few extra moments
We love you baby girl! We can’t wait to see even more of your personality develop!