Posted March 7, 2013on:
Happy 5 months my sweet baby girl! Once again, I can’t believe how fast time is flying by! You had a great month. Here are some new things you’re doing:
-You’re kicking and scooting. One day I put you on your back on your play mat and you ended up a few feet away just from kicking! You do a 180 degree turn and kick the sides of the mat, sometimes turning on and off the music. I know you are itching to crawl and move more. Your push ups during tummy time are getting higher. You are so strong! You haven’t rolled completely over yet on your own, but you roll onto your side all the time, so I’m guessing it’ll be any day now that you roll over.
-You gave us your first really good laughs on Valentine’s Day. It was the greatest sound I have ever heard! I try to get you to laugh all the time now. Pretending to eat you and throwing you up in the air work pretty well. I will try anything to make you laugh, including things that make me look like a complete fool!
-You’re getting some more hair! You’ve been pretty bald since birth, besides a baby mullet you’re rocking! You have some random long hairs and a dark patch on the back of your head, but now you’re getting some peach fuzz all over! I’m so excited for you to get more hair!
-You’re in size 3 diapers now, you big girl you! I don’t have to make Poop it’s own category anymore. You still poop through your clothes on occasion. You had some diarrhea and bed sheet changing incidents which were lots of fun. This isn’t new this month, but you have the world’s longest farts! They just keep going and going and make everyone who hears them crack up! You must get that from your daddy
-On Tuesdays I babysit your buddy Tyler. He is one year older than you and full of energy! It can be exhausting but I think it’s good because it’s showing me what it’ll be like to have 2 kids someday (hopefully). You like to watch him play and listen to him “talk.” I am in trouble when you are both moving around!
-For your first Valentine’s day, I dressed you up in different outfits and we had our own little photo shoot. You held a big heart that I made that said “Daddy, will you be my Valentine?” He said yes
-Here are some of this month’s nicknames: Drooly McDroolster – and now a list of some that daddy made up (see if you notice a common theme!): Poopy Pooperson, Farty Farterson, Squirmy Squirmerson, Stinky Stinkerson, Smelly Smellerson, Kicky Kickerson, and Drooly Droolerson! I promise you will outgrow some of these!
Eat: You’ve started eating food! You look like such a big girl in your high chair! We tried cereal for the first time on February 7th and now you eat it every day. We put a little water in a sippy cup each time you eat so you can practice drinking on your own. You like biting the mouthpieces and you can suck pretty well. You didn’t like the cereal at first, but now you open your mouth when you see the spoon. On February 24th you tried green beans and HATED them! You gagged the whole time we tried feeding you them. We actually stopped green beans because you got some diarrhea (probably not related to the beans) and tried peas a week later. You liked peas more than green beans. The first day you spit a lot out, but now all of it makes it’s way into your mouth. Most days we feed you cereal twice and your vegetable once. We try a veggie for a few days to see how you react and make sure you’re not allergic to it. We will try fruits after veggies. I’m excited to see your reaction to the sweeter foods! And you know that daddy and I have been recording your first times trying new foods!
I’m still nursing you but it’s become a little more challenging because you are so curious and easily distracted! You keep stopping and looking around. It’s like you don’t want to miss anything! Lately I’ve been trying to feed you in your room with little light, but you find distractions in there too. I like that you enjoy looking around, but I wish you would take a break during feedings! You have also bit me twice and it hurt like crazy! Please don’t bite mommy anymore! Lately you’ve also been trying to stick your fingers in your mouth while you’re nursing. You can’t decide what you’d rather suck on!
Sleep: Since the last post, we were able to participate in a sleep study that your dermatologist is running for babies on Propranolol for hemangiomas. Before this study, I had to make sure you ate every 6 hours so I had to wake you up in the middle of the night. I told the doctor it was killing me to wake you up when you were sleeping so peacefully (and you were able to sleep 9-11 hours straight prior to the medicine). She said we could be in this study where we let you sleep as long as you can for five days and take your blood sugar when you wake up (a little heel prick – you don’t even feel it). The reason for the study is that they don’t really know what to tell parents about how long it’s safe to let babies go between feedings. One of the side effects of the medicine is low blood sugar, but it typically only happens when babies are sick. So, for five nights you slept anywhere from 6-10 hours straight each night, and each morning your blood sugar was normal. I asked your doctor if you could go longer than 6 hours and she moved it up to 9. Thank God! So now you are going to bed between 7:30 and 8:30 each night and if you don’t wake up to eat, I have to wake you up between 4:30 and 5:30 to eat. Then you go back to sleep for 2-3 more hours. You are a GREAT sleeper at night and I’m very thankful for that. We are still struggling a little with naps. Some days your naps are 15-30 minutes long, hardly even enough time for me to shower and get dressed. Other days you will take hour long naps or longer. Most days, I can put you in your crib 2 hours after you last woke up, and you will fall asleep pretty quickly. We use a pacifier, sleep sack, and music at naptime and you only cry if you are over tired. We follow a “diaper, pajamas, story, eat” bedtime routine and you go to sleep very well for us at night. No pacifier needed! I think you’re getting the hang of it! I’m typing this while you nap. You just woke up after 50 minutes and fell back asleep. Woo Hoo! Good job Emma!
I can’t believe you will be 1/2 a year old next time I write. You are such a big girl and you make me smile more than I ever have Daddy and I love you pumpkin pie!