Saturday, May 3, 2014

5 Months Old

My sweet little girl is 5 months old (and a couple weeks...just a little bit behind).  I have said this so many times, but I can't get over how quickly days fly by when you have small kids.  Now sometimes the minutes seem long depending on everyone's moods, but the days fly.  This month was no different. This little girl is the epitome of sweet, and I don't think I'm too biased when I say that.  She is the most pleasant, good natured, happy little girl, and pretty much the only time she gets fussy is when she's tired and we're not at home and she doesn't have a good place to sleep.  One of the big things I have noticed this month is how much she LOVES to look at her big sister and brother.  They can always make her smile and she can watch them for a long time.  Thankfully, she's pretty tough because she gets lots of hard squeezes, pats, and snuggles and it never seems to phase her. 
 She is squeezing into 3-6 month clothes but probably would prefer to be in 6-9 month clothes and wears size 3 diapers.  She still nurses/takes a bottle 5 or 6 times a day.  She usually goes to bed around 7:30 (or sometimes later depending on activities), I dream feed her at 10, and then she sleeps until 7am. She still naps after every feeding and will typically nap 1hr-2.5hrs depending on the day.
 We officially have a little finger sucker on our hands (no pun intended).  She usually sucks on her 2nd and 3rd or 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers.  Sometimes I give her her paci when I lay her down for a nap, but she promptly spits it out.  I've actually left the house WITHOUT a paci.  FREEDOM!!!  I've always loved the paci and don't regret giving them to my kids, but it's SO exhausting to keep up with them and ALWAYS have one available.  Now I very well realize we'll be fighting a different battle down the road, but for now, I'm loving it.  I think it helps her sleep better because it helps her self sooth and then we're not trying to sneak in and shove a paci in her mouth.  
 We finally drug the bouncer up from the basement and she LOVES it!  She also still loves the bumbo, and she still spends a fair amount of time in her bouncer, and now loves grabbing the toys hanging down.  She doesn't mind her car seat, but hasn't had a ton of long car rides.  She'll get to enjoy her first really long car ride this summer.  Fun times.
 This month she really started grabbing things and loves to put everything in her mouth.  She's still fairly slow to grab things so I can still drink a cup of coffee while holding her, but I know the day is coming.  She loves putting things in her mouth, and pretty much chews on her hands all day long.  She can still just roll from her stomach to her back and is improving greatly in her sitting skills.  She is very ticklish under her neck, her armpits, and her tummy.  Pretty sure I tickle her DAILY so I can hear her little chuckle.
Words cannot describe how much I am LOVING time with my sweet little girl!  I am so thankful for her life and thankful to God for our precious gift!

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