Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Five Months Old *December 13, 2011*

I remember thinking about how old Alli would be at Christmastime when I found out my due date a little over a year ago.  I counted the months and figured out that she would be 5 months old, which seemed SO incredibly far away last November! I can't believe that she's been on this Earth for 5 whole months, and she is such a joy to be around. She is the happiest and sweetest baby that I've ever seen, and we are so blessed to have her in our lives. 
Here's what you're up to:

*you weigh 13.6 pounds and are about 23.5 inches long.

*you are sleeping much better this month, although each night is different. You go to bed between 8 and 8:30pm and wake up for the first time anytime between 3 and 5am. I feed you and put you either back in your bed or in your swing until you wake up for good between 8 and 9am.

*you still sleep swaddled from the neck down for bedtime as well as with naps. I will try to wean you from that when you consistently sleep 8 hours at a time.
*you take two naps per day with your morning nap being much shorter. You fall asleep around 10:30am and sleep for about an hour. Your second nap starts around 2pm and lasts 2.5-3 hours.

*on most days, you take your morning nap in your carseat and your afternoon nap in your bed, but if you wake up after only a little while in your bed, we move you to your swing to finish your nap.
*you still nurse really well and love to eat right when you wake up from your naps or in the morning. You get a bottle right before bedtime at night and take anywhere between 2-4 ounces.

*throughout the day, you will drink anywhere between 2 and 7 ounces at a time depending on how hungry you are. Sometimes you like to snack throughout the day, and some days you eat more at one time less frequently.
*you are LOVING your solid food!! The foods that you've tried are: squash, sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, apples, pears, and green beans. Bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, and squash are your favorite, but you don't mind your peas. Green beans were not on the top of your list!

*you are really noisy when you eat.

*you still love your Mam pacis

*still wearing size 2 diapers.
*wearing a mixture of 3 month clothes, 3-6 month clothes, some 6 month dresses, and some 6 month sleepers.

*you are so ticklish on your chest right under your chin. You giggle like crazy when we tickle you. You are also such a smiley baby and make the cutest faces.

*you are starting to "talk" a lot more. You make loud "aah" sounds when playing in your play yard and bouncer.  You love to squeal in delight.
*you rolled over from your back to your belly for the first time this past month.

*you can stand up for a short period of time when holding onto something (we use the side of your crib).

*you can sit up for short periods of time by yourself. We practice on my bed because I'm not ready to watch you fall over on the hard ground yet!
*you still love to kick the animals in your pack-n-play right after you get up from your naps and especially in the morning after you get out of your swaddle.

*you love to take out your paci and pass it back and forth between your hands.
*you grab at anything and everything within your reach! Everything that you grab goes straight into your mouth.

*you still love to stand up.
*you also still love your feet and even put them in your mouth now.

*you celebrated your very first Thanksgiving this past month. We ate lunch at the Downtown Aquarium with your friends Chandler and Karsyn, and then ate dinner with your friend, Elle.
*you helped us pick out your first Christmas tree this past month too, we decorated it while we watched your first Iron Bowl. Daddy made me put Alabama colors on you, so you were supporting the winning team this year. Auburn will be Alabama again one day!

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