Charlotte’s 5 months old!!

Charlotte is 5 months old!

Despite a few bouts with sickness, it has been a great month for her!

Her official 5 month weight: 12 lbs 8.5 ounces (around 10th percentile)

Length: 24 inches long

Big Moments for Charlotte this month:

– She discovered her feet! She can grab them & put them in her mouth

– She can blow “raspberries”

– She has discovered a new aspect to her voice: She can shriek!

– She is turning her head in the direction of sounds.

– She is reaching for objects .

– She is  batting and hitting objects to “play” with them.

– Opens and shuts hands (and watches them while she does it).

– More full of smiles now than ever!

– She likes to sit up (still assisted) and watch Cameron and the dogs play.

– Can stand while holding hands.

-Easily distracted

Eating. We’re still breastfeeding. My goal was originally 6 months. She doesn’t show any signs of wanting to wean anytime soon like Cameron did at this age so we’ll see.

We restarted solids! She’s been watching us eat very closely lately. Following our hands from the plate to the mouth and back. And if I’m holding her while eating she tries to grab my food. I took these as signs that she might be ready for solids. On her 5 month birthday we re-tried rice cereal. And then again the next 2 days. All three times she hated it. So the next day I tried real baby food. Apples and bananas. And she ate and ate and ate. She gets so excited and tries to help it into her mouth with her hands and gets it all over the place. It’s absolutely adorable. I LOVE feeding her.

Sleep. Still a sore subject around here. This is where I’ve had to just accept that my children are different and make adjustments to make sure their needs are met. I’m hardly an experienced parent. With only 2 years down, I’m still clueless. But I have done this baby thing before. And I made some choices with Cameron, based on advice from friends, that were really hard on us. Did it hurt her in the long run? Probably not. But looking back on it, it caused me to completely change my philosophy on parenting Charlotte and now Cameron as a toddler. With that said, Charlotte is still co-sleeping and waking up to nurse several times a night. I can’t and wont let her cry it out by herself in her crib. It’s just not the right thing to do for her. Parents all over the world sleep train their children successfully this way. I can’t justify doing it for Charlotte. With age and sleep maturity, my hope is that she will soon be able to get herself to sleep without having to constantly nurse. She doesn’t wake up because she’s hungry. She wakes up as a normal part of her nighttime sleep cycle, realizes she’s awake, panics because she doesn’t know what to do and cries for me unless she’s right next to me, in which case she nurses herself back to sleep in a matter of seconds. I don’t mind her next to me at night. She’s quite the cuddly little bug. But I don’t sleep well because I’m constantly waking up to check on her and make sure Cameron isn’t kicking her because yep she’s still in our bed too. We’re sleep deprived and my bones ache from sleeping in one position all night every night, but our children are happy, healthy, and know that their parents are present and keeping them safe. (Not to say that other parenting styles don’t also do this for children) We’re in the process of getting Charlotte to bed earlier and in more of a nighttime routine to help facilitate longer periods of sleep.

Oh and here’s the kicker. She’s a smart little one. You might be wondering what in the world she does on nights I’m at work. She sleeps! Brian has no problems at all. She will sleep from 8pm – 5 am. He still puts her in her swing which will soon have to change as she’s starting the process of sitting up by herself and that makes the swing dangerous. We’ve been incorporating a lot of white noise into her sleep too which does seem to help a little. Isn’t it crazy that she knows I’m not there so doesn’t even bother crying for me and waits until she’s hungry to wake Brian?

Reading over what I just wrote makes me think that it sounds like she has me wrapped around her little finger. And she, well … THEY probably do to some extent. But I interpret what we have as the foundation of what I hope is a great mother/daughter relationship. I want them to know they can trust me and that I am always here for them. I will respond to and meet their needs. They don’t have to go through anything alone. And doing what we’re doing is what we think will best work for our kids.

Her eyes are still hazel, turning more of a green brown color than bluish. They’re still pretty light. And so expressive.

Her hair is turning blonde! She still has the brown hair from birth and it’s still long in the front and a little patch in the back, but the new hair is blonde. It looks especially light in the sun or light. Here eyelashes are blonde too.

She’s made so many changes in the last 2 weeks. It seems like it all started happening as soon as she started taking the antibiotic. I’m not sure if it’s related or just a coincidence, but I’m just happy to see my sweet girl enjoying life again.

This was one of Cameron’s old Valentine’s dresses. I love having two girls born in the same season.

Still working hard at that tummy time. She’s getting better at supporting herself with her arms every day.

She’s never been a fan of the bumbo. I didn’t think I’d ever see a baby wriggle out of one of these but Charlotte can do it. She doesn’t like it (except to chew on) and squirms until she’s practically falling out.

She looks so tired and sick here. 🙁

This is one of those pictures you can’t not smile back at.

She was watching me closely one day as I was giving Cameron a bath. I know she can’t wait till she’s big enough to take a bath in the big tub. It wont be long!

Aww.

My girls.

Every day I feel so blessed to have these two. God is good.

One Comment

  1. dibble February 29, 2012

    I like the new look of the blog 🙂

    I also love the shirt Charlotte is wearing “My Mommy is Exhausted”.

    So true, so true. I know how it can be ! As always, thanks for sharing !!

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