I haven’t posted a 5 month update because I haven’t had time to edit her 5 month picture, but to hell with it… we’re just going to go crazy and post an unedited photo and talk about what being 5 months is all about.
The 5 month picture…
The 4 month picture for comparison!
Charlotte was 5 months old on December 23rd. Does that seem as crazy to you as it does to me? Sometimes when I’m pumping, I’ll scroll waaaay back on my phone and start with our very first pictures of her. It’s just amazing how much she’s grown and how fast the weeks go by.
Our happiness these days is very much dictated by the state of C’s teeth. She cut her first tooth on December 26th, and her second tooth on New Year’s Eve. There’s still a lot of teething action happening, and we’re not sure whether it’s being caused by the existing two teeth just breaking through more or if there’s another tooth on its way that we can’t see yet.
What? You don’t let your baby use wine glasses as teething toys?
Teething has been causing some problems. Most noticeably with sleep and nursing. It often really hurts her to nurse. She’ll start out very enthusiastic and hungry for the boob and then once she gets going she starts crying. It breaks my heart. Our lactation consultant (and also Dr. Google) recommend giving her something cold to numb her gums just prior to nursing, but C absolutely hates cold things. Cold teething toys and frozen wash cloths all prompt immediate screaming.
Sleep issues abound around here. Part of it is courtesy of teething, and part of it is that she’s very “princess and the pea” about where she sleeps and how. The 2.5 hour dog bed nap was a pretty strong clue the other day. I’ve been eyeing them for a month now, but I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Dock A Tot. I cannot even BELIEVE how much money I spent on what is essentially a dog bed for babies, but I decided that you can’t put a price on sleep. Her bassinet and crib cost more than this thing and she’s not using either one of those, so as shocking as the price tag is, I really don’t feel too bad about it.
She is sitting up so well these days. She still falls over, but she’s getting stronger and more balanced every day.
Rolling over appears to just not be her thing for now. She can roll over—we’ve seen her roll both front to back and back to front—she just seems to not really feel the need to do it very often. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve personally seen her roll!
Her favorite song in the world is still Itsy Bitsy Spider. She will smile the second she hears it start. I don’t know what it is with this song, but I guess I’m stuck with it. Why does it have to be a song about a damn spider, though?
She’s pretty solidly in 9-month clothing, although some of her 6-month size onesies still fit. Anything with legs definitely has to be 9 months, though.
My little one is long and lean. At her 4.5 month visit, she was in the 16th percentiles for height/weight ratio, but the 97th for height alone. She has round cheeks, but the rest of her is really pretty scrawny. Not much baby fat on this one. Part of me worries, but the pediatrician assured me that it’s common for breastfed babies to thin out a bit at this stage. In the back of my mind though, the mom guilt is convinced this is my fault and that she’s not getting enough when she breastfeeds. We see a LC about this on Saturday.
We went to the zoo for the first time on New Year’s Eve. She had expressed such an interest in the goats at the end of Catch’s parents’ street that I thought maybe she’d get a kick out of the zoo animals. Turns out she was pretty indifferent. We got a zoo membership anyway, though. It was still a nice family outing and she was plenty worn out from the excursion!
Everyone needs zebra print pants for their first trip to the zoo. Too bad the pants didn’t actually make it to the zoo courtesy of the disposable diaper she was wearing!
We have a new stroller as of two days ago. My mom has a Britax Affinity (the red one above) that I have vastly preferred over our B-Agile (it’s what we took to the zoo), and Catch ended up finding us one in absolutely perfect condition on Craigslist for $100. The new stroller is a much smoother ride than our old one, and now we’re comfortable letting her ride in the stroller without the infant seat. She looks like such a big girl without the infant seat! It just amazes me!
All in all, this little one is thriving. We have plenty of kinks to work out, but it’s all much more manageable if I remind myself to take things one day at a time. Today’s hardships are temporary. Ten years from now, I will probably miss nursing my tiny baby in the middle of the night.