{five months old!}

Our baby is FIVE MONTHS OLD!

 

five whole months!!

five whole months!!

 

adorbs

adorbs

 

big girl

big girl

This is still her 0-3 month onesie from last month… still pretty baggy…


 

eighteen weeks old {july 19}

eighteen weeks old {july 19}

nineteen weeks old {july 26}

nineteen weeks old {july 26}

twenty weeks old {august 2}

twenty weeks old {august 2}

twenty-one weeks old {august 9}

twenty-one weeks old {august 9}


Here are a few highlights from her fifth month {july 15-august 15}

ON. THE. MOVE!  She can’t be stopped!! We lay her down on her play mat and BAM – she’s rolled across the room.  Like that.  This morning Derek laid her down, turned around, and she had made it across half the room.  She used to DESPISE tummy time, now she loves to flop over on her tum and lift her upper body up.  She moves her legs like a froggie, like she knows that will make her move, but she just doesn’t have the muscles for it.  Soon, baby girl… soon.

She has been eating foods since her 4 month appointment.  Our pediatrician said she could start around 4 months if everything else was going fine- which it was.  So we started her with rice cereal.  She loved it, duh.  We knew she would.  Then after a few weeks we gave her peas.  She loved those, too.  Then we hit the secondary milestone that comes with eating foods…. poop.  So. Gross.  And prior to the poops were a day or two of the smelliest toots ever.  I swear, if those toots had been colored, you would have been able to see the toot clouds lingering in the air around her for minutes.  MINUTES.   How can such an adorable baby be so smelly?  Now we understand the stereotype of the parent (usually the dad) going in to change a diaper in full HazMat gear.

peas, please {august 9}

peas, please {august 9}

Grabby Grabby.  Anything that you have in your hands, should be in Alice’s hand.  According to Alice.  Very curious child we have here.  In hands, inspected with eyes, then inspected with mouth.

Still a tiny little thing.  She’s still in size 1 diapers.  We just bought more today, so she’s not moving up yet anyway!

Remember from the 4 month post when I wrote this:

There has been lots of talk on various posts in the group about the dreaded period of “four month sleep regression.”  AKA: your kid was sleeping through the night, taking regular naps, becoming a predictable and wonderful sleeper then, BAM see ya later sleep.  I was DREADING this.  We even chose not to transition her to her crib yet because she was getting close to being four months and didn’t want to chance this being an issue (plus I don’t know if I am ready to have her leave our room).  About two weeks ago her sleep started getting off-track.  She wouldn’t take naps at her regular time, she would wake up at 3am (on the dot) every night to get changed and eat (and maybe play), she wouldn’t go to bed at her regular time (staying up until 11 or 11:30p)…  Then all of a sudden she stopped.  She became more predictable again, taking naps, going to bed at her normal time, sleeping through the night.  I don’t know if this was the sleep regression or because I went back to work and things were different for her, but either way, it wasn’t nearly as bad or tough as I had prepared myself for.  Although, I like to think I have a very flexible view/mindset about infant sleep, so that probably helped with how I perceived/handled things.

BAHAHAHA!  What a SAP.  Her sleep went RIGHT.DOWN.THE.DRAIN.  She wakes up all the time.  Sometimes she goes back to sleep, other times she’s up for two hours.  TWO HOURS, guys.  All this on top of me working every day and Derek breaking his thumb – leaving me as the primary baby-wrangler — on no sleep.  Oh, Alice… Sometimes, too, I’d go in there in the middle of the night when she wakes up and she is just WIDE AWAKE with a HUGE smile on her face.  So happy to see me.  Go to sleep, kid.  Your little smile melts my heart, but seriously, sleep.  She’s starting to get a little better, so we might be on an up-swing.  But be on the lookout for my retraction statement on next month’s update.  I’m sure it will be there.

On a positive sleep-note: she has been sleeping in her crib since the day after she turned 4 months.  The first night was rough – on both of us – and after 45 minutes she ended up back in her rock’n’play in our room.  The next night she did GREAT!  And since then the rock’n’play has been folded up in her room.  She’s a rockstar.  I thought that it would be much harder, and the first few nights definitely were, but after that I was so glad that we moved her.  Now I am looking forward to having a different house layout where her room isn’t pretty much in the middle of all our living space, so we don’t have to be so quiet at night and in the mornings.

Events from Month 5

Cereal

We didn’t do a post about it (maybe we will in the future), but Derek was in a golf cart accident on July 19th.  A golf cart tipped on top of him (only minimal rough-housing was had) and he broke his left thumb and wrist.  Do you know what this does to a small family with a 4-5 month old?  It incapacitates them.  He couldn’t do anything related to Alice.  He couldn’t hold her, change a diaper, pick her up, watch her while I was at work, nothing.  Nothing.  And this happened right about the time I started working EVERY day and Alice stopped sleeping.  It was awful.  We are beyond thankful for his family and my family for all their help and support.  I honestly don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have family around us.   He’s still in a brace/cast but he can do so much more now.  I am thankful that stressful time in our lives is coming to a close.  It was awful.

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beat up

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all bandaged up

 


Here is a collection of cute Alice pictures from the last month:

 

i will not sit down...

i will not sit down…

 

outta here!

outta here!

 

yawwwwwn {july 16}

yawwwwwn {july 16}

 

look at my toes.  look.  {july 17}

look at my toes. look. {july 17}

 

this was probably the last day of wearing cupcake jams.  they are clearly too small.  we were clearly trying to pretend like she was still a little baby.  thanks, sarah, for letting us borrow you adorable clothes!! {july 19}

this was probably the last day of wearing cupcake jams. they are clearly too small. we were clearly trying to pretend like she was still a little baby. thanks, sarah, for letting us borrow you adorable clothes!! {july 19}

 

she loooves to play on the keyboard.  loves i.  {july 25}

she loooves to play on the keyboard. loves it. {july 25}

 

finally accepting that she loves aunt katie.  this was a successful visit!  {august 9}

finally accepting that she loves aunt katie. this was a successful visit! {august 9}

 

eating books.  {august 12}

eating books. {august 12}

 

so adorable {august 13}

so adorable {august 13}

 

she is a cuddly kid and likes to just hold my hand to fall asleep.  {july 19}

she is a cuddly kid and likes to just hold my hand to fall asleep. {july 19}

 

baby toes {july 19}

baby toes {july 19}

 

this was her adorable face after she puked in my eye.  motherhood.  {july 22}

this was her adorable face after she puked in my eye. motherhood. {july 22}

 

toy --> mouth  {august 1}

toy –> mouth {august 1}

 

arrrg {august 1}

arrrg {august 1}

 

rolling everywhere.  she's a lady on the move.  {august 8}

rolling everywhere. she’s a lady on the move. {august 8}

 

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this kid loves animals. she watched burt all the time and just wants to get her fingers in the cats’ fur. the cats aren’t as pleased but are so desperate for affection that they are taking what they can get at this point. {august 10}

 

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so grown up {august 14}

 

 

I know I didn’t post this until 2 weeks after her 5 month.  Yea yea.  I changed the timestamp so in the future I will look back and think that I was on top of things… until I get to the wayyyy bottom of this post.