Emma Kate: Month 5

Another month has come and gone! Emma Kate turned five months old while Bobby and I were in Disney last week for the Princess half marathon. I don’t feel she was as different between months three and four, but has made HUGE leaps between four and five.

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This month, Emma Kate loves:

– Reaching for things. It started with her bottle, now it’s my face, her toys, the dog, anything. She finally learned she can extend her arms out and is grabbing at things out of reach now.

– Playing with her feet. She figured out she can reach them and even put her toes in her mouth, so now whenever she is put on her back her legs immediately go up in the air towards her hands.

– Singing to herself. When she wakes up from a nap or in the mornings, now she will lay in her crib and just talk and sing until I go and get her. It’s so funny to hear her carrying on conversations with herself!

– Bella. She is obsessed with watching her every move. Bella could care less about the baby, but EK follows her with her head/eyes around the house all day long. It’s funny because she has been there the whole time but is just now realizing it!

– Jumping jumping jumping. Last month she loved her jumper but would just kind of wiggle around and step in it, but this month she figured out how to bounce really high and she does it nonstop, typically only on one foot.

– Still obsessed with chewing on her hands, her toys, anything she can put in her mouth.

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She does NOT like:

-Taking her zantac. Before, I could squirt it in her mouth and she would make a face and swallow it. Now she has learned how to spit it back out at me! it’s made for some interesting days.

– When she is trying to sit up and you help her

-When she tries to pick up something and can’t/gets frustrated.

-Water from the bath getting in her face

As you can see, the list of her dislikes is different and shorter than last month. I feel like this month she has calmed down a lot and is more chill. She doesn’t get as upset or have as much as a temper as last month, so I hope this lasts! She is a genuinely happy girl who smiles and laughs a lot. She still gets cranky after her last nap/before bedtime, but other than that she is very cheerful. It is really funny when she does get mad though, she has the most fake cry when she gets frustrated, I call her my big faker,

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Emma did great while Bobby and I were out of town, and she got to hang out with both her grandmothers for a few days. I got lots of photos and videos and status reports. The day we traveled home, she caught a bit of a stomach but which was then passed on to Bobby and my mother in law. My dad has it now but we think he got it from somewhere else. I spent the weekend bleaching the house and have been washing my hands non stop hoping I don’t get it! The baby was only sick for about 10 hours and bounced back very quickly, unlike her father ha.

We had a week or so of not as great sleep (4 month sleep regression we are guessing) where she woke up once a night every night for a week. Now she is back to only waking up once a night every 7-8 days around 3-4 am to eat. She typically sleeps between 11-12 hours and takes between 2 and 3 naps a day depending on when she wakes up. her naps are typically still very short, 30-45 minutes with the occasional one hour. She knows her routine now for naps and sleep, and barely even cries when we put her down and typically goes right to sleep. I am always watching for tiredness/cues from her, so i try not to let her get overtired to where she would get fussy or have a hard time falling asleep.

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Sleep training is going great and she takes all her naps in her crib. She is in her swing at night, but as soon as we go home this weekend from my parents we are moving her to her crib at night (we had briefly put her in the crib at night but then she started waking up, and with us going out of town we decided to delay night time crib sleep until after our trip). I have stopped using the sleep sack during naps and only use it at night now or when it’s really cold outside.

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The baby drinks around 31/32 ounces of formula a day (more on days she wakes up in the night to eat once) and is still in size 2 diapers. She is growing so much taller though and is in 6-9 month sleepers and pants, but can still fit into some 6 month onesies.

She can ALMOST sit up unassisted (she can for a few seconds but then falls over so I don’t count it) and can occasionally roll but not consistently. She can’t figure out what to do with her arm when she tries to roll over but she can kick her hips and legs over.

She is constantly scanning the room looking for me when she is on the floor or in her bouncer or jumparoo, and she is so much more aware of what is going on around her. She is such a good baby and I love getting up in the morning to see her because she is always so smiley and happy! I love my crazy girl!

QOTD: Did/do your babies get frustrated when they can’t do something they are trying to master?

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Emma Kate: Month 3

My little baby is no longer a newborn! Her third month was very eventful with the holidays, and it’s fascinating to watch how quickly she is learning new things.

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My little girl is definitely showing us her personality, and boy is it a strong one! When she wants to eat or go to sleep, she wants it RIGHT. NOW. It’s amazing how quickly she can go from smiling to screaming.

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This month, Emma Kate Loves:

-Putting everything in her mouth

-Laughing

-grabbing at hanging toys

-“crinkly” toys

-Playing “airplane” with daddy

– “Talking” to us

– Watching TV

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On the flip side, here are some things she does NOT like:

-waiting to long for a nap

-waiting for a bottle

-waiting on ANYTHING

-Being bored

-Tummy time

-Bright lights

-Long car rides

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This kid is blowing our minds with all that she is learning and how quickly she is developing. Over Christmas, my dad was holding her in a reclined position in her boppy and he kept getting her to pull up on his fingers. Well, all of the sudden, the child decides to sit up all by herself! She did it several times, we were in shock.

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Emma has been sleeping GREAT at night. When we were at my parents for Christmas she got a little out of whack, and during her 12 week wonder week she had two nights where she woke up a couple of times, but other than that she is a rockstar at night sleep. Some night she wakes up after 40 minutes or so (we aren’t sure why she’s having a hard time getting through that first sleep transition) but once she is down again (about 7 ish) she is down until around 7:00 in the morning, sometimes 6, and yesterday she slept until 8:00!

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However, naps are pretty short. This girl loves to sleep just not for long periods during the day. She takes a nap every 1.5-2 hours of wake time during the day. I was putting her down after two hours but lately she has been getting cranky sooner so I have been putting her down sooner. She typically naps four times a day from 30 minutes to an hour at the longest, with most averaging around 40-45 minutes. We are still rocking her to sleep. but plan to sleep train starting at 4 months.

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She is still sleeping in her swing at night, but we are slowing it down to the second setting this week (out of 6) as we get her towards motionless sleep for her fourth month and sleep training. The swing stops after 4 hours so at night she goes a long time with it being still. She is still spitting up a lot so we are going to keep her in the swing until at least four months and her 4 month check up.

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We spend the day rotating between the boppy, her activity mat, her bouncy seat, and now her newest toy, her jumparoo. She can’t reach the floor yet so we have a box under her, but she is starting to figure out how to bounce in it. She can hold her head up very well but sometimes rests it on her arm when she gets tired.

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She is wearing size 3-6 months and 6 month clothing. She is so long that I think we will be in 9 month footed PJ’s soon! She is definitely getting some baby fat, and I think she weighs around 15 pounds! I can’t wait to get her official stats next month at her doctor’s appointment. She is in size one diapers, but I think we will be moving to size two very soon.

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I can’t believe that just a few short months ago she was still inside of me, and now she is seeming more and more like a little person every single day. She wants to talk and walk SO badly, she gets really frustrated when she can’t “go” and when we don’t understand what she wants. She laughs and smiles all the time, which is really fun.

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A new development for January, Emma Kate will start mother’s day out at church twice a week so I can get more work done. Plus, I will finally be joining a gym! More on that in my 3 month post partum update that I will try to get up at the end of this week.

QOTD: What is your favorite stage from the first year of a baby’s life? Favorite baby toy or contraption that helped you?