Monday, August 24, 2015

Ava Rose at 5 Months...

5 months, Hip Hip Hooray!

Five month facts:
  • Everything goes into that mouth, literally nothing is safe.  Hands, hair, toys, blankets, fingers, toes, et cetera
  • We can roll over belly to back
  • Still happiest in the morning, sleeping at least four hours at a time at night but can sleep 6-8 hours if mommy is very lucky
  • Loves electronic books - she has two, a Vtech and a Fisher Price one.
  • She can grab toys, play, sit assisted, and reach for toys during tummy time.
  • She is fascinated by her feet.
  • Absolutely loves her Daddy and wants his attention as soon as he gets home, she relies on him for lots of cuddles.  
  • Prefers mommy for comfort and to fill her belly.  We play a lot on the floor and sing, I don't think I've ever sung so much in my life.
  • She drools all day, every day and has to wear a bib 24/7.
Nicknames:  Nugget, Nuggie, Nugs, Bunny, Bunny Bear, Bunny Rose, and Fuss Bucket.  Occasionally Sugar Bear (pronounced Suhgar - thats important people!)
Weight:  4 month visit we were 11 pounds, 11 ounces.  We won't go back to the doctor until 6 months.

Length:  Just under 25 inches.  She is such a long baby considering her weight.

Eyes:  Hazel, there is quite a bit of green in them.

Clothes:  We still wear a lot of our 0-3 month "summer" clothes, onesies, and rompers.  We have graduated to 3-6 month for length though and that's probably the size we will be in for the majority of the next couple of months.  It really won't be chilly here for a while so I was able to buy her some transition clothes for the season.  We wear a size 1 shoe.

Diapers:  Size 1.  Costco carries a size 1-2 that we were given at our shower so we are going to use them up and then we will start buying size 2. 

Sleeping: At least 4 hours stretches.  We've even had some 5, 6, 7, and 8 hour nights thrown in there.  We still usually have at least one night feeding, sometimes two.  I thought that we might be teething for a while there because we had a week where we were waking up every 1.5 hours but thankfully  it was just a few nights.

Likes:  Her hands, her frog lovey, the bath, Lamaze toys, sitting up and being carried - she likes to see everything we do.  She also loves the morning news, she is so attentive to the am weather girl.

Dislikes: Homegirl falls apart after about 8pm...she needs to be bathed and ready for bed or else "Angry Nugget" comes out.  She hates getting her nails clipped, and her carseat. 

Feeding:  Breast milk, we nurse in the mornings, evenings and any night feeds that she wakes up for.  She gets three bottles during the day at daycare.  If she doesn't wake at night then I get up to pump.  We are prepared to start some solids next month.

Ava's Favorites:  Freddy Firefly, Halo SwaddleSack, Manhattan Winkle Sensory Rattle, live music

Milestones: Found her feet, rolled over the first time, she can "speak" b and g sounds, she can pass objects between her hands, and slept through the night.

Postpartum: Still losing about a half pound per week and a pound of hair a day.  That might be an exaggeration (or not because I find my hair everywhere).  It's been falling out at a slower rate it seems but I can also see it growing back in the form of baby hairs all over my head.  It's noticeable at my hairline. Cooler temperatures will hopefully motivate me to get back to running.  The past two months since I've returned to work have been so challenging balancing work and home - I want to give her my full attention when we are together; when I'm at the office I have to manage my time well so I can pick her up from daycare, play, nurse her and do a full bedtime routine, in just a few precious evening hours.  R and I have started a daily cleaning schedule so we can get a little extra mileage out of those hours, having a clean house is pretty low on the priority list when you have a tiny nugget but eventually the dog needs a bath, cat hair needs to be vacuumed from the carpet, the dishes need to be washed and the clothes need to be dried.  My breastfeeding game is still strong, I'm so thankful that 5 months in we are still able to do it.  Pumping is such a pain and it's challenging to get enough milk in a day while pumping. When I'm stressed I don't produce well and that makes collecting milk at work difficult. R has been a huge help - he gets my bottles and pump parts clean and ready and at the end of the day he measures the milk and fills the collection bags to freeze.  I pack and unpack my bag every day and of course I stop everything about every three hours to either pump or nurse if I'm with her - it's definitely a team effort.

I have a tiny nugget for one more month before she is officially an "older infant" as her teachers call it...she thinks she is big and is trying desperately to become more mobile and independent.  We had a nice long chat today about staying little as long as possible for my sake. 

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