Friday, February 20, 2015

5 Months Old

Okay, okay, I dropped the ball again, Braelyn is actually 5 3/4 months old today and I'm JUST NOW getting to her post!  Oopsies!

Braelyn Updates
How Old:  5 Months
Medical Updates:  She had an impromptu appointment on the 3rd of February bc I was feeling like crap and wanted to make sure Braelyn was okay too bc she had been coughing some and she weighed 13 lbs 8 oz  lbs and they didn't measure her height, but I know she has to be at least an inch taller than last time (25.75 inches) because she can really touch the ground in her bouncer and bounces bounces bounces! She hasn't been coughing as badly lately (thank goodness) and seems to be doing very well medically other than some eczema which we are treating by putting on lotion 2-3 times a day.  Daycare is putting it on her head daily as needed too.
Sleep: We started a new 'sleep training' method when Braelyn reached 4 1/2 months. We were having issue where we would go to console her when she cried and her cries would get worse and turn to screams. She could go for hours doing this on and off...or just on... And it was TERRIBLE.  I consulted the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and took some of the guidance of Dr. Weissbluth, and it's worked wonders for use and Braelyn.  She's sleeping so well at night, only waking once to feed.  I am truly blessed.  She doesn't nap well, so we are still working on that one...
Clothing/Diapers:  After finding she had eczema issues, I washed all of Braelyn's 3-6 month + clothes in a different detergent and put away anything that was 0-3 months.   
As for as cloth diapers, we are still really enjoying them.  Right around the 5 month mark, I did notice her night time diapers (Bumgenius Freetimes) were starting to smell.  It wasn't until 5 1/2 months (this past week) that I changed up diaper washing routines per Fluff Love and CD University tips. I'm currently obsessing over this diaper and am praying the seller will make more bc I really want this cover lol.
Milestones:  She has semi rolled from her back to her side, but not all the way to the belly.  She will push up on her arms when she's on her belly. She LOVES to grab at things and hold toys. I can hand her something and ask her to hold it and walk around the house with her holding something...this past week when I was sick, I had her hold the empty neti pot - haha! I'm sure it's just coincidence and she won't always do that, but it was helpful because I was then able to grab my water cup and tea mug! 

Mommy Updates
Postpartum: 5 Months
WeightRight around pre-pregnancy weight.
Waist/belly I'm working on toning my core back up. I started working out normally and doing ab workouts and then I realized my belly was looking bigger...well I thought that with diastatis recti, I only needed to be concerned if my ab gap was BIGGER than 2 finger widths.  Mine was right about 1 1/2 and then 5 fingers vertical.  And that's not meaning that it's okay to workout as normal again. So I bought the Knocked Up Fitness Postpartum DVD and am going to do that and focus on getting my abs back together.
Best moments as a new mom:  She's sleeping again!  Neal and I were seriously thrilled when we got her to sleep in her crib and 'through' the night with one waking to nurse!
Hardest moments as a new mom:  When she cries.  I truly hate when she cries. Especially in the car. Sometimes, I feel bad for her, then sometimes I think...okay she just had a diaper change, just had some food, she has to stay in her carseat because I'm driving...STOP, just STOP crying!  Other than her crying in the car, she's normally easy to console, just pick her up and she'll stop crying.  I'm not sure if that's 'good' but hey, it works for me, I'm okay with it.

And some photos from the month of January where she went from 4 months to officially 5 months on February 1st :)

My favorite of us this past month:

This one makes daddy proud :) 

I love this sequence (this was my food, but she's looking with amazement...she's about ready to start some food other than mama milk!)

From pissed off, to happy :)

One of my favorite little outfits this past month :)

Learning to love the workout mat, like mommy :)
Lastly, baby wearing, the way I can get most stuff done!