Age 5 months
Weight about 17 pounds
Length not sure – no doctor appointment this month
Clothing size 6 mo is quite snug; 9 mo clothing is starting to fit better
Hair still incredibly wispy and unpredictable. It has enough length to actually lay against her head. Some parts of her hair are short; some are long. Some pieces are blonde, some are dark – sometimes when the sun shines through it, it has a twinge of red. There is no rhyme or reason to it.
Teeth still none yet! She is sucking/gumming her fingers, so she may be teething.
Sleeping still unpredictable. It has been a little more difficult to put her down to sleep, especially for naps. She doesn’t like to be put down while she’s still awake. She still goes down for the night around 8:00, but almost always wakes up at least once in the night … and her timing is a bit unpredictable. I have given in, finally, and let Michael get up with her instead & give her a bottle.
Eating she still nurses every 3-4 hours and takes about 5 oz every 3-4 hours at daycare. She has started to get distracted while she eats, which is cute at times, and annoying at times. Solids to start at 6 months!
Movement She has gotten even better at rolling both ways to get around. She doesn’t bonk her head on the crib rails much anymore because she has more control over herself. When she’s on her tummy, she has gotten really strong at pushing herself up very high. On the changing table, she kicks her legs as if she’s cycling: right, left, right, left, right, left. She does it very hard & deliberately. It’s awesome to watch.
Milestones Sits up for short periods of time. Babbles with her hand in her mouth. Belly laughs. First pair of skinny jeans!
Favorite toys/activities Again, feeling everything around her! If she’s sitting in my lap, she’s reaching for my shirt, the chair, anything on the table, etc …. especially if it’s something she hasn’t seen or touched yet. If I’m eating, I’ve learned to move most plates, food, utensils out of her reach while sitting at the table. She loves her piano turtle, her pink dolly, Fuzzy Bee soft book and her blue jingle bell rattle.
Likes Watching others jump or kick .. she giggles at that. Having raspberries blown on her tummy. Having her voice modulated by us: having her back pat while she “sings” or having her mouth pat with a burp cloth with she sings. “Talking” to me after she nurses. Observing other people very carefully. Being outside. Sticking out her tongue. Looking at any type of screen. No matter how much we try to keep her away from them, she is so drawn to them: iPhone, TV … any type of screen.
Dislikes Putting her arms through sleeves. Going down for naps. Being interrupted while nursing. Being stimulated too much when she is overtired. Sitting in her car seat while the car isn’t moving. Sitting in her car seat for too long. When other kids at daycare are crying right in her face (according to Michael, she studied the situation carefully and then finally gave in to sympathy crying).
Words & sounds Same as last month – lots of raspberries, squealing, babbling with her hands in her mouth. Still “sings” to soothe herself. She is a very vocal girl.
What we love How interactive she’s really become. She’s very responsive to everything around her. I especially love how observant she is. She really seems like she’s soaking in all of her surroundings. I love how she puts her head on your shoulder when she’s tired, sticks her fingers in her mouth and sings to herself.
What we don’t love Her fussiness at naptime & not sleeping through the night.
What we’re looking forward to next month Again … she will be 6 months in 2 days, so I can see the future, hehe. I will say … I’m looking forward to her first solid foods!
(photos taken Sep 30, 2012)