Saturday, May 26, 2012

More on 5 Months

Hannah's life at 5 months old:

*Schedule: This is still not very concrete.  Of course with babies it never is anyway :)  The one consistent thing is bedtime--it's always late.  Hannah goes to bed between 10:30 and 11:30 and sometimes it's even later.  She is not consistently sleeping through the night yet either.  Some nights she does awesome (this last Thursday was 10:45-8:45) and then there are nights like last night--asleep before 10 and awake at 3:30 for an hour and up at 8.  I have to say my body has adjusted well and most days I don't need a nap.  As for the rest of the day she naps either 1 or 2 times in the morning depending on the night and with luck she'll take at least a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  She will also take a few short cat naps between 5ish and 8ish.  The bummer is she hasn't really figured out how to put herself to sleep yet.  She likes to be held or rocked or eat herself to sleep.  I've figured out in the past 2 weeks that I can put her in the moby wrap in the afternoon and my movement will put her to sleep but it's not always an ideal situation for me plus she can't get too used to that.  I have tried letting her cry/scream herself to sleep.  On a rare occasion it will work but most often after 20 or so minutes I can't take it anymore and rescue her.

*Stats: I don't know for sure what Hannah's weight is right now.  She was 15 lb 11.5 oz at her 4 month check-up so I would say she's close to 17 pounds.  Whatever her weight is she is a big baby; she's not too chubby she's just big.  She is still wearing 6 month size tops but they are no longer too long and most pants are now 6 month size.  Pajamas are all 9 months in size because her body is so long.  She can also easily wear 9 month size dresses and some of the 6 month size ones are more like long shirts than a dress.  Her hair is also starting to get a longer; there's enough to see it spike up if you rub your hand across her head.  We still aren't sure what color it is although it's leaning toward blonde--it appears red, brown, very blonde or a mix of those depending on the light.  Her eyes are still blue.

*Food: This is the biggest change for this month.  Hannah had her first solid food on April 28.  She absolutely loved her rice cereal.  She quickly figured out how to eat off of the spoon and she loves to eat her dinner after we've had ours every night about 7ish.  Hannah had her first vegetable, carrots (just like Luke), on May 4 and she's quickly moved on from there.  She has had carrots, green beans, peas and sweet potatoes.  She doesn't spit anything out so I can only hope she continues to like her veggies.  She had her first fruit last weekend when she had apples for the first time.  I'm pretty sure the sweetness surprised her a bit but she ate them like a champ.  Hannah is still nursing between 7-10 times a day as well.

*Activities: I would say that during the day Hannah is awake more than she's asleep now.  That is slightly dependent on our activities though.  If we're out running errands and she's in the carseat or stroller she tends to sleep more.  When she is awake Hannah loves to move; LOVES to move.  This includes bouncing, jumping, scooting, rolling (only to her side still) and just hanging out on the floor playing.  She would much prefer to be in someone's arms or have someone very close by than to hang out by herself (so different than Luke).  

*Mobility: This hasn't changed much since last month.  She still likes to scoot around on her back.  So much so that her back is really dry in places.  The one new thing is hanging out in the exersaucer.  Hannah really seems to enjoy the freedom it allows her--playing, bouncing, spinning and watching tv.  Hannah continues to amaze me with her strength.  While laying on her back either on the floor or in her bouncer she'll hold her head up for very long stretches of time and sometimes she'll even pull her legs up to almost like she's doing a tummy crunch as Grandma J put it this week. 

*Favorites: I would say this has all stayed the same from last month as well.  I am still Hannah's favorite person but she has a smile for anyone that says hello or interacts with her.  Hannah still loves when Luke interacts with her and no matter what the situation she will smile instantly when she sees Luke if she hasn't seen him for a while.  Hannah loves to watch Luke play and we can tell she just can't wait to be able to play with him.  Other favorites:  the exersaucer, cloth diapers, being outside, a new taggie car seat toy, laying on her playmat and looking in the mirror with Dad.  Hannah also really enjoys bath time :)

*Events: This last month has seen several firsts for Hannah--eating solid food, playing in the exersaucer, a couple of trips to the zoo and celebrating Mother's Day with me for the first time.  Grandma and Grandpa Johnson were just here for a short visit and Grammy is coming next week while Troy is out of town for the week.

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