Oh sweet little Baby Girl, you are growing up so fast and my heart can’t handle it. It seems like overnight you went from a newborn to a little baby who can sit up by herself and is eating solids. Month five of your life has been full of transition for us as a family with huge leaps and bounds forward.
Mommy and Daddy left you for the first time for a wedding in Salt Lake City, a major milestone for sure, and you did so good during your first long weekend with Grandma. We missed you more than we ever thought possible and you looked so tiny and itty bitty when we came home to your smiling face. I hugged you solid for about ten minutes and didn’t want you to go to bed so we could stay up and play. Mommy and Daddy missed you so much.
We also went on our first vacation as a family of three, plus 2 dogs, as we visited Grandma and Grandpa on the west side for our annual lake vacation. Little miss is already a pro at living the lake life and makes “doing nothing” look easy. We were so proud of her. Being out of her normal routine and constantly on the go is difficult for anyone, adults included, and she handled it like a champ.
God, she’s CUTE!!!!
She is such a little doll, and we just love to love her!
PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP AND GROWTH: No five month check-up for Reagan this month, but she will be going in next month for her six month checkup and shots. Time is just flying by. I swear she has gained a couple of pounds and just feels bigger and more grown up with each passing day. That little tummy of hers is getting rounder by the second and not to mention those little chubby cheeks. Girls got thigh rolls for days and I LOVE IT!!! Embrace it little one. Its the only time in your life its social acceptable to rock thigh rolls. #awesome
EYE COLOR, HAIR, AND BABY GIBBERISH: We seriously laugh all day long at the sounds and snorts this little peanut makes. We even convinced ourselves at one point that she was ACTUALLY saying “I love you.” Most likely not even close but the verdict is still out. 🙂 Her baby blues are still in fact BLUE, and i’m not sure her hair will ever come in. My stash of baby headbands continues to grow by the day and I can’t wait to actually brush or put a legit bow in her hair someday. The time will come and then i’ll probably miss her tiny bald head.
SLEEP: Due to all our recent activities Reagan’s sleep schedule has been way off lately. We are trying our best to keep her on schedule with naps and bedtime but vacation always throws everything off. She gave up sleeping on her tummy during nap time and sorta just stopped napping all together. Mommy and Daddy had to get creative and come up with some new routine for nap time. We opted to use her spaceship, our 4moms Mamaroo rocker, for nap time again and magically she started sleeping for 2 to 3 hours again. She takes a short morning nap, a long mid-morning nap, and a long afternoon nap and is one happy little baby again. Every once in awhile she goes through a growth spurt and will just sleep all the time OR she won’t sleep at all. Each day is a new adventure with her.
Her bedtime routine is still the same and she is a pretty good night sleeper. She still takes one night bottle and usually sleeps the rest of the night without waking up or fussing. We are slowly trying to wean her off the swaddle and have been unsuccessful so far. She still really needs that wrapped up sensation and feeling of security. We will get there eventually. We did up her bedtime bottle to a full 8oz. and she sleeps much better. I know 6 months is really the turning point for babies sleeping through the night and not requiring a nighttime bottle so… fingers crossed and maybe we will get there next month.
FEEDINGS: Starting solids has been an adventure and a half. Unknown to me, a freakin hazmat suit is almost required when learning to feed your baby. I have never seen so much food go EVERYWHERE, except in my baby’s mouth, in my life. But at the same time it is beyond adorable and seeing her little face light up as we try new foods is just AWESOME! I always thought I would be sad watching her grow up and secretly, maybe not so secretly, want her to stay tiny and little forever. But, watching her experience the world around her and seeing the connections being made in her little developing brain is the BEST THING EVER.
We started her on a little organic oatmeal cereal once a day. She wasn’t sure what to think about it at first but after awhile she really enjoyed it. We opted to go with oatmeal rather than rice cereal and she took to it almost immediately. The first couple of weeks of solids were just getting her used to eating off a spoon and learning to swallow something other than milk. We did mix in some formula instead of water to ease the transition. After a couple of weeks of eating cereal we slowly started introducing some fruits and veggies mixed in with her cereal and then also by themselves.
I researched and read some reviews on different brands and we ended up going with Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal and Plum Formula. For fruits and veggies we ended up going with Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food in stage 1. Basically one day, I went to Target, thats were we buy most of our baby stuff, and spent about an hour in the baby aisle comparing the ingredients listed on all the different brands. This was the only brand that I found that used whole foods, not just partially broken down purees, as its base ingredient and then no added preservatives, sugar, or water. We started with cereal, then did sweet potatoes, apples, pears, green beans (which she hated at first but now loves) and mangos. The sweet potatoes and mangos were her favorite but now she really eats anything we put in front of her. We eventually added more veggies.
We up’d her feedings to twice a day and do oatmeal + fruit in the morning and oatmeal + veggies in the evening. Sometimes we mix them in with her oatmeal and sometimes she takes both separately. I truly had every intention of researching the best feeding practices and how to introduce solids. Oh, and I was going to be that awesome mom who made her own baby food…HA HA HA . Yea right, who has time for that crap. Life got too busy and one day it just felt right, so we jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. We let her take the lead on what tasted good and she set the pace on when she ate solids and how much she took. Her sleep habits DID NOT change with introducing solids but she did go longer between feedings during the day. I totally winged starting solids and made a conscience choice not to worry, or but any energy into worrying, about food allergies. We just watched her closely and let her set the pace on solids and she is doing GREAT!!!
Feeding her is so much FUN and sooooooo messy. But its a whole new way of interacting with her and teaching her about the different foods she is eating. We go over the names of each food and what colors they are and how they are grown. So fun!
SCHEDULE: Our day to day playbook is slowly becoming more productive. Baby girl is becoming more self-sufficient and independent which means Mommy has a little more time to get things done around the house. Dishes, laundry, and endless vacuuming are all calling my name. Right now our day-to-day routine looks like this…
7am – Wake Up and snuggle in bed with Mommy. Daddy usually wakes up around 6:30am and after getting ready will bring Reagan to me in bed. She takes her first bottle of the day in bed with me and then we read and play or snuggle with the puppies.
8am – Tummy time in front of the mirror in our bedroom while Mommy makes the bed and cleans up the bedroom. We are working on getting her to crawl eventually and we practice standing. Then we head downstairs for coffee and breakfast. We play with the puppies in the living room or head outside to watch them run around the backyard.
10am – Mommy starts some chores and gets ready to go to Pure Barre. Reagan usually takes her 2nd bottle of the day and then goes down for nap number one. We have been using her spaceship for nap time and after she finishes bottle #2 she goes down awake for her nap. She usually falls asleep within 20min. or so and will nap for about 1 to 2 hours.
11:30am – Mommy heads to Pure Barre and Reagan hangs with Daddy for some father-daughter bonding time. After class I run some errands or just enjoy some peace and quiet and then head home to finish wrapping up our day. While i’m gone Reagan will sometimes take another bottle.
2pm – Mommy is home. I shower and eat some lunch. Reagan will usually take her first round of solids while i’m eating lunch. We talk about her day so far and play peek-a-boo.
3pm – We try and get out of the house for a walk or some fresh air every afternoon. We walk around the neighborhood or play fetch with the puppies in the backyard. Baby girl is sitting up like a champ these days so i’ll put a blanket down on the grass for her to sit on and she loves to watch the dogs run around and chase the ball.
4:30pm – Nap time again and another bottle. I start prepping for dinner and Reagan chills in her walker or plays on the floor in the kitchen with her toys. If Reagan gets fussy around this time sometimes I put her down for another mini nap or we do more solids. She usually takes oatmeal and fruit in the am and oatmeal and veggies in the evening.
7pm – Daddy gets home from Crossfit and does bath time, reads her a book, and then she has her last bottle of the day. We try our best to keep her awake to finish the whole bottle but she often falls asleep about half way through. We kiss her goodnight and then put her to bed swaddled with one or both arms out.
MILESTONES & PLAY: Month Five has been huge when it comes to baby milestones. Reagan can officially sit up by herself with the occasional tumble backwards, which is of course followed by lots of tears. She is reaching and grabbing for anything that is front of her and absolutely EVERYTHING is going in her mouth these days. She went swimming for the first time at the lake and did so GOOD. We weren’t sure what to expect but she didn’t fuss once. She of course wore a lifejacket and seemed to enjoy floating and kicking her little legs. She officially started solids and is almost sleeping though the night. She is very attentive to everything we are doing and will just watch us and smile endlessly. She loves to babble and coo back to us and will have full blown baby conversations with herself. She also loves her puppies and will imitate us petting them. She gets so excited whenever they come into the room and she waves and pumps her little arms to show us she is excited. The dogs tolerate her at this point and are somewhat interested in her. They love to lay next to her and sleep on the sheepskin rug at the base of her crib.
Reagan loves to play and wants whatever we have. She loves her stuffed animals, colorful blocks, and anything that makes noise. We dance and sing to her and she is just so happy. We are even that goofy family who has dance parties in our kitchen with our baby and dogs. She loves it though and it so good for her to see us having fun and playing with each other and the dogs. She officially gets bored of certain toys and so we are always on the move from room to room and introducing new toys to keep her occupied. She hates being alone and will scream every time one of us leaves the room. With her sitting up we can put her on the floor and get things done while still talking and interacting with her. She is almost rolling over from back to tummy and watching her kick her little legs and sway back and forth is one of the highlights of my day.
Summer is almost over and we are so excited for Reagan’s first Fall and all the awesome activities we will get to do as a family!
Happy Five Months baby girl we LOVE you to the moon and back!!!!
Mommy & Daddy