I was looking forward to all the lovely things I could brag about in my five month baby update, but it hasn’t been the easiest month. At the moment, all my energy has been drained by the lack of sleep in my household. I’m completely fiiiinished!
It seems like all of us are taking turns to get sick and it’s thrown all routines out of the window. First little man with a flu, then I had a viral infection and now it’s our little doll who has had an upset tummy for a few days now. We’re currently awaiting results from the laboratory and I’ve been watching her very closely for signs of dehydration.
Just the other day, I was on a high from her sleeping a full 7 hours at night and the next we’re back to 3-4 waking’s per night. I know it will get better though and I’ve had my fair share of a pity-party.
Firstly, have you heard of Wonder Weeks? If not, read about them here, trust me. This may explain a lot about the various changes and stages your baby could be going through from week 5 – week 76. Now that I’ve helped you realise that you are not crazy, let’s move to what’s happening with baby:
She’s lots of fun and keeps us well entertained with sounds, facial expressions and laughs. I love her curiosity and that everyday is different.
She is very aware of her surroundings and familiar people, which isn’t always nice because 1) she’s very attached to me and becoming clingy. It’s cute and makes me feel like a million bucks, but it can also get exhausting 2) all the grannies at the mall love greeting her and she just bursts out crying. I forgot how much old people love babies, it’s too cute.
She reaches out for EVERYTHING and wants to put it straight into her mouth – her fingers, my fingers, cups, teaspoons, cellphones. Through this, I’m learning how feisty and strong she is.
She only naps for 20 – 40 minutes at a time during the day 🙁 serious case of baby-FOMO
She’s getting too heavy for her brother to carry her, he’s not happy about this.
She is learning how to sit on her own, this one caught me off guard. About two weeks ago, I put her down on a pillow so she could lie on her back and she pushed herself right up. She does this all the time now and it’s too cute. She can balance in the sitting position for about 10 seconds on her own, so we are also using the Bumbo chair to help her along.
Breastfeeding is still going well, I try to breastfeed exclusively when I am home. Now that she is more aware of sounds and people, she gets very easily distracted while feeding, so I usually have to go to a quiet room if I want her to get done.
We still dont have a set routine yet, there have been too many interruptions, but she wakes up from her last nap at 6pm and she baths at 7pm. No matter how many times I try to have her down by 7:30, she only goes to bed around 9pm and I’m used to it now.
She is more comfortable on her tummy but I don’t think I’m focusing on this enough and it’s something I need to work on with her.
Work and extra help:
Work is actually going well, remember how devastated I felt at the end of my maternity leave? Although everything requires more planning, I quite enjoy getting out of the house, getting dressed up and being super productive. The only downside to being busy is that I sometimes miss my “expressing” breaks then I don’t have enough breastmilk to take home for the next day, but I do what I can.
I reaaaaaally miss my mid-day naps though, I didn’t really take enough of those. New working moms should have a nap-break too.
I’m so excited to have found an au-pair that lives in our area, who drives, babysits and cooks and cleans if needed. She is going to help us out over the weekends when our nanny is off and when we have date nights, work events, etc. There won’t be many of those since I’ve finally registered to study again and my course starts in September. I have a feeling I’ll really need her a lot in the next few weeks.
What we’re looking forward to:
Starting solids soon. I plan on making as much [as time allows] of her baby food myself. So you can look forward to some posts about baby nutrition soon.
I can’t believe how quickly we got here! Here’s to hoping month 6 comes with more sleep!
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Modern Zulu Mom