5 month baby update

5 month baby update; blog; blog baby update

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.


blog; baby update; 5 months
Helping mommy with her work
Baby progress:

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

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  1. My Little one is 3 years old and I feel like I can relate. I’ve also recently just started studying. Between being a mom, a good partner, a student and my job it’s really hard balancing all of this when there’s only one me. But I take each day as it comes. I’m happy going to bed knowing that I gave each aspect my bed, although I tend to neglect the books until a few days before my exams. LOL!

  2. Hi Thando. Such a wonderful article! Thanks for sharing. I’ve just returned to work (literally last week), and slowly adjusting to having to leave baby at home. I’m taking each day as it comes. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, young, modern mommies!

    Hope the flu blues get sorted our soon, and that you get more sleep. That’s my eternal prayer for all moms! More sleep:)

    Take care, Mx

    1. Hi Mosa, thank you so much. Give yourself as much time as you need to adjust again. It’s a big change, I’m still trying to find my eet with a new routine too. We neeeed those sleep-blessings, lol

  3. Hi I’m a new fan,no the feeling and its double of everything my side .My twins are 1+ and they both handfull.Your princess is adorable.love ur post and get well soon 🙂

    1. Lameez, welcome 🙂 thanks so much for stopping by. Oh boy, I can imagine how crazy things must be for you. Wishing you double the blessings on everything

  4. She has grown so quickly. I totally get you with the sleeping routine. I am going through that right now. I am struggling to cope at work because this week he just hasn’t been sleeping. I am really looking forward to the posts about the solids. Cant wait to see what recipes you will be doing

    1. We really need those naps Grace 🙂 I’m a zombie half of the time and this girl sleeps late. Have you started solids?

  5. What a sweet little Princess on that photo. Gosh so much sick in the house can have one totally exhausted. I do hope you are all way more healthy in the next few months. All the best with the studies and glad you have help

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