Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Annalynn: 5 Months

by Meghann on March 1, 2016

Happy 5 months, Annalynn!

5 month updates

You are about 15 pounds, in size 6 clothes, and size 2 diapers. You’re becoming very mobile and love playing with your toys, especially you Mickey and Sophie Giraffe.

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You’ve had quite a month, baby girl. You were really sick with a bad case of RSV followed by both an eye and ear infection. You tolerated hourly breathing treatments, had your first round of antibiotics, and learned to embrace the electric aspirator. Unfortunately you still have a stuffy nose that just won’t quit. At this point I’m assuming you’re just going to have a stuffy nose until you enter college.

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Milestones

We have a roller! You mastered rolling from front to back a while ago, but this month you were finally able to conquer going from back to front. It’s funny, I had pre-written this post talking about how cautious you were and how you roll slowly in “stages” at your own pace, but overnight something clicked and you became a rolling star. Now we can’t put you on your back without having you roll to your front. It’s a fun new trick that you love to show off.

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You’ve recently discovered your feet and you’re a big fan of having them in your hands at all time. You even like to have a hold of them while attempting to roll and only let go when you have that last bit to turn.

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The other day I went to get you out of the car seat and you looked up at me with a sock hanging out of your mouth. You managed to take the sock off of your feet and bring it up to your mouth to chew on. Both Daddy and I were laughing so hard. I’m sure the sock was tasty.

Speaking of putting things  in your mouth, you LOVE chewing on your fingers. If you don’t have binky or toy in your mouth, then your fingers are there. It’s a permanent fixture at this point.

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Sleep

Awe… sleep. Something you used to rock at and now have your mom pulling her hair out over.

When you were really sick earlier this month your sleep patterns were all over the place. After a really bad night, we got sort of desperate and let you sleep in the swing. The first night in the swing you slept from 8:00 pm – 7:00 am without so much as a peep. Of course, I was up all night checking on you making sure you were still breathing, but you handled it like a champ. The next night? Meh. We were back to square one, but at least you got one solid night of sleep. Once you semi-recovered, you went from waking up every hour to 2-3 times per night.

Over the weekend we started the process of transitioning you out of the swaddle. I have to admit, I’m really sad to see the swaddle go. You LOVED being swaddled and it was our clutch to calm you when nothing else would. *sniff *sniff

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We started the transition with the Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, which your dad and I have dubbed your “marshmallow suit.” Again, you were really awesome the first night (only woke up twice – woo hoo), but tapered the next two nights. Last night you decided 2:30 am was party time and continued to smile and coo until 4:00 am. Zzzzz….

My goal for the next month is to hopefully move you to your crib for sleeping at night. Gulp.

Eating

While you still love to eat, your curiosity has started to get the best of you while nursing lately. Why nurse when you can watch TV, pet the dog, or smile and play with mom? Eating is overrated, you have places to go and people to see!

Yep, we’re dealing with some distraction issues. We have to nurse with the TV off now and it’s getting harder to eat my breakfast during our morning nursing session because you love to watch me eat. I expect it’s only going to get harder as you become more mobile and curious.

I did purchase a nursing necklace off of Etsy recently, which seems to keep you moderately entertained for the time being. You love to grab a hold of it while you nurse and pull it back and forth.

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Daddy and I thank out lucky stars everyday that we have you in our lives. You’re smart, beautiful, and so much fun to be around. Thank you for making everyday a little bit brighter.  We can’t wait to see what the next months bring as you continue to grow and explore the world around you.

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Love you, baby girl.

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