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Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Five Months, Grace!

Five months old! I can't believe how quickly the time is passing by. Her month four was a whirlwind of adventure and change. Our little newborn is completely in the infant stage, with learning, growing, and changing taking center stage in her little life. I thank God for her every day and pray that Ian and I can be the best parents for her as possible.

This post is a week late, but due to arriving home from vacation and then the start of the school year, things have gotten a little mixed up!

Grace had her four month check up this week (even though she is five months, her doctor was out of town the first half of the month, and then we were out of town the second half.) Our girl is growing!

Height: 25.2 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 13.6 pounds (25th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16.3 inches (50th percentile)

She's held steady at the same percentages, so the doctor is very happy with her growth. She is not a big baby, by any standards, but she isn't particularly tiny either.

Our Doctor explained that her dark pink birth mark is called a port wine stain (it is on the back of her head,) the most common of birth marks, and that it should get dark red when she cries and should fade to nothing around her first birthday (or get covered up by hair.)

She got two shots and one oral immunization and then we were on our way! We'll have to go back in 6 weeks for her 6 month check up, in order to get back on schedule, but we're excited to keep up with her growth!

Clothes:
Not much has changed here...Grace is still in 0-3 month clothes and has at least another month in them, if not longer.

Food: Grace nurses every three hours from 7 am until 7 pm, with a "dream feed," right before I go to sleep, usually around 11:30. She also eats 2-3 tablespoons of cereal (mixed with 4-6 tablespoons of water,) each night at 6. She loves her cereal thick and has been great at leaning forward, opening her mouth, and taking all of the cereal off of the spoon! Our doctor wants us to wait until she is 6 months to start other foods and we are okay with that!

Sleep: Grace's sleep got disrupted while we were on vacation. There was alot of cat napping going on in her stroller or in her carrier, and her nighttime sleep was horrible. Seriously, I don't know if I can explain to you how awful it was. She would only sleep swaddled and with her pacifier in her mouth, but we had no AC for most of the time and she would over heat or the pacifier would fall out and then she would wake up. She would really only sleep for about 30-45 minutes at a time.

Of course, as soon as we set foot back in our house, she was fine again! We let her have two nights of good sleep to recuperate and then we weaned her from her swaddle an the pacifier (sort of.) She sleep fine without the swaddle now (it took about 3-4 days to wean her from this,) and though she sometimes wakes up and wants her pacifier (usually around the 1 hour mark for a nap and around the 3 hours mark of night sleep,) we let her cry it out and she usually goes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes.

Activity: Grace learned to blow a raspberry this month, found her feet, learned to be with out her swaddle, can put her pacifier back in all by herself, and started laughing more easily.

Personality: Grace likes her cuddle time but has been working on more independent play time lately. She can usually entertain her self for 10-15 minutes at a time but we are working on stretching that to a 20 minute mark.

Miscellaneous:

*Grace traveled to Europe, stayed in her first hotel, and saw beautiful landmarks in Paris.
*Grace had her first food while in Europe- Lemon Sorbet!
*Grace started her first foods, rice cereal, this month!
*Grace loves to sit in a tripod sit, almost unassisted, and likes to be pulled onto her feet to stand.
*She loves music and songs, and will almost always smile or laugh if we sing her anything.
*She was loving her teething rings, but then I tried to sterilize them and ended up melting them. Lesson learned.

1 comment:

Tami said...

Happy 5 months Grace! It sounds like she has learned and grown so much in the last month. If you guys are ever in this area we need to get our girls together for a playdate. :)