Her sweet, playful smile...
And above all... her super hero form!
P-Nut is getting better at sitting up by herself but still not there yet. She is a tummy time rock star demonstrating her super strength which she has always surprised me with. She has rolled over by herself twice but doesn't seem to be too crazy about it and hasn't done it since.
We also introduced the "jumpy roo" this month. She really likes it but we have to make sure Little C isn't around because he wants to bounce her to the moon and can get a bit rough!
Eating: She is eating like a champ. She has about 5 bottles a day, each 6oz. Some of the bottles are supplemented with soy formula because my breast milk supply is not keeping up. I also try to nurse as much as possible on the weekends and during the weeknights.
P-Nut is at an age now where she gets super distracted while feeding and whether it's the boob or the bottle, she is constantly trying to see what is going on around her so feedings are starting to drag on. Not a big deal though, and certainly not a behavior we think needs changing. Just a simple fact of her age.
Sleeping: She sleeps through the night but every so often will wake up around 4am (give or take) to be nursed for about 15-20 minutes, then falls right back to sleep.
Miscellaneous: Other than the rolling over and the addition of the "jumpy roo", another developmental change has been giggling. It is super cute and very quiet. Our Baby P-Nut seems very introspective and purposeful with her sounds. By this age Little C was jabbering up a storm and making as much noise as possible. P-Nut is capable and we've heard her get super loud and "coo" and "caaa" her little heart out, but for the most part she just watches and takes in the scene. Plus, having a chatter-box big bro makes getting a word in pretty tough!
There is one more random thing I'd like to mention... I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd have a light-skinned, light-haired, blue-eyed baby girl! I mean I knew it had to be possible considering Hubs side of the family, it's just that I'm pretty dark and even Hubs has the darkest features out of all his family members so I assumed our kids would be the same way. At times I look at her and think, "who's baby is this?!?" I love it and consider it just one more splendid and endearing surprise from my sweet girl.
Mama Update: The past few weeks I entered into my least favorite postpartum side effect. Hair loss!! Mama's, you know what I mean. It's way more than the typical hair here and there, it is full on HAND FULLS! It just drives me crazy more than anything and I look forward to when it ends.
Breastfeeding is still day-to-day for me. I do enjoy it but the pumping is what has me questioning whether or not "today will be my last day," on a regular basis. I'm trying to keep my supply up by drinking my weight in water, eating oatmeal, and nursing as much as possible whenever possible. I also know pumping more throughout the day would help but I really can't because of my job. So I am doing what I can and still shooting for my 6 month goal. My last ditch effort will be taking fenugreek supplements if none of the other stuff works.
I am also on a mission to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. I do pretty good for the most part but feel the need for improvement. I lost all the baby weight but I really want to get to the ideal weight for my age and height. Not for vanity purposes (although that doesn't hurt), but because I want to be a good role model for my kids. Once I introduced dairy back into my diet I immediately noticed some weight gain. So I've decided to limit my dairy intake and Hubs and I have been changing our diets in a positive way. Now all I have to do is figure out a good routine for squeezing in workouts and I think I'll be doing alright!
So there you have it! P-Nut and I are doing great and lovin' life. And speaking of lovin'... She can't get enough of me either. Can't you tell! ;)
Now let's hear from you! How are you doing with your breastfeeding goals? Is your baby sleeping through the night? Does your baby look like you? What fun thing is your 5 month old up to? If your baby is older, do you remember what 5 months was like?