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Charlotte’s Five Month Update

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Charlotte’s Five Month Update


Height:
at birth: 20 inches.
at one month: 21 inches
at two months: Unsure
at three months: 23.5 inches
at four months: 24.5 inches
at five months: Unsure

Weight:
at birth: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at two months: Unsure
at three months: 10 lb 4 oz
at four months: 12 lb 3 oz
at five months: Unsure (but her thighs are getting chunky!)

Clothing Size:  A few 0-3 month items fit, but now she’s almost exclusively wearing 3-6 month clothes!

Milestones:
-She rolled over from her belly to her back once…when no one was in the room to see it! Stubborn girl! We think it was an accidental roll, but I know it’s going to happen anytime now!

-She’s eating food! She’s tried sweet potatoes, bananas, and carrots so far, along with her cereal. Next up: green peas (ick). I think I know where those chunky thighs are coming from…

-She’s started napping in her crib more, and we’ve put her in her pack and play to sleep at night, instead of the rock and play. She’s still in our room at night, but she naps really well in the crib, so I think once we get some blackout curtains and a humidifier for her room, it might be time to start working on overnight sleeping in there. Of course, I’ll be glued to her video monitor those first few nights!!

Likes: Being held in the air above your head (like an airplane, if that makes sense), eating (always!), watching football (ha!!)

Dislikes: Staying up too late, sitting in her car seat for long periods of time

Sleep: We’re on more of a routine now that her surgery and my leave time is over. We’ve started putting her to bed around 7:30 every night, and it has made a huge difference! She was going to bed between 8 and 8:30, so we haven’t pushed it back much, but it’s been enough to make her happier and let us avoid a nightly meltdown (most of the time). I know we’ll need to keep tweaking her bedtime routine, especially once she’s sleeping in her own room, but this is working well for now, and she almost always sleeps until around 4:30 or 5, then naps again for a little bit before she’s ready to be up (and eat some food!!).

Best Moment: This may sound silly, but I took her somewhere on my own, and it was a great moment for me! Like all new moms, I’ve had doubts and struggles, but I took her on a brief outing and managed to feed her (while in line at a Starbucks drive through…talent) without having another adult with me. She did so well, and we had a good time surprising her dad when he was with some of his friends!

Worst Moment: She had a pretty huge meltdown one night after we had taken her grocery shopping for the first time. I think she was just overtired and overstimulated and she had been in her car seat too long. All of those things were a recipe for disaster! I’ve noticed that I handle these meltdowns better now because I can recognize some of her cues, like her rubbing her hair when she’s sleepy. Plus, once she’s settled and comfortable, she usually calms down!

Eating: She is a human vacuum! She’s still taking her bottles (she took a 7 ounce one the other night!!), but she eats cereal and food at least 2-3 times a day now. She was in the 10th percentile for weight at her 4 month checkup, so let’s see where she is next month during her 6 month checkup!

Mommy Body Update: I’m making progress…slowly (uh, minus the pizza and Pumpkin Spice Latte I had today…). I’ve been eating healthier for a couple of weeks, but I seem to do poorly on the weekends. I think it’s because my husband and I are both home, and we tend to like to go out to eat or grab coffee or snack a lot. I’ve got to get better about that!

Overall: She just continues to grow and change and develop her little personality. I’m falling more and more in love with the little chick, and I can’t wait to see what comes next with her!

We love you, baby girl!

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