We have a 5 month old ya’ll! Both G and I agree that the past month has been a favorite so far. Gracie now spends her days chatting like crazy, laughing out loud, rolling over, playing, sitting up, grabbing everything in sight and learning a ton; it’s just so much fun to watch! I’m loving that she has grown stronger and more solid because now we can play without worrying that we’re going to break her, hehe! I don’t want to jinx us with what I’m about to say but Grace has also become a rock star sleeper. She naps in her room (in her own crib!) and wakes up smiling and cooing rather than crying for us. She has “dinner” around 8ish and is out by 8:30pm. She has her half-asleep bottle at 11:00pm and goes right back to sleep until 6AM!! It’s like she just decided a few weeks ago that she was going to sleep straight through the night, every.single.night – it’s wonderful!
This past month was all about Gracie’s cleft lip surgery. Our weeks were filled with pre-op surgical and pediatrician appointments as well as prep at home and at work for Gracie’s recovery. It’s crazy, even though we were only in the hospital for a total of 3 days between the operation and suture removal, all the prep and recovery to-do’s consumed our time and made the month fly by. If you would like to read about Gracie’s cleft lip surgery click HERE. To read up on her suture removal click HERE. Initially, we were a bit concerned that baby girl’s development would be delayed because of her operation. Between the Pedi Wraps (arm braces) she had to wear, the medicine she had to take, the challenges with feeding and the fact that we had to swaddle her most of the day for nearly 2 weeks, who could blame her if she grew restless and didn’t want to do much. All in all she really was a trooper. We definitely saw a different side of our happy little babe. She cried much more often and when she did it was a very panicked cry. G thinks she had a bit of PST following the operation because putting her to sleep became a challenge for the first time ever and for about a week every time she woke she did so screaming at the top of her lungs. All we could do was be consistent and show her that we weren’t going anywhere and that the pain was over, poor baby. ::tear::
It really is amazing how resilient babies can be. Less than 2 weeks following Grace’s operation, her sleeping schedule was back on track and she was eating from a normal bottle for the first time EVER! Yay! Me and G started doing a lot better too. I think we were both so consumed with what we needed to do for our daughter that we didn’t realize just how much stress we were under. Luckily, if there is one thing that lesbians can do better than anyone else on earth, it’s talk and talk and talk about our feelings. So that’s what we did and it really helped. ;)
But enough about the moms… here’s what our FIVE month old has been up to ~
- She now drinks 6 ounces each feeding and chugs it down like a champ. I think the lip surgery has helped in this department. We've also started working on the sign for milk with her each feeding and her little hands are starting to simulate ours!
- We have a roller! She can roll over tummy to back like she’s been doing it all her life. Now to work on back to tummy.
- Grace is still a little bean but has grown out of almost all of her 3-month clothing and is now in 3-6 month outfits. We’ll have updated growth stats in a week!
- She can sit up on her own for about 20 seconds before face planting. ;)
- She has one long nap (2-3 hours) around 11:30am everyday and a second short nap in the late afternoon.
- She can hold her bottle all on her own. Woot!
- She seems to identify herself much more in the mirror now. When she sees her reflection she reaches out, laughs and is quite entertained.
- She has discovered her tongue and has it out often, especially when she’s concentrating on something.
- She has started giggling and snorts if she’s giggling hard enough.
- She can scoot her body in whatever direction she needs. We’ve actually had to move her to the floor for playtime to avoid possible injuries.
- She has discovered food and finds it fascinating to watch us eat. The Baby Bullet is out of the box and ready to use but we’re going to start with cereal in another week per our Peds instruction. With baby G’s operation she didn’t want us introducing food before our 5 month appt on Monday.
- She now reaches for us if we put our hands out in a, “come with mama” motion. :)
- She LOVES, LOVES the color orange. Her orange monkey, orange owl, books with Tigger, really anything orange gets the biggest reaction out of her.
- She is ticklish in the tummy and ribs region! I’ve actually gotten a couple of full on belly laughs out of her.
- When reading, she now holds the book with us with both of her hands.
- And of course the BIGGEST thing that happened in month 5 was that our baby girl got a brand new smile! She was beautiful before but we also love this new smile of hers.
Happy 5 months to the most beautiful little stinker around!
We sure do love you, baby girl!
We sure do love you, baby girl!