This past month flew by so fast…SOOOOO FAST!!!!!
This picture makes me smile and breaks my heart at the same time. She looks so cute, but she also looks so grown up in this photo! I feel like time is going by too quickly, and I already feel like she’s hardly a “baby” anymore. (Also, this outfit, though cute, was a pretty terrible idea for this photo shoot. This is one of the few photos that the skirt isn’t in her mouth or over her face.)
At five months old she is in the 85th percentile for weight (about 17 pounds) and 95th percentile for height (about 26 inches long). She is now wearing six months clothes, but has already outgrown some of them! Thankfully it’s just certain brands, so she should be able to wear the rest of her clothes for (hopefully) at least a few more weeks.
The biggest change in Charlotte this month is the fact that she learned to roll over from her back to her tummy! She can only roll to the right, but lately has been doing more side lying on her left side, so I expect that she will roll in that direction soon. I had been working with her almost every day at the beginning of the month to try and get her to roll over, and one day she just did it! And, unfortunately, almost immediately I regretted my hurry to get her to roll over. She started rolling in her crib during naps and at night, but since she can’t roll from tummy to back, she would just start screaming! She has never really liked being on her stomach, so every time she would roll over she would fuss for about 30 seconds and then full-on WAIL! We’d go in and roll her to her back, but she’d just roll right back to her stomach a few seconds later. The first two nights after she learned to roll were pretty brutal. In addition to waking up to eat, she’d wake up because she’d roll over too. She didn’t want to be on her stomach, she didn’t want to be rolled to her back, it was very frustrating. Thankfully, this only lasted 2-3 days. During one of her naps she rolled to her tummy, but instead of screaming, she just fell asleep. Now she sleeps on her tummy 95% of the time! I would never have guessed she’d be a tummy sleeper, but that just goes to remind me that she is always changing and full of surprises!
First time sleeping on her tummy!
Now that she is on her stomach so much more, her arm strength has improved dramatically! She can push herself up so high that I’m surprised she hasn’t rolled from her front to back yet. She also doesn’t mind tummy time anymore, and hardly spends much time playing with toys on her back anymore.
Charlotte got a new addition to her toy repertoire this month, her jump-a-roo! She has always loved to bare weight on her legs and “stand” (since three months old) so I knew something that would allow her to use her legs would be perfect for her. I was able to buy a used one, in almost perfect condition, and she LOVES it! Watching her in the jump-a-roo has been a great way to see how quickly she learns things. It took her less than a day to figure out how to jump, and then over the last few weeks she has figured out how to turn around in it, and work all the different “stations.” She is such a smart little girl!
Her personality is also really starting to come out. She is mostly a very happy-go-lucky girl as long as she is fed and gets her naps (like most babies!). But she is also extremely curious! She loves to look at, study, and feel everything. She has a hard time nursing because she is distracted by every little noise or stimulation. It gets a bit annoying when I’m trying to get her to eat, but I’m also glad that she is so interested in the world around her. She loves to smile at mommy and daddy, and is also letting us hear that precious laugh more and more. She is using her voice more and more, and her favorite noise to make is a breathy kind of growl. She is getting louder ,and it’s clear to see that she is liking the sound of her own voice.
Her eating and sleeping are similar to last month. She still eats every 2 1/2-3 hours during the day, and at night she wakes up every 3-4 hours to eat. Thankfully her night feeding sessions only last about 15 minutes, so I’m getting more sleep these days. I know that many people want their babies to be sleeping through the night at this age, but I am really trying to cherish our night feedings. Those feedings are the only times she stays still anymore, and they just remind me of how our nursing used to be. Would more interrupted sleep be nice? Sure. But I know that this night waking is such a small part of her life, and she’s already growing up so fast, I’m actually enjoying our times together in the wee hours of the night.
This past month we celebrated the Fourth of July, her Uncle Stephen’s 21st birthday, mommy and daddy’s 5 year anniversary, and the moving of my parents (her grandparents) to a new apartment about 20 minutes away. We are sad my parents no longer live a short five minutes from us, but we still get to spend lots of time with them. She loves her grandparents and uncle!
Her thumbs are still her main source of comfort (besides mom and dad, of course) and she continues to use her mouth to explore the world around her. On the last day of the month she also finally found her feet! She’s been starting at them for months, and grabbing them when sitting on our laps, but now when she’s on her back she’ll reach and grab them. It’s so precious!
She is such a source of joy in our lives, and I can’t believe that the next time I post she will be half a year old! Here are some more things she’s been up to this month: