5 Months!

Today my baby girl is 5 months old!  It’s truly amazing what a difference 5 months makes when you’re that young!  She’s like a totally different baby now than she was 5 months ago.  She’s changed in so many ways.  The most obvious, of course, are physical.

Birth: 6 lbs. 9 oz, 19 inches long.  Wearing newborn sized clothes.

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We’ll find out later today how big she is now but the last time we had her weighed/measured: 12 lbs. 12 oz., 23 inches long.  Now she’s wearing 3-6 month and 6 month sizes.  She’s growing out of a lot of her 3-month sized clothing and she’s completely out of anything that’s sized 0-3 months.

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There are also obvious differences in terms of strength–at birth we had to support her head because she couldn’t lift it on her own.  Now, she can hold it up consistently and just this morning she was trying to sit up!  She rolled over 5 times in one day 2 weeks ago (hasn’t since then) but during tummy time she loves to wave her arms and legs around as though she is trying to start crawling.  She doesn’t really reach out for toys yet but if we give her a toy she’ll grip onto it, wave it around, stick it in her mouth, etc.

Sleep: Julia’s sleep is still pretty inconsistent.  Most nights (I’d say 4/5 nights a week) she sleeps anywhere from 5-7 hours as her long stretch (usually from about 8-2) and then she’ll wake up to eat and go back to sleep until about 5:30 or 6.  Some nights though, her long stretch of sleep is only about 3 or 4 hours long and then she goes back to waking up every 2 hours to eat.  At daycare she takes 3 naps a day, usually lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  I’m hoping that when she starts solids and is eating more during the day, that she’ll sleep a little better at night time since she won’t be so hungry.  We’ll see though…

Eating: During the day when she’s with me she nurses every 2.5-3 hours.  When she’s at daycare she takes 4-ounce bottles pretty much every 2 hours.  I’m proud to say that up until now she’s had nothing but breast milk!  We’ll be talking to the pediatrician today about starting solids a month from now.

Diapers: She’s still wearing size 1 diapers but that’s mostly because we haven’t run out of them yet.  As soon as we run out of size 1’s, she’ll be moving up to size 2 diapers.

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