Whitlee | 5 Months

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I’m a little behind once again, but I’m sure any mom can attest to how busy you are with a small child. She is getting to the age where she plays with us a lot more, so we spend all of our free time playing or napping. Momma is tired a lot too, so I like to squeeze in some naps with Whitlee while she’s still little enough to snuggle. Aint mad about it either.

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Stats:
We don’t go back to the pediatrician for a well visit until 6 months so I don’t have any official stats, but we went last week for an ear infection and she was 13 lbs 12 oz! Goodness that girl is growing!

Eating:
Whitlee is now eating 4-6 oz every 4 hours during the day now and occasionally eats 7-8 oz. We’re still using Enfamil Gentlease and all is well. We’re also still mixing to 22 calories. We did try the Parent’s Choice version of the Gentlease, and Whitlee started pooping kind of weird, like not very much at one time so I started researching it. Turns out Enfamil Gentlease is made up of something like 80% partially broken down proteins so that it’s easily digestible, and while the Parent’s Choice is comparable to the nutrients, it has ZERO broken down proteins. What even. So we switched back and now she’s back to pooping like normal. Well, except right now, because she’s on antibiotics for her ear and both times she’s been on antibiotics, it gives her a looser stool so she’s pooping like 4 times a day right now. Goodness!

We haven’t started Baby Led Weaning (solids mentioned in my 4 month post) yet; we’re still waiting on 6 months and some signs of readiness, like being able to sit up on her own. Giving solids before they can sit up on their own is the leading cause in choking during BLW. We did give her a teething biscuit to chew on that was supposed to be quick dissolve and appropriate starting at 4 months, but she choked on a piece that I guess didn’t dissolve enough (?) and we haven’t tried it again since. And I don’t mean a gag, which is to be expected with BLW, it was a full on choke – like her face turned blue and I yanked her out her highchair so fast and whacked her on the back. She threw up and was right back to normal. And actually got mad when I wouldn’t give her any more of it. Sorry kiddo, sit up on your own and you’ll get the good stuff! I do let her taste stuff on my finger occasionally just to see what kind of face she’ll make, but its mainly just for fun.

She’s tried: organic applesauce, a lemon (which she actually liked – no face…so uneventful), greek yogurt, refried beans, spaghetti sauce, and ranch dressing. She seemed to like the lemon the most and the greek yogurt the least. I’m so looking forward to letting her start eating real food!

Sleep:
We’ve actually moved Whitlee’s bedtime up just a tad. I read a lot about sleep stages and transitions and I think she might have been going to bed too late. We tried bumping it from her normal bedtime routine of about 9:00/9:30 up to 7:00, but she was restless until 9 and then fell asleep so I think that might have been too early. Now we start the bedtime routine about 8:15 and she’s usually asleep by 9. Usually she sleeps in her crib at that point until about 3 AM, when she s t i l l wakes up for some reason. Then I bring her to bed with me and she sleeps until 5 or 6. I have no idea why she’s waking at 2 or 3 in the morning. And she pretty much will not go back to sleep in her crib at that point. It’s just not worth the struggle for me to force her. We get much more sleep if I just bring her to bed with me at that point. We’re still swaddling, and we’ve tried weaning. It’s just nightmarish every time we try. This girl’s startle reflex is insane. We watch her do it at the most random times while laying on her back – even during playtime, she’ll suddenly throw her arms out and startle herself. She still normally naps two really good naps a day like 2-4 hours, usually in the morning and in the afternoon, and she catches a couple of 45 minute to hour and a half naps randomly throughout. We’ve discovered she is such a morning person though. Super happy all the time in the morning!

Milestones/Firsts:
-First Easter
-First time to stay at KK’s house
-Met Heston (cousin), Aunt Courtney, Uncle Craig, and Uncle Travis for the first time
-First time to wear jeans (and my eyes exploded hearts out of them)
-First ear infection
-Reaches for toys and brings them to her mouth
-Can hold toys for extended periods of time now
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She’s still trying to sit up on her own but hasn’t quite gotten there yet.

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She’s still wiggling all over the place. She’s trying so hard to roll from her back to her belly, but hasn’t rolled all the way over yet. She’ll rock really hard to one side, then roll back. She can work herself completely off the plain mat now and on her tummy is starting to try to army crawl. If she can get a hand full of the mat and pull herself, she’s on the move.

She’s wearing mostly 3 months in Carters and some 3-6 months in certain brands. She can still squeeze into a few 0-3 months but they’re mostly too small. We’re still in size 1 diapers, but may be moving up soon. I’m going to check how they fit after this next package of diapers is up. She’s got a tiny little hiney, but getting some chunky thighs!

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Likes:

-Still loves bath time .. the splashes are getting CRAZY.
-The TV .. so much that Daddy will turn it off if he wants her attention.
-The swing at KK’s house
-Her outside swing .. we have it set up out at Daddy’s shop
-Stuffed Elephant toy .. we have two just in case one is unavailable (i.e. being washed because momma dropped it in the parking lot)
-LOVES other kids
-Being outside
-Her activity mat
-Lamb Teether

Dislikes:

-Being forced to lay down for a nap, even if she’s super tired and really needs one. She fights it so hard and is usually out in 30 seconds.
-Pacifiers .. I know I mentioned this is in our 3-4 month favorites, but it was premature. It’s now officially a fail. She’s just not a pacifier baby.

That’s really about it. We say all the time that she’s really such a good baby. She only cries when she’s sick or overtired. We’ve had a few busy busy days where she doesn’t nap well and then we pay for it later. But other than that, we got lucky!

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Miss Whitlee is seriously the joy in our life. We both look forward to getting home to her every work day and spending all weekend with her. I feel like we tend to soak it up and just play a whole lot as opposed to how I was on maternity leave. Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I question if I’m doing the right thing, or days where I want to quit and make it work as a stay at home mom, but it’s not every day and I hope it will eventually get more routine. Since I’m posting this a little late, she’s become even more fun in between 5 and 6 months and I can’t wait to fully share our family pictures we took this past weekend!! I shared a sneak peak that the photographer sent me for Mother’s Day and I’m in. freaking. love.

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Annnddd.. don’t forget Southernly Ever After’s very first giveaway is coming up. I’ll be posting about it very soon! There will be multiple ways to enter!

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5 thoughts on “Whitlee | 5 Months

  1. So glad to see an update from you! She’s doing so well! I love your pics as always!

    Seems like ear infections are going around right now. I noticed Mackenzie’s poop was runny on the amoxicillin and had firmed back up a bit now that we’ve been off it 4 days.

    That’s interesting to know about the formula. The similac total comfort is partially broken down and I’ve noticed a big difference. Wish you had a hyvee near you, I keep getting $10 off gentlease coupons!

    • Yea I’ve heard ear infections are extremely common this time a year. Both my husband and I have had tons of sinus and allergy problems this year so I’m not surprised she ended up with something similar!

  2. She’s adorable! Clara is a bath time splasher too. It’s so fun to watch her play with the water.

    How scary with her choking on solids! That is my biggest fear in feeding Clara. Like you, I’ve offers tastes (so far it’s been strawberry, donut frosting, and Greek yogurt) but I haven’t tried actual food pieces yet.

    • Thank you! Yes, it was really scary but we reacted so fast, thank God. I think I scared her more by yanking her out the chair than the choking did though! I’ve read that because she’s not sitting up on her own yet, that’s the leading cause in choking while doing BLW. So we’ll wait a while before we try again, just to be safe!

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