Eliana – 5 months

I’m sure every  month is going to keep getting better, but I really feel like we turned a corner after she turned 4 months old.  She’s sleeping better (12 hours straight most nights) and we have so much fun just watching her play with her toys, shake her rattles, and be endlessly fascinated with her own feet.  She’s growing so quickly & it feels like every week she’s growing and changing.

Vitals: The week before turning 5 months old, Eliana had to go to the doctor for RSV and an ear infection, where she weighed in at 15 lbs. and 6 oz.

 Photo collage from Week 18

Highlights: Eliana’s 1st Christmas & all of family gatherings. Celebrating New Years’ Eve with a sleep-over, Starting weekly swim classes.  Enjoying time in her bouncer & finding her feet.

  Photo collage from Week 19

Doing: Eliana turned in an occassional chatterbox- once she start babbling (mosts aaaahh) she’ll talk & talk.  She wakes up happy most mornings, laying in her crib for up to 30 minutes, playing with her toys and watching her mobile after we roll her to her back.  It’s not that I’m opposed to taking her places, but it usually works out that it’s easier/faster to go with out her, but she went to dinner with us at Babin’s and went grocery shopping with me. Near the end of the month she dined out with us twice in one weekend and did good the first time, but was tired/cranky the second outing.

  Photo collage from Week 20

Eating: Although some people start babies on cereal or other introductary solids, we’re waiting as long as we can.  She’s not showing any signs of readiness yet & I’d prefer to keep things simple with bottles as long as I can.  She’s on a very set routine of 5 bottles per day still, usually totaling about 34 oz. if she finishes her bedtime bottle.  The organic formula she was eating didn’t really agree with her, so we switched to Enfamil Gentlese.

  Photo collage from Week 21

Wearing: Eliana can still fit into most of her 3 month onsies, but they are getting tight.  I really need to find the time to organize her clothes & pack away everything that is too small. Her overnight sleepers are 6 months & are no longer too big.

Amanda Update: Life has been pretty good this last month once we got past the craziness of the holidays. We have a pretty good routine for everything & I’m nowhere near as stressed as I had been a few times early on.  I couldn’t do it without help from my parents, who pick up Eliana on Tuesdays & Thursdays so I can go to CrossFit (if I’m not traveling).  Since everybody is sleeping better, I’m making more of my morning runs on Monday & Wednesday, then hitting up the 5AM CrossFit class. I ran the Houston half-marathon at just under 5 months post-partum and it was tough. I’d trained for it, but wasn’t anywhere near back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level & I could still feel that I’d had a baby recently. I’m hanging out at about 5 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight, but most of my clothes fit great & I think some of that is muscle from CrossFit. I still never have enough time to do everything I want, but I am finding time to keep up with the things that matter most to me- family/friends, photography/blogging/scrap-booking, and exercising. I spent 3 nights away from Eliana & missed her like crazy- I kept calling/texting asking for updates, but I did thoroughly enjoy my time away & catching up with my best friend.

I love this video of her taken on January 21- so almost 5 months old.  Our usual for the evenings- hanging out in the living room by the fire. She’d just gotten really good at shaking her rattle, which means banging it on everything & occasionally herself.

Eliana – 1 month old    Eliana – 2 months old     Eliana – 3 months old   Eliana – 4 months old

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Normal winter/spring weather is back in Houston & I’m loving it!

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