Monday, May 5, 2014

[Baby #2] Kenley Drew - 5 Month Update




Stats:
No official stats until after 6 months in June.

She's in 3-6m clothing and size 2 diapers. Tops and bodysuits are getting snug like I predicted last month, so again I'm assuming by the end of them month she'll be in 6-12.  


Sleep:
Surprisingly, it's not too bad.  Not great, but I consider it totally bearable although I believe I have higher tolerance for lost sleep or whatever you want to call it.  I've started putting her down right after we finish bedtime with Ashlynn.  So she's fed and in the crib sometime between 7:30-8pm.  Typically, she'll wake anytime between 12-2am, gets a feeding and either goes back to the crib or the pnp in our room (usually depends how out of it I was when she woke me and if I decided to bring her back into our bedroom to nurse).  She's usually up again around 4am, and I'm starting to get away with just plugging the pacifier back in and bringing her into our bed where she'll sleep until 6:30am or so.  

Naps are bit all over the place, but that's because I refuse to be a slave to two kids schedules.  I'm pretty rigid with A's nap being sometime between 11:30-12:30, so we are usually always home by 11:30 and don't make afternoon plans until after 2-2:30pm.  Kenley will cat nap while we are out in the morning and again in the afternoon, but is usually wide awake during Ashlynn's nap.  Part of me loves that I get some one on one time with her, the other part wishes she'd sleep at the same time so I can get some time to myself.



Social:.
The biggest social development this month is that she started attending the childcare at the gym.  The first time she cried when I left (when they took her from the car seat), but they never called me to come get her so I consider it a success.  They said she ended up settling, then cried again before finally falling asleep in the swing.  She's usually ready for a nap when I drop her off so I know any crying is just tired baby cries and I try not to let wear on me too much.

The second time, I don't think they said she cried much at all.  They said she slept a little with one of the worker's rocking her then woke after 30minutes and then played with the other babies doing tummy time on the floor.  Now if only I could get the courage to leave her sister! (baby steps)



Diet:
Mama's milk.    

And a big thank you to the readers who reminded me last month that insurance now covers breast pumps, my nice shiny new one arrived on Thursday! 




Skills/Milestones:

I don't think any thing big happened, just more of what she's already done.  More rolling, but still not a ton, just randomly here and there.  Always playing with her feet.  And while she no longer is attempting to suck her thumb, she is taking a pacifier.

Still loves being read to.  She got Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in her Easter Basket and loves when I read it to her, though, she really enjoys any book.  She loves when we sing to her, still cracks up with Patty Cake, but enjoys Ashlynn's "shows" of Twinkle Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider.   But if you want the best baby giggles... airplane.  She screeches and giggles the loudest.    If I got any monies worth out of our Gymboree membership when Ashlynn still wasn't mobile it was purely just for learning the "fly, fly, fly our planes"song and "Noble Duke of York".


This month has been by far the easiest.  I can successfully get to where ever we need to go and basically never experience a meltdown.  I did my first shopping wearing Kenley and pushing Ashlynn, which was successful and will probably happen more often now that weather is starting to get nicer.   I think things will start to get really breezy once she's able to sit on her own and there is less baby on my hip while I try to accomplish other things because I feel guilty always having her stuck in the jumperoo or laying on her playmat.  Then again, that will only mean mobility is approaching that much quicker!

17 comments:

  1. She's so adorable! I can't believe how much hair she has already!
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  2. Wait, insurance covers breast pumps?? The entire cost?! WOW!! Also that's impressive about childcare at the gym. I guess if you start taking them when they're little it's not as traumatic for them (or us!)?!?!?

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  3. Yay for the breast pump, glad it worked out!! :)
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  4. She's adorable! It sounds like she's a pretty good sleeper, so yay for that! I hardly remember this stage, it's crazy how fast time goes!

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  5. I recently started taking my 21 month old to the gym childcare and he started loving it after about 3 weeks. He would always cry when I left in the beginning and someone would have to hold him most of the time I was gone. But we kept talking about it and I would assure him that mommy was coming back. I always said goodbye and never snuck out. Now we doesn't even give a sad face. Good luck!

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  6. I love these updates. Good to hear she is doing well as gym childcare. That must be so nice to be able to get some time to yourself to work out. I'm jealous. :) She is so cute and getting chunky! I love all her hair and those rosy cheeks.

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  7. LOL, welllll I haven't quite started working out. I drop her when I take A to her "mommy and me" gymnastics class. It's nice because I can fully focus on spending that time with her. I do want to eventully cut the cord w A and start getting her used to it too so I can work out, I need it!

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  8. Oh my goodness. She's just so cute. So awesome that she already loves to read! new follower and I cannot wait to read more!

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  9. I'm not sure if all policies will, but it is part of the women's coverage. Definitely worth looking into!! And yes, while it still breaks my heart to knowshe cried, I know it's because she's tired and not scared which is why I haven't left ashlynn yet.

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  10. only on top!! It's slowly regrowing in on the sides and back ha!

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  11. It really is, I can barely remember Ashlynn this age at all. Watching them grow is so sad and exciting at the same time.

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  12. That's great to hear! I hope A adjusts that well, would be great to finally get exercise back into my routine!

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  13. Charlotte HanleyMay 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    You really do make gorgeous babies! I think this is the age with my first that I started loving being a Mom. Just have to power through those first few months. I also adore the baby playing with their feet stage. In regard to the gym, I told my husband I was half tempted to drop our daughter off and have a coffee in the lobby and watch the news...LOL! You'll get back to fitness, and with the nice weather hopefully coming to the northeast soon, you can do little things here and there outside with the girls.

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  14. I just ordered my breast pump through my insurance prior to babies arrival. It's about time these necessities are covered for new mama's!

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  15. So adorable! Happy 6 months to your little beauty! I also hear that latter kids tend to nap easier because they have to just go along with the older one's.

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  16. Loving these updates! It's so fun to see how she is doing. Glad you are able to drop her at the gym daycare! What do you do with A during that time?

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  17. So precious! It's amazing what you start to call "good sleep" after a while lol. I envy your ability to drop her off - I just think the most tears will be shed from me! Your much stronger than I am :)

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