It is so hard to imagine life before Allie entered this world. Five months have come and gone, and my once organized life is now a chaotic mess of wonderfulness. I seem to keep reminding myself often that one day I am going to miss these days. It has been a beautiful experience watching my daughter learn and grow these past five months and today I am sharing all the latest on my precious baby girl.
Feedings and Sleep
About a month ago we introduced oatmeal to her evening bottle. Since then she has – for the most part- been sleeping throughout the night. If she does wake up, I just soothe her back to sleep. We have completely stopped feedings in the middle of the night. In the past month, I have also stopped nursing. This was an extremely tough decision, but I am amazingly proud of the hard work that I put towards breastfeeding during the first four months of Allie’s life. I wanted to write a separate post all about my nursing experience, but I just never seemed to find the time. Ultimately, I stopped nursing because I could not keep up with my baby’s demands. She’s a hungry little human!
Allie loves to stand in her walker. She is not quite grown enough to walk in it yet, but we have noticed scooting movements lately. She has definitely learned how to grab objects too – especially my long hair. And within the past week, she has finally rolled over completely. She is very lazy – which according to my mom, so was I. We have been trying to train her to sit up by herself, but she still needs support. When we let go, she almost always face plants into the ground. I feel like she is developing as she should and will reach her next milestone when she is ready.
Brett and I noticed just a few days ago that Allie responds to her own name. We will annunciate her name loudly and she will immediately look up at us. Allie also has found her feet. If she could, I am pretty sure she would eat them. She seems to always want to place them in her mouth. She is continuing to make so many sounds. We love when she squeaks and her laugh is extremely contagious. And when she cries I sometimes think I hear her moan “Ma”. She has mastered spoon feedings and we are hoping to start her on baby food after Christmas. I also started reading to Allie, and she is very in tune with my voice and the illustrations on each page.
Weight & Height
At her four month check up she was weighing 15 pounds 6 ounces and stretching 24 and 3/4 inches. Sadly, she has totally outgrown all of her three month clothes. I tend to get sad when I put away some of my favorite outfits. I knew that she was going to grow quickly, but I did not realize how emotional her development would be for me. I am so afraid to blink because soon I know she will be grown and leaving us for college. Someone please go grab some tissues for me.
Some other fun stuff
Just last month, Allie’s Granny pierced her ears. She cried for about two minutes once they were punctured, but overall she handled it better than I expected. Allie is really such a happy baby. My heart melts every time I get to love up on my baby girl. I love to squeeze her in my arms and kiss her everywhere. She brings so much joy to everyone she meets. As we anticipate her first Christmas, we are so extremely thankful to God for sending Allie to us.
Merry Christmas from our little family! May you all have a safe and blessed holiday season!