Monday, February 25, 2013

Five Months!

 Is it really the 24th again? My goodness, 5 months! This has been a great month for us. Our feeding is back on track and we've been busy, but not too busy!

You are such a happy, content baby. At this point I can take you anywhere and know you will cooperate. As long as I'm near and your tummy is full, you are just fine. You've definitely had some teething pain this month, but it mostly seems to bother you at night. There were a couple days where I thought you might be fighting a cold, you just weren't your smiling self. Nothing ever developed and you were back to yourself in no time. You love to chew and are getting really great at putting stuff into your mouth to chew or suck on!
We've had some beautiful days in the past month. We were out for a walk around the lagoon here.

You are a cuddle bug! You prefer mommy right now, but are happy to be in anyone's arms. You have started to nuzzle  which is adorable. Since birth you have been extremely tactile. Always touching and feeling everything. You love to touch me while you nurse and I have the little scratches to prove it. You love to pet everything and are always, always using your hands. You are also always moving your feet and love to kick your socks off!

January 26th-your uncle T proposed to your soon to be Auntie S! He had been planning it for a while and I don't think I've ever seen him more excited. Grandma helped him pick out the ring, and you and I waited impatiently to get any confirmation that the proposal was complete! He took S out on the boat they've shared many memories on and completely surprised her! 

January 31- I took you to UC Davis to participate in an infant cognition study. We were invited to participate soon after you were born, as they were looking for participants from your age group. I thought it would be interesting. It didn't take long, and you were very cooperative. You sat in my lap in a small room and I put dark sunglasses on so I couldn't see anything. In front of us was a pretty large TV. Beneath the TV was a camera, pointed up at your face. They showed different faces and were tracking to see if you recognized them. They were all different ethnicities  They showed you fun things in between the faces, in an effort to keep your attention. They'll be doing the research for a year or so, hopefully we can see what the results were once they are done. 

February 2- We attended a couples shower for daddy's friend, D. You got to meet some of his family and were on your best behavior. We wont be traveling to the wedding so I'm glad we were able to see them at their shower. 

February 3- Superbowl! Boy oh boy did we wish this would have turned out differently for our beloved 49ers. I still can't believe we lost. Daddy would not go to anyone's Superbowl party and did not want anyone coming over. You'd think he was playing! But, I can't even pretend that I don't get super into it as well and we were both irrationally devastated by the loss. 

February 9- A fun visit from your Auntie J. We had some girl talk and went to dinner. She brought you the sweetest outfit!

February 14- your first Valentine's day! You got several sweet Valentine's in the mail. Grandma and Grandpa were here for the weekend so we celebrated with them. Daddy brought me roses and see's candy. Yum!

February 16- We joined Grandma, Auntie S and her mom and sister in San Jose where we went bridal dress shopping. I didn't realize how much fun it would be! Auntie S is just so excited to get married and is a much easier-going bride than I ever was. We found her dream dress in about 15 minutes! She cried and we all got teary watching her! She is going to be a beautiful bride. You loved shopping and also loved all of the attention from the bridal shop attendants. It was a very special day and I'm so glad you were there, even though of course you wont remember. 

Eloise at 5 months!

Weight: 12lbs 8oz at 20 weeks
Height:   23 inches
Head:    40.2 cm
Diaper size- Size two disposables. We've just now adjusted the rise on the cloth diapers to the middle setting and leave two to three snaps unsnapped in the waist. 

Clothing Size: still fit in some 3 to 6 months but most clothes are 6 months now. 

Milestones:  In the past two weeks she has seemed more interested in rolling over.  She consistently rolls from tummy to back, but the back to tummy has only happened a couple times. Facial recognition is more obvious. Great hand-eye coordination. Everything is now getting put into the mouth if she can get her hands on it! She is especially excited when she can grab her fallen pacifier and put it back in her mouth. 
Voice tracking is really obvious at this point. Ellie lights up when she hears that her Daddy is home and seems to love to hear his voice. 

E loves to stand and bear weight on her legs. It's one of her favorite positions. She also loves to try to sit up. She does what we call baby crunches when shes in her boppy pillow and is able to hold herself up on her changing table. It's a little wobbly, though!

Ellie is pretty vocal and makes new sounds each day. Lots of cooing and little shrieks and now some giggles too!

Sleep:  we are still not quite back to sleeping consistently through the night. We had a few nights in a row, and I thought we were home free, but no such luck. B had to work some crazy early hours and I think it set us back because E was waking up when we was getting ready. This past week, she's been waking up once to eat and then awaking at 5 or 6 am. Our goal is to make it to at least 7 am. We're getting there. 

Nap time has been a nightmare since Christmas. E has refused to nap anywhere but in the car, sling or moby wrap, or on us. No crib, no cradle, no anywhere else. It works out ok when I'm working because she gets proper naps during the car rides, but it's got to change. We are now on day 3 of crib-nap boot camp and we are making some progress! 

We're also finally transitioning from the swaddle. No naps in the swaddle and we've done one arm out for the past couple nights in the crib. So far so good on that front. 

Favorite Toys: she loves to be holding things herself, so she loves this rattle with a small handle perfect for her current size.

We bought a jumperoo this month and while it seemed far too big for out little girl, she absolutely loves it. Right now she's entertained for about 10-15 minutes before she wants out, but what I love is that you can tell she feels like such a "big girl" in it. She always looks so proud to be in it!

Our friends got her this adorable toy and while E seems to really like it, I am obsessed with it. It's so adorable. I love the things that it says when you lift up the makeup items and I love that it has a mirror. I think E will like this for months to come.

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