Sunday, March 2, 2014

Anne Elizabeth is 5 months old!

GOD I love this girl! Annie is a little ray of sunshine, the best little cuddle bug, and gives the sweetest smiles ever! I love.her.face.



She's wearing size 3-6 months and still in size 2 diapers. She eats about 5 ounces, every 2-4 hours.

We have a very simple bedtime routine; lotion, PJs, swaddle, bottle, rock, into her bed awake. Every few days we'll do a bath first. She's in bed between 7-8. Up until last week, Chris was still dream feeding around 10:30. She would get a good stretch and go until about 1:30 am. After that, she'd wake every 2 hours and she would want to EAT.

She graduated from a swaddle to a sleep sack (she kept breaking out!) Definitely a rough few nights! I had Chris stop dream feeding her, too. I figured we should just let her go through her natural sleep/wake cycle. She still goes to bed between 7-8, and still wakes up to eat often throughout the night. By 4 am I end up sleeping on the couch with her in the bouncer next to me.

I will say that she's good at putting herself to sleep. At night I put her down drowsy and she's out within 3 minutes. After her night feedings I put her down wide awake and she just babbles and squeals for a few minutes before falling asleep. I'll be so happy when she's ready to be sleep trained. Not just for the longer stretches of sleep, but for the reliable routine and naps in her crib. I feel so bad when I tell the older girls to "be quiet!" I do love watching her fall asleep. She'll look at me, I'll smile at her, and she smiles right back

She is very playful...she reaches for her overhead toys and swats at them. She's great on her belly and is rolling a lot. She is very content just sitting around and watching her big sisters play. She hangs out with me in the kitchen while I cook and clean. She takes most naps in her swing (sometimes in her bouncer if I'm pumping.) She LOVES grabbing and playing with her feet (I could just DIE it's so cute to watch!!)



I feel like she's much more laid back and "easier." She doesn't need to be held all the time or entertained by us constantly. She loves her doorway jumper! Abigail enjoys watching her in it- she laughs and laughs- it is SO cute! I swear, she is just the best big sister. The way she talks to Annie and plays with her, I'm so proud of her!

I'm wondering if she has some social anxiety? When we go out (which is rare) and she starts to fuss, I take her out of her seat and then she starts full-on SCREAMING! She won't take her bottle or paci. I walk her around and bouce her...it seems to help if I flip her onto her belly and hold her like a football while slightly bouncing her. I don't know if it's gas because it happens hours after she's eaten. It only happens when we're out...at her doctor appointment, dance class, the children's theater. Even at Grandma's house (she screamed for 2 hours when Chris and I went out for Valentines day!) Thankfully these are all kid-friendly places, but it's stressful nonetheless :( I ended up holding her through my haircut and blow dry...luckily she didn't constantly scream (like usual), she just laid against me :( We were out to lunch yesterday and I passed her around the table..she screamed until she got back to me. Such a Momma's girl!

In other news, we booked our summer vacation! We've talked about renting a beach house with our friends for years now, and we're finally doing it! 4 adults, 6 kids...crazy fun times ahead! Annie will be 10 months old :) `

Big sisters at 5 months old:

Audrey




Abigail




This month was difficult with her sleep being all over the place. There were times I wanted to lose my shit (I can't think of a nicer way to put it.) I keep trying to put it into perspective...this is such a small amount of time in our lives. When I'm up all night because she's on a date I know I'm going to wish for these nights back. It helps...I hug her close, kiss her soft cheeks and she just smiles and coos at me. I feel so sad for my future self, when that will just be a memory :(

Having her is sometimes surreal to me. She's an absolute dream come true. I look at her and just want to burst. We love, love, LOVE you, baby Annie!!