Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Daughter?

sleepPlease rest assured that as I write this, I am knocking on several objects made of wood – I think we have finally passed the four month sleep regression.

A. is a very punctual baby. She was born on her due date and has been right on target with most milestones. And the very day she turned five months, I really started to see changes in her sleep habits.

The past few nights A. has only woken up to eat twice and a few times has fussed but GONE BACK TO SLEEP. She’s also been going to sleep at bedtime pretty well, with either no crying at all or a few minutes of crying after I put her down just to complain.

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List of Places you Don’t Want to Run Into Your Pediatrician

stethoscope-29309_6401. At a cider tasting bar where you have brought your five month old baby that you are breastfeeding and where you are standing in line at the bar (to get food! I swear!) and you smell like a homeless person (no offense to homeless people – I’m a Democrat, I support social services!) because your baby puked down the front of your shirt on the way there.

I don’t know what #2 is because #1 was embarrassing enough!

I Was Not Prepared for This Poop

solidsA. has been eating solids for a little over a month now. Although she hated them on the first few tries, she now really enjoys solid food and has come around on most veggies after trying them a few times. We’ve been feeding her once a day around 5 or 6, with an occasional nibble at other times of the day.

I’ve been feeding her almost entirely homemade baby food. Although this impresses some people, it’s really the easiest kind of cooking imaginable. If I’m making a fruit or veggie for dinner, I just steam it, set some aside, and then run it through the food processor. I haven’t worried too much about making it perfectly smooth and she’s done fine.

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A. is Five Months Old!

Dear A.,

It seems like only yesterday that you were born and it was definitely 5 minutes ago that you turned 4 months. It still astonishes me when we go out and I see people with babies younger than you.Seeing you grow makes me both really happy and really sad – I can’t bear the thought that you will someday be too big to fit in the crook of my arm and cuddle.

You have matured so much this past month. Your dad and I agree that you are getting more and more fun each day. Your babbling and laughing have really taken off this month. You can be a bit shy around other people or mesmerized by new surroundings, but at home with mom and dad you are quite the entertainer. You make all sorts of sounds and gurgles and laugh when mom and dad make silly faces or sing silly songs.

You have always loved to eat, but you finally settled down to eating a few times a day instead of every waking minute. When you are hungry, you still don’t hesitate to let mom know it. Your latest trick is trying to eat mom’s face or shoulder! Nursing is our special time together and you love to look into mom’s eyes and play with my shirt or relax with your eyes closed when you are sleepy.

You also started solids this past month. You weren’t too keen on them at first, but now you are very excited whenever you see the spoon and move your whole head toward it. So far you have tried applesauce, brown rice, cranberry sauce, avocado, butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, peas, and banana. Rice, applesauce, and bananas are probably your favorites so far. You’re not quite sure about broccoli but we’ve only tried it once.

You still have a very tough time falling asleep without mama’s “magic pacifier”. You are getting better at going to sleep, but it’s a process. You usually nap 3 times a day for 45 minutes at a time. Most nights you wake up 2 or 3 times but fall asleep pretty easily after you eat.

This month, you really started enjoying books. You love to grab and swat them and look at the pictures. You used to have a hard time sitting through them, but now you usually enjoy reading 2 or 3 at bedtime.

You are definitely a tummy sleeper and have been since a let you sleep on your tummy. You still love tummy time and are working very hard on getting up on your hands and knees. You’ve managed to do it a few times for a split second. You are also working very hard on rolling from tummy to back and side to tummy, but can’t get from your back to your tummy yet. Sometimes you practice in your crib and get stuck, which makes you very unhappy until mom or dad flips you back!

You don’t mind when mommy kisses your head and your hands and your feet which is a good thing because mommy does it a lot! Sometimes when daddy comes home he thinks you smell like mommy’s chap stick because of all the kisses! I loved you from the minute I found out I was pregnant (and before – I knew it even before the pregnancy test) but I love you more and more each day. I’m not sure how I can make room in my heart to love you any more, but I know I will.

Love with all my heart,

Mama

Ideas for Infant Stocking Stuffers

xmas stocking

My husband and I are Jewish and raising our daughter to be Jewish as well. However, we celebrate Christmas with my family, keeping many of the traditions from when I was growing up. I am currently making this needlepoint Christmas stocking for my daughter just like my mom made needlepoint stockings for my four siblings and I.

I’m currently on track to finish the stocking by the time my daughter leaves for college. But regardless of whether I hang this stocking or a different one, I’ve been collecting fun things to stuff it with for months. You see, I am generally not a big shopper – in fact, I actively dislike it. The only real exception is baby stuff, for which I have a major weakness. Even though she will only be 5 months old this Christmas and pretty clueless about the whole thing, I’m super excited and that’s all that matters, right?

Here are some ideas I have for infant stocking stuffers:

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