Monday, August 19, 2013

24 weeks

Our sweet baby is 24 weeks today. Adam and I both decided that one of our favorite things ever is carrying Mira to her crib after she's fallen asleep. She just cuddles up and nuzzles her little head onto our shoulder. We just don't get Mira cuddles like that when she's awake since she's so hyperactive.

Weight: I weighed her on our home scale with only a diaper on and she was 14 pounds. So I'm guessing a more accurate weight would be just a little under that.
Height: TBD
Feeding: Exclusively breastfed, yay! My breastfeeding journey has had its ups and downs, but I'm so glad I never gave up. She's currently been drinking about 4 oz each feeding but that's only an estimate since I obviously can't measure. But I think she's been drinking closer to 4.5-5 oz lately.
Sleeping: Still not the easiest baby to put to bed, but we've figured out that she just needs to be put in her snugamonkey for a bit before we put her down and eventually she gets tired enough where she won't fight sleep. At night, she usually wakes up once. Some nights twice, and some nights three times. But there's nights where she doesn't wake up at all.
Clothes size: 6 months. I've put all her newborn-3 months size in boxes to either give away or bring to a second had store, but I packed my favorites in a rubbermaid in case we ever have another girl.
Diaper size: 2. Side note: If we are in Target and I even mention buying the generic brand diapers, Adam looks at me like I just killed a cat. He clearly only wants the best for Mira ;).
Development: She sits up on her own for a lot longer now. I'm so proud! As long as she concentrates on it she can sit up, but then she gets distracted and forgets to sit and will topple over. Still no crawling yet, she just uses rolling over as a means of transportation. She can get pretty far pretty fast that way, though. She's already getting into things she shouldn't, like cords and other random household objects. Also, still in the process of teething and she whines everyday because of it. We still use baby orajel and Hyland's teething tablets, but they don't fully help. Actually, they barely help.

Mira's favorite things:
- I started playing country music on the stereo system and she just smiles.
- Laying her on the floor in her bedroom. I just lay out a blanket and she's so happy, I don't even need to give her toys. I think she just likes her room.
- She likes when we put her in her car seat. She either gets excited or completely silent and content. She knows she gets to go somewhere.
- Bath time. She for some reason loves when we take her out of the bath too. She just screams of excitement. I seem to remember hating getting out of the bath when I was little because it was cold and not fun. To each their own I guess.
- She likes when I sing to her. She goes completely silent and just stares at me and then starts smiling.
- Whispering in her ear. She immediately stops what she's doing and just listens to whatever you whisper to her. I usually say "Mommy loves you". Hopefully she continues to be this good of listener when she's older and all we have to do is whisper in her ear. Wishful thinking.
- I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but she has always liked her butt patted. It calms her down. To get her to fall asleep, we usually lightly pat her butt and if she's fussing, I'll just cradle her while patting her butt.
- Her striped lion. She loves when I dangle him above her head. And I mean LOVES it.

Happy Monday! 
Sunday, August 4, 2013

5 Months

Mira is 5 months today (and 22 weeks tomorrow)!

New favorite things:
- She is a reacher now. Her little arms are constantly reaching out for something, whether it's one of her toys, a glass of water I'm drinking out of, or a used paper towel sitting on the countertop, she'll reach for it. When she successfully grabs something she was reaching for, it takes about .2 seconds for it to go into her mouth. She even reaches for me to pick her up when she's sick of being in her exersaucer.
- On that note, she wants to eat and drink everything that we do. If it's within her reach she will fight to the death to try and grab it. If it's not within her reach, she will just stare. She's definitely mentally ready to eat big people food, but sorry kiddo, not for a while.

Height/Weight: TBD
Feeding: Exclusively breastfed 98% of the day. About 2 weeks ago I starting running short on breastmilk, and even introduced fenugreek and blessed thistle (both herbs) into my diet, which didn't help, so we have started giving Mira about 2 oz. of formula at her last feeding of the day before bed. I hope my supply goes back up soon, but for now Mira just eats more frequently, about every 2 hours, and giving her the formula at night helps her sleep through the night.
Sleeping: This little bugger officially decided she doesn't like taking naps. She used to be so good! I think it has to do with teething and she seems to be burping and spitting up a lot more so that doesn't help either. Putting her down for a nap could be anywhere from a 10 minute job to a 30 minute job. Anytime after that we say screw it, she's not taking a nap. At least she sleeps through the night. 
Clothes size: She's graduated out of 0-3 and 3 months size. It happened again. The same thing happened when I put on a 6 month outfit as it did the first time I put on a 3 month outfit; I realized she should've been wearing this size weeks ago, but I couldn't get past the idea of her being that big.
Development: Mira can sit up unsupported for a couple seconds, and she's becoming a little more of a mover. She doesn't crawl yet, but she gets creative. She finds plenty of other ways to move around with her arms and legs. She squeals and giggles and makes all kinds of noises. She's starting to be more purposeful with her toys, and is able to control what she does more. She shakes the rattle because she likes the sound, not because she is doing so accidentally as she did in the earlier months. Still rolling over all over the place front to back, back to front. 

Some shots of Mira over the weekend:

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