Well, that just happened didn’t it? Jada turned 5 months old this week.
Fair warning: there are lots of pictures in this post!
June 11th doesn’t seem that long ago, but she has changed so much during that time. The picture below was taken a few hours after she was born. I still can’t get over how big she was then either!
And, now at 5 months old, she is strong and tall (at her 4 month check up, she was 15 lbs. 10 oz and 26.25 in.)
She’s filled out a bit, eh?
I am still breastfeeding Jada. My original goal was to try to make it to 6 months, but I will keep going up to year if I can keep up.
It has gotten soooooooo much easier. New mamas, hang in there! It’s much more convenient than cleaning a bunch of bottles or preparing formula. But, I’m also lucky to work part-time where I can still nurse her during the day. Full-time working moms, you all are amazing!
Jada has been a good eater from the start, so we are thankful. She is obviously getting enough nourishment.
She is also VERY interested when we are eating, so we will introduce real foods soon-probably before her 6 month check-up. I just made a batch of sweet potato puree and froze it.
She still isn’t sleeping through the night. I know I could supplement with formula at night for that full belly, but I figure getting up once to feed her isn’t so bad compared to those early days = Zombie mom. Plus, each baby is different. Oh, but how I long for an unbroken night of sleep…one day, right? Right?!
She typically take 2-3 naps a day. The morning naps are short at about 30 mins, then at 2 p.m. she goes down for 1-2 hours.
Lately, she has been waking during her afternoon nap with a high pitched cry and wants to be held while continuing to sleep. Yes, I sometimes give in.
At night, we give her a bath between 7-7:30 p.m. (this is Spencer’s job when he is home in time). We let her play in the bath for an extended time because she simply loves it. Then, I nurse her, and she’s out by around 8:30.
I lay her on her back in the crib at night, and she immediately turns to her side or tummy. We are also doing well with laying her down drowsy and letting her learn how to fall asleep (although, I likely jinxed myself!)
She is rolling front-to-back and back-to-front easily and has been for a while. A couple of weeks ago, she started getting up on her knees and elbows.
Oh yes, friends. My days of leaving the room briefly to get something done are dwindling. Soon the baby gates go up. Any recommendations for those?
This little one is on a mission to crawl. Now, she scoots backwards. Often, she finds a way to move completely out of the view of our crib monitor!
I also feel it is my duty to introduce her to fitness early on, so we are working on side planks.
Obviously, I’m kidding! But, I do hope she likes to move when she’s older.
She can’t quite support herself sitting up, but she is getting close to that too.
This is the age where you can really begin to enjoy (hopefully) your little one’s personality! She generally is a happy baby that enjoys being around people–I really hope she is extroverted like Spencer. I was a shy, shy kiddo.
Jada loves her puppy Cooper. She is soooooooooooo interested in touching him, watching him eat, drink, etc.
Here’s our mandatory Cooper Kisses picture!
He continues to be so patient and attentive with her. When she cries, he looks at me like, “Well? Do something.”
My mom and dad watch Jada twice a week during my longer shifts at the YMCA. They love it, and so does Jada (so do I!!).
She and my mom play the piano and sing together. Yep. Jada has started to “sing” with my mom. It’s too cute!
Cooper likes to harmonize too.
I love that she is gets exposure to music with my mom.
I captured this daddy-daughter moment while the Sea Hawks were playing.
She is also enjoying time in her Baby Einstein exer-saucer. We named all the animals, and I think she like Petey the Parrot best (<—named after the Dumb and Dumber ‘pretty bird’.) She is learning to manipulate objects and can get the pacifier back in mouth, but it’s often backwards.
Bath time is another favorite. She kicks that water! It makes me excited for swim lessons…and the summer!
Mommy at 5 months postpartum?
Being a mom is a balancing act to say the least. I have this constant to-do list in my head that never seems to get shorter. Lots of prioritizing and sacrifices.
Some days are hard, even downright frustrating. When will I have time to grocery shop or workout, or watch my guilty pleasure (hello, Bravo channel)? Will she ever nap more than 30 minutes? Can I take a shower?
My hair hasn’t been cut since last November which isn’t a big deal, since it is always in a braid. But, finding the time to schedule an appointment is the last thing on “my list”.
My workouts are shorter and some days I do not workout (ironic considering my profession). I’m often jealous of those I’m training and wish I could join them! I always feel better, more complete, if I get a sweat session in.
However, Jada is a blessing. We love her so much, and she brings joy to so many lives already!
[above] We attended our first Princess party last weekend. Where’s my tiara you ask??
Thanks for reading along on our month-by-month journey!