Louise James: Five Months






Clothes: 3 - 6 months
Diapers: Size 2; 3 at night
Shoes: You fit into shoes! The crib mocs we bought you before you were born finally fit! I actually just ordered the next size up...excited Mom right here! I thought you would have peg legs your entire life!

Eating: No food yet, but we may try some this month since you have TWO TEETH! We have changed your schedule a bit, and it works when you are feeling well. You eat six ounces at 6:45, 10:30, 3:00 and before bed at 7:00. If you take six ounces each time, it works fine. However, these teeth are causing a bit of a ruckus, and you are not wanting to eat a ton at at time.

Sleeping: Not only are you not eating well, but you are not sleeping well either. You have some good naps at home, but at day care, you are still sleeping for 20 - 40 minutes at a time. Ideally, you would take great naps at 8:30, 12:30 and 5, but you are taking closer to five naps a day.

At night, you are going down fine around 7:30 and had a few good nights of only waking at 2:30 to eat, but since these teeth have come in, you are waking up every 2 - 3 hours. I feel awful because I know you are in pain, and I know that if you got more sleep, you wouldn't be so grumpy!

We tried some sleeping training, and it went like this: put you in your crib with no paci (We were following Sleep Sense). You screamed for an hour, so I gave you your paci. That did not help, and you screamed for the next hour, so I fed you, gave you your paci and put you in your Rock and Play Sleeper. The next night, I put you in the Rock and Play with your paci, and let you cry until you fell asleep...it only took about 40 minutes. (You are a stubborn little thing!) When you woke in the middle of the night, we had another two hour screamfest because I am trying to drop the night feeding. I finally broke down and fed you, and that's generally where we are now. You go down awake and fuss for a few minutes but fall asleep without having to be rocked or held. However, we cannot drop the night feeding....with these teeth, I am not even trying again right now. We are also traveling this weekend, so we will just start over next week!

You are sleeping in a wearable blanket with your security blankets within reach...I don't think you would fall asleep with one!

Loving: Sophie, Bumbo tray, balls, rattles and your Taggie. You love "standing" and hearing kissing noises. you love being tickled in the cheek, neck and the side of the your tummy. You love bicycles and laying on your changing table...it always calms you down. You love being held with my arm shoved in your stomach, facing out. You love our new Ergo 360, thankfully! You are not one to be worn, but if you are facing out, you are ok! You love baths most of the time and will stay in for quite awhile...you don't even mind getting out of the bath now! You love your Daddy the most, then your brother then me, I think. The exersaucer has become our best friend since you are trying to escape the Bumbo daily, and you will play in it for a long time, especially when Cam joins you!

where we can usually find you (and your brother)

escaping from the Bumbo


Hating: Gas, Teething, being held like a baby and sleeping flat on your back

your sad, crying face


Health: You have a little cough (Mommy and LouLou both had strep throat, so I am thankful you didn't get that) that won't go away and a stuffy nose here and there. We have used Hyland's Cough Syrup a few times before bed to give you some relief. We are also using Hyland's teething tablets and Baby Advil here and there for your teeth....We are still using Hyland's gas drops, too...maybe we should buy stock in Hyland's! Your gas is WAY better since we went to the chiropractor and did sleep training...I read that both would help, but I didn't believe it until it happened!

Developmentally: You have two teeth! This is the first major thing that's happened! You have found your feet, and you kind of/almost want to roll over. We are trying to get you to sit up, but you have a few more muscles to grow before that happens. You really want to put your paci in your mouth, and you can, sometimes!





Experiences: This past month was mostly routine - day care, work and fall weekends. You went on a hay ride and many trips to Target. You also went to your firsts high school football game and slept through the whole thing! We had lots of friends over for brunch, dinner and Patriots games, and you were (generally) a good hostess!



Here is Cam's five month update....they are pretty much twins. ;)



Louisey, Weezy, Pumpkinhead...you are truly the light of our lives. You make everyone smile - us, Cameron, strangers...it's contagious! When you are grumpy, though, you are GRUMPY. I feel awful because it's always for a reason (of course). But when you are happy, you are radiant. I am LOVING watching you grow and learn. I was scared that it wouldn't be as exciting since we've been through this with Cam, but it's even better because I am enjoying it so much more. I know that all bad periods will come to an end, and you will be running to the playground with Cameron in no time. I love watching the two of you interact and hope you always stay best buddies. I love you so, so much, my little pumpkin pie. You are amazing.


11 comments:

  1. Lil Louise is soooo cute and precious!

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  2. She is so cute and getting so big. I'm sorry about the sleep... ugh, so frustrating. Hopefully she gets it soon! And I am loving her smocked pumpkins!! hehe!!

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  3. She is such a little cutie pie! No fun that sleeping is not going well. We are struggling too. It's tough when they don't feel well! I still cannot believe she has teeth already!

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  4. SEE! those darn crib moccs took FOREVER to fit us too! but my fingers are crossed that size 1 fit for like ever too. i cant believe how big she's getting! and thats a fairly successful sleep training? i mean minus the middle of the night feeding. but girlfriend is HANGRY. i cant blame her. i get that way too!

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  5. Adorable!! Her cry face breaks my heart! It took a while for Rmmy to get into her crib moccs. We actually have some from 3 different shops and all range in daze even if they are supposed to be the same size. Ha ha! Love them though.

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  6. Goodness, she is so stinking cute! Sorry to hear that sleep and eating haven't been going so well. We went through those phases too. Hang in there, mama. Maybe a change of pace over vacation will shake things up and make things better. That seemed to work for us!

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  7. I just love her, those smiles!!!! And sending good sleep vibes your way!!!

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  11. What a sweet little peanut! I love it when babes find their feet. It's the cutest thing! Here's to hoping everyone starts getting some great sleep!

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