Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Harper: 5 Months

Sweet Harper you are now 5 months (and 3 days) old!  You are such a complete joy and are SO much happier than your sister was at this age!  Your teething has kicked in full force this month, so you’ve been a little crankier than usual, but hopefully you’ll have an easier time with your teeth than your big sister. 

You are still not sleeping through the night (maybe I’ll sleep when you’re in elementary school??) but thanks to the magic of the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit you are at least in your crib, in your room, and down to 1-2 wakeups per night. 


I’m afraid to write down your schedule right now because it seems that the second I do that, it changes, but for the purpose of memories, I’ll go for it.  You wake up around 7:30a, eat and play for a bit, then back down for nap around 8:30/9 for an hour and a half usually.  Eat again around 10:30, play til nap around 11:30/12 for 1 1/2-2 hours, then eat again around 1:30/2, play til nap around 3/3:30 for anywhere from 1-2 hours, eat again at 4:30/5 and play.  Some days you’ll take another cat nap around 6 for 40 minutes or so before bath at 7/7:30 and other days you’ll stay awake til then.  We do bath, nurse, put you in your sleep suit and rock for a few minutes and you are down for the night by 7:30/7:45 most nights.  Lately you’ve been waking up once around 12:30a for your paci but you go right back to sleep after I give it to you and then you wake up to eat around 4 (and again right back to sleep after nursing).  

You get distracted so easily now when you are nursing.  You are so aware of your surroundings and extra curious about everything, so we have to nurse in quiet rooms most of the time.  (Which means your sister gets some iPad time in – lucky her!)


At your 4 month appointment, our doctor said to start solids anytime between then and 6 months.  I was going to wait until 6 months like we did with your sister, but you have been grabbing at my food and drinks and leaning in for them like you might be ready for solids sooner, so we tried some oatmeal.  Not going to lie, I was also hoping it might improve your sleeping.  Although you did take to it fairly well, I think it upset your tummy and we had a rough night that night so I packed the oatmeal up and we’ll try again in a couple weeks.  Maybe with sweet potatoes this next time like we started with for big sister. 


You love: your big sister, your paci, rolling from your tummy to your back, chewing on your fingers, being held (so long as the person holding you is moving), being in the k’tan or Moby, and bath time.  You do not like teething. :(  You tolerate tummy time and have been getting better and better in the car. 


I don’t have stats this month since we didn’t have a doctor’s appointment, so I’ll leave you with a video of you laughing at your big sister. 

Hadley making Harper laugh

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