Five Months Old

Five Months Old

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This happy girl is 5 months old! She had a check-up for her ear infection, so we got to weigh her. She weighs 15 lbs., 1 oz. I’m not totally sure of her length…I attempted to measure her at home and it was 25 inches.

She’s wearing size 2 diapers, 3-6 month clothing, and drinks 5 ounces at a time now! She is eating 4 tablespoons of cereal at night (probably 3-4 nights a week) and drinks around 6 bottles a day.

She is sleeping AWESOME. She is now sleeping through the night without any wakeups! We did a little sleep training to get her to fall asleep on her own without a paci and it’s been great. She sleeps 11-12 hours straight.

Still no teeth, but always lots of drool and chewing. I could have SWORN her bottom teeth were about to break through, but now don’t seem swollen at hard on her gums at all. Who knows?

She’s smiley and happy and bright eyed. Strangers always comment on her alertness.

She had her first time with a “babysitter” (it was her cousin, but it was the first time not with mom, dad, or a grandma) and she did GREAT.

Her first sickness was this month- an ear infection. It was tough with her fever and she was miserable (and sweet baby tried to play and be happy), but I’m thankful she takes medicine well and got over it quickly.

She talks ALL THE TIME. Lots of babbling and talking- in the car, in the crib, when we play, when she eats.

She lover her toys, especially the green oball, the jingle bell rattle, the dolly, and her pony.

She loves being outside. Walks are great for her- lots to look at and so many things to see!

She loves the jumper. She really gets going in there. It’s a saving grace to cook and eat while she plays. She also still loves tummy time and has quit rolling out of it because she doesn’t seem to mind it at all.

She is quick to giggle at lots of things. It’s so fun to make her laugh.

My favorite thing is she has a few really long hairs on the top of her head! It’s so sweet! I don’t want to cut them.

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Here’s to five months of fun with this baby girl!

Remington, you’ve taught me more about grace, selflessness and love in these last 5 months. I’m so glad you’re ours. We love you and your sweet giggle more than anything.


Four Months Old

Four Months Old

I can’t believe she is 4 months old! So many changes in this last month.

We had her 4 month well-baby checkup. She’s 14 lbs, 3 oz and 24.5 inches. She was 30th percentile for height and weight before, and now she’s 50th for both. She’s still wearing size 1 diapers (we will move up when this box is empty) and still 0-3 clothing. A few of the smaller 3-6 things fit, but most are still too big. My petite baby girl!

She is still eating 4 ounces every 3-4 hours during the day. She just won’t take a much bigger bottle. I’ve offered a 6 ouncer, and she will take 5 and stop. Her tummy just isn’t big, I guess.

The last couple of weeks we’ve been in the thick of the 4 month sleep regression, which has been tough on mama and daddy, but she seems fine with the broken sleep. She also clearly started teething! She’s been hand chewing and drooly, but we added some other symptoms including a stuffy nose and tummy issues. All of that combined to a girl who isn’t quite as settled at night as she had been. But sleep is returning to somewhat normal, so I’m thankful!

I keep feeling in her mouth, but no teeth yet. Her front bottom gums are SO swollen and you can feel the tooth. I think it’s on the horizon, though.

Her favorite toys at the moment are her hands, her pony and baby doll, and rattles she can hold.

She’s talking up a storm. Lots of chatter and squealing. ALL THE TIME. Lord help us when she actually learns to talk! ha!

This month was pretty much a month-long journey through developmental leap #4, but she was in a pretty good mood all the time despite all the changes and learning. She is desiring to sit SO badly, and is happiest when we help her sit or stand. She has spent some time in the jumper and sit-me-up seat and enjoys that. Not quite supporting herself sitting on her own, but very close.

She’s loving sitting in the stroller without the car seat – kicking her feet and looking around during walks.

She has noticed herself in the mirror when we play there. She just smiles at the baby in the mirror. I love it!

She enjoys the brisk air- she smiles so big when we walk around the church campus in the cool evening air, and she LOVED the snow day we had. An outdoor baby, for sure.

She is starting to mimic us. VERY close to saying the “B” sound. Has done it a time or two on accident, but I don’t think it’s happened on purpose yet. She is doing the motion with her lips and sort of motor-boat sounding. She also does her hands like us (or tries) during Itsy Bitsy Spider and Baby Bumblebee sometimes.  She also is trying to clap when we yell “Yay!” It’s very primitive movements, but I can see her little brain making connections all the time.

My favorite time of day is right when I get home from work and we play. She’s a little monkey and loves being upside down, flying around and playing physically. When she fusses, a quick dip upside down or helping her stand up and sit down  usually brings about a smile.

She still enjoys tummy time and is rolling belly to back like a champ. She is trying so hard to roll from back to belly, and we’ve unswaddled her at night because she was so close to rolling. She’s sleeping in the Merlin Sleep Suit which is going ok until she wakes up and plays with her paci! She’s a busy little girl.

She is SO HAPPY. Everyone, even strangers, comment on her happy demeanor. I love her smiles and giggles.

She loves when we read books. Dr. Seuss is her favorite.She also loves music. I take her to choir on Wednesdays with me in the Ergo and she loves it! I hope she’s musical!

She enjoys the dogs being close. When she’s stretching out on our bed in the morning, she loves when they hop up and play around her. They are sweet with her.

Nicknames include Remi Roo, Roo, big girl, punkin head, and bunny.

Remi, I don’t know what we did for fun before you. All we do now is work hard to make you smile and laugh. It’s the best sound in the world. You’re our favorite!

Three Months Old

Three Months Old

Baby girl, you’re 3 months old! Holy cow!

We thankfully haven’t needed the doctor this month, so it’s just a home weight and measurement. On our home scale she’s 12.5 lbs and around 23 inches.

This month, she’s still wearing 0-3 clothing and size 1 diapers. Her face looks round and full, but her body is still petite. All my friends’ babies who were born around the same time are starting to move on to 3-6 months clothing, but I think we will get another month or two in 0-3.

She’s still eating 4 ounces every 3-4 hours during the day, but we average now 7-8 hours at first go at night. She goes to bed around 8:30-9, wakes up between 3 and 5 a.m., then back down until 7 or 8.

She falls asleep easily at night if she is drowsy but awake at bedtime. Naps are ok-ish. She still prefers to be awake and playing, but will nap if held or if laid down swaddled after a bottle (like at bedtime).  My favorite is napping together on the couch when I get home.

Some Remington facts this month:

She’s grasping toys like a champ. We got several rattles for Christmas and she is holding and shaking them well.

She LOVES when Pippin is near her. He licks her hands (which we discourage, but he’s a wiry little thing that doesn’t listen) and she smiles big.

She’s becoming the MOST CALM baby. Who knew!? She was pretty fussy and high strung her first month of life, but now she’s chilled out. She was the only quiet baby at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

She LOVES to sit up. She has to be assisted, like in our laps or in the corner of the recliner, but she loves it.

She is getting great at laying on her side for a few minutes at a time.

She talks A LOT. The funniest was her talking up a storm during church. Happy squeals. She also started “talking” to the baby she sees in the car mirror.

My favorite things is how she smiles and interacts with me when I sing to her.  It’s the sweetest.

She is doing much better in her car seat. In fact, we took a trip to Tulsa that was almost crying-free.

She enjoys baths now that I wash her hair separately (we do sink washes for hair- and she LOVES the sprayer on her head. Like, sister is at the salon getting a head massage.) Doesn’t always love after bath lotion time, but getting better with that thanks to a lotion warmer.

She loves getting dressed and undressed.  Big smiles during that time.

She is consistently rolling from belly to back now. And she is tucking her chin and curling her legs to attempt rolling back to belly….it should happen this month for sure.

She likes play. Doesn’t love just passively being held. Prefers rattles, toys, playtime, looking around.  Can’t live without her play mat. She spends hours there a day.

Nicknames include Remi Roo, Wemi Woo, big girl, fuss bucket, RG Lee, sugar pie, Tootie Toot.

I went back to work which was an adjustment for us all, but I just get lots of snuggles and playtime when I get home.

Remi, you are such a joy. We are so proud of you. Happy first quarter year of life!

Two Months Old

Two Months Old

Two months old! Time has flown by!

Some stats: At her last doctor’s appointment, she was 10 lbs, 11 ounces, and 22.5 inches long. She has grown two inches since birth! She’s 30th percentile for weight and head circumference, and 50th for height.

This month, she moved up to 0-3 clothing and wears size 1 diapers.

She’s eating 4 ounces every 3-4 hours during the day, but we average 5-7 hours of sleep at a time at night! Her record is 8 hours!

Some Remington facts this month: She LOVES when Pippin is near her. He licks her hands (which we discourage, but he’s a wiry little thing that doesn’t listen) and she smiles big.

She has started interacting with us SO much. It’s so fun to make her smile.

She is loving her bouncer. It’s how I manage to get ready in the mornings.

She is doing better at napping. She is napping on the go quite well, and a swaddle makes daytime nap come easier. She also sleeps amazingly in her Ergo carrier. We use it for Wednesday night church Bible study and walks.

She likes getting dressed now. Big change from last month. She is all smiles during clothing time now.

She loves lights and movement. She cranes her neck to see the Christmas tree, lights on the TV or anything that lights up.

She still sleeps swaddled. Much quieter at night now.

Right before she falls asleep, we get the sweetest smiles and a little bird chirp. It’s awesome.

She is much more calm and chill now. Not as much crying outbursts and fussiness.

She loves her paci. However, sometimes she makes a game of spitting it out and is putting it back. She will smile big, so she thinks that’s fun.

She loves the Yoeebaby tickle toy. Big smiles when being tickled.

She rolled over halfway! It was a fluke thing, but it happened!

She is VERY vocal. Lots of talking to us.

Tummy time has served her well. During the day, she holds her head up about 50% of the time.

In the mornings, we snuggle in the big bed together. She loves that. She will nestle her head in my arm when we do that.

She loves bath time, but HATES having her hair washed. We are going to try a different method this week and see if that helps.

Sometimes she WAILS in her car seat. It’s usually because she needs a diaper change mid-ride, but sometimes it’s just because we’ve stopped at a stop sign. I wish I had a crystal ball to see the end of the car screaming. It can be rough.

Super stinky diapers. ‘Nuff said.

Her nicknames include baby girl, big girl, Rem, Remi Roo, “girl” (from daddy), sugar plum, and sugar dumplin.

Still on reflux meds, but we aren’t upping the dose as she grows (for now. Unless she starts to be in pain, then we will). We’re trying to slowly wean her off of them in the next couple months.

The most common thing strangers say about her is that she’s bright eyed and observant. We hear she’s beautiful a lot (we agree!) and lots of “That’s interesting” about her name – but I think it’s positive comments about her name. I just think they haven’t heard it as a name before.

She’s such a joy. Every day is more fun than the day before. We are loving life together. I dread going back to work only because I will miss our family time. Tyler’s schedule means we only spend full days together on days one of us takes off work. By evenings together will be magic.

Happy two months, baby girl!