Thursday, May 23, 2013

Charlotte is 5 months old

I know, I know.  She's actually 5 months and 4 days old.  But, things have been crazy busy and I have yet to discover how to add hours to every day, so.  That's where we are at...

I know,  I say it over and over again, but I do not know how she has gotten so big so fast.  I am constantly torn by being so excited for her to get bigger so that she can run around and play with the older girls (or at least defend herself against Samantha forcing pacifiers in her mouth and toys in her hands) and trying to figure out how to keep her teeny tiny for as long as possible.

Charlotte is such a happy baby.  She just has the biggest smile and warms up to people so quickly.  When she smiles, she crinkles her little nose and squints her eyes.  And half the time her smile involves a screech of happiness. 

She is rolling all over the place and at the beginning stages of crawling.  She crawls around in a circle and tries so hard to go forward crawling, but just hasn't mastered the hand/leg combo necessarily to get where she wants to go.  But, she can get from one side of the room to another in the time it takes you to grab something from the other room.

Charlotte is a spitter.  Easily as much and as often as the other girls.  Always at the worst possible moment and never we do changes it.  The only time she doesn't spit up is over night.  During the day it doesn't matter if you hold her still for an hour after her feeding, if you lay her flat, if you keep her upright, if she takes a nap, it will still come up all over you.  Even if you are not holding her, it seems to have a magnet that will have it follow you wherever you are.

She is a hand/thumb sucker, still likes her paci sometimes and is a great night time sleeper.  She isn't the best day time sleeper, but that's totally ok with me.  I will trade that for a good nights sleep any day of the week.    She loves for me to hold her, loves to be outside, hates the sun on her, and finds Samantha to be the funniest person in the world.  She loves to be free on her belly to explore, as long as she can still see you there. 

Charlotte is no where near sitting up.  Kaitlyn and Samantha both were at this age.  But, she is a lot more mobile than they were.

According to my measurements, Charlotte is measuring at 14 lbs and 10 oz and is 27 inches long.  She is so long.  It's crazy.  She still has all of her hair, which is incredible to me.  She wears 3-6 months in clothes still, but is getting too long.  She wears a size 2 in disposables and is still in the smallest snap rise in cloth.  We're currently doing both.  Mostly cloth, but disposable if we are going to be out of the house for more than a few hours.  She nurses every hour and a half still, but before bed time, she will nurse both sides and then drink a 4 oz bottle of formula.  With the formula she sleeps better at night, and I'm totally ok with that.

Our littlest princess is on her way to being 1 before we know it!

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