How has yet another month passed by with our sweet little ladies? I swear some days I wake up and they have literally grown over night. This past month has been a lot of fun, and even though I’m back to work, I have had a lot of days off between winter weather closings and holidays. The more time I get to spend with them the better!
The girls really interact with each other a lot now. They will look at each other, smile, and hold hands. Emerson is always looking for a reaction from Brooklyn (see first picture above), and it is adorable. Like always, I want to go through each girl individually to let you know how they are each doing!
Emerson (left) and Brooklyn (right)
Weight & Height: At her 4 month appointment, she weighed 13 pounds 3 oz, so I am more than certain that she weighs at least 14 pounds now, if not more! She also was 23.75 inches long. We have not measured them since their last appointment.
Eating: Oh this girl is quite a chunkster. She is throwing back at least 30 ounces a day. Emme gets about 20-25 oz of breast milk every day, and the rest of it is supplemented with formula. Emerson is still spitting up so so much, and I can’t wait until this child doesn’t constantly have to wear a bib! We have no started any solids yet – I think we may forgo any sort of cereal until their sensitive tummies can tolerate it.
Sleeping (naps): Emerson’s naps are all over the place. Sometimes she will sleep for 30 minutes, sometimes she will sleep for two hours. It’s really a crap shoot at this point. We are trying to get her to nap in her crib all the time, but it is really difficult. When she wakes up after a half hour and I (or my mom) try to get her to go back to sleep in there, she is so LOUD and will wake Brooklyn up. It’s easier to just separate them and put Emerson in the swing. Horrible habit, I know – but she WILL sleep in her crib for naps so at least she doesn’t have to sleep in the swing! Right now depending on the nap lengths, she will take anywhere from 3-4 naps.
Sleeping (night): Finally finally finally! Emerson has gotten much better with her nighttime sleeping this past month. She is no longer waking up at 3:30 (knock on wood) and unless she has a poop diaper, she typically doesn’t start stirring until around 5. I want their “wake time” to be 6:30-7:00, so I will usually keep sticking that pacifier back in her mouth and not get her up at that time unless she’s actually really hungry when she wakes up early (believe me, I can tell).
Clothing: We are in 3-6 month clothing the majority of the time. There are only a few outfits that are 0-3 month that still fit her.
Social: Oh man, this girl loves everyone and everything. She is so so smiley and is easily excitable. Emerson loves trying to get a reaction out of her sister. If they are playing together, Emme is typically looking at Brooklyn and smiling (while Brooklyn is just doing her thang!). As long as Emerson is getting attention, she is happy as a clam.
New this Month: Emme rolled from back to tummy yesterday while my mother in law was watching them! She was trying so hard for about three weeks to do it. I can’t wait to see! We also busted out the saucer this month. Emerson loves it! They’re still a little wobbly in it, so I prop a blanket in the back of it. She loves playing with all of the toys on the console!
Likes: Mommy, Daddy, her monkey pacifier, being held, singing, reading books, EATING (like a champ), her giraffe lovey, putting things over her face when she sleeps ::sigh::
Dislikes: dirty diapers, not being paid attention to, being hungry (for like more than a second), long naps, tummy time, getting her sleep sack put on at night (she knows it means “time for bed”)
If you’re still reading, one more baby to go!
by far, my most favorite picture of Brooklyn. gaah!
Weight & Height: Again, she hasn’t been weighed since her 4 month appointment. At 4 months, she was 13 pounds 6 oz and was 24.25 inches long. I feel like her face filled out even more (if that’s possible!) and her thighs are getting more rolls by the day, so it’s safe to say that she is gaining weight rapidly!
Eating: Brooklyn loves to eat as well. While she started out as our pokey eater, her arms now flap and her legs kick so hard whenever she sees her bottle. I’d guess she is eating anywhere from 26-32 oz a day depending on her hunger level. Just like Emerson, she is being supplemented formula a bottle or two a day.
Sleeping (naps): My once wonderful napper has disappeared! Brooklyn is trying to get by with 30 minute naps (sometimes an hour if we’re lucky) these days. They are learning at such a rapid pace, and have been in a huge storm cloud for about a month (wonder weeks anyone?), and I think that has something to do with it. I swear every day they are learning something new!
Sleeping (night): Oh my wonderful sleeper. Brooklyn is so great at night – she goes down easily with just a few pacifier replacements (which I totally have to stop doing so she can learn to self soothe). One thing that we need to get out of is that swaddle! Girlfriend loooooves being swaddled. We tried keeping her unswaddled for a few nights, she slept horrible (which meant we slept horribly), and I went right back to swaddling her. ::welp:: I figure if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I won’t start worrying until she is rolling over! After Brooklyn is asleep, she very rarely wakes up in the middle of the night. She still gets a dream feed around 10, and will typically wake around 6:30-7:00 (unless it’s yesterday morning. In that case, she woke up at 5:30 screaming to eat).
Clothing: 3-6 month! This little girl has a long torso. I don’t think it will be long until we switch over to 6-9 month!
Social: Brooklyn is a different baby from when she was born. She loves everyone, and she will talk all the live long day to whoever will listen. She is very observant and interested in just about everything. I watched her yesterday for 15 minutes trying to pick up a ball and transfer it to her other hand. She was so patient and just kept trying and trying. She’s the sweetest. She also never stops moving – my house will be destroyed when she starts moving!
New this Month: Brooklyn just figured out how to make a “kissing” sound with her lips. It’s pretty much the most adorable thing ever. She is also trying to roll over from her back to her tummy. Other than that, she has gotten so much better with her neck/head control. She’s not quite as wobbly as she once was! Brooklyn also loves her new saucer, and I just KNOW that if we bust out the jumper this month she will have a ball. Girlfriend does not stand, she bounces. She has also started to reach out to try to touch Charlie – the cutest!
Likes: singing songs, being swaddled, mommy, daddy, Charlie, tummy time (for about 2 minutes), her giraffe pacifier, cuddling after nap time
Dislikes: dirty diapers, being held “like a baby”, getting the sleep sack put on at bedtime, having to wait more than 3 seconds for her bottle to end up in her mouth
I can’t believe in just another month they will be six months old. Where does the time go? I feel so blessed to be their mama!