Charlotte: 5 Months

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Charlotte,

I’m slacking here. You’ve been five months for one week, and I’m just now getting to your letter. Forgive me? Ok…thanks.

Let me just tell you that seeing you turn five months old is really hard for me — because it means that you’ll be six months old next month. Seriously?! What am I going to do when the big one year rolls around?! Stop growing up now. Listen to me; I am your mother.

Your personality makes itself more evident every day. First, you’re going to be all over the place once you finally become mobile. Right now, you stretch and arch your back and literally run in place in our arms as you stare hungrily at the floor. You want down, and you want to be moving around on your own. But you’ll get there — slow down!

You are so, so, so happy. Getting a smile out of you is the easiest thing. At times, you’ll be mid-cry, and we even manage to get a smile from you. You’re laughing quite a bit at us now, and not just at things we do but things we say too.

You’re extremely curious. When you’re not trying to bust out of our arms, you’re watching the world around you. You give rapt attention to anyone telling a story and love watching the hustle and bustle of a restaurant around you. We’ve also started putting you in the actual seat of the stroller, and right now, there is not a chance of you falling asleep. You’re too focused on watching everyone and everything else.

Luckily for us, you get easier and easier every month, and the joy you bring us is something we’ve never experienced. Our love for you grows stronger every day, and we don’t want you to ever, ever forget that.

Love,
Mom and Dad

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Weight: 16 lbs, 4 oz
Height: 26.5 in
Clothing size: Wearing a good mix of 3 – 6 and 6 – 9 month clothes. It seems that she’s plateaued a bit in terms of growth rate, but it needs to get a little warmer so that she can wear her short sleeves without jackets. She only has two or three long sleeved shirts that fit her right now, and I keep holding out on buying more because I’m hoping warm days are just around the corner.

Charlotte Likes: Hanging in her jumper, bath toys like her fish and octopus, petting Darcy, the exersaucer and riding big girl style in her stroller.

Charlotte Dislikes: Honestly, I can’t think of anything that she dislikes at this point.

Firsts: Celebrating Easter and St. Patrick’s Day and riding in the front seat of her stroller.

Diapers: Charlotte is still in her cloth diapers, which has been super fun since she’s started solid foods.

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Sleep: She’s still sleeping anywhere from 8 to 9 hours each night. We tried dropping her last feeding to see if she’d go longer, and she woke up at 3 a.m. hungry. So we know she’s not quite ready to drop her dream feed at 10 p.m. Charlotte is napping GREAT. Her naps range from 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and she is down to three naps a day. We dropped her fourth nap (between 5:30 and 7), and though it was an adjustment for her, she seems to be doing a lot better. She is a little crabbier and fights sleep during the feeding at this time, but once she gives in to sleeping while eating, she’s fine.

Feed: Charlotte started solids this past month! She’s tasted rice cereal, bananas, peaches, sweet potatoes, avocados, mangoes and pears. We’ve also introduced her to water from a sippy cup, which she has a lot of trouble with but it’s just practice right now, right? She does seem, however, to love drinking water when she’s able to get it out. I’m still breastfeeding six times a day, and one of those feedings is followed by some solid food and water.

Happy five months, baby girl!

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