Originally Posted by kitteh
Ela has perfected cross-crawling and has now started attempting to pull herself up onto people and low furniture. And she just turned 5 months on the 2nd. I'm absolutely blown away and not really ready for this stage yet. The other night we put her in the co-sleeper and she pulled herself up to standing on the side of it, which means it now has to go and we've got to figure out some other sleeping arrangement. I'm thinking about finding a safe drop-side crib and side-caring it to the bed. I had been leaning towards putting a rail on my side of the bed and just eliminating the co-sleeper, but then the last two nights Ela has become sort of flaily in her sleep and for the first time in 5 months I'm beginning to feel sleep deprived from co-sleeping. So if we have the crib I can put her in it when she's particularly active and still have her next to me for night time breastfeeding.
Here's a video of Ela crawling and standing. You can see that my sister Amy doesn't pull Ela up to a standing position, Ela is doing that on her own. I'm really shocked at how quickly this has happened.Crawling and Standing
Wow! Look at Ela go! And I thought DD was ahead of the game with her motor skills!
We have our first tooth, she's been working on 2 bottom teeth for weeks and weeks, and Friday 1 finally popped through.
Sleep is still not great. A good night I get 3 hour intervals. The first one is actually 4-5 hours but I am not in bed yet
I dread the inevitable "Is she sleeping through the night" questions that EVERYONE asks about. Ugh. I just make it into a joke and never say anything to make it seem like it is bad. "HA! Ya right. She has better things to do than sleep" rather than "Ugh! No, I am so tired it sucks". I find that people don't try to give me advice to fix it when I approach it with a positive or funny answer. I
know all babies are different and we are doing all the right
things to give her the opportunity to sleep as well as she is ready to. She is working so hard on getting mobile, she doesn't have any energy left in her little brain to sleep longer, hehe.
She has been sitting very well since 4 months. She is pulling onto her hands and knees, rolling, twisting, pulling etc. to get around. She has been sticking her butt in the air and standing on her toes. This weekend she has been pulling to stand in my lap and kind of climbing up me. I am SO not ready for this! aah. I walked at 9 months and I fear that she is taking after me... we are SO in trouble. :P
I too had to take apart our cosleeper/sidecarred crib setup because I was waking up to a baby hovering over me, grabbing my face having pulled herself over the space between our mattresses (which was stuffed with pillows). She kept stuffing her arms into the 'gap' and I got nervous that it was a suffocation hazard. The beds were tethered together, so they weren't moving anywhere, but we didn't have any firm foam to perfectly fill the space like it needed to be. Now she has her crib next to my side of the bed. Less than a foot between us so I can easily get into bed and walk between. I feel a lot better about her in the crib for naps and going to bed at night (by 7PM so way before I make it in) now that she is so mobile. She comes into bed with me to nurse at night and I put her back into the crib when I feel like it. To me it is the best of both worlds- I get my own bed space when I want/need it (we only have a queen bed and a super tall, broad shouldered DH). And she can sleep with me when we want/need the cuddle time, nurse, etc. Everyone who knows she doesn't sleep through the night thinks she needs to be in her own room. I am absolutely sure it wouldn't make any difference in her sleep- but that I'd be dragging myself a longer distance every couple hours at night. She sleeps in our room for naps and when she goes to bed and her sleep pattern is no different. I get irritated that now that she is 5 months, 6 in a few weeks, people think that somehow she NEEDS to be in her own room. Ugh! I
don't sleep alone in my own room. If she slept through the night and was easily disturbed by our moving around the room, DH's snoring, or we weren't sleeping well than I'd consider it. But for our family that isn't the case.
Anyway, what else.
No solids yet. We are being cautious and waiting a full 6 months. I have a ton of allergies and I want her to have the chance to have a matured gut before introducing complementary foods. She is showing a ton of interest- well, in everything we hold and do really. I let her suck a watermelon rind this weekend when her gums seemed to be bothering her. She loved the feeling of it, there wasn't much flavor to it. She LOVES mama's milk popsicles. I freeze .5oz in a tray with a lid (sold for baby food purees) and then break them so they fit into a mesh feeder. She chomps away until every last bit of moisture is gone. So cute.
Super long post- should get on here more often!
I am loving this age. I love the baby chub, the smiles and giggles, and seeing her silly social personality coming out. I think she is just edible she is so cute. I love everything about her. Sometimes I think I am too obsessed and in love with her, because everything else pales in comparison to how I feel when I am with her. But I think that it is a good thing. My mom is/was not a nurturing person and I wonder now how she could ever be the way she is with us...the way I feel about my amazing baby girl, I can't imagine not wanting to be with her, spend time, give kisses and squish her all I can
I miss her after a day out when other people are holding and playing with her. She'll get fussy or hungry and want her mama and when I have her back in my arms I just think, wow, I missed you.