Thursday, February 5, 2015

Josie Lu: Five Months Old


99th percentile for height, 59th for weight..... ahem.... 4th for head size.  She's got thigh rolls, armpit rolls, wrist rolls, and almost-kankles.  The blonde fuzz is getting longer, and she's also got about fifteen random really really long hairs all over her scalp.  Her fat smooth cheeks are so kissable and she has the most curious and inquisitive smile.  

Behavior and Skillz:  

She's teething like crazy.  Rolling over like crazy (started rolling over at 3.5 months). Grabbing things like crazy.  Josie prefers 'tummy time' to being on her back, and pushes up to where her arms are completely straight, and oh, she can scoot.  One time I even saw her lift up her butt and knees off the ground and caterpillar herself by pushing off with her toes to travel about a foot. Planking.

She is obsessed with electronics.  She's spitting and sticking out her tongue and giggling.  Not so much with the ooohs and ahhhhs anymore but more with the squealing and screeching and high-pitched singing.  She pulled a whole caraf of orange juice onto herself at brunch the other day.  She grabbed a whole taco off of Dan's plate last week.  She's fascinated with whatever big sister is doing.  She leans and lunges her body with intense strength toward anything she wants.  I would not be surprised if she started crawling in the next couple of weeks.  She really is a very content and agreeable baby, and I'm not just saying that because I have a fiesty toddler to compare her to.   I mean this kid skipped the crying when she got her 4-month immunization shots at the doctor.... who does that?  Some of her nicknames are "Josie Lu the Hoody Hoo" and "Baby Dosie" (Penny) and "Baby Goo."  And sometimes she's just "Sweet One."  


With teething has come chomping, youch.  She's nursing only once or twice in the middle of the night now, and about every 3 hours during the day. She nurses best when she's tired because then she's not quite as distractable then.  She still spits up almost every feeding, which is really wearing on me -- sooooo much laundry.  She still doesn't like it if I eat a lot of eggs or drink cow's milk (although other more-processed dairy products such as cheese and yogurt don't bother her in small amounts.)  We are getting close to introducing her to solids because she is extremely interested in big-people food.  


What can I say, she likes to snuggle.  We've started to [sort of] lazily [inconsistently] transition her from our bed to the pack-n-play in our room, as we both sleep a lot better when she's not with us in bed; but she sleeps a lot better and longer if she's in bed with us.  It's kind of a catch 22.   And this time around, moreso than last time, I kind of love co-sleeping.  I don't sleep well when we co-sleep, but I don't sleep well period, soooooo.  But I digress.

I can pretty much count on her to take two long naps throughout the day, one in the morning about 2 hours after she wakes up, and one in the afternoon, which I can sometimes finagle to be at the same time as big sister's nap.    If she's slept long enough, she wakes up incredibly happy and singing.

Her Mama:

On a personal note, I'm dealing with some of the typical 4-month-ish post-partum stuff... namely hair loss (clumps, I tell you!) and realizing that I don't really have an excuse anymore to not try to shed the baby weight.  I wrestle with this a bit but please don't read this as an opportunity to bombard me with your favorite bodywraps or clean-eating meal-plans or diets or supplements or shakes or herbs or.... you get the idea.  I don't want to play Candy Crush Saga either.  I feel like I am [sort of] adjusting a little better now to having two children and [attempting] managing all that life throws at me these days.  I'm certainly feeling less helpless than I did two months ago, so any mama out there reading this who has a three-month-old and a toddler... take note... it gets better.

Back to Josie.  Ummmm I love her.

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  1. She is a beauty! Can't wait to meet her! :)

  2. Oh my, she's a beauty! And your 4th percentile head mention made me laugh...only because my kid has been in the 90th percentile for head size since birth!!!! Your captures of Josie are so sweet, she's got some pretty great facial expressions. -Misty

  3. She is adorable!!! My son is also obsessed with electronics! Anytime he sees my phone, that's it, that's all he wants and will crawl (drag) his little body to wherever it is! When he gets it, it goes straight into his mouth!


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