Oh, my heart. Five months is such a cool age, guys. Every month just gets better and better. Dagny is becoming such a little flirt – she smiles and coos at just about everyone these days. Little social butterfly, just like her daddy! These are the days, friends. These are the days.

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Age: Five Months

Weight: 14 pounds 8 ounces

Height: 24.5 inches

Sleep: We made it through the 4-month sleep regression unscathed. She definitely had some rough nights this last month but after the horrible night a few weeks back, we purchased the Dockatot so we could safely co-sleep as needed. This turned out to be the best purchase ever and we got a lot of use out of it the last few weeks! I’m pretty sure the majority of her wakefulness was (and still is) at daycare because she hardly naps. She comes home exhausted, but is always happy when I drop her off and pick her up, so I think she’s just a night and weekend sleeper.

Clothes: Dagny is loving her new 6 month wardrobe. Rompers, shorts, swimsuits, oh my! So much cuteness for summer!

Firsts: Oh, let’s see. She rolled over from front to back at about 4.5 months. She is trying sooooo hard to roll from back to front but hasn’t quite made it all the way. She’s grabbing everything in sight, including her bottle, which she is very close to holding on her own. She loves those milkies no matter where they come from!

Personality: She LOVES her tongue right now and has started playing a lot with her feet. She’s a giggly little girl and still loves the changing table – it can turn her from Fussy McFusserson to Happy Camper in 1 second flat. It doesn’t typically matter who holds or pays attention to her, just as long as someone has the role! She talks a ton and keeps making new sounds every day. The dogs have become her favorite thing to watch at home. Ever since the latest 19 week leap, she’s noticed Kate & Trudy so much more as they slither around the house. It’s so neat to see her pay attention to them and especially see her laugh when they pay attention to her!

Must Have: We couldn’t live without the Dockatot. No way, no how. Best purchase ever! It’s coming with us camping too for our first trip over 4th of July weekend. It keeps Dagny warm, snuggled tight, and has magic baby sleeping dust released throughout the night. Just kidding on that last bit…but it sure feels like it’s true!

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…and here we are again at TWO days before her next monthly milestone with the last update. Go me! It’s really time I prioritize this blog again – I think about it SO OFTEN and miss all the fun I used to have with writing and sharing. Next rainy weekend is blog weekend. For real!

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Age: Four Months

Weight: 13 pounds 7 ounces

Height: 24 inches

Sleep: She’s still regularly sleeping 10+ hours…around 9 or 9:30pm to 7 or 7:30am. She had the worst night ever at about 3.5 months which I feared was the start of a sleep regression, but I think she was fighting a low grade fever. The next night she ran about 100.4 but then slept it off and woke up normal. She’s been sleeping reasonably OK since with a few nights of 1 to 2 wake ups. We’re just trying to make sure she has really good awake time and decent naps at daycare. There will be lots of outdoor time with the neighbor kids in the coming month with the weather finally turning up!

Clothes: I hit the 6 month clothing racks and Dagny is officially on the cusp of wearing it all. I bought shorts and tank top onesies…and OMG, they are adorable. Did you see on Instagram?!

Diapers: Still in Rumparooz all day and disposable at night. I’ll write more about our experience with cloth diapering soon!

Firsts: Since my sweetie was in daycare most of this month, I’m sure I missed a lot of the small firsts. Some of the big ones include her first cold/fever around 16 weeks, thanks to daycare, I’m sure! We didn’t have to call the pediatrician though. She had her first walk in the Lillebaby carrier – not sure why we didn’t try it earlier, especially during her first trip up Crystal Mountain and the gondola. Too bad Rainier was hiding behind a layer of clouds that day. She had her first experience hanging out in the Bumbo seat AND Jenny Jump Up. She loves them both! She also painted her first little artwork at daycare. I can’t wait to get the memory book they put together!

Personality: She is the best. Does that explain it? Haha! She really is so darn chill most of the time. She naps well at home, not so well at daycare. She loves people-watching and especially being outside in the fresh air. She’s chatty quite a bit as before and every new sound is so fun to hear for the first time. She’s just a really easy going babe and we love her to pieces!

Must Have: We couldn’t live without Burt’s Bees bibs. She started spitting up nearly every single morning after nursing – especially when placed in her car seat. We started using the bibs to catch it all! These bibs are amazing and we super love them!

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Of course, Dagny is 3 days shy of 4 months old and I’m just now posting her 3 month update. Points for doing it at all before the next one? I say yes!

There were so many big, fun events during her third month. She finally decided to take her bottles on daycare day 1 after lots of training attempts, so that previous challenge is no longer, thank goodness. Every week and every month seems to get better and more fun than the last!

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Age: Three Months

Weight: 13 pounds (approximately)

Height: 23 inches (approximately)

Sleep: Longest stretch of sleep was 10.5 hours during our visit to Grand Rapids, MI when she was 10.5 weeks old. I could NOT believe it when it happened, but then it kept happening!

Clothes: She’s still comfortable in 0-3 months clothes and they’ll be on her for at least another two weeks. She’s growing longer than she is wider so I think we’ll always be replacing those footy PJs, long sleeves, and leggings first!

Diapers: She’s loving the Rumparooz all day and we decided to switch her to a disposable at night for the longer sleep stretch. Her little legs are still pretty tiny so I didn’t want to squish another soaker into the cloth diapers yet. She also wore disposables all through our trip to MI/IL and we learned that little girl HATES to be wet in those, but does fine at night. Weird, but it works.

Firsts: So many big milestones! First flight where she rode first class in style because mama and daddy had enough airline miles. First time meeting her great-grandparents and her Aunt Katie and Uncles Matt and David! First (and only) baptism in Michigan where she wore the family christening gown. First day at daycare – longest she’d been away from me to date.  First time sleeping in her crib at night (right about 3 months)!

Personality: She is still so calm and sweet. She started to chat and coo so much and we just ate it all up! She’s become so much more alert and aware of her surroundings and wants to be part of the action most of the time. She’s still loving our image in the mirror when we walk by and watching the dogs run around. Her transition to daycare with basically zero issues leads me to believe she’s pretty darn adaptive too. Nobody cried, including me!

Must Have: We couldn’t live without our Avent Classic 4 oz. Bottles in Pink this month because they’re the bottle she ended up taking regularly! We tried many and eventually found this bottle worked best after using the Medela Calma bottle to “train” her to understand what a bottle does in the first place.

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Am I really two weeks away from returning to work? For real?!

These last 10 weeks went WAY too fast for my liking and if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you I’m not about to get over that fact any time soon. The tears have fallen on more than one occasion for reasons that often contradict each other.

I have loved the chance to spend this precious time with my baby, but it’s not nearly enough. I didn’t take enough pictures. I didn’t stay caught up to her baby album or even hang the bookshelves in her nursery. Sleep and snuggles always came first. I’m not the mother I thought I’d be at this point…and now she has to spend so much of her day away starting in two weeks. Ugh. I already miss her and she’s not even there yet!

Right now she won’t consistently take a bottle of breast milk. I’m pretty sure we’ve got a case of bottle-nipple confusion vs. rejection of the bottle altogether, so I’m hopeful that we can get this resolved in time for daycare.

We’re trying 4 different bottles at the moment and a 5th is on its way from Amazon. She’s taken all 4 bottles at least once for at least an ounce but for whatever reason she’s not consistent about it. Yesterday, I tried the Playtex Nurser and while she was happy as can be while trying it out, she wouldn’t suck! Later in the day, I tried the Philips Avent Classic+ and she didn’t take it at first, but then later she took it with no problem at all. We’re so confused!

I’m hopeful she’ll take a bottle at daycare when she needs to, but we’ll be in mega training mode next week during our visit to see both of our families in the Midwest! I have a backup plan that isn’t too detrimental to my time if she doesn’t take the bottle at daycare. That said, I know this is just a small blip in our nursing relationship and Dagny will only need me like this for so long.

How can anyone resist a face such as hers when she’s trying so hard to understand why I’m handing her a toy filled with milk!

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Month two has been a lot different than the first. For starters, holy growth spurts! One around 6 weeks and another mega leap around week 8 kept us on our toes in a big way. I had some trouble with breastfeeding constantly during these growth spurts but I’m trying (hard) to stay positive. Breastfeeding is such a blessing when it fits into our routine and I get a chance to really settle into the bonding experience, but it’s not all that fun when it’s twice as much in a given day out of nowhere. When that happens, it makes me wonder how I’ll get through future growth spurts AND work full time. Ugh.

On the same token, our big challenge at the moment is getting Dagny to take a bottle of pumped milk. I’ve been pumping once a day since she was 3 weeks old and I always knew if breastfeeding got to be too hard, at least I could step away for a feeding or two, not to mention go back to work and make sure she’s still fed. She took a bottle at 4 weeks but we stopped trying after that until right as she turned two months…and we quickly realized we made a mistake not giving her a bottle regularly beforehand. Hopefully I have good news to report in the 3 month update…

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Age: Two Months

Weight: 10 pounds, 14 ounces (gain of 4 lbs exactly from birth)

Height: 22.5 inches (gain of 3.5 inches from birth)

Sleep: Longest stretch of sleep was 9 hours in the middle of the month – majority of nights were at least 8 hours (hurrah!!). The grunting has lessened but there were quite a few 4-5am wake ups still as we get used to the longer sleep schedule.

Clothes: Definitely out of newborn clothes at this point. She probably has 1-2 inches to go before she’s out of footy PJs in the 3 month size so we might make it to 3.5-4 months before she jumps to 6 month. I hardly have anything for 6 month so my fingers are crossed we get a good use out of 3 before I have to hit the Carter’s racks again!

Diapers: Currently wearing Kanga Care’s Lil’ Joey newborn cloth diapers AND the Rumparooz. She’s right there in the range of being able to wear both comfortably so for a short period our stash of cloth diapers is gigantic.

Firsts: We left the house and ate out at a restaurant (Farrelli’s) for the first time and she slept the whole meal. We also attacked her first diaper rash and passed over a cloth diaper washing learning curve. She met her only cousin over Valentine’s weekend and picked up his tendency to scream loudly (he’s 9 months). Ha! As far as other firsts, there were way too many to track but in general she’s holding her head up like a champ, laughing, smiling, and cooing a ton. She started noticing her reflection in the mirror too!

Personality: She is SO CALM. Last month we thought she might be a little colicky but it was just excessive gas remedied early on by Little Remedies anti-gas drops and age, as the month went on. It was probably a little bit of growth spurting too. We stopped the drops around 8 weeks and haven’t really noticed a major difference either way. She’s a champion sleeper – I almost hesitate to talk about it because we got really lucky. She drove us right into her own little schedule early on and I’ve been nudging her every day since just to keep everything on track. We’re following the Babywise method for feeding/sleeping and it’s going so well for Dagny. I think (hope) it continues to work well when she starts going to daycare. She also loves to breastfeed apparently as evidenced by rejection of the bottle. We’ve been able to get her a few ounces through the bottle but we have a lot of work to do before daycare day 1 or I’ll be driving down for a few nursing sessions! Wish us luck!

Must Have: We couldn’t live without our Owlet Baby Monitor this month (started using at 3 weeks old). One of the main reasons we actually sleep at night along with her is the knowledge that she’s being monitored and we’ll get an alarm if anything is amiss. It’s such a huge peace of mind and I honestly don’t know what nights would be like if we didn’t have this awesome technology.

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