As Nora rapidly approaches her 6 month birthday we find ourselves in the midst of many firsts, first tastes of food included. The last few weeks I have really noticed her starting to take a big interest in watching me eat. And, if I happen to be holding her while I’m eating she often tries to grab my food or drink and is always very intently watching what I am putting in my mouth. I figured since she seemed to be showing so much interest in what we are eating I would pick up some baby cereal and give it a go.
Today was the big day. While I was at the grocery store I picked up some baby cereal and this afternoon after we picked up Maya from school I gave her her first bites of food. She was…intrigued. I seriously love the faces they make when trying new foods, especially those first few times. When you are used to strictly breast milk I can only imagine what it must be like to taste something so foreign and different.
We’ll call this first shot at eating solids a success. She didn’t love it, but she definitely didn’t hate it either. I’m guessing once she gets to the tasty foods like peas, sweet potatoes, apples and peaches she’ll be a much bigger fan!! It will be interesting to see if she so willingly opens her mouth for the spoon tomorrow
It is no secret that for a while Nora was the rockstar of sleep. She was sleeping 12 hours at night by 2 months old. She was such a good sleeper, and so consistent, that I got lulled into thinking it was a permanent thing. I let myself forget about the very common babyhood demon called sleep regression.
I am no longer in that peaceful, well rested dream world with a baby who happily sleeps away for 12 hour stretches at night. I now find myself smack dab in the middle of an exhausting sleep regression phase. Have I mentioned that I hate sleep regressions!
Starting about 3 weeks ago, right when she started rolling over and discovered that she loved to sleep on her tummy, and right around the time she came down with her first cold and ear infection, she suddenly began waking up at night. At first I thought it was maybe just random and she would go back to sleeping well once she was over her cold. But, nope, cold is gone and she is still waking at night. Some nights she’ll wake up several times and other nights just once. Some times she’ll wake and I’ll hear her talking to herself and fussing a little over the monitor for a few minutes before she drifts back to sleep. Other times her talking and fussing will turn into full blown “you better get in here right NOW!” cries. Most nights I have to go in at least once and either rock her or nurse her before she’ll go back to sleep.
Sleep regressions suck. I am exhausted. I know this is just a phase and before I know it she’ll be back to sleeping through the night (please!), but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the sleep deprivation. My brain is mush and I often feel like I’m swimming through mud. As a result my house is less than clean and my fuse with the other girls and Lorne is short (which makes me feel super guilt). Both the other girls had sleep regressions around this age too, which lasted about a month or so. Hopefully Nora’s is much the same and we are on the tail end of it. This mama could use a full night’s rest for a change.
At least one of us gets to nap during the day to make up for the lost sleep at night
Little Miss Nora is 5 months old!! Can you believe it? I sure can’t.
Weight: 14lbs 3oz
Height: ~ 25in
I never would have guessed when Nora was born, my biggest baby yet, that she would end up being tiny like her big sister Anna. Her stats are right in line with Anna’s at this age. She is still sporting mostly 0-3 month clothing, with the exception of pants (as she seems to have her mama’s long legs). A few of her smaller 3-6 month stuff has just started to fit but most 3-6 months stuff is still giant sized on her. It will be interesting to see if she stays on this tiny track like and is itty bitty like Anna or if she has a huge growth spurt at some point.
This month has a been a big month for Nora, lots of firsts happened since she turned 4 months old. She is rolling like a champ. She loves, loves, loves being on her tummy so it is rare to find her laying on her back these days as she can so easily roll onto her tummy when ever she wants. I’ve never had a tummy sleeper before, Nora is my first. She never sleeps on her back anymore. Even when I put her to bed asleep she’ll immediately roll onto her tummy, she is just more comfortable that way. Her core strength is steadily increasing and she is starting to be able to sit unassisted for short periods of time. I can’t believe how quickly she is hitting all these milestones. Time needs to slow down.
Not all her firsts this month were good. She also had (still fighting actually) her first cold and ear infection along with her first round of antibiotics. She was so miserable and I felt so helpless. Luckily with a few days of antibiotics under our belts she is feeling much better. Thanks goodness.
Now that she is feeling better she is back to enjoying her play time. She loves to hang out on the floor and play with her toys or her sisters. She has started to notice the cat and her reaching, grabbing little hands of taken a few clumps of his fur lately. He isn’t as keen to curl up on the floor with her anymore
She is seriously the sweetest, most adorable little baby. We love her to pieces. I wish I could slow down time.
Can’t wait to see what this next month brings our way!
She is rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ !!
Nora has recently acquired a new skill, rolling from back to front. She has beat her sisters to this skill by quite a bit. Neither Maya or Anna really enjoyed being on their tummies all that much so they lacked the motivation when it came to learning this skill. Nora, however, adores being on her tummy and has from the very the beginning. She is quite content to spend time playing on her tummy.
Every time I put her on her back she flips right over onto her tummy. She is even becoming a tummy sleeper! As soon as I lay her in her crib, even if she is asleep when I do it, over she goes! This is so different from her sisters, it is crazy. Her core strength is incredible for just 4 months old!
Nora is so happy about this new skill of hers that she wants to practice it ALL THE TIME!! Including in the middle of the night when she, and I, should be sleeping. Last night she was up for over 2 hours in the middle of the rolling over in her crib to her hearts content. I love that she is so proud of her new skill and wants to perfect her technique, but hopefully the novelty wears off soon and she goes back to sleeping through the night. Mama is tired (yawn). It is a good thing she is cute
The ever adorable Miss Nora is 4 months old!! Already! Time is going by so quickly.
Height: 24.5 in (50th percentile)
Weight: 13lbs 4oz (30th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 1/8 in (60th percentile)
Nora had a bit of a tapering off the last couple of months in her growth. She grew, but not as much and fell on the percentile charts for both height and weight. The doctor isn’t concerned at all as she is the picture of health and kiddos often settle into the growth based on their genetics at this point. What I find most interesting about her current stats is that they are almost identical to Anna’s at 4 months. Up until this point I had assumed she would follow in Maya’s foot steps since she was hanging out at the top of the charts, but it is beginning to look like that may not be the case. It will be interesting to see how it ends up.
Nora is such a doll. It is no secret that she is a sleeping champion. Her current schedule consists of her sleeping 11-12 hours at night and taking 2-3 naps during the day. She typically naps for about an hour in the morning, then has another long 2ish hour nap in the afternoon, and caps it all off with a quick power nap of about 20-30 minutes in the late afternoon early evening. She goes to bed between 6:30 and 7pm at night and on most nights sleeps until 6:30-7:30am. (Don’t hate me ). All that sleep can probably be attributed to her being a little busy body when she is awake. She is “talking” up a storm and has begun to exercise her squeals. She loves her floor play, especially tummy time. She can roll from front to back and is trying very hard to go the other way. When she is on her tummy she can spin herself around to reach her toys. While on her back or sitting in her bouncy seat she reaches for toys and plays with them. I love watching her play, she gets so excited when she sees a favorite toy and can reach it
She has entered the “everything must be in my mouth” stage and is drooling like crazy. She has begun to giggle, which just melts my heart every time. She has a some what discerning sense of humor but when you can get her laughing it is the best sound ever! Maya and Anna just adore her. Maya loves to read her stories and show her new toys. Anna loves to cuddle with her and talk to her. Nora is one lucky little girl to have 2 amazing big sisters.
And we are lucky to have her! She is perfect and makes me smile every day. I love her to pieces
For comparisons sake I thought it might be fun to see what Maya and Anna were like at this age. In looking through photos I learned that all 3 girls looked a lot alike at this age.
Maya at 4 months (height: 25.75 ins, weight: 14lbs 4oz)
Anna at 4 months (height: 25.5 in, weight: 13lbs 6oz)