Five Months

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

She:

>Has this adorable habit of sucking on her first two fingers of her right hand and draping her left arm over her face. I think its our favorite thing, and it usually means shes sleepy.

>Will suck anything in the vicinity of her face with vigor! Has no teeth yet, and seems to actually be drooling less than a month ago.

>Has become so much more interactive in the last couple of weeks, moving more, babbling more, moving purposefully moreits so fun. She recognizes my husband now too and looks straight into our eyes.

>Is wearing all 6-month clothes and medium cloth diapers.

>Has these nicknames: Mermaid, The Maid, Sweetie, Rooster, Baby, That Rat (my husbandI dont know).

>Discovered her feet, and likes to grab them both at the same time during diaper changes. She also likes to violently kick both of her legs, which makes changing her difficult and bath time extremely splashy.

>Went on her first road trip, to Austin and back in the same day, and slept through all but 45 minutes of it.

>Still loves strangers and shows no anxiety about being away from her parents.

>Got sick AGAIN which is one of the worst things ever. Double ear infection this time. Took antibiotics without much of a problem once we got the hang of it.

>Is kiiind of starting a bedtime routine. After her bath I nurse her and rock her to sleep, put her in the crib, stick her fingers in her mouth, and shes good! Then I totally bring her back to my bed when its time for me to go to sleep.

Cryingto smiling:

I:

>Havent done ANY of my Christmas shopping yet. (Its in five days!) This is an indicator of the state of my life right now.

>Feel so accomplished when I am able to lay Meredith in her crib to sleep at night, and I still have time to myself before I go to bed. But I miss her then, too.

>Am finally to the point where I am starting to be able to think about maybe possibly cooking dinners again. But only if theyre recipes where I can just throw things in the Crock Pot and turn it on.

>Can distinguish between all her different cries now, and have named them. There is The Whine, The Attention-Getter, The Quack (this one means shes really serious and is commonly accompanied by tears), The Hiccup (if The Quack is not promptly attended to), The Gurgle (things have gotten really out of hand), and all sorts of combinations.

>Am STILL so emotional because of her. No one should let me read or watch anything having to do with babies or children. Even if its happy! I WILL cry. (Example: The end of Breaking Dawn Part 1. Thats just embarrassing.)

>Am so happy I finally figured out how to give Meredith her medicine! I squirt a little in her mouth with the syringe and then stick her fingers in her mouth and she sucks. Repeat the process until its done.

>Feel like Im in a constant state of unimaginable joy, but sometimes sorrow deeper than I ever expected springs up out of nowhere, as if Im losing Meredith already. Its probably part fear and part excessive nostalgia, but whatever it is, I dont like it.

>Know that becoming a mom has changed and influenced me profoundly, I hope for the better.

Growing too fast!

For reference:

No months
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months

Shelved in Monthly Meredith, Motherhood.

Comments on Five Months

  1. From Cait:

    She just has THE cutest face. Those cheeks! Those eyelashes!
    Cait recently posted..Ten on Tuesday [Vol. 48].

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  2. From Kim Hodgson:

    What a doll baby!

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  3. From Marchar:

    Kathleen, she is soooo precious. Wish we could be there for Christmas. I sent a package to your mom. It contains a number of things but one gift for Meredith needs to be opened before Christmas Eve. I want pictures!!!!

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  4. From Trish:

    What a little doll your Meredith is! Beautiful pictures and she is just gorgeous.

    My babe will be 8 months on Christmas so its fun to read this post with a little bit of nostalgia. Its so wonderful when they start becoming more interactive and their personalities come out more.

    Its fantastic that youre writing about your feelings, too. Really wish I had kept better track. And I totally cried during last weeks episode of NCIS when Gibbs delivered the baby. What a mess. ;)

    Hmmmlooking for a place to subscribe to follow up comments if you do that?
    Trish recently posted..Best of Reading for 2011

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    kapachino Reply:

    I have a plugin that will email you when someone replies to your comment!

    I have so much nostalgia in general that I knew I needed to keep track of my experience as much as possible. I dont have time right now to do much journaling apart from this so I try to be thorough!

    Thank you for your compliments about Meredith! I sure do think shes cute. I bet 8 months is so fun. Every month so far seems to be my favorite, and yet I dont want her to get any bigger!

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  5. From Christine:

    Oh man, the rolls on her arms are SO CUTE! I probably shouldnt gush over baby fat, but I will anyways. She is such an adorable baby!
    Christine recently posted..Vegan Gluten Free Ginger Crackle Cookies

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  6. From Ashley:

    I hate to be a broken record, but she is so adorable!

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  7. From Megan:

    She is adorable!

    My nephew drooled a lot before any of his teeth came in. When his teeth started coming in, he stopped drooling. Hes almost ten months old now and has six teeth, and he doesnt really drool at all. So maybe the lack of drool means shell start getting teeth soon. :)

    I love these updates on you and Meredith!
    Megan recently posted..Ten on Tuesday

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  8. From Jill:

    Oh my, she is just getting cuter and cuter! My husband calls our baby Rat too, haha! What is with men and their weird nicknames?!
    Jill recently posted..New Zealand: Days 12-13

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  9. From Holly:

    So adorable! I love the close-up of her smiling :) Topher started sucking on his fingers as soon as he discovered his hands and he still does it when hes really tired!
    Holly recently posted..The Birthday Delurking Post

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  10. From steph anne:

    Aww, she is so cute and I love her long eyelashes!
    steph anne recently posted..Christmas 2011

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