Monday, July 1, 2013

Brielle's Development: 5 Months


Five months already! Being a mother causes such a war to go on in your heart. In one part of your heart, you want this sweet baby to never get bigger or older and to stay little and tiny and in your arms forever. In the other part, your heart soars and leaps with each new development, each "first," every additional arm and thigh roll. And it certainly is amazing how fast those developments and "firsts" and rolls come!

This past month, Brielle has learned to roll from her back to her belly. She does it quite a bit, too!

She also has found her feet and likes to grab for them and sometimes can get them to her mouth. :)

She's getting better at grabbing and holding things as well.

This past month we struggled and tried everything to get Brielle to take a bottle, but she has made it evident that she's going to be the winner in this :)

We also no longer swaddle her arms! I still use the swaddle for her body, but it's nice that she can sleep just as well now without her arms swaddled, since she is rolling more!

Her schedule has changed a little. I completely dropped her "dreamfeed" at 10pm about a month ago, and she slept in just as long in the morning without it. She now typically nurses at 5 or 6am, 8am (I always wake her at this time to start her day), 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 7pm. The times she nurses can vary, but she needs all 6 nursing sessions usually. She's usually awake for between 70 minutes up to 90 minutes. After her last nap of the day, she sometimes is up for 2 hours straight. I have been much more strict about her routine than I was with Sophie's, and I believe this has resulted in her being a much better sleeper. It's also easier for me to read her cues and to know what she needs. She's nearly always happy as long as I can keep her routine.

Loves: Baths, chewing on my thumb (and really anything that she can get to her mouth), playmat, bumbo, exersaucer, being talked to, going on walks

Dislikes: Bottles, being buckled into her carseat (but she does good once in it), being ignored for too long, not getting good naps (she likes her naps)


  1. Oh my...she is ADORABLE. So glad scheduling is going so well for you with her! Sounds like she's a great sleeper. I just can't believe how big she's getting!

  2. She is so beautiful, Alisha! I can't wait to see her in person. And Sophie, that little girl :) Oh yes, and you, too!