Our little Rachel turned 5 months old on Sunday. Where has the time gone?
Rachel in a dress from my childhood.
Rachel is doing great! Here’s a recap of what she’s doing these days:
Eating. Rachel nurses every 2-3.5 hours during the day and then goes to bed around 6:30-7pm. She sleeps 6-10 hours and then nurses once in the middle of the night. She’s a very efficient nurser and only takes about 5-7 minutes, which is really nice. She nurses usually about 7 times in a 24 hour period. She’s pretty fussy while nursing, depending on the day, because she’s impatient waiting for the letdown. If she’s interested in it, I plan to wait until she’s 6 months old to start solids.
Sleep. She’s a great sleeper. I put her down while still awake with her pacifier and she puts herself to sleep. I do still swaddle her. Once she hits 6 months old we’ll probably stop swaddling her and that’ll mean we’ll have to sleep train her (yay). She mostly still sleeps in the rock n play sleeper in her room, but she’s running out of room in it! And she’s sat up in that thing twice now (not while swaddled, though.) She sleeps in her crib but loses her pacifier more quickly and tends to wake up more frequently.
Naps. Rachel pretty much naps in between all feedings during the day except between the last two feedings in the evening before bed. If she’s swaddled and in her crib she’ll sleep around 2-3 hours. If she’s in the swing she sleeps around an hour, depending on how loud her older brother is at the time. (When she’s sleeping he walks around saying the loudest “SHHHH!” I’ve ever heard, ha!)
Play. She loves her Bumbo seat and being anywhere she can see people. She loves people and is very quick to return a smile. She really enjoys being held and just sitting in your lap. She is very social, and a bit more clingy with me than Josh was. She likes the swing less and less, and prefers it only in the mornings. However, she can see the entire kitchen and living room from the swing so she likes that.
She had her first trip to the snow last weekend and did (mostly) great in the car on the way there and back. She will be headed to Disneyland sometime in the near future as well! I’m really hoping she’ll do okay with all of the loud noises there, as well as the plane ride.
We love you Rachel Noelle!
“With thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil. 4:6
I’ve been thinking about this verse a lot lately. My heart replaces thankfulness with grumpiness sometimes before I can even count to three. I need to stop and pray when that happens — and more importantly, I first need to think of something to be thankful for!
Last night we went to my parent’s house for the Superbowl. Josh actually did great (other than not napping) and we had a lovely afternoon. But then Rachel lost it around 5 pm and just couldn’t pull it back together. She screamed and screamed. When it dawned on me that we would need to skip a delicious tri tip dinner and leave my parents’ house prematurely, something in me sort of snapped. “Seems like it’s either one kid or the other that starts screaming and won’t stop whenever we go somewhere!” I lamented to my sister. She assured me that it all very normal and asked if I’d like a tri tip dinner “to go.” But I fighting intense feelings of disappointment and frustration.
Last night didn’t get any better. Josh cried for hours. Rachel slept great thankfully — I’m sure all that screaming wore her out! But between the two children, I did not really get to bed for uninterrupted sleep until 4:30 am. My husband covered for me so that I could get a few hours of sleep, but then that meant that he’d be getting to work late and, consequently, home late. Again, my heart desperately wanted to feel sorry for itself.
Later on this morning, I got a few text messages from my older sister. They had discovered mold inside the walls in the older granny house they’re living in (at my parent’s property –while they’re home in the states). The mold was sort of a big deal — my brother in law and my Dad had to strip the wall there down to the studs and repair it with new installation and siding. My sister chose to not freak out about the mold. But I think she was fairly horrified this morning to see that one of my nephew’s blankets (that he keep on his bed) was embedded with a lot of mold. She stripped his bed and washed everything with bleach. She could have been distressed about the mold (and the other 99 things that have gone a muck in that granny house since they’ve been there). She could have been scared about potential sickness or felt burdened by all the extra work. Instead, she sent me this text:
“Lord, thank you for work to do and the strength to do it.”
She is choosing to respond opposite of what her emotions are telling her. This takes great self control! It is something the Lord is teaching me right now. I may have every excuse in the world to be grumpy or to complain. But that doesn’t make it okay. Attitude really is everything.
Lastly, a few pictures. I took Josh to see his pediatrician today because right after I blogged last week he broke out into a rash following a mild cold (I think he has Fifth’s Disease, an extremely common childhood illness). Today he had a fever though so I took him in to make sure he wasn’t getting a secondary infection. I’m thanking God that he seems to be just fine!
At the doctor’s office.
And Rachel in her new snowsuit. Can you believe this snowsuit is size 3-6 months?!! My mom kindly ordered it online for her (I picked it out). It’ll work because it has a sleeping bag effect on her so I think she’ll stay quite warm. 🙂 We’re headed up to the snow soon! I’m sure we’ll all get a kick out of seeing her in this jumbo suit. I laugh every time I look at the picture!
Sumo wrestler baby Rachel!
Hope you have a great Monday!
Sleep deprivation is a very real thing at our house these days. Looking back, I never thought Josh would be the one keeping me up as he approached his second birthday. He used to be our stellar sleeper. While his little sister snoozes through the night, he’s awake and screeching from his crib, often for hours at a time.
A few nights of this is annoying. But we happen to be going on about a month of nightly crying sessions. Anytime from 12 am to 5 am this little dude can be heard hollering from his crib. I wish I knew what was waking/keeping him up– Teething? A long day time nap? Hunger? Thirst? Too cold or warm? Sadly there never seems to be anything consistent playing into his nocturnal tendencies. So I guess it’s just a phase we must endure.
Parenting is all about endurance, no? I looked at Josh, right after he’d thrown his sixth huge tantrum this morning, and thought “I know they say these years won’t last forever. But right now, it feels like they’re lasting forever.” So we packed up and went on another country drive. While the kids listened to Psalty (1980’s, anyone?) and slept in the car, I put an earbud in and soaked up truth I needed to hear in a sermon about Jesus. Because He really does make everything better. Not easier, but better.
I’m watching my older sister with her boys — now 13, 11, and 9, and it gives me encouragement to keep going. They are such great kids. I remember my sister having many trying days when her kiddos were little. Times when she would even give herself a “time out” so that she could get back to a place of thankfulness when frustration was creeping in. She put in a lot of hard work (she still does) and long days. But her boys are a treasure– they are gifts from God. And they are a joy to be around.
My sister with her middle child.
So I’ll press on. I’ll enjoy the fun and tender moments, the smiles and the giggles. I’ll pray for endurance for all the other moments. I’ll go for a country drive if need be. And I’ll thank God that gas is only $1.91 a gallon.
What helps you get through the most trying parts of your day/night?