Our little Rachel turned 5 months old on Sunday. Where has the time gone?
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!