Looking at these pictures has just made me so nostalgic! My baby girl is growing up so fast, I can't believe it!! I've really enjoyed doing these updates, not only to keep my lovely readers up to date, but for myself as well! It's such a joy looking back at Madeline's birth story, her 1 month update when she was still so tiny, her 3 month update, and now here we are at 5 months!
My sweet Maddie is still such a tank! As you can see in the photos, she has ALLLLLL the rolls! She weight 20lbs and man, I can feel it! She loves to be held, and it gets tiring after awhile!! She's currently wearing size 3 diapers and either 9 month or 6-12 month clothing. She is also still in the 95-99th percentile in height and weight. Big baby!
We have been so lucky these last 5 months with Madeline's health! I am holding my breath as I write this, but she made it completely through cold and flu season with nothing, and is still going strong as a very healthy baby! And so happy! The best word to use when describing her is sweet, she is just such an absolute sweetheart!
You may have remembered in previous updates when I mentioned that Madeline was born with blocked tear ducts. It took a few months of slow progress, but I am SO happy to report that the blockage has completely cleared and her eyes are perfectly healthy now. It is such an enormous relief knowing that she will not need surgery to fix them!
Oooooh sleep. I used to know sleep, I think I've forgotten what it is now? My sweet sweet girl decided around 4 months to just give up on sleeping for stretches longer than 3-4 hours and oh man and I feeling it!
Honestly I am such a baby after what a great sleep Josie has always been, I feel ill prepared for this! Recently, at the recommendation of our pediatrician, we have started working on cry it out with Madeline. At around 7 months Jos started waking up once a night wanting to nurse, so we did cry it out with her to break the habit - it took 2 nights and she cried for maybe 5 minutes before getting the message and falling back asleep, no problem. SO I was like, sure, lets do it!
OMG it is not the same. For all my fellow mama's who have tried CIO, it's incredibly sad. Maddie just cries and cries sometimes forever, and it breaks my heart! But now that its been about a week we have seen significant improvement in her sleep, and more importantly, her ability to put herself to sleep. And thank GOD, because I honestly didn't know how much more sadness I could take from my poor babe!
Next week we are starting what will be a solid 2 1/2 months of traveling and I am VERY concerned with how Madeline's sleep will be affected, but it is what it is. I'm just doing my best here, hoping for the best! Meanwhile, coffee is my best friend and I love Matthew more and more everyday for how sweet and understanding he is on the mornings after particularly hard nights (he even brings me coffee in bed *swoon*).
Likes and Dislikes
This sweet little girl definitely likes her Mommy! Josie has always been more of a Daddy's girl, and it's so adorable watching them play together - but I do love finally having a mama's girl! When I pick her up in the mornings from her crib she cuddles into me as if she's hugging me after a long night of missing me. It's honestly the sweetest thing in the world. She is much more of an affectionate baby than Jos ever was, and I am loving every minute of it!
We have started her on solids and she is loving avocado! I mash some up mixed with my milk and she is doing a great job eating! Overall breastfeeding is still going very well, and clearly by her rolls you can see she loves to eat!
With Jos we got the Fischer-Price Rainforest Jumperoo and she enjoyed jumping in it for a few months. Maddie LOVES IT! I can pop her in the jumper and she will happily bounce and play for 20-30 minutes at a time, it's wonderful! It's been so helpful in the mornings when I'm trying to get breakfast ready for Jos (and coffee for me!!) and she will happily play alone while I am busy.
Another LOVE is her sister. It really warms my heart to see how much they love each other! Josie can make Madeline laugh and laugh, and they both break into huge smiles in the morning when they first see each other. Maddie loves when they lay on the floor together and Josie helps her practice crawling!
Dislikes include, too much stimulation (especially at night) from noisy toys or music. After her afternoon nap I try to keep playtime to only wooden toys, and no more time in the bouncer. She is a much happier baby at bedtime when she is calm and relaxed! She also dislikes varying from her schedule. She has been taking very regular naps in the morning and afternoon, and does not like to deviate from her normal nap time. I have found ways to make this work even when we're out and about, because otherwise she becomes irate when she's overtired! Thankfully she is comfortable sleeping in her carseat or stroller while we're on the go!
My c-section scar has healed very nicely and I am starting to get some feeling and sensation back into the area surrounding it, which is a good sign but also uncomfortable. When the incision is made, the nerve endings are cut and therefore the entire area remains numb to the touch. Now that it has been 5 months, the nerves are starting to regrow and I feel some discomfort when I wear clothing with bands that touch my incision spot. Low rise denim, underwear lines, anything like that can irritate the area. So I'm trying to be mindful of it for the next month or so.
I have been really focusing on fitness and eating well the last few months, and I'm feeling great as a result! As I have documented here in my post on my workout essentials, and my Fabletics review, I have thrown myself back into working out, and it has helped my body return to normal, but more importantly it has helped me in how I view my body! My stomach many never look the same as it did before I started this journey, but I'm ok with that. I used to love feeling thin, but now I value feeling strong more than anything. My body created two amazing little humans, and now it is working hard to keep up with them! I'm grateful that two pregnancies has given me a greater body image than I ever had previously!
Life with Two!
It's crazy! Every month feels different as our family grows and adjusts to life with 2 under 2. The first couple of months were very challenging for a variety of reasons ranging from jealously to a lack of routine. Things have really changed in the last month for the better and it's incredible watching Jos and Maddie's relationship develop. Rather than feeling jealous, Josie is absolutely in love with her baby sister. It is pretty rare that we deal with aggression towards Maddie anymore from Jos, she is normally too busy hugging, kissing and singing to Mads! It's such a relief to see after so many tears from both Maddie and Josie as they struggled to navigate this new phase of life.
While everyone is much happier, I still feel CRAZY busy trying to keep up with life! As many you may have noticed, I have been posting less in the last few months, and I am just really struggling to keep up! I love spending my days with these adorable little girls, but between the lack of sleep and all I have to do in my days, I just do not have much time to devote to blogging! I know things will slow down soon (we are getting a little more help with the kids during the days) because I want to be able to document all the travel we have coming up, as well as our wedding in Paris!
Thanks for sticking around and reading even as I have been lagging on the posts! I love all of my readers and I SO love reading your comments! Thanks for following along with our family!