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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Charlie: Five Months

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 He looks SO displeased in ALL of these monthly pics 😂
(As of our last checkup at 4 months he was. . .)
Weight: 13 lbs 11 oz
Height: 25 1/2 inches
So he's probably added a little to both of those numbers!
He's feeling pretty good in his 3-6 months clothes and we're loving all the new clothes we're finally starting to be able to pull out of the closet.
I think some of my favorites are these overalls he's been getting to wear, little collared shirt onesies like this one, and pajamas just like these-so easy!
And that bubble pictured is giving me all the spring & summer vibes! This website has some similar ones available, but I found mine on a Facebook group.
Y'all, I am SO PROUD of Charlie-he's slept through the night twice in the past month and for the most part, has cut out both of his night feedings. If/when he does wake in the middle of the night, most times he can soothe himself back to sleep now, or I can go in and pat his back or give his paci back to him and that's good enough.
We've been following the Mom's on Call 4-6 month schedule and it has made a huge difference in his sleep. I feel so much better and I think Charlie does too, being on a schedule.
Although, the last few days have been a little off-schedule, I think it's because he's starting to teethe and it makes it hard for him to sleep.
Four months was really hard on us, until out of desperation I looked up Mom's on Call.
Now, on a normal day, Charlie's schedule looks something like this.
7 AM-Wake up & nurse
8 AM-Eat some type of solids (some days it's avocado, some days it's sweet potatoes-whatever I have made for him)
8:30 AM-Down for a nap, about 1-1 1/2 hours usually
10:30 AM-Nurse again
11:30 AM-Solids (I try to vary what he eats, I try to have at least two different options in the fridge on any given day)
12:30/1:30 PM- Somewhere between here, whenever he starts showing cues, we go down for another nap usually 1 1/2 or 2 hours.
3 PM-Nursing again
4 PM-Solids again
5 PM-Possibly take another nap here, if he's feeling tired
6 PM-Mom's on Call doesn't call for this, but we actually typically have solids again here and this is sometimes his biggest meal of the day. I think it's really helped him sleep through the night and it works for us.
6:30 PM-Bath time! We take a bath every single night now, but we only wash his hair every other night.
6:45 PM-Jammies, Owlett monitor, and bedtime story
7 PM-Nurse one last time
Between 7-7:30 PM-Down for bed
Little man is doing really well, we went to the aquarium earlier this month and he's been out and about to several other places so we were a little worried about germs (& Chris had some type of stomach virus, too) but he's been really healthy through it all.

 He's a cold-brew guy 
Y'all-those little pajamas kill me!
Charlie is seriously the best little guy.
His tears mainly stem from being tired or if he does happen to fuss during nap time or bedtime, but other than that there's very little crying!
 We're crazy about avocados!

I think that smirk might get him out of a lot of trouble in his lifetime, don't you?
Rolling all over the living room
Mama or Daddy blowing raspberries on his tummy
His biggest frustration in life is that he's not mobile already-he gets so mad because he can't crawl!
 I love these sweet brothers!
Y'all-there are no words!
Sleeping exclusively in his crib
Started solids: Has eaten strawberries, avocado, banana, sweet potatoes, prunes, apples, and summer & butternut squash.
Slept through the night (twice!)
 He's so ready to be out with his Daddy & Papa tagging calves!
Charlie was stoked to go shower Baby Daniel-we're counting down the days until his bff arrives!
I can't wait for Spring & bare baby toes!
Places You've Gone:
The Georgia Aquarium with Anna Claire
Cheaha Brewing Company
Chelsea's Baby Shower for Baby Daniel (aka your future bestie!)
To check cows, lots of times!
Got stuck with Mama in the pasture & PawPaw had to come pull us out 😂
Mama & Charlie's Favorites:
Charlie actually got this for Christmas from my oldest sister, but he's just now really getting to be big enough to use it. I love the grey color & the fact that it can grow with him as he gets bigger. It's perfect for sticking him in easily while I feed him and it cleans up really easily.
We usually use Huggies at our house, but when we were in Target a few weeks ago they were handing out sample packs of their new line of Cloud Island diapers and y'all-they are really good & priced well, too! 
I was sent a sample pack from Kiinde after registering somewhere (maybe Babylist?) and when I finally got around to using them, I really liked them. What sold me on purchasing was that I can use them for multiple things.
You can pump breastmilk directly into the bags, you can use them as storage bags and you just pop the bags into the bottle to feed, and on top of all that you can use the bags to create your own food pouches for baby food!
I've been making Charlie's baby food, but was purchasing pouches for on-the-go, but now I don't have to do that.
Here is a link to get a free Kiinde starter pack (you only pay shipping) that includes 1 twist pouch, 2 adapters for your breast pump (it's compatible with more than seven different pump brands), 1 twist active slow-flow nipple and case, 1 coupon valid for free 40-count pack of pouches, and 1 coupon valid for 50% off the Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Gift Set. It's an awesome value & I wish I had those coupons before I ordered!
Charlie has really started playing with toys this past month & crinkle books are some of his favorite toys! He loves the sound and the feeling, we keep them stashed all over the house and in the diaper bag to keep his attention.
Charlie had a mild case of cradle-cap earlier in the month and I was having the hardest time clearing it up until my Mama brought me these scrubbers. I use them with a gentle shampoo and just scrubbed each time he was in the bath and soon, the flakes were gone. Now, I use it every time I wash his hair because I feel like it's gentle & does a better job than my fingers do.
I've tried a few different kinds of small containers to contain Charlie's baby food and these are my favorite so far. They come with two trays and eight cubes so they're easy to store in the cabinet when not in use or in the freezer while waiting for their turn in the fridge. They fit the perfect amount, too!
I honestly had never even thought of making my own baby food before seeing Mallory Ervin make her son's on YouTube, but here I am!
I chose this machine because it steams and blends & it's so easy to use and clean up. Everything can go right in the dishwasher.
I've loved everything I've made in it so far and so has Charlie.
These were another baby shower gift that I was so glad I had stored in Charlie's closet to pull out this past month when he started eating solids. These spoons are just the right length and shape, & the pack of six insures that there are always clean ones in the cabinet.
These bowls are perfect for Charlie's baby food!
They come in five different colors, are durable plastic, wash really well in the dishwasher...and the best part-they're only 59 cents!
Yep, fifty nine cents, so even if something did happen to them they're super easy to replace.

Another favorite is this recipe-I'm actually eating some of these right now as I'm typing!
No-Bake Energy/Lactation Cookie Balls
I found a recipe on Pinterest and wrote it down, but of course I can't find it now to link it, so I'll just share the recipe. These were SO yummy & perfect for snacking on while Chris & I were on our trip to New Orleans. I was trying to make sure my supply stayed up and I don't know if these had anything to do with it, but they were a tasty, relatively healthy treat that were easy to make and transport so I'll definitely be making them again ASAP.
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (but use crunchy if you like that!)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (can be found at Wal-Mart!)
1 cup of shredded coconut
1/3 cup of honey (it's even better for you if you can find honey local to your area)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Just combine them all in a bowl, refrigerate for one hour, roll into balls of desired size and then either refrigerate or store in the freezer.

Until next time. . .

1 comment:

  1. what a sweet boy, can't believe he is already 4 months! it's great how many solid foods he's tried, that beaba babycook sounds very cool!


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