Running from the Law: Baby Mim - 5 Months

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Baby Mim - 5 Months

Dear Mim,

Five months!  Wow.  I cannot believe you're nearly half a year old.  It is absolutely not fair that time is going by this quickly.  I felt like Mac was a baby forever (years and years), but here you are becoming a big kid in the blink of an eye.  Maybe it's because you're the second or maybe it's because you're a much easier baby than he was, but time is moving in warp speed these days.  I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and take a few minutes each day to marvel at all your wonderful babyness - your chubby cheeks, your squishy thigh rolls, your big gummy grin and those adorable girly coos and squeals.  You are baby perfection.
You are the most delightful little thing that's ever happened to us.  I think your dad and I must say that you're "delightful" all the time, because even Mac has started to say, "Mim's lightful!"  You are such a sweet happy baby and your smile could melt the polar ice caps.  It lights up our whole lives.  You make the most amazing happy expressions and the camera seriously loves you.  Your giggle is absolutely to die for and comes out most frequently when your brother does something goofy or when you're about to get in the bathtub.  I've never seen a baby get so excited for bath time - you go nuts!
This update is a couple weeks late, which I'm going to partially blame on the holidays and partially on you for being such a little stinker these days and not sleeping at night (or all that well during the day either).  I'm not sure if this is the dreaded 4 month sleep regression coming a bit late, or because you're teething or because you no long want to be swaddled at night.  I don't think your dad or I have gotten more than 2 hours of continuous sleep in weeks.  You're an early riser too, which is different than your brother.  Your poor daddy take the majority of mornings (while I take nights) and has had multiple conversations with you about a proper wake-up time (4:00 a.m. is not acceptable, young lady).  Your saving grace is that you're so sweet and smiley in the morning (even at 4:00 a.m.) - it makes it impossible not to smile and laugh at you at such an ungodly hour.  
Your naps have been somewhat hit or miss these days too.  You do fine in your crib for your morning nap and overnight, but your afternoon nap MUST be in someone's arms, or you're not sleeping.  We've all tried to get you to nap in your crib, but you insist on snuggling.  Most of the time this isn't a problem (we love snuggling with you), but this can't go on forever.  And you also seem to think naps are optional when I'm home (on weekends or over the holidays).  If mama's around, you're not sleeping.  So you've basically gone from a really great sleeper, to a mediocre sleeper.  Fine.  You're still leaps and bounds ahead of where your brother was at this point, so I'm in no way complaining. Ok, so I'm kinda complaining, but only a little bit. Sleep training begins at 6 months, baby. Get ready.
You're still a little chunky monkey.  I adore those chubby cheeks and the thigh rolls that go on for days.  You're still on 100% breast milk, but always out of a bottle.  I could never get you to go back to nursing after your strike at 9 weeks.  I tried a few more times, but you weren't having it and I was done with pushing you.  I'm over it...for the most part.  I'm still pumping (3-5 times a day) and hate it with the intensity of a thousand burning suns, but there's an end in sight!  I've decided to turn the milk factory off at the end of January (when you're 6 months old) and feel pretty good about the decision.  Hallelujah!  I'm ready to have my body back to myself and possibly take a sledgehammer to the pump.  I'm proud that we made it this far on breast milk, but I'm pretty over it.  Also, I miss vodka.  
Speaking of eating, we're planning on introducing some solids to you in the next month or two.  I'm simultaneously excited about this and also pretty sad because it means you're really growing up (say it ain't so!).  Mac had a few solids at 5 months, but I don't think you're ready yet (although you do watch me and my food intently while I eat and smack your lips, which is adorable) (ok, so maybe I'm not ready yet).  We're going to do Baby Led Weaning again, so I'd like you to be able to sit up on your own and show interest in food by reaching for it.  Until then, bottles it is.  
I'm not even sure what else to say - you're a sweet and happy baby!  You love your brother, your parents and your nanny. You smile all the time. You are quiet and observant whenever Mac is around, but you talk/babble/squeal non-stop as soon as he's out of the room and all the attention's on you.  You're still very bald, but I think you're finally starting to get some hair (and I think it's blonde!).  My friends have said that you look like me, but I think you look a lot like your dad right now.  I'll have to post a photo of Ryan at this age so I can prove it.  You guys could be twins.  
So there it is!  Happy 5 months (a bit late, as usual), baby Mim!  We love you so much, sweetheart.

Your mama
- baths
- music
- watching Mac
- watching TV
- chewing on your hands
- getting your picture taken
- the exersaucer
- your playmat
- clean diapers
- gripe water
- blowing raspberries
- rolling onto your tummy (then screaming to be rolled back over)
- squealing
- daddy playing the guitar
- holding my hand
- snuggling

For comparison:
Mac's 5 Month Post


  1. She is absolute perfection, Sara. She reminds me of Maddy at that age - always with the tongue out and funny faces! I'm so happy for you!!!

  2. what an absolute cutie. she sounds like a joy.

  3. Her smile is adorable!!! We made it about 4 months strictly nursing and then through about 7 months with pumping and bottles. I felt great about it, but I was so relieved to be done with it too! Great job mama!

  4. I think Mim and Presley are sending mind signals to another about this non sleep business! Since I am back at work now I am nursing and pumping and while I really don't mind much of either. It's washing all the damn pump parts that drives me bonkers! We too won't be introducing food until 6 months (but that is due more to the advice of our pediatrician) All these little milestones are so amazing! I love watching them grow!

  5. Oh the many sweet faces of baby mim!!! I love it!!!

  6. What a beautiful & happy little girl! And dare I say looking more like a lady and less like a baby! Liam hit the 4 month sleep regression bad and never recovered... I wish that on no mother! Hope the sleep improves soon!

  7. Oh my goodness she is so cute!

  8. I love her open mouth smile!!! And you are one amazing mama to pump exclusively! I hate the pump and I'm not sure I could do it. KC is protesting sleep so much I was convinced she had an ear infection but nope just protesting. She is just like Mim - smiley and happy, even at 3am so it's hard to complain and easy to make coffee :). Each of my babes has had solids later and later. I love them being my baby!! Goodluck with the intro, I cannot wait for that post - really the pictures!

  9. Ok seriously, MIM YOU ARE SO STINKING CUTE!!!!! Seriously though, so so stinking cute! I love how much she loves to stick out her tongue. So much personality! Happy 5 Months! Everytime I read a montly update I go, "seriously she's already 5 months" and then I realize, "oh yeah, Luke is almost 4 months old" and then I get sad because our babies are growing up just too fast! :)

  10. Good gah, you make beautiful babies. She is so happy happy happy!

  11. Oh, she makes me miss the days of sweet little flower headbands so much! but I guess boys are fun too ;) Good job with the exclusive pumping, mama! Our breastfeeding days ended at 9 weeks as well, and I tried pumping as long as I could but was only getting a couple of ounces at a time and it was driving me and it simply wasn't worth the time or effort. Oy. We can only plan for so much, huh? Anyhoo - Mim is a beauty. Love that gummy smile :)

  12. Could these pictures be any cuter?? She is a doll! Hopefully she will get back to sleeping better for you mama.

  13. Gosh, it goes fast.. What a sweet and happy little girl!! I see so much of her brother (now) in her. Cute cute kids. :) Hope the sleep situation gets better soon!!

  14. Oh my goodness!!!! If I didn't have baby fever before, I sure do now! How do you not just stare at her sweet face all day long?! She is SO smiley and I LOVE her tongue sticking out! She is the CUTEST! You make adorable baby's!!

  15. Cutest pictures ever! She's really a little piece of sunshine. "Mim's lightful!" haha that is super sweet. I called Baxter an a-hole because he kept trying to take me out with his cone of shame and Aria picked up on that one immediately. Oops. delightful is much better, I should try to use that instead.
    Yeah 4am is not morning. Aria was up at 2ish for like three hours a few nights ago and my gosh that kid was just ready to go. She was telling herself jokes in her crib I swear. I'd go in and turn on her sounds and stars and hold her hand and she'd be cracking up. no no sleep time.

  16. You are so good at photographing your children. You are also so blessed that your second baby was easier then your first. Talia was so much harder then Kennedy.... Its been a year and Talia has finally calmed down.