Mackenzie turned 5 months old this week! (On Wednesday 2/3/15)
Another baby month gone by! It’s always so bittersweet to watch them move from one stage to the next! She is definitely developing more of a personality and growing out of that newborn stage.
So what’s new?
She rolled over from her back to her belly for the first time on her 5 month “birthday” so that was fun to watch her doing roly-poly moves across the floor. She was pretty delighted to see my excitement when I realized what she had done! Thanks to the handy dandy iPhone, I can capture these “firsts” as soon as they happen!
She survived this:
And this: Her first swing ride…wasn’t sure she was ready but she sat just like that without any bumps or injuries and even survived her sister’s pushing. Her first adventure!
She ate this:
She kisses like this:
And played with this:
And the highlight of this past month is that she is now falling asleep on her own for naps and bedtime! I put her down smiling and she gets herself to sleep on her own, gets a full nap in because she transition herself back to sleep without needing me to rock her again, and she sleeps through the night. It has given me so much more time! (More about why I decided to do this now and how I did it later.
I still get to do this though! 🙂 I really didn’t want to give up that sweet time of getting her to sleep in my arms. But since I have to get her up every night while she is asleep to do chest PT, I still get to snuggle her and watch her sleep which is surely something I treasure.
She is sometimes ready for nap before we take Kelsie to school, so in that case, I just put her in her car seat and she falls asleep when she is ready as the other girls in the house are running around getting dressed, fed, medicated, lunch packed, and chest PT done.
She is cooing and squealing and making her likes and dislikes quite apparent now! She is laughing more frequently. Ahh, and isn’t that baby giggle is just the sweetest sound!? I love it so much!
Things that make her laugh: Tickling her feet, kissing her neck, chest, shoulders, etc., making funny noises, playing peek a boo…and…when I put her hands in my mouth and pretend to bite them with a “RRGGH” sound or gnaw on her fingers, she giggles every time. It’s weird I know, but when you do it once and it makes them laugh, you keep repeating it over and over just to hear that sweet laughter again and again. She seriously thinks its the funniest thing!
She still smiles all the time and I love this about her! Even when she is tired or hungry or taking her medicine, it’s pretty easy to make her smile. She even smiles at strangers which makes her popular around the preschool, grocery store, mall, doctor’s office, etc! 😉
She really would be the ideal baby except for 2 things…
She spits up ALL the time. It’s something we’re used to, but its still terrible. She soaks her clothes (and often mine too) several times a day. She is on 2 medicines for this (Prevacid and Eryped) but it hasn’t shown any improvement to be honest. It doesn’t seem to bother her and she is still growing well, so I guess it is just more of a nuisance right now than anything. And just makes my laundry pile up even faster! GROSS ALERT: KEEP SCROLLING DOWN IF BABY SPIT UP GROSSES YOU OUT! 😉
And the newest thing, she has refused to take a bottle. She was getting one almost every day for her daily salt intake but started refusing it about a month ago. I thought she didn’t want it because it was salty and I hated to keep wasting that precious frozen breast milk, so I stopped trying for a few weeks. Then I took Kelsie out this left Nathan with Mackenzie overlapping feeding time. He tried to feed her but she absolutely rejected the bottle. It was a pitiful sight apparently. I actually don’t mind this too bad right now though. It’s pretty easy to just take her with me wherever I go right now and I like having her near. It’s also easier to just to breastfeed her every time anyway so I don’t have to pump later. And no extra bottles or pumping equipment to add to the wash list!
A few stats:
Eats: All milk. The best kind, straight from mommy! She sits in her high chair with us at dinner time and she’s been showing a little more interest in us eating so I tried oatmeal the other day just to see what would happen. One bite and 2 minutes later and she was still pushing it out of her mouth. I don’t think she ever swallowed any of it. So we’ll just stick to the recs and try again at 6 months! Kelsie has started liking pickles this week which is great for her sodium intake, so I let Mackenzie have a lick. Well she wanted more than a lick so I let her suck all the juice off it and gnaw on it like a teething stick. This was quite a funny sight!
Sleeps: She sleeps all night in her crib, no pacifier, no nursing, no picking her up and rocking her. Goes to bed around 7:30 and she wakes up between 6-7am usually. This past week she has been waking up at 6 hungry but still sleepy. So she eats a big breakfast then goes back to sleep. I have had to wake her up before leaving for preschool at 8:45 a couple of days. She then takes another morning nap and an afternoon nap.
Naptimes are erratic because we are always on the run with Kelsie. I often have to wake her up out of a sound sleep to take Kelsie to preschool and to pick her up. I usually try to work it out so that I put her down at least an hour before we have to leave so she can get a full hour in at minimum. She still wakes up smiling and is happy during the wake times though so it’s working out ok. Generally speaking, she is awake for about 1.5-3 hours between naps and then naps 1-3 hours at a time. She usually will make up for missed sleep in the morning with a longer nap in the afternoon, but doesn’t even get that some days. I’ve kind of thrown out the idea of a nap schedule for now. Every day is different so we just go with it.
Poops: Is this a necessary stat? No, probably not. But when you have CF and your mom is a peds nurse, poop is always going to be a topic of conversation. So yes, I am documenting this too in case I ever need to know how much my 5 month old pooped. (Yes, its ridiculous, but I’m doing it anyway!) 🙂 2-4 times a day. they are starting to become more frequent and on the greasier side again which means we will likely be increasing enzyme dosing this week
Development: rolling, cooing, squealing, laughing, playing with toys, chewing on toys, grabbing her toes, my hair, sisters hair, mimicking, trying to eat our faces and fingers, squirming, kissing, cuddling, and just being all kinds of wonderful. People often wonder if kids with CF look, act, or learn different than other kids their age and the answer is NO! CF does not affect their development. Unless of course, they aren’t taking their enzymes and not getting enough nutrition. In that case, being malnourished could definitely affect their development. But generally speaking, you would never know there are any issues on the inside by looking at them on the outside. They will look and act and develop just like their peers.
Meds: She is currently taking 3 enzymes with each feeding, 1/8tsp of salt (I just sprinkle some in her applesauce with each feeding), Prevacid once a day for reflux, Eryped 3 times a day for GI motility, and multivitamins drops. It really isn’t so bad. I give the Prevacid in the morning and the vitamins at night so two syringes of medicine is the most she has to take at a time. She eats 5 times a day and 2 of the 5, she only has to take enzymes. The other 3 feedings, she gets 1 or 2 meds from a syringe. But she is so used to it that it doesn’t phase her. It probably takes me an extra 10 minutes at the morning feed and evening feed to get her meds together and give them before she can eat. But it’s routine so we’re used to it. She gets chest PT twice a day which consists of me patting on her back in different spots for 20-30 minutes at a time. But she doesn’t get any breathing treatments or inhaled medications yet.