As is inevitable, time has yet again passed and now I’m sat here baffled at the fact I have a five month old daughter. So, since I haven’t done one of these since around the 12 week mark I thought I’d do a little update.
Eleanor is five months old now. She’s about as cute as they come. But then I would say that right?
Her smiles always make up for the 5am wake up calls. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve moved her into sleeping in her own room. Overall has gone pretty smoothly. We started with naps in there and she adapted pretty easily. Then put her in there overnight but I stayed in the same room (her room is quite big so still has a double bed in it). She had a few nights with waking up around 3am but now she’s pretty consistently sleeping from around 7pm through to between 5 & 6am. We do a dream-feed around 10-11pm, whenever we go to bed. Which I pretty much question myself daily on between doing it rather than rocking the ‘sleeping well’ boat… or trying to drop it and seeing how she goes sleep wise without it.
We’re also in a vague daytime nap routine. I say routine, but I don’t stick to it to the point I can’d go out and do stuff in the day. I just tend to try and time driving or walking around when I know she will be due a sleep (where possible). Eleanor is rolling, mainly from her back to her front and pretty much only to her left. She still loves standing, as she has since she was smaller. We got her a jumperoo a few weeks ago and it’s possibly the best thing we’ve got for her. She absolutely loves it. I highly recommend if you have a baby around 3-4 months ish. Speaking of recommendations, I’m working on a post of things I would recommend/not be without for that newborn-six month sort of window. If you have any questions around that sort of thing let me know and will make sure I factor it in.
Generally, Eleanor is just lovely. I love spending time with her and whilst one of the things I’ve struggled with the most is losing my own independence (more on that side of things on THIS post), I equally love spending time with her. Seeing her smile is more rewarding than I could ever imagine. Hearing her giggle is basically my daily goal. She smiles with abundance, but her giggles you have to work for! I definitely find days getting out and about are the best days. Though I do like to have at least one day that’s just an at-home one each week at least.
Day to day life wise the biggest challenge is trying to juggle getting back stuck into work and looking after her. I’m very, very, fortunate to have lots of support from both my parents and Ollie’s. Without which, the work/baby care balance would be almost impossible at this point. We decided that whilst we met with some brilliant nanny’s I felt I wasn’t ready to leave her with someone in that way just yet. So made the call to hold off, juggle it for now and then book her to start at nursery in 2019 a couple of days a week. I feel much more comfortable with that decision, although I’m sure when it comes to leaving her at nursery I’ll be a bag of emotion. But it has to happen and I am still so determined to keep my blog and freelance work going as it means so much to me.
In terms of general ‘info’ on where Eleanor is at 5 months. Last time she was weighed by the Health Visitor she was around the 6kg mark. She’s mostly into 3-6 month clothes but they are pretty big on her, so she’s still getting away with the odd up to 3 month outfit. Depending on the fit. She can hold herself up well with some support – for both sitting and standing. She can’t sit up on her own yet, but propped up she’s ok… as long as she doesn’t lean forwards. She’s feeding around 7oz each feed around 5 times a day (roughly, 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm). She currently is having two longer naps a day (around 1.5-2 hours in the morning and another early afternoon 1-2 hour one). She’s been teething for a while, but no sign of an actual tooth yet and seems to have eased off over past few days, which is a welcome break from the non stop dribble. She still has a good head of hair, that’s gone a lot lighter – to more of a strawberry blonde shade. Which is pretty much my natural colour. Her eyes are pretty much the same as mine now shade wise too. She definitely has her moments where she looks just like her Dad too. It’s just crazy to see how much she’s changed in such a short time.
The last five months have been a whirlwind. I’m still a little on the fence over how I feel about sharing the story of the day she arrived. I have written it down, just not sure that A) I want to re-read it myself and B) I want to share it online. I do and I don’t in equal measure, so hard to make a final decision on it, as once it is out there – that’s it.
But there we go, a little five month ‘check in’ on where we’re at. At the moment, things are good – but as is totally normal – there are good weeks and there are hard weeks. But a hard day/week doesn’t have to mean a hard life! I am so grateful for the support around me as it really does take a village!