Wednesday, January 25, 2012

5 Months!

LMI turned five months on Monday. It is so amazing to watch her growth and development change as she gets older. She is now "talking" up a storm. The coos come in every pitch and to everything and one. Our best "conversations" are on the changing table during a diaper change, weird I know. Sometimes I wonder what it is she is actually thinking. Oh to be insider her adoravle head. She is getting bigger 11lbs3oz, but still fits comfortably in her 0-3 onesies. We all know good things come in small packages (especially turquoise blue boxes!). Her dr gave the green light on weaning her night feeds and we began last night.

A typical night is:
715-730-wake up

I decided it would be best to cut out the first night feed at 11 since that is the one that fluctuates the most. She has pushed that feed before so I know it is more out of habit than hunger. I decided that I was not going to feed her before 230am (fer.ber says to pick a time and dont back down). So I put her to bed as usual and she woke up at 1120 for her feed, but had to CIO. Only 3 min! But then she woke up at 1148 and CIO for 30min. Since she is still in my room (I am moving her to her crib in 2 weeks after our trip to Florida - no point before since she we will be sleeping in my room while we are away) I was able to watch her without her seeing me so I didnt do any checks. Eventhough she cried, the intensity was not horrible. Nothing was as bad as the first sleep training night a month ago. She put herself back to sleep only to wake again at 1220 and again CIO for 3 min. She then s,ept until 3am! This leads me to believe that she was waking out of routine. After I nursed her she went right back to sleep until 520. She CIO for 3 min and back to sleep. At 630 I fed her and she slept for another hour and then woke for the day. The first part of the night was rough, but seeing her smile in the morning makes me feel better. I can only hope tonight will go better.

Everyone that meets or knows LMI talks about her sweet personality. "She's such a happy baby, does she ever cry?". Um yes! She is now at the point where her harness is driving her nuts. She is getting sick of lying on her back. She wants to roll around and stretch her legs. When we are out of the hiouse shes still the same super easy going happy girl, but at home during playtime, its rough.

We were back at the clinic on Monday and yup, no progress. So we are getting reffered to another specialist, this time at the children's hospital. I'm scared and frustrated. Seven weeks she has wore the stupid harness and no progress? I dont understand. I fear a spica cast is in her future. Sigh.

On a happier note LMI is back to loving cereal. When feeding her too close to a BF she just wasnt hungry. She cant get enough of it. She is starting to associate eating with highchair and gets a huge smile when she gets strapped in. Its totally cute. We also got the green light to start vegetables and fruit, but will wait a couple of weeks as we are going to Florida for our first family vacation and Im nervous to introduce new foods while being away.

Happy 5 month birthday LMI, I love you!


  1. So glad you are finding great progress with Ferber like I am. Despite the harness and sound like you are in bliss!! Enjoy FL...can't wait to hear all about it. My parents were in Vero beach (they are at their condo this last week). Said it was awesome!!

  2. Happy 5 Months LMI! It sounds like things are going mostly great in your household. I'm really sorry there is no progress on the harness front. I hope you will get that sorted out soon.
    Have a wonderful family vacation!

  3. Hope your trip to Florida is lovely - I (heart) warm weather! Our girls did great on weening the night feed when I moved their cereal to the 7:00 time. I'd give about 1/3 of the bottle, feed cereal, and then let her polish off whatever she wanted from the bottle, knowing her tummy was good and full. It worked wonderfully with both kids. Best of luck!

  4. Already 5 months old! Time just flies so quickly. I hope you have a great time in Florida together. And I am really hoping that the folks at the Children's Hospital can help by providing an effective treatment.

  5. Hello R...just catching up on things with you. I can't believe LMI is already 5 months! She's such a cutie! I hope that this new group of doctors can help get her on her way with an effective treatment for the HD. Enjoy your trip to FL!

  6. Hey There. Just found my way over from hapellyeverafter. I'm sorry to hear you haven't had progress with your harness. Like all our struggles be it with IVF or hip dysplasia, fear of the unknown can certainly get the best of us. Elly had her closed reduction at 5.5 months. It was a terrifying process to have to go through, but the moment I remember the most clearly was the evening we were home from the hospital (the day after surgery). I sat on the couch with this plaster covered baby, tears rolling down my cheeks. She looked up at me with the hugest grin. She herself was fine. She was just glad to be home.

    I anticipated the worst for the spica, but armed with so much knowledge ahead of time from an online forum I'd found, I had my game plan in place and things went surprisingly smoothly. She adjusted for quicker then I did. In the end, we maintained a full active schedule. Strangers had a hard time understanding how we were fine. Together, she and I just kept smiling, because really life was pretty darn good.

    With that said, the prospect of a second Spica at 2.5 has me a little more on edge, but only because she now has words to add to her complaints... and I swear, the "Elly hurts" is more heart breaking then the tears.

    Good Luck. If you have any questions come by the blog again and I'll pass along my email address.