Five Months

A month post that is actually sort of on time! Because my baby sometimes naps!

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This will go down in Moose history as both the month that we started sleep training and when Lauren and I were able to watch a movie together in the evening for the first time since she came along.  It will also be the month that I started getting more than a couple of hours of sleep a night and will now probably, almost surely, not wander into traffic just from sleepless disorientation.

Teaching Moose to self-soothe has been stressful for all of us, but she is going down awake into her crib at bedtime and sleeping between scheduled feeds.  The naps are coming more slowly, but still, she’s falling asleep on her own with mostly only token cries, and that’s huge.  Letting her fuss a bit, even though I’ve been in and out of the room with her, has been one of the hardest trials of parenting so far, and at times I’ve been anxious and even panicky.  Although I looked at our “sleep log” yesterday and realized that she’s spending less time crying overall than she was when we were soothing her to sleep!  It’s so obviously the best thing for her. She’s still a bit of a pipsqueak, so we’re doing two feeds overnight (11 and 3), but hopefully soon we can wean her from that exhausting 3am feed and we’ll be that much closer to sleeping through the night.

Moose is now officially a roller and seems to be planning her actions ahead of time – rolling towards or reaching for a particular toy and turning it to examine all angles before she decides just how she wants to drool on it.   She’s developed a bit of an obsession with screens, to our chagrin.  I can’t watch television while I nurse anymore because she unlatches to watch, and she’s determined to get ahold of our phones as soon as possible.  “No screen time,” Lauren often says sternly. Although I’ll admit to showing her the odd clip of Sesame Street this month when we’ve had a failed nap and we’re both a little shaken by her crying – she holds my finger and we watch Cookie Monster for two or three minutes and then all is forgiven.

We’ve had some confirmed cases of measles in Toronto in the last month, and I’m a bit scared to take Moose anywhere.  She’s too young for the MMR.  In fact, her 4 month shots were delayed by a couple of weeks because our appointment got cancelled due to a patient with measles in the office that morning!  Terrifying.  It’s all anyone at my moms’ group is talking about.  I think I find it particularly frightening because we’ve had the experience of losing a child, and I don’t know that we’ll ever get over believing that the rare complications would of course happen to our baby.  We just know how easy it is to come down on the wrong side of a statistic.

Notes from the month:

  • Moose is still regularly breaking her aunt’s and grandparents’ hearts by refusing to be held by anyone but us.  Those poor guys.
  • We tried the Jolly Jumper for the first time, and it’s love.  She hasn’t quite figured out jumping but thinks dangling and flailing is hilarious.
  • Moose is showing an intense interest in what we are eating.  I was eating an orange the other day as she played on the floor and I looked over to see her waiting patiently with her mouth open like a baby bird.  We think she’ll be excited to start solids in a month or so.
  • Still in the 90th percentile for length and only the 25th for weight, barely tipping the scale at just under 13 pounds.  It is almost impossible to find pants for her that fit in both the waist and the leg.
  • Moose loves singing so much, and as a result we’re kind of living in an ongoing musical – Lauren and I have both become very adept at breaking into song throughout the day, changing lyrics to suit the situation.  Her favourite is still Baby Beluga – I have no idea what it is about that song, but it’s a winner every time.
  • Lots of shrieking and “talking” this month – she’s expanded her babbling repertoire to include a drawn out “haaaa” and “maaaa”.
Finally - finally! - liking tummy time.  And rocking Moose jammies, of course.

Finally – finally! – liking tummy time. And rocking Moose jammies, of course.


About tamarainwriting

I'm a queer, married, child and youth counsellor, in Toronto, Ontario. My wife and I had a beautiful stillborn son and we have an amazing one-year-old daughter. It's a complex journey.
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6 Responses to Five Months

  1. Mama says:

    Hurrah to learning to self soothe- well done Moose and well done Mamas. You survived!

  2. DeCaf says:

    I’m glad moose is adjusting well. She’s so adorable.

  3. Rachael says:

    I am glad you have survived the sleep training. It was super difficult for me as well. But our Punky is a champion sleeper. So here’s to new trials and new ways of surviving!

  4. She’s adorable! I’m glad the sleep training worked. And I hear you about measles being extra scary if one has already been on the wrong side of statistics.

  5. The boys LOVE Raffi, especially Baby Beluga! What is it about that song?!?! Glad to hear Moose is doing well, and sound to be right on target. I’d be freaking out about this mumps outbreak too…it’s no joke!

  6. Allison says:

    What a sweet baby! I admire your dedication with the sleep training. It definitely sounds best for all involved!

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