Stella Turns 5 Months

This month was not one of huge milestones, but rather, subtle changes that no one other than Bobby and I would probably notice. Her sounds got a little more developed.  She now tracks toys and movement like a pro, often getting upset when we walk out of the room.  I suppose she feels abandoned, although we constantly reassure her we are coming right back. :) Stella certainly recognizes our faces in a crowd and often grumbles or coos to get our attention.  She is still fascinated by the television and we regularly show her animated nursery rhymes on a loop via YouTube. She loves the bright colors and songs.

On her play mat, she can now stick her hand out and grab onto toys in a more direct manner, instead of batting at the toys in a sporadic, agitated manner like she did for the past few months.

Staring at her play mat, ready to latch onto her toy

Staring at her play mat, ready to latch onto her toy

She is getting a little more regular with rolling from tummy to back on her own, but still hasn’t rolled back to tummy.  She is *almost* there, as shown in the photo below.

Grabbing on for life

Grabbing on for life

She loves playing on her mat and it now holds her attention for up to 45 minutes!

She loves playing on her mat and it now holds her attention for up to 45 minutes!

We are really trying to work on her sitting up and spending some serious time on her tummy, as she has a rather pronounced flat spot on the back of her head.  We’re hoping these steps will cause her head to correct itself on its own.

Stella's new chair that helps her sit up. Thanks Mimi!

Stella’s new chair that helps her sit up. Thanks Mimi!

Tummy time is still difficult, but for new reasons.  She cries a little less since she has more control of her head and neck, but now she sticks her hands in her mouth which makes it really hard for her to balance.  Too bad we can’t reason with her. :)

Hands in her mouth...always.

Hands in her mouth…always.

The look of defeat.

The look of defeat.

Stella *can* sit up aided by a couch or her chair, but she works against herself by constantly arching her back and throwing her head back. I think it’s a reflex to try to roll over, but it knocks her down every time!

London Bridge is.....

London Bridge is…..

Yep, falling down here too.

Yep, falling down here too.

Stella also practices sitting up in my lap, but she likes her space, so this usually doesn’t last too long.

Watching some cartoons

Watching some cartoons

And again.

And again.

We also figured it would help to start carrying Stella in the Ergobaby carrier. She didn’t like it a month ago because she had to be carried facing towards me and if we’ve learned one thing about our child, it’s that she must be stimulated.  Thus, she hated facing inwards.  Now that she’s big enough, she likes being carried outwards and watching the world go ’round.

First time for everything! (No, dad didn't drive with her.)

First time for everything! (No, dad didn’t drive with her.)

Fun with Dad.

Fun with Dad.

Stella, unfortunately is still a fussy baby.  When she’s not sleeping, I have to work really hard to keep her entertained / stimulated or she gets cranky.  This means we go on lots of walks, which means she (unfortunately) spends a lot of time in her car seat / in her stroller.  We are going to attempt to take more walks in the carrier, although with winter coming, it may be difficult.

Heading to the air show!

Heading to the air show!

Taking her flamingo for a walk

Taking her flamingo for a walk

Dressed for cooler weather

Dressed for cooler weather

And even cooler weather....

And even cooler weather….

And yep, it was frigid this day.

And yep, it was frigid this day. We generally pile up with blankets.

Attending Miss April's baby shower.

Attending Miss April’s baby shower.

Looking fashionable for my trip to the commissary

Looking fashionable for my trip to the commissary

She loved the fall leaves at Eunpa Lake

She loved the fall leaves at Eunpa Lake

We even take walks in inclement weather :)

We even take walks in inclement weather :)

Did I mention cold weather?  We are preparing in the Flammia household!

LOVE!

LOVE!

If one thing is clear, she LOVES her hands and her feet.  She has always loved her hands, constantly keeping them close to her face.  Now, she frequently has them in her month.  Sometimes it’s her thumb, sometimes her thumb and pointer finger and sometimes she even tries to fit her whole fist in.  Stella loves playing with her feet as well.  When she’s on her back, she almost always brings her feet to her hands and then bangs her legs back to the ground.  She does this over and over every night when she’s attempting to sleep. :/

Thumb action

Thumb action

Playing with her feet

Playing with her feet

Stella prefers to have her feet uncovered, constantly pulling at her socks, pushing blankets off her bottom half and even wiggling out of her onesies.

Houdini

Houdini

She has finally begun to enjoy bath time.  She used to scream every time she was in the bath, then she graduated to only screaming when I took her out of the bath and now she can take a bath and get out without crying.  I figured out she likes the water at a higher level than I previously thought and I need to wrap her in a thicker towel so she doesn’t get cold.

Stella Flammia or Donald Trump?

Stella Flammia or Donald Trump?

Cozy after bath time

Cozy after bath time

Unfortunately, Stella’s sleep schedule hasn’t improved.  Up until 4 months, she used to only wake once per night.  However, after the 4 month sleep regression, we’ve tried everything and she continues to wake every 2-3 hours.  I’m pretty tired, but I think my body is actually getting a little more used to it.  I don’t think Stella is extremely well rested either, but she does nap really well in her swing. I don’t want to let her sleep all night in the swing (I don’t want to have to break bad habits later when she grows out of it), so I continue to put her in the Pack ‘n Play until about 5:30am, and then I break down and let her sleep the last couple hours swinging away.

Happy camper waking in the morning in the swing

Happy camper waking in the morning in the swing

This is a rare sighting these days. She's almost grown too big for the Boppy Lounger.

This is a rare sighting these days. She’s almost grown too big for the Boppy Lounger.

Stella had her first big holiday this month – Halloween!  Unfortunately, her costume didn’t arrive in time to take photos with the other little kids, but we took belated photos at home. I guess it didn’t really matter for trick-or-treating since it’s not like Stella needed to go collect a bunch of chocolate for mom and dad. :)  I ordered these costume parts from 3 different shops on Etsy and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Our little Ariel

Our little Ariel

Swiming away

Swimming in the great big sea

Love this girl

Love this girl

Stella continues to grow at an alarming rate.  Her head is huge and Koreans often comment that they think she is 8 or 9 months based on her noggin’ size. We took her 5 month photos in this Christmas onesie because I don’t think she’s going to fit in it in another month!

Happy 5 months baby girl!

Happy 5 months baby girl!

5mo

15.4 lbs and has surpassed the 50th percentile!