Penny: Five Months Old

Happy 5 months, darling!

Penelope is just about 17 pounds and in size 3 diapers. She can still fit a few of her 3-6 month outfits, but she’s mostly in 6-9 month stuff now. I gotta figure out a good storage solution for all the clothing she’s outgrown! I’ve started the process of KonMari-ing the house, which means I’ve taken a machete to my own wardrobe and have like 10 bags of stuff to donate (and sell on Poshmark), but I don’t really want to get rid of anything of Penny’s as we plan to give her a sibling (one day… far from now… lol) and I mean, hey, we’ve got a 50/50 shot of it being another girl!

Anyway, our little lovebug has been continuing to grow and develop in leaps and bounds. She can:

  • Roll from tummy to back
  • Roll from her back to her side
  • Suck her thumb (and, uh, her entire hand)
  • Play with the toys on her activity center
  • Take out her paci and put it back in
  • Put everything and anything in her mouth
  • Grab the hair at the nape of my neck with, ahem, vigor (::cry::)
  • Sit up unassisted for short periods
  • Stand with assistance
  • Make it all night without eating (12+ hours!)
  • Almost sleep through the whole night without waking (usually cries for her paci sometime between 3 – 5 AM)

Basically, she’s a rockstar! We’re working on completing the roll from back to tummy, as well as figuring out how to get her to nap for more than 30 – 45 minutes at a time, lol, but we couldn’t be more proud with how our little bean has been doing. She’s just such a chill, patient, and joyful baby! We really got lucky with this one, I tell ya.

She really seems to enjoy playing with toys these days, which is so much fun for us. She loves watching us eat, trying to eat her hands, her stuffed unicorn (she strokes its mane every night before bed — it’s SO FRICKIN’ CUTE), taking baths, and kicking — hard! She also seems to love music, which is wonderful. She’ll smile and gurgle and laugh when I sing to her… which is pretty much all the time since she reacts so adorably when I do! Hopefully that means she thinks I have a good voice. 🙂

She’s still breastfeeding like a champ, and we’re thinking about starting her on solids soon. Our doctor gave us the go-ahead to start playing around with solid food last month at her four-month checkup, but we just haven’t felt like it was necessary. Which, arguably, it’s still not (there’s a saying that goes, “food before one is just for fun”), but I think she’d enjoy it! So, we’ll see. I got some organic baby oatmeal, as my pediatrician recommended baby oatmeal for a first food (as it’s iron fortified), but I also like the idea of having her first food be, well, a “real” food, like sweet potato or banana. I’m doing more research, and obviously I’ll be blogging about it, so stay tuned!

Unfghhh, we just love you so much, little one!


  1. Katiesays:

    I’m surprised your doc recommended oatmeal as a first food – that’s usually not recommended, in favor of starting with vegetables, then fruits, as it’s not all that good for them. Also, so exciting she’s rolling – but once she starts rolling you cant use the merlin suit!

    • The Merlin Suit is supposed to be still okay to use until she can roll IN the suit, which I think we have a long way to go before that happens, haha! I was also surprised that my pediatrician recommended oatmeal as a first food, she did say that rice cereal was not nutritious (plus concerns about arsenic), but I guess since oatmeal is a little more of a “real” grain? I’m thinking we’ll probably sweet potato though. I know that the research and recommendations are changing all the time!

    • Oh yeah, and I think she mentioned it as particularly recommended for breastfed babies due to the iron fortification? I believe the AAP is also starting to recommend meat as a first food for the same reason these days but I’m just not sure I see that happening gahaha

  2. Larasays:

    I love love love reading your updates! Penny is such a doll! We started A on solids a week before she was 6 months. She was so interested in food, she would get really upset when she was near someone who was eating and they wouldn’t share (she hasn’t changed!). We started with pureed sweet potato for 3 days, then went to avocado, then broccoli. We tried all the veggies we could think of first before trying fruit. Best of luck!

  3. I just saw on Poshmark that we have (or had) the same Bernie Dexter dog dress! But my real comment is that Penny is adorable and I love reading about her development. Do you have a plan or any thoughts about how much of her life you’ll share online as she gets older?

    • Y’know, I have been thinking about it more and more, although I don’t have anything definitive to say about it other than the fact that I definitely want to keep her protected of course! I love sharing my life and obviously she’s the very best part of it though. I’ll have to chat with a few of my other blogger friends who are moms to see where they stand on things!

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