Sienna Kai’s 5 Month Update

I can’t believe our little girl is 5 months old! I could kiss those chunky cheeks all day!

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I’ve noticed that since she was born, months have been flying but days actually go by slower. Having a baby definitely helps staying present and in the moment – and then when you look back, it’s strangely a big blur. Yesterday I was talking to a friend who has a toddler and she mentioned how you definitely forget a lot of the newborn stage things as your kid grows up. She says you end up being so focused on the present stage that your child is on, that on the moment that they’re on the the next one, the last one becomes distant as it looses all of your focus. I guess it’s like going on to the next level on a video game :).

This is why I want to start writing monthly updates for Sienna. I actually wish I had done this from the beginning! Oh well.

Time with Sienna is getting to be so much fun these days. She is so interested in everything that is going on around her. Our walks are awesome. I’ll catch her staring at trees and flowers. She reaches out to grab stuff too which is pretty neat. We’ve been walking to the dog park as well and she loves watching all of the dogs running around. Most of our walks are still in the carrier as the stroller is still hit or miss for her. We are making progress with the car seat but occasional meltdowns in there are still part of our routine (worse part of my day). She also loves being in the carrier when I am cooking – I like talking to her and telling her what we are making for dinner as I prep all the ingredients.

She used to nap when I made dinner but she has more alert time now so she’s my little sous chef. She’s been going to bed pretty early these days as she doesn’t always take a third nap anymore. We’ll start her bath (which she loves) at around 5pm and she’s usually in bed by 6ish. If we’re lucky she makes it all the way until 6am the next morning. That or she wakes up at around 4:30am as she lost her pacifier. I rarely feed her at night anymore, only when she can’t seem to go back to sleep after waking up or when I notice she’s going through some sort of growth spurt. One of my favorite parts of the day is early in the morning when I go into her room to unswaddle her and say: Buenos Dias! Seeing her smile back at me is the best way to start the day. She still sleeps swaddled but I am pretty sure I will have to stop soon as she started rolling over from tummy to back. We’ll see how our nights go once the swaddle is gone. Eek! We tried the Merlin Sleepsuit like a month ago but she still seemed too small for it, I may give it another whirl.

She’s been eating like a champ lately – already at 8 ounces per feeding. She loves eating laying down and actually prefers to not be held for this. My mom bought her this Boppy Lounger when she was born, she used to fall asleep in it all the time but now it’s her favorite place to eat. We use it pretty much all the time unless we’re not home. This past week she’s gotten stronger though and is starting to lift her upper body while laying on it – like boat pose in yoga. She cracks me up.

I was almost certain that I wanted to wait until she was 6 months old to feed her solids but we started a little early. She had been doing this chewing motion with her mouth and showing interest in food when she saw us eat. I read this could also be a sign of teething but she seems pretty happy (not in teething pain) so I didn’t think it was that. I’ve been doing some reading on baby led weaning and yesterday we decided to give it a go with a banana. SHE LOVED IT! She just got frustrated when the banana started getting slippery as she would loose grip of it when she still wanted more. She kept opening her mouth and moving her chin down as if she could magically call the banana back in her mouth. This photo was right at the beginning of our attempt, we had to change her clothes after as it was pretty messy. I am excited for future adventures as we experiment with food!

Our play time includes tummy time (which she is finally enjoying more), dancing, reading, petting and observing Charlie, time on her play mat and baby airplane. She’s discovered her feet too so sometimes she doesn’t even need a toy to entertain herself. She’ll just stare at them and try to grab them. She loves her sock monkey snuggle buddy and this lamaze peacock. We started playing peek-a-boo the other day but it doesn’t work all of the time yet. One day she was laughing so hard when I was playing with her and the next day she was like… ummm what are you doing mom?

Her laugh is in my opinion, the best sound the world. I’m pretty sure I look like a goof all day with my multiple attempts at making her laugh. Her cooing and babbling hasn’t gotten old either. Her least attractive sound these days is a grunt that she keeps doing whenever she gets bored or wants to change her position but she can’t. I feel like she’s at a stage where she can’t do much although she really wants to so she gets frustrated sometimes.

She is definitely in love with her dad this month. Her face lights up every time he walks into the room and they have such a cute bond when they are together. John and I take turns; he’ll surf a day and then I’ll go out on a run the next day. So we both get some exercise and bonding time with Sienna in the mornings (which is normally when she’s in her best mood). When she was younger I was definitely overprotective of her when she was around John… #firsttimemommyproblem, nowadays I feel comfortable just letting them do their own thing. This past Saturday I had my first solo day trip while Sienna and dad stayed behind. I went on a taco + beer + mezcal tour in Tijuana so it was kind of great to not have cell phone reception or else I’m pretty sure I would have been texting John the whole time. I came home to a sleeping baby. Success!

In a couple of weeks, Sienna and I are flying down to Guadalajara by ourselves, John will catch up with us later. I’m hoping we make it down there without any airport/airplane meltdowns. It’s nice having an extra set of hands to help with the carry on, other than that I feel pretty confident so wish us luck!

I feel so thankful that I get to spend these early months with her. I actually still don’t know if or when I am going back to work full time as I am currently just working remote on different projects. I’m still and always will be a dreamer when it comes to my professional life – the vision of owning a small restaurant run by me is one that has been in my mind for years now. There will be a time and place for that. Or at least I like to believe so. Motherhood is so amazing and so hard some days. Life goes by so fast. I am certain that I won’t regret setting this time aside to raise our daughter and I am thankful that I have such a hard working husband that allows me to do so :).

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