This past month has been such a big change for both Kennedy and I! I feel like 4 months was a turning point month for me as a mother. This is when I feel like I am more confident and getting better at everything, and I’m not worrying as much as I used to. We are also both getting the hang of our routine and I’m more in tune to her needs and wants quicker now. Kennedy has also changed so much in just this month alone. Here are some changes that have happened over this month and some milestones:
CHANGES + MILESTONES:
She has grown over an inch and is about two pounds heavier! She is now 27″ long and 16 lbs 5 oz! She is in the 100th percentile for height and the 83rd percentle for weight! She is quite the tall girlie and is even longer than most of the 8-10 month old babies in her Little Gym class. She is wearing 3-6 month clothes, but is fitting in 9 month outfits (lengthwise) now!
She has started rolling over on her own ( back to belly), and can now push her hands and arms up to look around when she is on her belly. She has also rolled belly to back, but only a few times.
She is such a big girl now and sleeps in her own crib at night in her nursery but still takes her naps in the Halo bassinet in our room. She is still sleeping about 12 hours straight a night, which mommy and daddy are so thankful for! More on her sleep/ daytime schedule below!
We had her try baby food a couple times and she actually liked it! So far she has tried sweet potatoes and apples & bananas! But I am still going to hold off starting baby food FULLY until she is six months old. That is what her pediatrician recommended and I also read it prevents allergies when you start baby food at six months. I just recieved the Baby Beaba Babycook in the cutest Mint/latte color, and I can’t wait to start making some of her baby food with it!
Kennedy loves grabbing things and putting them in her mouth! She also likes sucking on her fingers and her fist. I got her this banana teething toy and the Sophie the Giraffe, and she LOVES holding them and chewing on them now! It took her a while to get the concept of holding them and actually putting them in her mouth to teeth on, but I practiced and helped her with it and she finally got the hang of doing it by herself.
She is cooing and making lots of grunts and other noises now! I love to hear her “talk” and being more vocal. She doesn’t do it all day, but here and there throughout the day!
I have been taking her to a mommy and me baby class every week! It’s at a place called The Little Gym and Kennedy LOVES it! She is smiling the whole time and loves interacting and playing with the other babies! They have them do fun activities and games that help them with milestones and their development. I have already noticed an improvement in her willingness to try things and master them quicker since doing the Little Gym class!
She is recongnizing people now and remembering them. She will remember friends of mine and other little babies she has met before. She has a little boyfriend John who is the same age as her, and she gets SO excited when she sees him! It is the cutest thing in the world!!!
PRODUCTS I’VE BEEN LOVING:
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Here is Kennedy’s 5 MONTH daytime and sleep schedule:
This is just a rough schedule on what her day as a 4 month old usually looks like. Everyday is different, and some days we are out running errands at different times. But I usually try to follow this daytime nap and sleep schedule for her! I’ve been trying to do this routine for the past 2 months, and she has been really good now at going down for her naps and to bed! This routine will also change according to how much she wants to nap throughout the day. Also some time during her “playtime” I will hold her or put her in the carrier while I do tasks around the house. I also clean her eyes for her blocked tear duct after she eats during the day. Before her naps were so all over the place and never on a schedule, but this month was really a turning point on her “getting” her nap routine. I personally think having a daytime and bedtime routine for a baby is so good for them and makes them feel secure and happy because they can kind of predict what is coming next. I love having her on a routine (even though it isn’t perfect every day) and getting her to bed early!
7-7:30am- Wake up, feed her, and then change her
8am-9:30am- Tummy time first for as long as she can stand and then playtime. After I do tummy time with her, I will put her on one of her playmats (she loves this one) or in her Baby Einstein jumper while I make breakfast. After a little bit, she will start yawning and when she starts to get fussy, I know she needs her nap. She will usually sleep 1-1.5 hours after waking up.
9:30am-10:30am- Her first nap of the day. I have her sleep in her Halo bassinet which is in our bedroom during the day. Our room gets less light during the day than her nursery, and I notice she will nap longer in the bassinet. I also put the Doc a Tot in the bassinet for her to sleep in too. I make sure the room is dark, the fan is on, then I turn on the white noise on the iPad (I love the free white noise app), turn on the susher, and then I lay her down while she is awake but still sleepy. I will then turn on the vibrations which is on the bassinet and this will make her really sleepy fast! I give her the NUK binkie and her most favorite blanket ever- this Barefoot Dreams blanket! She will always grab it and snuggle with it. I then rock the bassinet back and forth a little bit until she falls asleep. This is the nap time routine I do for mostly all her naps. She will usually sleep 1 to 1.5 hours each nap.
10:30am-12:30pm- Feeding, tummy time, and playtime! This is usually the window where I go out and run errands after she does her tummy time. I’ve been trying to do lots of tummy time in-between all her naps to avoid a flat head and to strengthen her neck and back muscles. She will either fall asleep at the end of our trip out or I’ll be home in time to put her down for her nap again. Even if she falls asleep in her car seat, I will always take her out and put her in her bassinet so she can finish her nap in there.
1:30pm-3:00pm- Feeding, tummy time, and play time. Some days I will take her on a 3 mile walk or work on reading books. I try to read several books to her during the day, and I like reading to her during this time. Even though she doesn’t understand what I’m saying yet, she loves looking at the pictures and hearing my voice read to her! I think it’s important to have them get a love for reading and books, and the sooner the better!
3:00pm-4:30pm- She then will go down for the her last nap of the day! I try to not let her nap after 5pm anymore and I don’t let her stay up for more than 3 hours after her last nap. If she naps past 5pm I won’t wake her up, but I just won’t giver her the evening nap she used to take.
4:30pm- I will feed her, change her and then almost always drive with her to meet Alex for dinner in Downtown. He works everyday until past 10pm usually later, so he is never home for dinnertime. He works very long hours, so basically it’s just me with her all day and night while he is at work during the week. Kennedy loves seeing her daddy and eating with him!
6:30pm- I will come back home and start winding her down and start getting her ready for bed.
6:45-7pm- Usually during this time I get her bath ready and give her a bath! She loves bath time and even if she is fussy during this time of night, she will always get really happy for her bath. I bathe her in her bathroom in the big tub. I put her on the Angel Care bath support which I have been really loving. It keeps her body supported in the bath but she can still splash her legs around. I will fill the water a little bit above her hips. I try to have a longer bath and have her splash and kick a lot to get her tired. It usually gets her really tired afterwards!
7:15pm- After her bath, I do her bedtime routine which I have been doing for her since she was a newborn. I dry her off and put on a diaper, put lotion on her face and body and give her a little baby massage, then I put on her Owlet monitor sock, pjs, and the put her in the ErgoPouch sleep suit! This keeps her warm without the need to put blankets in her crib! I read her a book in the glider in her nursery, and afterwards turn on the white noise machine and the susher. Once she hears those things she will get really sleepy and start rubbing her eyes. I feed her a bottle of about 5-6 ounces and she is almost always asleep at the end of drinking her bottle. I try to burp her and then lay her down in the our favorite the Doc a Tot in her crib.
7:30pm-7:30am- Baby girl will usually sleep for 11-12 hours straight every night! I keep her Owlet heart rate monitor on so if anything happened, an alarm will sound on our phones. I also use the Nest monitor and keep it on loud on my iPad next to my bed all night so I can hear her cry if she ever woke up.
FAVORITE BABY SHOPS LATELY:
Sparrow Deigns– I got a couple cute onesies from this shop and they are SO cute and mostly unisex!
Smocked Auctions– I love their bubbles and rompers for spring and summer! They are so easy for her the wear and are super comfy too! I stocked up on some for the warmer months coming up!
The 1st Years– They have really cute unique and custom clothes for babies! I have personalized sneakers for Kennedy and a super cute onesie that says “Mama is My Bestie.” Their products and clothes make great baby shower gifts!
Baby Gap and Old Navy– I love these stores because they always have some great staple pieces such as dresses, sweaters/jackets, and pants for each season. I got Kennedy a few dresses, bubbles, shoes and rompers for spring!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! Even before I had Alex as my valentine and I was a single girl, I still loved this holiday. I think it’s about celebrating those you love and showing your family and friends how much you love them. I can’t wait to do some fun traditions with Kennedy on this holiday in the coming years!
This long cream tunic sweater is one of my favorite finds! I LOVE when tops are longer and I love the pretty natural color- it goes with everything! This runs a bit large, so I recommend sizing down. Also these reflection sunglasses are my favorite sunglasses to wear lately. They are perfect for spring and summer and I love how oversized these ones are! Hope you guys enjoyed your Valentine’s Day and have an amazing day! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO
You know when you find a shirt that is just the perfect fit, color, and length you just HAVE to get it?! I just had to get this shirt after I tried it on! I can tell it’ll be one of those tops you’ll wear over and over! It’s perfect with jeans and I’ll be wearing this all through spring and summer. The cut is very forgiving and is longer in the back which I LOVE when tops are a little longer in the back. I talked about these nude esparidlle wedges in my previous post, but I can’t get over how comfy and cute they are. I am already ordering these similar ones to wear through spring and summer as well! They are a great Chloe dupe and are under $170!
Happy Monday! Mondays are also so hard because that means hubby goes back to work and I don’t get to spend all day with my bestie like we did over the weekend. But I get to be with my cute little angel Kennedy all week! I got this white lace top for some family photos, and I’ve been LOVING it ever since. I’m a sucker for a staple white lace blouse, and this one is such a perfect length and fit. I love the texture and how great it goes with jeans. I also love laying lace tops under leather jackets or over a pencil skirt! The quality is amazing too. I wore a white shade shirt like this one here underneath because it is sheer. You can wear it sheer or with a shirt underneath (which I personally prefer).
I also snagged these amazing esperidlla wedges this past weekend and I’m already obsessed with them. They go perfectly with all the outfits I’ve been wearing this past weekend, from dresses to jeans! These are also super comfortable and really easy to walk in. Which is something I look for now when buying any shoes!
Since becoming a mom, one of the things on the top of my favorite baby products list has been my Baby Brezza Formula Pro! I was sent this formula maker to try it out and see how I liked and I honestly have LOVED having this product!!! Since Kennedy was in the NICU for 2 weeks, they were giving her both formula and my breast milk. When we brought her home, I decided to continue breastfeeding her and giving her formula. In my opinion, it’s the best of both worlds. I love nursing her throughout the day and having that close bond, and knowing I can feed her. But I also like giving her formula when I am out and about running errands or if my husband is at home watching her. Something that has helped Kennedy sleep throughout the night (about 8 hours straight at one month, and now 10-12 hours), is feeding her bottle of formula before bed. I will nurse her before bath time, and then give her a bottle of formula right before bed. I have found this has helped keep her full all throughout the night. Knock on wood, she hasn’t woken up in the night for a couple months! Every baby is different, but this is what has worked for Kennedy!
The Formula Pro uses patented technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency. With pushing one button, you can start making your baby’s bottle in seconds and the bottle has no air bubbles! The machine can make formula for any size bottle with any amount of formula you want: 2, 4, 5, 8, or 10 ounces! Most bottles will be completely mixed and require no additional shaking. I love that I also don’t have to hassle with heating up the bottle because it prepares the milk with warm milk at the perfect temperature for babies.
There are so many reasons why I love using our Baby Brezza Formula Pro, but one of them is how quickly and perfectly it mixes the formula. When I have to hand mix it, there are lots of bubbles from shaking the bottle. But the Formula Pro mixes it perfectly with no bubbles, which is easier on her tummy. Also, I can quickly make her a bottle in seconds while I’m still holding her and there is no mess afterwards! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a formula maker and I promise this will make a new mom’s life so much easier- especially if you are feeding just formula!
I also received a set of their bottles to test out, and I love those as well! They hold up to 9oz and I like how it’s shorter and wider, rather than longer. It has a breast-like nipple which eases transitions from breast to bottle and back, while limiting nipple confusion. It also has a air valve which releases air in the bottle during feedings- which prevents upset tummies and colic.
Hi! My name is Katelyn Jones and I'm the creator of A Touch of Pink Blog! I'm a wife, actress, model, and kitty mama currently living in Houston, Texas! I created A Touch of Pink to share with my readers my outfits, my life, and everything that inspires me. I have always loved everything fashion, beauty, living a healthy lifestyle, and traveling! By sharing some of my favorite things with you on my blog, I hope you leave feeling inspired! Be sure to subscribe below for weekly updates and follow me on my social media! XOXO Katelyn