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My 50th blog post, bragging about my 5 month old baby. What a milestone!

Norah’s 21 weeks old, and her official 5 month birthday is today! She shares the birthday with two of her great-grandmas, celebrating such a special day on Earth and in Heaven.

There is so much that I want to share about Norah’s life. She is an amazing ball of wonderfulness, I can’t believe that I’ve been able to spend the last 5 months of her life just staring at her and playing with her. Seriously lucky here, guys.

13.7 lbs (50th %ile), 24.75" long (75th %ile). Perfect in every way!

13.7 lbs (50th %ile), 24.75″ long (75th %ile). Perfect in every way!

5 month old babies are awesome.

She can do all sorts of amazing things, like reach out for toys

A record of her very first grab!

A record of her very first grab!

and faces (so adorable)

This can get a little painful, with her little claws and sticky fingers!

This can get a little painful, with her little claws and sticky fingers!

She can roll (such a great parent moment!)

Her first roll! 16 weeks old. She is now much more accomplished at getting her hands out in front of her.

Her first roll! 16 weeks old. She is now much more accomplished at getting her hands out in front of her.

See? A tummy time pro.

See? A tummy time pro.

and scoot while on her back

(which we discovered when she scooted herself into the corner of the fridge. A not so great parent moment).

Norah is a champion sleeper and eater, and to me it feels like she sleeps through the night. She’s slept for the occasional 8 hour stretch since 8 weeks, but for the most part she’ll sleep for about 4-6 hours before waking up to eat in the middle of the night. The amazing part, and why say she sleeps through the night, is that she doesn’t even really wake up to eat. She makes a few little noises, nurses quietly, and then drifts off to sleep again. It’s fabulous.

Who wouldn't love waking up to this face??

Who wouldn’t love waking up to this face??

She still sleeps with us, although we did have a successful couple hours sleeping in the crib a while ago!

When she's not teething and feeling extra clingy, she sleeps in her crib just fine!

I realize that there are tons of things in this crib that shouldn’t be there–I swear this was a supervised nap and she normally sleeps on just a sheet 😛

The reason we don’t push the crib though, is that she’s teething. It’s super cute to see her holding little teething rings and nomming on anything she can find, but it also means that she’s a muuuch lighter sleeper than normal and sleeps best when she can sense and feel us nearby. Sleeping with us means that everybody gets better sleep, so who am I to question it??

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The best part, though, of having a 5 month old, is the smiles. She’s been smiling at us on purpose since 6 weeks, but gosh those smiles still melt my heart. Nothing beats a baby smiling at you, trusting you with her whole world.

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I’ve got you, little one 🙂

Teething is not for the faint of heart.

It can make the sweetest, calmest child turn into a “why doesn’t anybody like me?????????” kind of child in two seconds flat.

My cousin says that teeth starting out inside the gums was definitely a design flaw. I’m starting to understand why!

In our {relatively limited} experience with teething, we’ve found a few tricks that help Norah feel better until the tooth stops pressing on her poor little nerves.

Anything cold and hard is definitely a hit. We’re now big fans of freezable teething rings, such as this one (the beads are the perfect size for baby mouths) and these (small enough to easily fit into her hand).

We also recently discovered how fun maple teething rings can be! Since she loves to lick things (definitely not suck, and not necessarily chew…but lick), I feel better about giving her these than other questionable plastics. I’m not a totally paranoid mom 😛 but if I can avoid some things for now I will!

In a pinch (and without any teething rings handy), I’ve also tied an ice cube into the corner of her aden + anais blanket. Worked like a charm!

On hand for the next time she gets super cranky: Maple teething biscuits and frozen fruit to put into mesh feeders. She’s just beginning her adventures in food (another post for another day!), so I can’t wait to have her try these!

If the first four months of her life are any indication, Norah will love the outdoors when she grows up!

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She’s been to a whopping THREE lakes so far, and has enjoyed all of them.

Her first visit was to Lake Koronis, the lake her dad grew up on.

{we didn’t think to take pictures, which is probably ok as she didn’t actually go in the lake. momentous, but next summer will be much more fun!}

Next, we visited Big Stone Lake, where Norah’s great-grandparents have a cabin.

Baby's first boat ride!

Baby’s first boat ride!

This oughta work, right?

This oughta work, right?

Norah thoroughly enjoyed getting to dip her toes in this lake, and so far loves swimming in water of any temperature. This will undoubtedly be good training for her future Olympic swimming career.

We're determined not to raise one of those whiny Olympians who complains about water temp!

We’re determined not to raise one of those whiny Olympians who complains about water temp!

Then we visited Lake Yankton, the lake I grew up on.

A fun 5th of July beach trip

A fun 5th of July beach trip

Norah also thought this lake was great, although perhaps a little boring as she promptly fell asleep.

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Norah has always loved being outside, and even in her fussiest moments she always calms down once the fresh air hits her face. I think she’s destined to spend many hours playing outside!

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Our family

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Norah’s words & signs

Words:
Mama (7 months)
Dada (12 months)
Kitty (11 months)
Bear
Bath
Book (12 months)
Bird (12 months)
Baby
More (13 months)
All done
Cheese (12 months)
Fish (12 months)
Norah (14 months)

Signs:
Kitty (10 months)
More (10 months)
All Done (10 months)
Bird (12 months)
Dada (11 months)
Mama (13 months)
Train (14 months)
Please (14 months)
Carrot (13 months)
Banana (13 months)
Fish (12 months)
Horse (14 months)
Goat (14 months)
Thank you (10 months)
Milk/Noms (12 months)
I love you (15 months)