We have a five month old. How is that even possible? Time has slipped away from us and this little girl has grown by the second! I'm aware that we are almost two weeks late with this update but hey, I'm never on time for anything anymore. Between packing a diaper bag, feeding Ellie, & pumping, being 'on time' now falls last on my priority list these days. 😜

I would like to give you stats from two weeks ago but since I had my official first mom fail today, we found ourselves in Ellie's pediatrician's office, two weeks before her 6 month wellness checkup. Insert face palm here.

The past few days, I've noticed her touching her head and her left ear more so I just kept notice of it. The first few times I snapped a few pictures and sent them to Jimmy who is away on business like 'Awww cute, she found her ear.' Then as yesterday came and went, and last night ensued I woke up FOR SURE that my kid was getting an ear ache. She was pretty fussy but went down for naps easy and woke up in a good mood. She never had any fevers and was happy for most of the day but still kept tugging on that dang ear! So I called her ped's and left a message to see if we could get in today to be seen. Then I called again, and then I found myself calling pretty much every time I saw her touching her left ear.

I had officially crossed the line from 'Registered Nurse Mom who can surely handle her kid's ear pulling and fussiness' to 'Psycho Mom who needs to know right now whether or not her kid will go deaf by the end of the day'. I hope that we've all been there and its not just me! I just felt so bad for her, and my mind just kept running in circles. 😁 First kid problems!

We were thankfully able to get in to the office at 3, and low and behold after missing out on her afternoon nap then listening to Ellie scream her head off 20 minutes to her appointment and 20 minutes back home, her ears were perfectly fine. Mine on the other hand can still hear her pissed off in the back seat. 😑 If I could have taken a picture of my face the entire ride home, that would be it. Mother of the year here. It was a disaster. I was tired, Ellie was tired, my poor mom has never heard me complain so much in my life. Please, please, enlighten me and share the most embarrassing mom moment you've had. Please, tell me I'm not alone.

Better safe than sorry I guess!

Anyways, we got home, she took a much needed nap and we tried out the big girl seat to our stroller along with our new stroller fan. We needed some fresh air after today. It was nice enough that we walked around the block and came home and got ready for bed. She seemed more content, minus the Tylenol spit up. Note to self: never buy red Tylenol again. 😖 She's already woken up once while typing this out so fingers crossed she's down for a bit now.

Which brings us to her five month update! As of today, she weighed 15 pounds and 4 ounces. She still is a bottle grazer only eating 4 - 5 ounces at a time. We're experimenting with foods in a slightly non-traditional way; meaning whatever I'm eating at the moment I tend to shove in her direction. So far, so good. She hasn't had baby food yet and whatever foods she has eaten mashed up she tends to spit out. Some of her favorites include gnawing on toast, avocado slices and bananas. We've discovered rice cereal is a no go. I've never heard this kid fart so much in her life after a few nights of mixed bottles with breastmilk.

Also, rice cereal bottles are a total FLUKE! I remember I was so happy when she guzzled one down thinking in my head 'HA, you're going to sleep tonight!' Wrong! Guess who was up three hours later chugging down another five ounces? Eleanor Morgan, thats who! It was honestly a joke I just couldn't believe. Sleep overall is getting better though. She's going longer at night between night time bottles and taking more consistent naps which has been a relief. We are still a very tired household. I will never not volunteer to nap when she naps. 😂

I still can't believe at all the things she has discovered in such a short amount of time. She has found her voice and its the best thing in the world! Her laugh is utterly contagious and we can't get enough of it. 💞 It's such an awesome feeling waking up next to her and I can't help but laugh as she stretchers her arms nice and tall while slapping me in the face like a fish out of water. I call it her 'fish slap'. She does it when she going to bed too, she just whacks me right in the chin or nose or wherever until she's content. It's cute and I think it's one of those things I'm going to miss when she grows out of it another few months from now. 

Thats the beauty and the bittersweetness about being a parent. Every day is pretty much ground hog day, but every day is different. Ellie is so much more from yesterday to today and she'll surely be different tomorrow. 💔 It sucks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Goodnight you guys!