5 whole months … how in the world did this happen? Time needs to majorly sloooowwww down. June Bug was actually 5 months last week on May 3rd, but I’m a bit late in posting this month. Working full time in the midst of the end of the school year craziness, not to mention plenty of sleepless nights recently, makes for one tired mama so a week late on posting is actually pretty good I’d say!
5 months. That’s almost half a year old. I honest and truly feel like Juno was born yesterday. I cannot even believe that she is five months old. June Bug seems to be getting sweeter and sweeter by the day if that’s even possible. She is so smiley, so happy, so talkative, so lovey. She is without a doubt the absolute greatest thing that has ever happened to us. Just looking at her makes my heart complete mush. When she smiles, oh my. When she laughs, oh myyyy. She is beautiful, so strong, still so tiny, and a bit of a pistol too. She is just perfect in every way.
Juno is getting so big (but really is just a little peanut still)! We think she is about 12 and half pounds from our calculations. She is in size two diapers and while most of her 0-3 months clothes still fit her, she is also starting to fit into more and more of her 3 month clothes as well! Her cousin, Elliette, just gave us the most gigantic bin of girl clothes that you could ever imagine. We are set for life. It was so fun to get out the 3-6 month bags … Juno has a whole new wardrobe now!
New within the last month is that Juno is laughing. Like big belly laughs and it is the greatest thing in the world. We find ourselves doing the most ridiculous things to try to get her to laugh. She has the biggest open mouth smile too. Goodness, our hearts could burst! She is also grabbing and holding onto everything she can get her hands on. We think she might be starting to teeth because she is chewing on everything and she’s been so drooly recently too.
Also new this month … Juno has completely forgotten how to sleep. She now likes to wake every hour or two throughout the night. In fact, we put her bassinet back by our bed because I just c.a.n.n.o.t. She still goes to sleep in her crib at bedtime and will usually sleep for a few hours initially and then I’ll bring her into our room at her first or second wake up because I just have to got to get some sleep. I know I’m starting bad habits but I’ll have the whole summer to get rid of them, ha! I think she’s reverse cycled because she just wants to snuggle and nurse all night now that I’m gone during the days. Recently it’s felt like she’s a newborn again as far as sleep goes but even worse because at least when she was a newborn I didn’t have to work all day every day. It’s been brutal but we are chugging along and come summer break we are going to do some major sleep training.
[Update: I wrote that part about sleep a week ago and the last week has been better! 🙌🏻 We got her a Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit and she has been sleeping in it since Monday. It makes her feel all swaddled and cozy while not actually being swaddled. She’s now had a few nights in a row with only two wake ups! We will take it!! Maybe the four month sleep regression that hit us hard is coming to an end … we can hope, right?]
Just the other day Juno had her very first bite of real food! We gave her a tiny bit of rice cereal and she wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. She didn’t know what think about the bib we put on her either. She wouldn’t move her head with the bib on so her big eyes were just moving all around while she held the rest of her body perfectly still. It was too funny. We’ve only tried the rice cereal once so we need to give her some more to get a true test of how she likes it and how she does with it. In just one more month we will start other solids as well. Juno’s tummy has been so much better recently. We feel like she’s become a different baby and is so much more happy and content on the daily. We are continuing with the same reflux medicine so she gets a dose of that every morning and I’ve held strong to eating no dairy and no soy to help her allergic colitis. Every now and then her tummy seems to bother her still, but overall, she is doing so much better! It’s been teacher appreciation week at work and I have got to say that my will power has never been so tested and has never held so strong. Each day there has been donuts, cookies, cupcakes, Chick Fil A, and tons of other yummies and I am so proud of myself for not even giving these tempting goodies a second thought. Oh the things we will do for our babies, right?!
June Bug has been spending the days at my parent’s house while we are working and she sure does love it there! She’s not spoiled at all while she is there, as I’m sure you can imagine. ha-ha! My sister went back to work the beginning of May as well so now YaYa watches all three babies - Ellie, Raleigh and Juno. We’ve been calling her Super YaYa because holy moly that is a lot of work! All these babies are loving their YaYa time, that’s for sure! We couldn't be more thankful and I’m sure my mom is ready for a nice, long nap in two weeks once summer break starts. In fact, she booked a trip to Mexico the first week of summer break — can you blame her? Someone is jealous over here!
Some of Juno’s favorite things right now are:
-Her play mat - she will lay and roll and kick and squeal on this thing forever
-YaYa - one of three people that she lets hold her without wailing
-Being held (this is usually the only way she’ll nap right now)
-Putting e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g in her mouth - toys, teethers, her hands and fingers, her mama’s chin
-Her new jumpy, bouncy seat
-Making all sorts of new sounds
-Smiling and laughing
-Nursing - now that I’m back at work, Juno would nurse all night if I let her and I may have fallen asleep on the recliner with her a time or two in the night and woken up an hour or so later and she was still nursing away! (See the bad habits I’m forming … oh goodness!) The reverse cycling has been real, but looking on the bright side, nursing used to be so hard for her when she was a “premie” and she didn’t know how to suck on her own and now she’s a champ!
We sure do love this sweet pea more than words can say. Now to see what the next month has to offer. We are looking forward to Juno’s first camping trips, swimming for the first time, evenings on the patio, walks with Remington and lots of cousin time … and this mama can’t wait to get to be with her girl all summer long. 10 more days, but whose counting
Do you think Juno is tired of having her picture taken yet? Poor girl … I think her face says it all in the last set of these pictures. This month Spring in Colorado has sprung. Warm and sunny one day and snowing the next. Therefore we got some pictures outside plus some in a sweater wrap. Oh Colorado, didn’t you know summer break starts in two weeks?