Miss P is 5 months old!

And [*knock on wood*] doing so, so well.

5 months 4

We majorly regressed with the reflux last month. It got to the point where I felt like we were back at ground zero, and was praying that this meant that we were getting near the end. All of a sudden, things started to turn up. I’d read that the reflux peaks before it goes away, and while it hasn’t gone away entirely, we have a new baby on our hands.  

5 months 5

I think I’ve said this before, but I think it’s worth mentioning again for my parent friends who are in reflux hell (<— there’s no other way to put it) right now: 

There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I didn’t believe it, and it is so horrible/painful/scary when you’re IN it, but it will get better. Hang in there. <3 

5 months 6

(on her back for 5 minutes without spitting up! VICTORY. Also, her smile makes my ovaries hurt.)

Some things about 5 months:

-This has definitely been my favorite month so far, but I always feel like with the girls each month, day, and year is better than the last. They’re always teaching me more about their unique personalities, I learn something new about each of them, and my heart grows every single day. I feel so lucky to be their mama. 

-Miss P is thinking about sitting up -she curls her head into a “crunch” position all the time but still needs a lot of support when she’s seated- but REALLY wants to crawl. When she’s on her tummy, she sticks her head up as high as she can and starts shimmying her torso while kicking her legs like crazy. It is absolutely hilarious, and I think very telling of the day she does start crawling: once she’s mobile, she’s going to be all over the place!

-She took her first plane ride, and is not a fan. It’s funny because Liv has always been pretty mellow for travel, which I think is because we’ve always taken her on flights and road trips. Since we had to hold back a while with Miss P, she was like, “What is this place? Who are these people? Who can I serenade with my pterodactyl song?”

P is extremely active -she fusses when we sit still with her- so for her to be in such a small space was not her cup of tea. For the first flight, she sang loudly (didn’t cry, but was super loud), and needed to *jump* with Tom or myself holding her. My Fitbit thought I was running, but no. I was just bouncing my child for an hour haha. On the way back, she fell asleep on takeoff while drinking her bottle. Tom and I raised our eyebrows at each other, giving a silent, “YASSS!” thinking it was too good to be true. It was. The kiddo across the aisle from us was singing her own pterodactyl song and woke P up like 15 minutes later. We bounced her again the entire way home. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t terrible haha.

-Some of the things she loves:

Her play mat

Lamaze toys (especially ones that “crunch”)

Eating her toes 😉

5 months

This Noisy Doggies book- she laughs every time I open it!

Music class. We go once a week, and the instructor sings for the entire class, and her voice is gorgeous. They also play a variety of music, including jazz, classical, folk, international, and nursery rhymes. The babies get instruments (like egg shakers, tambourines and small rattles) or props (scarves, balls) for the different songs, and we also do easy dances with them while walking around in a circle. It is so so much fun, and I get a kick out of watching all of the smiling babies. 

The Ergo!! Baby wearing is finally getting more comfortable (and less spitup-inducing!) so I can wear her around in the Ergo. I’m so happy she loves it, because baby wearing is one of my favorites.

Liv. Always. 🙂 Any time Liv is in the room, P is absolutely fixated on her. You can already tell that these two are going to have a very special bond.

Easter 2016 16

This month is the LAST MONTH for bottles only, since we can officially start solids next month. I can’t wait! I also wanted to ask if any of my reflux mama friends out there had success switching from an elemental formula to regular hypoallergenic after 6 months. The Elecare is $$$ (I had heard/thought insurance would cover it but even after a peer review with our ped, they still declined it), and many people have said babies often outgrow the milk protein allergy in the first year. It would be amazing if that’s the case!

Here’s to more laughter, love, growing, and happiness with you, Miss Penelope Rose.

1 month recap

2 months

3 months

4 months

Coping with baby’s reflux

The birth story parts 1 and 2

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  1. Abby on March 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    P looks so much like the pilot! Gorgeous girls!

    • Laura T. on March 30, 2016 at 5:56 am

      That was my first thought on one of the pictures- she is Tom!!

      • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:08 am

        baby tom for sure 🙂

  2. Rachel on March 29, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Could they be any more gorgeous? Nope. They are both the perfect little copies of you and Tom. I’m crossing my fingers Baby P has turned the corner with the reflux!

  3. Chelsea Anthony on March 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I sure hope your Miss P outgrows her dairy allergy. My Little P outgrew hers, I just haven’t been brave enough to try eggs yet (she had a worse reaction to eggs than she did with dairy.) And trying eggs again scares the bejeezus out of me, even though giving her dairy again she did great.
    Fingers crossed for you.

  4. ellen on March 30, 2016 at 12:04 am

    She is the cutest little baby!!!! And I swear the older she gets the more she looks like you Gina!!! Her pictures made my day! What a precious smile!! I am so happy to hear she is doing better! And what a trooper with the flights!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:08 am

      thank you so much <3

  5. Cara on March 30, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I’m glad things are going better with her. We saw a huge improvement around this age too. I always laugh at her pics because she looks so much older than she is, haha!!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:07 am

      hahah she does! i guess that happens when you’re 9 days late? 🙂 she acts much older too

  6. Blair on March 30, 2016 at 6:12 am

    My first daughter had HORRIBLE reflux and screamed pretty much her entire first 6 months of life and when we got the okay to try food – NOPE she didn’t start eating until almost 18 months old. Anything that touched her mouth or tongue immediately got spit back out (due to the reflux we think). I pray your experience is better. My friends little boy had reflux and eating made it so much better for him! Let’s hope P has a similar experience!

  7. Meagan Leanne on March 30, 2016 at 6:42 am

    She has such a pretty little smile and gorgeous eyelashes! I was just thinking that I was probably around Liv’s age when my little sister was born. I had an older brother who I was very close to and I don’t think I was super excited to have her around. Once she started sleeping in my room though I remember I used to sing songs to her until I was ready to fall asleep. We’ve had our ups and downs over the years but she’s my bestie now and we talk all the time. I wish we weren’t living so far apart. 🙁

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:05 am

      that is the sweetest <3

  8. Sara @ Oats & Rows on March 30, 2016 at 6:47 am

    “serenade with my pterodactyl song” hahah I am laughing out loud. She is just too cute!

  9. Katy H on March 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

    So glad to hear thing are on the up and up for you and P! She’s beautiful!

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on March 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Such a cutie pie!!! I have a feeling they are going to be “good” sisters too each other 😉

  11. Hyedi on March 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Do you do Music Together? My little guy loves it!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:04 am

      no, but it’s very similar!

  12. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on March 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Seriously, no one smiles like Miss P! Happy 5 months little one!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:03 am

      awww, thank you! love her giant smiles so much <3

  13. Jessie R on March 30, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Such an adorable smile! Tom is going to have a blast when the girls get older 🙂 haha. So glad things seem to be getting better for Miss P *fingers crossed/good thoughts* your way girl!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:01 am

      thank you friend- i appreciate it!

  14. Erika S. on March 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    The plane ride recap had me dying! P looks adorable with her big, gummy smiles! So glad to hear things are getting better.

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2016 at 12:00 am

      thank you! <3

  15. Jennifer (take the day off blog) on March 31, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I had to comment on the adult arm reaching in on the picture of your two adorable girls. We have two girls around the same age and don’t have many pictures without the miscellaneous arm reaching in to protect the little sis from the aggressive love of the big sister. So funny!

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      hahah! so true!

  16. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    So sweet! Glad to hear P is doing better!

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