What I’ve Learned: 5 Months


  1. When Sarah was around 9-10 weeks we started giving her a bedtime of 9 pm. Since then she has slowly moved it up to 8:30, then 8:00, then 7:45, and now she’s ready to go down between 7-7:30. It’s so great having a little free time with my hubby before bed. Thanks Sarah ;)
  2. I don’t know if it’s all babies, but car seats are not my best friend. Sarah is not a fan.
  3. It’s taken some time, but I’m finally able to find some time to tweeze my eyebrows again. I can also squeeze in shaving my legs and painting my chipping toe nail polish. I’m starting to feel like my old self again!
  4. It has taken a lot of perseverance, tears, and encouragement, but breastfeeding is proving to be very successful. Our little girl has figured things out and I couldn’t be happier with how easy it was meant to be.
  5. There’s not much funnier, and disgusting, than when you pick up your kid and discover they have pooped so much it filled their diaper and is up their back. Nothing like poo on your hands to get your day going.
  6. Keeping up with a weekly photo is harder than I thought it would be. I’m SO glad I’ve kept it up.
  7. A mirror is a babies best friend. Sarah smiles more at herself than anything I’ve seen. It’s so adorable. LOVE it!
  8. While Sarah loves looking in the mirror, watching other babies is even more fascinating to her. I don’t think she understands what they are, but she definitely wants to watch their every move.
  9. I have to say, I have NO idea how working single moms do it. They have my utmost respect. I get incredibly exhausted and I have my husband at home and both sets of grandparents nearby.
  10. In the past month Sarah has discovered that the high-voice in the room is coming from her. She’s found her voice people, and it can only get crazier from here!
  11. Our girl has always loved to be held while she stands and I’m a little afraid she’s gonna completely skip the crawling stage and go straight to running. Babies don’t do that, do they?
  12. I now understand why the “mom cut” exists. Babies have this special death grip when they grab your hair, it’s like a power they have and it is all sorts of painful!
  13. 3 weeks ago I put Sarah in the church nursery on a Wednesday night. Oh.My.Gosh. Church nursery is awesome! People watch your babies (for free!) so you can pay attention and enjoy the service. Now I just look forward to the day when Sarah recognizes I’m picking her up and gets all excited and puts her arms out for me to pick her up. Such a sweet thought :)
  14. After given the ‘go ahead’ from our pediatrician I gave Sarah some water in a bottle on an especially super hot day. At first she was guzzling it down, and then you could see on her face that she recognized she wasn’t drinking milk. Funniest face of disgust-ion I’ve ever seen!
  15. Since having a baby my body has taken some weird turns. My epidural failed me. My gallbladder failed me. My lactose-intolerance returned. Now, to top it all off, my left wrist has gone all cadiwompus. It hurts pretty bad, most often in the morning. Along with my ankles. I don’t know what’s going on with my body, but this is life, our bodies weren’t made to live forever, and mine has started to remind me of that.
  16. I have 10 pounds left to lose and it’s like they have bolted themselves to my hips. Thankfully I still have a few months until jeans season returns!
  17. Speaking of those last few pounds, I doubt my breakfast of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches is helping the matter…
  18. Here’s a tip for all you parents-to-be. Train your baby to sleep unswaddled BEFORE they have learned to roll over. Trust me on this one! Nights of constant-interrupted sleep speaking here!
  19. A few weeks ago Sarah learned how to roll from back to tummy. The first 8 times I was ecstatic and couldn’t get over how AWESOME it was. Now I wish I had a robot to turn her back over every time she does it. It’s like she’s forgotten how to go tummy to back. Silly girl.
  20. Boys, you may not care to read these next few…
  21. I can NOT wait to sleep without a bra again. I’ve pretty much gone 5 months of wearing a bra 24/7.
  22. I got a blocked milk duct last week and it was the worst {boob} pain of my life. I can’t say it’s the worst pain, because my gallstone attacks were unthinkably painful, but I think it’s accurate to say that it was worst than labor. 2 days of milk building up with no way to exit. To top it all off I was in St. Augustine with my mom and dad in a hotel room. I spent the majority of that trip in the bathroom while my mom helped me put hot compresses on my left breast while I was supposed to massage the area. 1 week later and I am still tender and healing.
  23. If I thought my mom seeing Sarah born was the most intimate time we’d have together I was wrong. Nothing makes you bond more with your mom than her helping you work through a blocked duct.
  24. Last for this months ‘What I’ve Learned’ posting: It has officially been over a year since my last period and it’s been so  GREAT! I don’t know when it’ll start back, but I’m not looking forward to having to buy lady-products again.



10 Thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: 5 Months

  1. Momma Sandy on August 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm said:

    Lots of laughter on this one. <3 : ) Great posting as always!!

  2. Nicole McKenzie on August 8, 2011 at 8:59 am said:

    The peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich line killed me! And girl I think you look great! I would be ecstatic to look how you do after having a baby :) This is also one of the cutest pictures of Sarah, I absolutely love it!

  3. Mariah on August 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

    You’re so funny. As always, I enjoy reading these updates. Its nice to see an insider view of what having a baby is like. This is the type of stuff people don’t normally tell you about.

    • Cassie on August 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm said:

      That is exactly why I wanted to do this series, I have learned SO MANY things people never talk about or mention (not even in the books!)

  4. As classic as always… And holy frankenbeans! Look how blue those eyes are, I’ma start calling her Caribbee for Caribbean…

    And how freakishly random, I totally bought a thing of Fluff just yesterday and had my 1st PB&Fluff sandwich in a couple years LAST NIGHT… And that’s before I read this post… Great minds I guess…

    Can I get some clarification on the lesson about swaddling before rolling over/sleep thing though? Not sure what the lesson you learned there is, but I definitely want to know…

  5. Mary Granger on August 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm said:

    That is one GORGEOUS baby!!

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