5 Months as Mommy

Still loving my job, not loving my commute. I leave for work shortly after Charlie wakes up and make it home just in time to put him to bed. Truth be told, it stinks. However, I'm still only going in 4 days/week which is so freaking fantastic. That third day with my baby boy makes such a difference to me. I'm honestly dreading the day I have to return to a normal 5 day/week schedule.

I've gotten a little lazy this month in terms of pumping which is not good. I've noticed my supply taking a little hit, so I need to continue to be disciplined in pumping when I'm supposed to. The hardest part is the fact that some days I spend my entire workday on the road. I have a battery pack for my pump, but it's super annoying to try to find a somewhat private parking lot to stop in, keep myself covered up, balance a bottle of milk and keep everything cool and relatively sanitary. I love breastfeeding, but pumping can be a real pain in the butt sometimes.

I still have not figured out how the heck to stay fit with a baby. Running is my jam, and until I'm able to afford a jogging stroller, there's not much changing in the baby fat department. Lately, I've been contemplating getting a morning run in after Charlie's first wake-up around 4-5 AM rather than going back to bed. Great in theory, but if you know me at all, I am not a morning person. It will be a miracle if I'm able to pull it off.

As for Charlie...

Every month I continue to be astonished by Charlie's development! His hand-eye coordination is amazing! His favorite things to grab are Mommy and Daddy's face, his toes, and most recently, his globe and bedroom window. He's also become very aware of what bottles are and becomes fixated on every one he sees. Watching him attempt to drink out of my 1 liter Aquafina bottle was the best thing ever. This month, Charlie also started blowing raspberries, sitting up (almost unsupported), and laughing when we tickle his armpits!

He absolutely loves people and got to visit with sooo many loved ones this month. Mommy's college besties and high school best friend all made visits to him and were instantly smitten by his sweet temperament and laid-back personality. Charlie also made his second visit to Mommy's office and won over all her co-workers, as well!

Charlie had his first dip in his baby pool (Yay, for half-nakey babies!) and we attempted his first solid food (homemade applesauce), but he was not impressed, so this will be a work in progress.

In terms of clothing, thank goodness it's summer now and we can get away with just sticking him in a onesie! We're still in Size 2 diapers, and 3-month pants, but he's getting long enough so that his 3-6 month onesies and jammies fit him.

Charlie helped all the ladies in his life celebrate Mother's Day! He was so thoughtful and bought his Mommy and both Grandmas cards with sweet, handwritten notes inside (clearly, he's a very advanced child). We all celebrated the day with a BBQ with Daddy's side of the family and two weeks later, his other Grandma came down to visit on Memorial Day weekend.

This was the first month where Charlie did not make it into the doctor's office, so Mommy is just going to have to guess in terms of his growth. I'm thinking he's probably about 25 1/2 inches, weighing 13 1/2 lbs and still has a ginormous head. He's still a peanut, so no change there, but those thighs get a little chunkier every day!

After 5 months, I can still confidently say that "Mommy" is the best job title I've ever had.


  1. Awwwww, such a little lovie!

  2. Charlie's just as cute as ever!! I can so relate to loving breastfeeding but hating pumping. And don't worry about that baby fat.... Mine never can off until my kid could run... And then chasing my running toddler burned off most of it! My mum says running toddlers are God's get-back-in-shape plan ;)

  3. Something to look forward to...Lol

  4. I bet it's SO hard to go back to work. Truthfully, I'm dreading it a little myself. I'm glad you get to stay home one of those days!

  5. It honestly can be, but I have a really great tribe of Mama friends who have been such a huge support to me. I've been told numerous times, and I know they're right, that Mamahood is challenging whether you're a full-time worker or SAHM (or anything in between!), you just have to trust your instincts and know that you're doing your best for your family. Plus, coffee and wine help ;)