Ten Things No One Tells You About Having a Baby: The Five Month Edition

Continuing with my series of things that people don’t tell you about having kids before you have kids {like what happens to your body after childbirth}, here’s the five month edition. Here are some of the things I’ve realized {slash learned} as the mama to a five month old – that I wish someone would have prepared me for!

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2. Clothing sizes are very, very estimated. The reality is that baby clothes should be sized by weight, not age. My little guy just turned five months – and just upgraded to the 9 month size in most outfits. Baby clothing sizes definitely aren’t one size fits all!

3. You can’t make homemade baby food out of things that grow in the ground. Apparently things like carrots and potatoes can have varying amounts of niacin. Lots of niacin isn’t good for your baby. So no matter how much of an organic, homemade mama you are – you do have to buy those things from the store. {Although there are some really great organic brands out there that have super fresh food for babies. And the pouches that they come in are great for on the go!}

4. Cute baby clothes are great, but they’re not always functional. Now that I have some experience, I can tell you at the drop of a hat whether or not an outfit is going to be hard to change a diaper in. And I avoid those baby clothes like the plague, no matter how cute they are! Need some help picking out baby clothes for gifts? When in doubt, go with Carter’s. Their stuff is always easy on, easy off.

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6. Every baby has their limits. When they’re super little, it’s easy to run here and there because they sleep all the time. Once they’re on a regular napping schedule, beware: don’t try to push your baby’s limits {which will overstimulate him}, lest you want to spend the entire drive home listening to a screaming babe.

7. Sometimes the best toy is the most unassuming item around. RJ loves to play with the security straps in his stroller. Anything else I give him ends up on the ground – but he is absolutely infatuated with those straps.

8. Time flies when you’re with your babe. Yes, everyone tells you that they grow up so fast – and they do. But no one tells you how quickly the days go by. I can’t tell you the number of days that have gone by where I just don’t know where time went. I’m not sure what makes the hours go by so fast – but time seems to disappear when you’re busy with the baby.

9. Make a grocery list before you leave the house. It’s way harder to run around town when you have a child – so the days of running out for one or two items are totally gone with a five month old. I try to keep a running list of what we need on my phone so that I’m not forgetting groceries that we absolutely need in the moment.

10. Don’t sweat the small stuff – literally. About six to eight weeks after having a baby, your body goes through a decompression mode – which I’ve told you guys about before. But I’m finding that it takes a loooooong time for your body to come out out decompression mode. I still have days where I sweat constantly {gross} and days when I feel like my body is still purging the hormones from pregnancy. Some of my friends have said it takes up to a year for your body to get over pregnancy – which seems like a heckuva long time. But I’m starting to believe them!

What do you know now that no one told you before pregnancy? Tell me below in the comments section!


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    Sarah B. says

    Hi Cortney, I have a 9 month old baby boy and can agree with everything you wrote. For shopping trips I downloaded an awesome app. on my phone called “Out of Milk.” Not only does it help me keep track of what we need which is a lifesaver for my tired mommy brain, but I also love that I always have my shopping list with me as it is on my phone 🙂 This is seriously the best app. ever! (no, I am not getting paid to say that). I also am in love with Carter’s clothes, especially at Kohl’s sale prices! Besides continued sleepless nights once teething hit (going on 7 months of non-stop teething here with one very gripey distressed baby), I was not prepared for the first time both baby and myself were sick. We both got pretty bad colds, but of course baby could not take anything for his and was so miserable for an entire two weeks and developed an ear infection to go with the cold 🙁 In my pre-baby days I would have just taken my cold meds and rested and slept more until I recovered in a few days. This was so not the case anymore! He was extra high maintenance and I could not put the kid down all weekend and during the week before and after work. I was so worn down taking care of him that I lost track when I needed to take more meds and nearly let myself become dehydrated. It took me almost 3 weeks to get over a cold that would have normally been much better in 5 days. My husband tried to help as much as he could, but sick miserable baby only wanted tired exhausted sick mommy. I was so very thankful once we both recovered, and then teething hit our house with a vengeance, hoy vey! People keep reminding me that in time all of these high maintenance issues wil pass, and they do, but it is seeming like once one passes we transition into a new one. One mom was really honest with me and said not to expect a good night’s sleep until the baby is at least two years old. That advice is looking to be pretty accurate in my case! For Christmas hubby bought me a coffee mug that sums it all up by saying, “mommy needs sleep, but she’ll settle for coffee!” I also almost never drank coffee before baby, and now me getting through a full day of work depends on coffee. If you have any baby questions you can always email me since my baby is just a few months older than RJ and I will be 100% honest with you :

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      That app sounds awesome! I’m going to have to check it out!

      Carter’s clothes are definitely awesome. I go back and forth between Kohl’s and Macy’s sometimes the everyday values/constant sales at Macy’s end up being less expensive!

      LOL that coffee mug is PERFECT – that is totally what motherhood is! And I think you’re totally right, there’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep until they’re much older!

      I might just take you up on that, thank you!

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