Life with a Baby: Week 21

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 14, 2015


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Adriana’s newest thing is what I like to call The Mariah. Yup, she discovered her glass-breaking vocal chords and currently loves to squeak, squeal, and shriek alllllll day long. hah. I’m not kidding when I say all day long. Oh man, the girl has some pipes on her. I texted my friend and I was like…sooo this is just a phase, riiiiight? hah.

I took to Twitter:

Another silly thing she’s doing is what I like to call the 90-year old granny. She sucks her lips inward and looks like an old lady who forgot to put her dentures in. Our theory is that she’s trying to suck up all the drool off her chin.

Also enjoys: rolling back to tummy (but not so much tummy to back), grasping toys, exersaucer, this baby doll that laughs when you press it, holding our fingers, grabbing my hair and face, pulling out my hair (or what’s left of it), staring at Sketchie (she’s really taken notice to the cat this week and loves watching him).

The major progress of the week is that Adriana is starting to sleep longer stretches again. I feel like the 4-month sleep regression (or as some like to call it, the 4-month sleep progression since they make all kinds of great developments during this phase) seems to be letting up a bit. She’s waking up a few times a night, but a couple of those times she usually falls back to sleep on her own within a few minutes. It’s a damn miracle. This week I’ve been feeding her once overnight (usually around 3ish) and then not again until the morning. I feel like we are slowly, but surely getting into better groove! I’m sure it will all go out the window once she’s teething, but for now it’s nice to feel a bit more rested. We’ve been dealing with the sleep regression for a month and a half now, so we are more than ready to sleep. Bring it on, sleepy dust, bring it on.

We seem to be getting into a good routine lately. Wake up time is 7am on average. She goes down for a morning nap around two hours after waking, then a lunchtime nap, and then a late afternoon nap (which doesn’t start any later than 4pm now). This schedule has helped her sleep a lot better. She is usually awake 2-2.5 hours between naps which is working very well right now. She seems so much happier these days.

We had her 4 month doctor’s appointment this week (we were a bit late booking the appointment) and it went well. Her weight is right at the 50th percentile. She’s grown 6.5 inches since birth which puts her at 26.5 inches (90th percentile for height!). She’s growing like a weed. Girl is going to take after her tall daddy no doubt.

Well, gotta jet…we’ve got a busy day ahead! Hope you have a great weekend,


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LN February 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm

What a beauty ! I love those legs !! Angela are you still breastfeeding her? Off topic, but i always love the workout videos you recommend from pop sugar fitness. You should do a blog post of your favourites :). Happy Valentines ❤️


Angela February 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

baby rolls are the best right? ;)
yup still exclusively breastfeeding…it’s going great.
Glad you enjoy the popsugar videos…I love their workouts!


Jacquelynn February 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm

She is precious!!!! That Valentine’s outfit is adorable! I have my baby girl this coming Friday, and seeing her pics gets me so excited!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2015 at 8:22 am

I’m so excited for you!


Shari February 14, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Oh Angela, she is absolutely beautiful. I have read your blog for years and while I enjoy your recipes, I just can’t get enough of hearing about your baby adventures. Maybe it’s because I have two boys that are now 12 and 15


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

Aw thank you Shari :) I’m so glad you enjoy the posts!


Liz February 16, 2015 at 8:24 am

My little lady is right at four months so I’m glad to hear that there might be some sleeping consistency hopefully in our near future


Angela February 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

hang in there! it’s finally getting better for us and she’s a week from the 5 month mark


Liz February 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

My little lady is right at four months so I’m glad to hear that there might be some sleeping consistency hopefully in our near future. it is amazing though seeing all the new skills emerge! And 6.5 inches wow….I need to remind myself that if I were growing that much that quickly I’d have some fussy moments too


Liz February 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

My little lady is right at four months so I’m glad to hear that there might be some sleeping consistency hopefully in our near future. it is amazing though seeing all the new skills emerge! And 6.5 inches wow….I need to remind myself that if I were growing that much that quickly I’d have some fussy moments too. Thanks for sharing! It lights an extra candle along my motherhood path.


Angela February 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

hah yes that’s a very good point…all those changes! and that doesn’t even include the teething pains they go through


Kelly P February 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

Oh the legs…so cute!
I remember the Mariah phase. I thought I was going to lose my mind! It lasted about 3 weeks for my Fiona. Hang in there. And make a video! It’ll be funny…later, when you’ve gotten some sleep. ;-)


Angela February 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

hah!!! glad it was a phase
yup we took a few videos of it…so hilarious. i need to start organizing my videos like I do my pics


Anne February 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Oh she is SO cute!!!! Mostly I’m a reader of your recipe blog, but once in a while I pop over here to see how that adorable little baby is doing!


Angela February 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

thanks Anne!


Delilah February 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Adriana’s facial expressions are the cutest! Love the lighting.


Omeni February 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Such a perfect, precious, adorable baby!
I recently discovered your wonderful recipes. Thank you.


Beth February 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

She is SO CUTE!!! I want to nibble all of the chubby little baby legs.


Sarah February 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

My sister called me yesterday and my niece was in the background singing. She just turned one and I asked if Mariah Carey was at her house cause she was definitely hitting the high notes!!!


Erin February 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Your baby is adorable! I think our a must be nearly the same age…mine was born Sept. 24. We are also in the 4-month sleep regression/cranky-pants phase and I am looking forward to some improvements! I think things are slowly improving. Its so great seeing all of their new skills though. The baby babble is the best (even if its a little mariah-ish) as well as the crazy wide-eyed wonder look on their faces. Love making my little girl laugh with silly faces.


PinaColada February 18, 2015 at 1:21 am

Aaaahh.. LOVE her outfit, those pics are so precious and adorable! :) Where did you find that t-shirt with the rose-heart


Amy February 18, 2015 at 9:14 am

Hi Angela-

I absolutely love seeing the pix and hearing your “life with a baby” story. I have four children (7,11,13,15) and they are still the pride and joy in every day of my life. I am inspired by how you cherish the moments with her, even though they are challenging, at times. I struggle with this today, even though I remember fondly those sleepless nights and backbreaking Baby Bjorn days. I also am a vegan and can relate to your need to feed yourself with the best food, so you can be your best and in turn give your baby the best. It is really a gift you are giving her every day. Thank you for your open honest approach to life that helps us all to get through those difficult times. Wishing you many years of smiles and laughter with your beautiful baby girl!


Lori February 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Love the outfit!!! Adorable! Madison is starting to grab my face too – it’s amazing how their little fingers can hurt ;)
Glad sleep is getting better for you guys! And yes it’s crazy how loud and high pitched their voices can get!! Hugs to you guys xoxo


tiffany February 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

That is so funny! The sqeeling and lip sucking! I have 6 kids and my youngest is 7 1/2 months and he is my first one to suck his lips in all day! And I know all about the sqeeling! Sometimes he likes to let out a few screams too! Her outfit is adorable! And I love her blue eyes!!


Heather February 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

What a cutie!!! Love those legs – they remind me of my youngest’s when he was that age! She is so gorgeous – glad you guys are into a routine!


Marie-Sophie February 20, 2015 at 3:48 am

So funny! My girl was born on the 26 October (so about a month behind Adriana) and at her last doctor check a week ago she was also at 50% for weight and 90% for height! Also a very tall daddy here! ;-)
And yey, I think the sleep regression started about 3 weeks ago here (together with more fussiness and neediness during the day) so I think she got into that stage a bit earlier (or for a longer time span). Yey. ;-)

We are always fighting naps during the day here. She does not understand that she’s tired (always 2 hours after waking up last) and fights the naps with all her might. Putting her into the crib results in epic screaming. Oh well, these things shall pass as well (I hope).


Megan February 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Our babies are about the same age and very similar! My little boy has really improved his nights after the 4 month regression but naps are still 30 minutes. We have the Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit too and it works as well as the swaddle now that he’s used to it, but it doesn’t help him sleep any longer. He still takes 4-5 naps a day! So happy for you that your nights are improving! How long are naps now?


Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen February 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

I love reading about your baby adventures here!! That valentine’s day headband on your baby girl is TOO cute for words <3


Amanda February 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

She is getting more and more adorable. How can they be more adorable each day?

Now that i am back to work our Gabriela when i arrive back home looks at me and OMG she screams out and loud! So amazing. I almost cry looking at her. I miss her all day long. She is turning 5 monthsold today and i am managing to keep her exclusivly breastfeed.. its beginning quite a jorney to work and supply her with enough milk, but it is working and i want to keep it like this at least until next month when she turns 6 months.

I am studying a lot how to keep her vegan (my husband is not), since here in our country (Brazil) this is not commum and we do not have a lot of medical or nutritional support that are vegan friendly, but we are very luck to have that sort of assistance to us.

Keep posting her developments!



Linda February 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I’m sorry to say that my daughter discovered her vocal chords early and it lasted for years. As soon as she figured out that we were in a place that would produce an echo, she enjoyed it and put forth valliant efforts. My head stll hurts when I think about it and she’s 23 years old now. But that’s just one of the may joys of having a daughter.


Kelley February 26, 2015 at 11:11 pm

I love these posts!! I got pregnant in November (unplanned) and during my weeks of screaming and crying and wondering how in the hell I could do this, your pregnancy blogs really helped me feel like I COULD do it! I’m now 16.5 weeks and… Doing it. It’s surprisigly easy for me so far, I have virtually no symptoms and just started to show this week.

I would really appreciate a blog post about YOU and how you’re coping with all the body changes that come with pregnancy. That is honestly the thing that terrifies me the most. Finally at age 35 I felt happy and comfortable in my body. I’m terrified of what my post partum body will do to my self esteem. :(


Angel February 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Oh I hear ya! Literally and figuratively :O) My daughter is revisiting that phase of shrieking again at 7 months so it might make a comeback for ya in a couple months, lol


Amber March 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Your baby sounds a lot like mine! I followed right along with your journey and now I have a 5 month old girl who shrieks sometimes and does that granny face. She also purses her lips and blows, lol. #babiesofveganmoms


Aneliese Baker March 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

She is absolutely adorable, Angela! I’m just wondering– is she going to be fed an all vegan diet once she starts eating?


Abby October 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I’m reading your baby posts week by week in line with my baby’s age (I started reading when I was pregnant and loved comparing my expertinence with yours), this 21 week post could describe my baby boy so perfectly!! The squealing, the cheek sucking, the better sleep suddenly! It is amazing how they develop. Love your baby posts and all your recipes – thank you for writing them. Abby (UK) xxx


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