My baby done be huge!
She’s 16lbs 2oz, up over two pounds from last month (month one, month two, month three). She’s now 26 1/2 inches tall, and her head measures 17 inches. I guess know we know why she’s been eating us out of house and home.
I guess she needs a new purple onesie soon, too.
Last week she had a few leaky diapers overnight, so we switched her into size three diapers. No leaks since then, thank goodness. I came across a newborn size diaper when I was straightening up her room, and I can’t believe she ever fit in that size – not only that, it was too big!
I am a little afraid of the way her mind is already working. She fake cries! Seriously, we will be playing on the floor, and I’ll turn to say, pet the dog, and Annie will fake cry. As soon as I make eye contact with her she laughs! What the heck? Is that normal, or do I have a little manipulator on my hands?
She is also at that wonderful point where she smiles when she sees us. I love it when I come into the room she’s in and she catches sight of me – that happy toothless grin is so fantastic.
Her head is constantly on a swivel and she’s taking everything in. She realized a couple days ago that we have a dog. Rigby has no idea that the baby she likes to snuggle is mere days away from pulling on her tail.
I’m enjoying this stage of Annie because I know it’s about to get harder – crawling is on the horizon, and then I have to baby-proof, and baby-proofing means I have to open the cabinets for Mike and everyone is frustrated!
Although, I’ll be REALLY glad when the teething is over.
Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
Oh, I *love* five-month olds! And, yes, it’s completely normal and yes you have a master manipulator on your hands. Enjoy it’s going to be a fuuuuun ride with this wee lady!
My baby is 2 months older than Annie. They do get to this manipulation stage when they know they can get your attention if they want to. My Naomi did fake coughs! Cheeky!
I love the toothless, gummy grin too!
LOVED your statement about Mike not being able to open the cabinets!! Made me laugh out loud!!
Annie is super adorable as always!!
Happy five months Annie!
My daughter fake cried too. She still does at almost four but she’s mastering it. She will now sniffle, hang her head and walk away slowly. I see an Oscar in her future.
What a gerber baby face!! I think I’ve said that already, like 50 times.
She is adorable. 5 months is my favorite age.
dysfunctional mom says:
There is no way that sweet innocent baby is being manipulative!
She seems like such a different baby from when I saw you all just 2 months ago, in April. Such a doll!!! Squeeze those chubby cheeks for me and giver lots-o-hugs!!!
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
It’s a sign of intelligence when a baby knows how to fake cry in order to get attention!! She’s so cute, Heather!
She is soooooooo cute; I can hardly stand it!!!!!! I’d say that she’s pretty darn smart for already figuring out that fake cry. She’s probably just brushing up on her acting skills for when Mommy & Daddy want her to do certain things for those fantastic videos!!!
Happy 5 month birthday to Annie
she is THE cutest baby.
She is a beauty….that’s for sure!
Ummmm – the piece of hair on her forehead? Yeah. That. Is. DIVINE!!!!!!
Mary Ann says:
Happy Birthday Audrey – the big 5 months already where does time go. I love your pictures! Fake crying is a skill and if she has it mastered by 5 months she is a genious, but you already knew that didn’t you.
She is soooooo darn cute! I love the toes in the first picture. She was so excited she had to spread the toes on her right foot. The older I get the cuter baby toes get. (The toenail polish on them put me over the edge!)
What. A. Cutie!! I can’t wait to see how this manipulation game goes.
XOXO from GA,
Heather and Mike-
She is so stinkin’ cute. OMG..those cheeks and leggers, love her!
I had to go back and look at Logan’s 5 month post because I thought that was prime dog time and it was…I wrote this:
This month you are most happy about the dog. We have no idea why because that dog will bark and bark and bark and … well, you get the idea. But when she walks in the room and you see her, you laugh and laugh and get the biggest grin on your face.
5 months is all sorts of awesome.
Nom nom nom want baby. Ok, not in reality, but omigosh she’s so adorable
Happy Birthday Annabel and all the best to you and Mike. I’m so glad to see such a happy, healthy Annabel!
So cute!!!!!! Happy 5 month b-day Annie!
Fairly Odd Mother says:
Not manipulative, just super, duper smart! Seriously, how cool is it that she knows that you’ll come running when she cries? First of all, she know you guys are awesome parents who come when she needs you. Second, she’s got a pretty fun game going.
I think you will be seeing the other fun game “Let’s drop this toy and watch mommy pick it up for me” very soon.
She is so, so, so adorable.
5 months is such a fun age. It is awesome when they just beam because they say you come into a room, I remember how great that felt when it first started happening.
She is so adorable, I just want to give her a big snuggle.
Those cheeks! Love them!
Trisha Vargas says:
She is too cute. The little bang twist is adorbs.
I just had to check out a book at the library for my 21 month old titled- “Tails Are Not For Pulling”
(((HUGS))) from Florida
Jen L. says:
She is gorgeous! 5 months is one of my favorite baby ages. They get all round and squishy. My son fake cried, too. (Still does at 2 1/2)
Mary @ Holy Mackerel says:
She is so darn cute, I could just nosh on those cheeks all day long.
ADORABLE!!! She is one pretty little girl.
In some ways I suppose it gets harder, though I have to admit that I found it a bit easier as my son got older. They become more independent and fun!
Thanks for sharing!!!! Have fun!
My daughter, Jovi, has fake cried since she was about Annie’s age! She’s a year old (today actually is her birthday!!!! yay!) If she isn’t getting full attention sometimes she’ll use the fake cry tactic to get it all back! lol
Re: babyproofing. I never put a lock on my toilet cuz I knew that would end badly. I’d either rip the whole seat off Hulk-style in my attempt to use the “facilities” OR I’d just pee my pants.
I was a huge fan of gates (the kind that permanently mount to the wall and can open like a door…not the annoying pressure-mounted kind) because I could close off my whole kitchen rather than individually babyproofing every drawer and cabinet.
Snickrsnack Katie says:
I think it is pretty common for them to fake cry starting at that age. They know that crying gets the attention of Mommy and Daddy, so they fake it to get that same attention. Take it as a good sign that she is a very secure baby that knows you will respond to her any time she cries.
She is getting so big and gorgeous! Cannot believe she is 5 months already!
That’s a little bit of yumminess! I just want to pinch those little cubby thighs!! She’s just precious! Jenn
I had an appointment for my daughter on Monday and she was 16lb 2oz too, but Annie has three weeks on Sammie.
Happy 5 months Annie!!! Love the pictures!
Julie B says:
Shew! My sides done be hurtin’ from your very first sentence of this post!! You are hilarious and I LOVE it!!
Ah, the fake cries. My daughter did that as well. I think it’s normal…for a manipulative kid:) Makes ya feel better huh?!
My daughter is now 3 (almost 4) and she “done be” the most wild, sassy kid I’ve ever met. Uh Oh! I’m not helping huh?!
I SO enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful daughters ~ You are an amazing woman and mother.
Those eyes of hers are really something. Based on those and the fake crying, I’d say you’ve got a delightful amount of trouble on your hands!
Each picture shows a different side of her personality.
What a great way to start the day.
What a sweetie!
She is JUST too cute for words!! I don’t suppose you’d be willing to set her up in an arranged marriage with my little Henry man, would you? Hes only a couple weeks her senior
I love this age, the rolls, the smiles, and the discoveries. You really should submit her pics for modeling. Her face is irrrrresistable!
Based on her expression in that 2nd photo, I’d say you most definitely have a little manipulator on your hands. I was that way growing up and, based on all the nonsense I pulled, I’ve gotta say that you and Mike are doomed!
My most recent post is actually for MOM PROM. Silly CommentLuv! Heather, you should totally come play with us Mom Prommers!
The cuteness is so overwhelming I can hardly stand it!
I love chubby smooshy-gooshy babies – so much more to love!
Happy five months Annie! She is growing so fast! My oldest son did the fake coughs to get our attention, it was funny and annoying all at the same time.
cindy w says:
I think the 5-6 month range was one of my favorites. It’s after the “No Sleep Newborn” phase, but before the “Separation Anxiety Noooo Don’t Leave the Roooooom!!!” phase.
Your girl is gorgeous. And yeah, she’ll probably be mobile before you know it. Look out!
She is beyond cute. Love the roly-poly legs and toothless grin. Happy five months, Annie!
She is precious and sounds like a smart little cookie with the fake crying! The smiling stage is the best…. and, fortunately, one they never grow out of, thank goodness! =)
Love the monthly updates and the “block” pictures. Great idea! =)
Oh too funny…men really can be baby-proofed as well, can’t they?!
Heather, I love your blog! First time commenter, long time reader…and I’m so happy to see life is brighter for you and Mike once again.
So, baby-proofing = Mike-proofing?
Dear Annabel, 5 months looks good on you. Those CHEEKS.
I think most babies learn to fake cry. Both of my girls did. When my oldest did it I was convinced my world was over and I was doomed of a life of manipulation and frustration. It passed, after I ignored her about 7 million times. When my youngest did it, I just laughed it off and ignored her too. She still tries from time to time but it’s usually followed with an outrageous giggle.
OMG she is so gorgeous. You two make some amazing looking babies! I check your blog every day, even though I don’t always comment. I love seeing pictures of Annie and I am always thinking of you. Xoxo
Andrea's Sweet Life says:
That whole thing about teething being over? Blythe is 3 and has been out of freaking control with the whining and clinging, and turns out she’s getting 4 molars at once. So, yeah. yowzers. You’d think once they can talk, they’d say, “Hey, mom, my mouth hurts. Can you do something about that?” But, nooooo. Whine, cry, cling, just like the baby days.
And omg, is Annie not the cutest with her chubby cheeks and thighs? I’m looking at the box o’ stuff on the floor of my office that I put together for her when she was still Binky, and thinking, hmmmm. I’d better get that sent because she’s not going to get ANY use out of ANY of it, all because I’m a big procrastinator. Five months of procrastinating. Way to go, Dre!
She’s beautiful, I just want to chew on her cheeks!
My 10 month old daughter was the EXACT same measurements at her 10 month checkup. I get tired carrying her around so I feel BAD for you!! :o) Although can I just say that I love and am a bit jealous of her awesome baby chubbs??
I honestly had to do a triple take on all of her photos! I cannot believe how bit she has gotten! She is so stinking gorgeous, and I honest to God believe she gets cuter each picture you take! How is that at all possible??
The Suburban Housewife says:
Annie is so beautiful My first three girls were all on the chubby side, and it was so adorable. My fourth little one was such a peanut. You’ve gotta love those chubby thighs though.
Happy 5 Month Birthday Annie!
She is getting soooo big and cuter everyday.
LOVE the hair!!!
Kandi Ann says:
First thing I thought when I saw her was next mos she will be holding her onsie lol.
and reading the comments, really hit me as a theme, my grandson fake coughed at her age. So it seems the boys do the fake coughing and the girls go for the fake crying. Interesting!
Oh the expressions are priceless!!! I looked back through and month one doesn’t even look like the same baby – it’s amazing how much she’s changed! But it looked like she really starting developing those Annie expressions in month two. Haha, and in last month’s, those bath pictures made me hee-haw all over again – they’re hilarious!!
Yay for month five!
Happy five months to Miss Annabel.
Marti from Michigan says:
Awww, such a sweet, rolly-polly sugar baby! Happy 5 months old birthday sweet Annie!
She’s so pretty Heather – just a doll.
I adore the photos you have taken with the blocks. That is such a great idea – I wish I had thought about doing something like that. My kids are 18 and 21 now – I can’t imagine they’d be too thrilled if I attempted it now. LOL
Five months already! She’s getting so big. And I love the fake-cry thing. Some of mine did that, while others didn’t. It’s so cute when they learn how to get what they want!
She is adorable.!!:) I love the second picture, so cute!! :0
Sweet picture! I love the toothless grins of babies! I was sad when my two little girls got their teeth…not in pain like they were, but sad because it meant that they were growing up.
Happy 5 months!! And just a warning, I have a 13 yr old daughter and the fake crying isn’t something they grow out of very quickly! LOL I love your blog and read it every day.
She is absolutely beautiful.
Your baybee is HUGE! She’s bigger than the monsters!
And I don’t know about “normal” but the fake crying stuff works for me….but I’m about 264 months old, not 5…and I usually use it to drive my fiance bonkers.
Annie is precious!
It’s because of these posts showing Annie’s monthly progress that I realize time is flying by. I couldn’t believe when I saw this and it is 5 months already! My husband is half way through an out of the country trip right now and I’m doing a good job of keeping myself busy I guess because, dang…it was just a couple days ago that Annie’s 4 months post was on here. (seems like). She is adorable! I am so happy for all of you. … Watch out, Rigby!
Happy 5 mos Annabel. Absolutely Gorgeous! XX
Annie is completely beautiful!
Michelle W says:
She is such a sweetheart, that first picture really tugs at my heart so much joy in that face!
Just when you thinks it’s not possible…she gets cuter !! What a happy little girl. You two are doing such a great job
Oh my GAH.
If I had a uterus, it would be twitching right now.
I just want to say that she is absolutely delicious!
Fake crying. Totally normal. My boy does it all the time.
Sarah R says:
She’s so cute!! It’s hard to believe she’s at 5 months already.
OMG she just keeps getting cuter every month! I just want to squeeze her little cheeks. I tell my husband that when we have babies, I hope they are the chunky kind, with like 6 rolls on their arms. he says I am weird
good luck with the teething!
Seriously, Annie is SUCH A CUTE BABY! I looooove the 2nd picture, just adorable. I have a little boy, 3 weeks old, and I’m really looking forward to the toothless grins…and a little more sleep! Ha!
Happy 5 Month Birthday Annie!!
Goodness! As always, such a little doll!
Holy cow, she is amazingly cute! I love everything about her adorable baby face. That smile, those rolls…do you just nibble her all day long?
My sister fake cried her way through childhood. The jig was up when my dad bet her $10 that she couldn’t make herself cry in under a minute, just for fun. She did it in about 15 seconds. He started to question all the times she ran to him crying about something she claimed I’d done. Ha!
Ohh, the fake cry! My now 1 year old did/ does that. If we pay attention to ANYTHING else, he pretends to cry. When we give our attention back to him, he’s all smiles. Creep. Total emotional manipulation! Totally knows he’s doing it, too! Watch out, sound like you have a smart one on your hands, and it is always hard when the kids are smarter than the parents. Not to say you guys aren’t smart..ah you know what I mean, right?
How is she SO cute??
Oh man, you and Mike are going to be in soooo much trouble.
That face! Those rolls! NOM!!
DESERA JOHNSON says:
I love the monthly updates on Annabel. She is just precious!
Expat Mom says:
Ha, my son used to fake cough all the time and pretend to be sick or choking. It started around five months, too. They just figure out that they can get attention and then a few months later they realize you are wrapped around their little finger. Good luck.
Also, thought you might get a kick out of this . . . my 3 and 4 year olds were looking at the pics of Annabel and commenting on the blocks. I said they spelled out “Annabel” and they thought it sounded like “banana phone” for some reason and are now singing it at the top of their lungs.
Ah, sweet Annabel! 5 months already?! Where does the time go?
Love that she is fake crying! Too smart for her own good! My niece decided fake crying was ok, but fake choking would really get everyone to her side quickly! Fortunately that stage didn’t last long!
Kisses to Annie!
Wow, I can’t believe she’s 5 months already? She’s so stinkin’ cute! Seriously, she’s such a beautiful baby and she has so much personality. I heart Annie!
Watch out! When 2 of mine were 5 months, they started to crawl!
Annabel is just TOO CUTE for words! I love your chubby baby! Can’t believe she’s already five months. Time flies! Happy 5 months Annabel!!
the second picture….precious! her personality shines though these photographs. can i be friends with annabel spohr?