(I started this about two weeks ago. The boy is about 10 days away from 6 months old. Clearly, time is getting away from me.)
My goodness, where does the time go?
I have a feeling I’ll be saying that a lot in my life.
Baby D is now more than 5 months old and the weeks fly so fast I have to stop and recount. So much so that I just went ahead and made notes on my calendar through the end of the year so I always know that this week he is 21 weeks or 25 weeks or 30 weeks. Right now, he’s 23 weeks old, so since I’m a little behind, I’m going to go ahead and do his monthly update.
Weight/Length: As of a couple of weeks ago at the pediatrician’s office, he was about 16 1/2 lbs. More on that later in this post. Not sure on length but considering some of his 6 mos onesies are starting to be too short, I’m guessing he’s on the long side.
Sleep: Great! Most nights he goes down between 8 and 8:30pm and wakes up around 7:45 or 8am. Occasionally he’ll wake up crying around 10pm or 5 or 6 am because he somehow rolled himself into a stuck position or he lost his paci or who knows why. But he always goes right back to sleep . It’s glorious.
Nap schedule varies day to day but it generally follows this pattern: A morning nap, an afternoon nap, and sometimes a very brief evening snooze during dinner.
Feeding: This kid can EAT! We got serious about solids this month, starting with oatmeal. Even though he’s fantastic at eating from a spoon, it took a couple of weeks for his digestive system to catch up and adjust. He had a lot of tummy aches and poop-splosions which tells me we probably started solids a couple of weeks too early. Once his system balanced back out, we tried sweet potatoes with great results – both going down AND out. Although he enjoys eating oatmeal, he LOVES sweet potatoes. He loves them so much that he gets super verbal while eating and I’m always worried he’ll choke because he’s practically yelling with joy with every bite. It’s hilarious.
Firsts This Month: I know I’m going to miss some but so far: first solid foods, first trip to Chicago, first time rolling from belly to back, first time laughing at the dog.
Developments: D’s eye-hand coordination continues to improve. He reaches for things now, like his bottle, his toys, my phone, the dog, etc. He loves to hold something and study it before trying to put it in his mouth. He does it with his bottle when he starts to get full. He’ll pull it out of his mouth, look at the nipple and watch a drop or two of milk fall out and then stick it back in his mouth. He does the same with his paci (but no milk comes out, obviously). He’ll lay in his crib, pull his paci out of his mouth and look at it while turning it around with his fingers. He’s also laughing a lot more. Oh and one of the coolest things, I think, is that he knows his own name already. We’ll call his name and he’ll turn his head to look at us. Who knows how long he’s been able to do this though because we didn’t even test it until he was 4 mos old, and he recognized his name immediately.
Likes: Same as before with a few edits/additions: Eating, bathtime, Goodnight Moon, going places, his toys, his jumparoo, Sophie the Giraffe, music – especially when mommy sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and ABCs, his feet, mommy & daddy – especially if one of us is holding him and the other one is making faces at him, the mirror, being naked, belly kisses, neck kisses on his right side (I guess that side is ticklish?), meeting new people – especially little kids, and the dog. He thinks the dog is HILARIOUS. But only if the dog is looking directly at him. If he does that, D justs cracks up laughing. Oh and he really likes the color yellow. He stares really intently and then smiles whenever one of us wears something with a lot of yellow. He also has a bright yellow Michigan onesie and one day when he was on the changing table, he was squirming around like usual. I pulled out the onesie to put it on him and didn’t really think much of it, but he immediately stopped squirming and just stared at the yellow onesie – all open-mouthed and in awe. The kid definitely has a favorite color.
Dislikes: Same as last time: Being hungry, tired, or bored. Having his clothes changed. Putting on clothes after his bath and lotion (REALLY hates that one). Being held like a baby (he prefers to be held upright, or looking over the shoulder).
Nicknames: (saw this on another blog and figured I’d incorporate it into my monthly wrap-ups) Dez, D, biggins, booger, bub, buddy, baby (original, I know), dude, duder, peanut, punkin, sugar bear (I swear we don’t watch Honey Boo Boo!), honey bear, sweetums, booger bear, babydoll, sweetheart, Mr. Adorable, Captain Adorable, wiggle worm, cutie, sweetness… We are totally those people.
What I’m Thankful For: Considering I’m already doing a whole “30 Days of Thankful” series, I feel like I’ve covered this already, but really, I’m just thankful to be this little man’s momma. He’s adorable and fun and such a mild-tempered baby, I couldn’t be luckier.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Sitting unassisted. This will come in handy during bath time. Right now he’s a bit of a wiggle worm in the bathtub so he’ll start kicking his feet and immediately slide down in his little baby bathtub, so I’m constantly having to pick him up by his little armpits and sit him back up.
How Mommy’s Doing: I can’t complain, I guess. I’m getting enough sleep (when I go to bed at a decent hour) and although we started the month with a few wakeups every other night or so, they were minor. And as we close out the night, wakeups before 7:30 am are now few and far between. Pumping is also easier, and though it’s still annoying to take time to do it, wash pump parts, and buy nursing pads to keep from leaking all over the place, it’s a huge cost savings (and of course a health benefit to the baby). So, I’ll probably stick with it a little longer than expected. But in general, I’m pretty content with the way things are going right now. We’re in a good groove.
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