Wednesday, January 10, 2018

5 months with Tommy

Tommy you are five months old!! Actually you are a little over five months now because mama is still figuring out how to maintain this blog. I go back and forth on letting this blog go but then I imagine my son being 2, 5, 10, years old and I know I'll love looking back at these posts and being able to cry over how sweet and wonderful these early months were. 

Weight: 18lbs
Height: 26 inches
Clothing Size: Still in some 3-6 months (though they're starting to look a little tight) but he is mostly into the 6-9month items in his closet.
Diaper Size: Size 3
Milestones: He is rolling over from front to back and back to front all the time. He is a mover and a shaker and if I lay him down on the floor and turn my back for even a second, he's never quite in the same spot as where I left him. It's especially fun when we put him on the hard wood floor as he pushes himself around with his hands. And since he can't get much traction in his little booties he ends up scooting around backwards until he backs up into the kitchen cabinets and then is just stuck. He wants to crawl so badly and he pushes up really well on his arms and he can lift up his booty while kicking his legs but he hasn't quite figured out how to put the front end and the back end together. I have a feeling it's going to happen soon though and I am equal parts excited and nervous for him to be on the go. He also is really close to sitting unassisted. If I prop him up just right and he has something to focus on then stays put, with no help. This is going to open up a whole world of fun for us.
Eating: Still nursing like a champ however he is sooooo much more easily distracted- by the tv, by his daddy's voice, by me sneezing or taking a sip of water. I have to pretty much just sit really still and quiet while he eats or else it takes twice as long and I'm not sure he's actually full. I am so excited to start introducing solids. We got the go ahead from his pediatrician and I ordered baby spoons and little food storage containers so I can try my hand at making purees. He tends to grab at anything I'm eating or drinking and everything he touches goes straight to his mouth so I think he is more than ready for real food. He's tried a bit of rice cereal and he was a bit iffy but I'm excited to watch him discover what foods he loves.
Sleeping: I feel like most moms can talk about their baby's sleep habits all day long and I am no exception there. It's like trying to crack a secret code and just when you've figured it out, they hit a growth spurt and change it up on you. Just before he turned 4 months we experienced daylight savings, then we traveled back to the east coast and dealt with jet lag, and all of that, compounded with his latest developmental leap, equalled a major sleep regression.  He was waking up every 2-3 hours at night where he had previously been sleeping 8-9 hours. It was rough! Plus he wasn't taking consistent naps, and would only nap for 30 minutes down to the second unless I was holding him. So basically if I wanted him to get good sleep during the day he needed to be nursed to sleep and then I'd just stay put for the next two hours (I'm currently binge watching Suits- hello Meghan Markle!). Fortunately sleep does not seem to affect his sweet disposition and he was never really fussy or cranky but my arms definitely got a work out and nothing else really got done. Honestly all of this was fine with me because I really don't have anything else more important (or more wonderful) to do than hold my baby all day but... I started to worry that his little body wasn't getting the adequate rest it needed. So we made some minor adjustments to his sleep routine, ordered Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, and moved him full time to his own room and crib and, while I totally miss watching him sleep in the room right next to me, it finally seems like we've found our rhythm and some semblance of a schedule!!

I am following the EASY method (Eat, Awake, Sleep, You Time). He usually wakes up around 7am and then I feed him and we have playtime for about an hour and half before he goes back into the sleepsuit and down for his first morning nap in his actual crib. (Up until two weeks ago, morning naps were happening pretty much exclusively in the stroller and if he didn't fall asleep on our morning walk I knew it was going to be a long day of no sleep, plus now it's way too cold for walks that early.) He naps for about 1-1.5 hours and then wakes up and we start again. He is taking 3 naps a day and after that first nap he generally is awake for about 2 hours between each nap. The last nap of the day happens around 4 and then we start bath time around 6 or so and then I feed him around 7 and put him down in his crib for the night. He is still waking up to eat 2-3 times during the night but I know that just like he learned how to nap he'll soon figure out how to sleep through the night. But until then I am savoring those late night snuggles.
Favorites: He has started noticing and cracking himself up over Hunley. He lights up when daddy gets home from work, and loves listening to Hakuna Matata, being naked on the floor, FaceTiming his grandparents and aunts, and he has started sucking his thumb which is melt my heart adorable. 
These past couple months Tommy's little personality really seems to have exploded. He also has become less and less of a newborn and is now a full fledged little boy. He is growing so fast and while I love watching him learn new things every day, and become more "independent," I also just want time to sloowww way down now because this age is so much fun.

4 comments :

  1. He is so delightfully cute and photogenic! Yes, do all you can to remember how he is now because they do, indeed, grow so fast!

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  2. I have missed your posts so was excited to read your update on your precious and absolutely adorable son!! Those sweet cheeks!! He really is gorgeous!

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  3. He's just so precious.

    p.s-don't stop writing

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  4. He is simply adorable! Thank you for updating!

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