Today you are 5 months old! I don't think I will ever get used to how quickly time is flying. This past month has been one full of fun new developments as well as frustration in the sleep department. Everyday you become more of an active, alert little person. Your personality is really starting to show and it's been so much fun watching you start to play with toys and engage with us when we play or talk to you. Everybody that meets you falls in love immediately especially when you give them one of your famous "open mouth smiles". Daddy and I love you little man always and forever.
Weight/Length- No well check this month but based on your weight a month ago I would definitely say you're over 18 pounds now. My poor arms get a workout every morning when I have to carry you inside daycare in your carseat.
Eating- You're still eating about 5 1/2-6 ozs every three hours or so. You are getting about 80% breastmilk and 20% formula. I'm having a hard time keeping up with your demand so you get one or two formula bottles a day. You get a formula bottle before bed which you often won't finish because you fall asleep. We started you on solids and that has been a lot of fun. We started with oatmeal which you didn't seem too excited about then avocado which you liked, then bananas which you loved (no surprise since I craved banana smoothies while pregnant) and then sweet potato which you weren't a fan of initially. You do very well with the spoon, you reach for it with your mouth open and then just suck on whatevers on it. You prefer to get the food on your fingers and then just suck on those. I think we're going to try apples next!
Sleep- This month has been much like last month. You're still not sleeping very well, waking up multiple times wanting either your paci or to eat. You seem only able to sleep for 2-3 hours before waking up again. There have been a few nights where you slept for more than 6 hours so I know it is possible. We've started using the noise machine with sounds of waves now over the white noise of the radio static which seems to help and last night I left one arm out of your swaddle which also seemed to help. I'm trying to wean you off the swaddling. You nap pretty well during the day, especially at daycare. Probably because you're tired from being up all night!
Clothes- You're now in almost all 6 month or 6-9 month outfits and even some 9 months clothes and sleepers fit you best. All the outfits I bought that I thought would last you through the summer you will outgrow probably within the next month or so at the rate you're going.
Diapers- We moved you up to the size 3 diapers this month and those are fitting much better. Unfortunately we had a lot of size 1 and 2's leftover but plan to give those to one of your future friends that is due to be born anyday now!
Appearance- Your hair has lightened up a lot and is now a very light brown/dark blonde and even gets a bit of a curl in it when wet. I suspect you will have your grandfathers hair. Your eyes are still a dark blue with hints of gray and even some green in them. Your eczema is still bad and seems to get worse if we don't lather you up with lotion multiple times a day. You also seem to get the same mystery rashes that mommy gets that last for a day and then disappear. I'm debating taking you to a dermatologist and see if they have any more advice beyond what your pediatrician thinks.
Personality- During the day you are a really happy baby, especially in the mornings when you're full of smiles and cooing. You love to just lay on your back and "talk" and have also discovered how to spit and blow bubbles which you like to do. Whenever you see someone you know you always greet them with a big smile and love to be cuddled and played with. You're still a mama's boy and will almost immediately calm down when I get home if you've been fussy for your father (which he finds frustrating). You get more fun everyday.
-You are really starting to enjoy toys more now. You love your rattles and your Sophie giraffe. Basically anything that you can hold or put in your mouth.
-You still love your playmat and you really like rolling around on it.
-You loved the baby pool as well as bathtime. You're a definite water baby.
-You like eating with a spoon and keep trying to grab at what mommy and daddy are eating.
-You LOVE your jumperoo chair, you go nuts bouncing up and down in that.
-You like to be outside and to people watch.
-You started solids- oatmeal, avocado, bananas and sweet potatoes
-You help to celebrate mommy's birthday and our first Mother's Day together as well as Memorial Day.
-You went to your grandparents beach house for the first time and played in the sand.
-You were babysat somewhere other than your house for the first time (Aunt Michelle's house).
-You rolled over from your back to your belly for the first time on mommy's birthday and now do it constantly.
-You are getting better at holding your bottle while being fed.
-You can sit up on your own for short periods of time...actually you lean over and rest your belly on your legs but it's progress.
-You giggle a lot more now.
Five month photo shoot.
We love you Hunter!