Well, I’ve been slacking on these monthly posts…huh? Oops.
Well, E is 5 (and a half) months old and I wanted to document what’s going on in our world.
E is still a BIG boy. At his 4-month check up he was 18.5lbs and 27 inches — 96th % for weight and off the charts for height. Now that it’s about a month and a half later, the trend continues. He’s not AS chunky (but don’t worry – he’s still got meaty thighs!), but he’s definitely tall. We were also excited that his head size is now on the charts as well. Barely. It came in at the 99th %. Lol.
I’m still not sure what color hair he is going to have. Despite it looking dark – it’s coming in light. Possible a strawberry blonde/red.
If it’s red, I will be GIDDY. It looks red, right?
He has also TWO teeth. Waaaa. He started cutting them about 2 weeks ago. I honestly had NO idea he was teething — he wasn’t fussy, he didn’t show any signs of discomfort, and there were no fevers (both B & L would spike high fevers when they were teething). No, he was gnawing on my knuckle and I thought, “That feels sharp!” and sure enough – there was a tooth. And 3 days later, there was a second one.
As far as milestones go – this has been a big month! He finally started rolling. He’s actually been able to roll for a few months now. He did it a few times, but was like “Eh, being on my back is just fine.” (he was not a huge fan of being on his tummy) But things have quickly changed and now he’s rolling any chance he can get.
He also figured out how to jump in his Jumperoo…
He could probably do this for hours – it makes him SO happy.
Speaking of happy – yep, he’s still our happy, easy-going little guy.
He loves people and flirt with them any chance he can get. He has transitioned from happy shrieks….
To saying “Ba ba ba ba.” (I’m trying to get him to say “Mama”, but we all know he’ll say “Dada” first.) It’s so cute watching him hear himself talk. Sometimes he’s surprised by it.
Around the 5 month mark we started introducing solids. We started with oatmeal and added fruits and veggies. He likes them. A lot.
We all knows he loves his
food source mama , but he also adores his daddy, big brother, and sister. He just lights up when he sees them. As long as L isn’t getting all up in his face.
The only area we are struggling in is sleep. *Yawn*
We didn’t really experience the 4-month sleep regression…. until we hit 5 months. The past 3 weeks have been rough. For starters, we’re trying to transition out of the Rock n Play and swaddle. I bought a (ridiculously expensive) Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.
Beam me up.
We call it the spacesuit. It definitely works for night, but we’re still swaddling/Rock n Playing for naps.
In the past three weeks we’ve made SOME progress. E can now put himself to sleep. Yay! I put him down drowsy, but awake, and he’s out in about 5-10 minutes without a fuss. However, he’s STILL waking up in the middle of the night. Like 3-4 times during the middle of the night. It’s exhausting.
I’ve been reading The Sleep Lady (which really helped me with getting E to go to sleep on his own) and I KNOW he can doesn’t need to wake to eat THAT often. Her rule of thumb is he can go his longest stretch without eating — which in E’s case is 10 hours. Not 2-4 hours. However, I’m a sucker and it’s easiest to just nurse him when he wakes up in the middle of the night (he’s now in the co-sleeper in our room), so I’m failing in this area.
I know what’s it’s going take — moving him into his crib and doing some sleep training. However, I’m NOT ready for it (which is funny b/c B was sleeping in the crib at 6 weeks and L at 3 months). It’s just so easy to have him in our room with us and he’s not a disruptive sleeper! Ah, I’m just making excuses. I’m pretty sure this is all going to happen in the next few weeks.
That’s a lot of rambling on sleep.
As for me…
I don’t have any measurement pictures for you – but I’m pretty much “back to normal.” Whatever normal is. My weight is maybe a little under my pre-pregnancy weight and most days I feel good about my postpartum body. My days have been getting easier and sometimes I even blow-dry my hair.
Running has been getting easier. The (slight) change in weather has helped! (minus my fail run last week – but we won’t get into that) I’ve slowly been increasing my mileage and even PR’d at my first race back (it’s helps that I ran the race pregnant last year!).
Apparently, I was SO excited to be racing again – I decided to take flight.
Emotionally, I’ve been feeling like myself again — minus the sleep deprivation and exhaustion — it makes me grumpy and tired. Especially in the morning. This too shall pass though, right? RIGHT?
That said – it’s crazy to me that it’s almost been 6 months since this little guy was born. When is someone inventing that Slow-Down Time Machine? I’m ready and willing to test it out!
I promise to be back with a real 6-month update. That’s kinda a big milestone!