Monday, February 27, 2012

Updating at 5 months

Oh boy. Where does the time go. I have been meaning to update sooner, but we've been in Mardi Gras season, and school is kicking my butt. Nevertheless, here goes.

Baby A is 5 months now, and I would have never believed I'd be here with a happy happy baby 4 months ago. Sheesh. For real. This kid is dynamite. He's sitting, rolling, cooing, gurgling, and overall just insanely happy. I had to reschedule his 5 month doctor appointment, so I don't have exact weight, but tossing him over my shoulder while I stand on the scale puts him at 16 pounds. We had to go shopping yesterday to buy clothes because I had to pack away all the 3 month stuff.

Sleep is hit or miss, but I have learned to just go with the flow. Some nights he sleeps from 6:00pm-4:00am, wakes, eats, and sleeps for a few more hours. Some nights he's up every 2-3 hours. Sometimes he wakes and is scared. Sometimes hungry. Sometimes just to say hello and coo and smile when I come into the room. I am resigned to just follow his cues right now. I mean, soon I'll be the one up at night, worrying, waiting for him to come home from parties and dates, right?

I am still nursing and pumping. He started eating 1 tablespoon of cereal once a day, and he loves it. I know that more solids are coming soon, and I am holding off for as long as possible. I wanted to follow the 6 month rule, and I think we are going to be pretty close to it. (Honestly, I also am not looking forward to dealing with non-breastfed poop. I have enjoyed just being able to toss the diapers in the wash. With food comes the real poop, which means finding a new way to handle this cloth diapering). He does watch us eat, and he even grabs for food, sometimes successfully getting it into his mouth before we can take it from him.

Speaking of grabbing, this kid grabs anything, and I mean it. Satuday I was taking down my shirt, unhooking my bra, and as soon as he saw the nipple he grabbed it and squeeeeeeezed! I yelped like a dog. Seriously hurt, but so funny.

He also loves to be read to, and not the board books. He likes the "older" books. And poetry. I know, sounds a bit cheesy, but I get the joy of reading poems to him and he just listens very intently.

I am thoroughly enjoying this little person and learning about him each and every day. I am not sure what I thought motherhood would be like before. I know I could have not imagined this, and it just gets better every day. It's not all rainbows and unicorns, but damn, today was one of those days, and I'd like to savor it a bit longer.


Kari said...

So good to hear from you!! I smiled from ear to ear reading your update!! It's wonderful that you're enjoying these moments.

I was wary of the solids and cloth diapers as well. It hasn't been as terrible as I imagined it would be. In our case we can "plop" the solids into the toilet and I haven't required a sprayer or doing anything much different than when we were still breastfeeding except that shake over the toilet before tossing them in the wetbag to await laundry day. Also LD showed interest in solids before 6 months but when we started feeding him solids at 6 months he really didn't start eating them in enough moderation to change things until 9 months-ish. So you may still have some time. ;)

Gurlee said...

What a lovely update. It is great to hear about the joys of your mommy hood. Can we see a picture of the wee one?

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the update! I think this age is starting to get real fun because they are more interactive and actually smile and act like they like you, ha! The grabbing...ouch! And how fun to read to him, I need to do that more with Chloe.

Alex said...

5 months old - crazy! So funny about your little guy grabbing your nipple. Ouch! And nice work keeping up the breastfeeding! Every month we can keep it going is another month to be proud!!!

I feel both excited and dreading all that comes with feeding solids. Should be fun!

sonja said...

Happy 5 months! I know exactly what you mean that every day isn't rainbows and unicorns, but those precious days that absolutely are are priceless and perfect and worth all the hard work. :)

No Baby Ruth said...

Just going with the flow is my strategy too. In my (limited) experience things sort themselves out. Hope that's the case anyway.

You "sound" really happy and for that I am happy too.