Here we are at 5 months. Â I know I say this almost every day, but how is this possible? Â You are such a different little person than you were when we came home from the hospital and even just a month ago actually. Â Every time grandma Nancy sees you (which is about every 10 days or so), she says that you have changed.
You have mastered rolling over. Â You love being on your tummy looking around. Â I notice you are able to push yourself up higher and higher all the time. Â Your little arm muscles are strong. Â You love to watch Otis (and when we went to Minneapolis, Piggy) and try to catch him. Â I can see your brain trying to figure out how to move to be able to touch him. Â You are able to get your feet into a downward dog type of position. You can scoot yourself around a little bit, but I see movement being the theme for this next month. Â I know once you figure it out, itâ€™s all over and youâ€™ll be very busy! Â The other day, you stood up by yourself for about 10 seconds hanging onto the (cushioned) coffee table.
You are in the midst of teething as well. Â The drool, red cheeks, irritability, wakefulness, gnawing on everything… is all present. Â I can see your front two bottom teeth wanting to come through, but only time will tell when they actually pop through… hopefully sooner rather than later because I know youâ€™re uncomfortable sometimes. Â I made some frozen breastmilk to put in a teether, but you werenâ€™t really sure about that. Â Sometimes you like to gnaw on a frozen washcloth. Â I also have been putting the Hylandâ€™s homeopathic teething gel in your mouth, but Iâ€™m not sure how much thatâ€™s doing.
You are interested in your toys and books now! Â I was wondering when that would come, but itâ€™s here. Â We bought you some new toys in Minneapolis to play with. Â You like music and things that move. Â You also enjoy toys that you can chew on and mirrors.
We havenâ€™t officially weighed you since your 4 month checkup in which you were right on track with the 50th percentile, but I weighed you at home and I think you’re a little over 16 lbs. (probably about 1 lb. bigger than last month). Â I have no doubt that youâ€™re continuing that trend. Â We are surely past the 3 month clothes now and definitely into the 6 month clothes. Â You are flying through your wardrobe. Â We are blessed and got some clothes given to us by a friend, so that helped stock you up a little more.
Sleep has been an interesting story. Â We basically worked all month on transitioning you into your crib. Â First, I side-carted an air mattress to the crib, so that I could lay with you and you could get used to being in there. Â In the past couple of days, we put the crib back together and you actually went in there. Â You have still been sleeping mostly in 2 hour increments, which has been tough on me, but at least your in your crib now. Â And… the past two nights have been two 3 hour stretches and then every 2 hours, so thatâ€™s promising. Â You have also started taking better naps. Â I can usually count on at least one nap in the crib and then some naps in the car, stroller, etc. Â I think youâ€™re getting the correct number of hours of sleep now (at least as per a sleep consultant). Â I would really really love if you would sleep a longer stretch at night, but Iâ€™m assuming that will come. Â I think Daddy and I have a few plans in your future on accomplishing this. Â As for now, Iâ€™m still sleeping on the air mattress in your room, but you are in your crib. Â Itâ€™s progress I suppose.
You and I continue to bond and have great times together. Â I love showing you things and doing new things with you. Â We have gone on picnics, walks, trips to the park, play groups, etc. and I think things like the aquarium are up next. Â I have started teaching Mommy and Me Yoga once a week, so youâ€™re the model child for it. Â There are certainly times during the class when you donâ€™t want to be doing yoga, but we make it work! We are also going to start hiking more since youâ€™ll go in your Ergo carrier readily now. Â I canâ€™t wait.
You also had your very first flight this month. Â We traveled to Minneapolis for a long weekend to visit your Aunt and Uncle. Â The flights were much less stressful than I anticipated and we had a great time there. Â You love you Aunt and Uncle so much. Â You were constantly smiling at them.
I love that youâ€™re so happy. Â It makes all the hard times worth it to see you smile. Â I love you more and more each day.
As for me, Iâ€™m doing fine. Â The past 5-6 weeks have been grueling due to the no sleep factor. Â I still donâ€™t understand how in one random night, he just all of a sudden changed and there was no going back. Â He was sleeping 4-5 hour stretches and it was getting better almost nightly, and then poof… 2 hour increments like a newborn again. Â Maybe Iâ€™ll never know. Â Iâ€™m hoping that weâ€™re headed in the right direction with sleep though. Â Iâ€™ve really had to readjust my priorities this month, say no to things and let things go in order to stay above ground. Iâ€™m tired to say the least. Â This being said, my fitness schedule has declined a bit. Â I have been walking a ton with Otis and Aiden and then doing a little bit of running maybe once a week and doing Jillian Michaels workout DVD every once in awhile. Â Iâ€™m still losing weight, so thatâ€™s the important thing. Â Fitness will always be there and Aiden as a baby wonâ€™t.
Iâ€™m also trying to continue to grow my business. Â If Iâ€™m being honest, this is the most stressful thing in my life right now. Â The networking, marketing and trying to figure out how to do each weighs on me. Â Iâ€™m really trying to find a balance between working on that and being the best mommy and wife I can be. Â It’s a tough thing for me. Â Iâ€™m trying to not beat myself up about it and just cherish the time we have together as a family. Â Everything else will wait.