Thursday, December 30, 2010

Piggy is 5 Months Old: How Did This Happen?

I am just stunned that my piggy baby is now 5 months old... and let me tell you, ALOT can happen in 5 months. Its pretty neat. Babies are like living science projects because every day there is some change or development, and I gotta tell ya, its a lot of fun to watch.
I have decided to make up my own monthly update, much like the pregnancy updates because if you dont have a baby, or if you have a younger one you may be curious about certain details.( I know I am anyway) so here we go!

5 Months ( Dec. 28, 2010)

Weight: approx 20 lbs. We have not weighed him in a month!
Height: Approx 27 inches ( see above)
Size Clothes : 12 months
Food: I am still breast feeding. I have no actual goal in mind, but rather just want to do it till I think I should stop. I recently became concerned about not making enough milk ( which incidentally is not a concept I believe in, I think your body naturally accomadates the baby as it should, when it should barring any medical problem etc) but anyway, peebs was seeming annoyed and gummed me a time or 2 and turns out, i was not drinking enough water. I used to drink TONS of water and had an app on my phone to keep up with intake, but lately have been drinking less fluids and more sprite that water... which could explain the muffin top I cant get rid of. Anyway,  milk was back in full swing once I was hydrated.
We have also just started solids or baby food I should say. I am reading and learning all about that and will do posts just on that topic but for now I will say he LOVES to eat and knew exactly how to do that when we offered him the cereal. He prefers it more thick than runny though and is very content and happy after a big cereal meal. This makes NO difference in how he sleeps at night, and that is right in line with all research about baby sleeping. food/cereal etc does not = sleep.

New Accomplishments: He has all of a sudden become very busy. He went from kind of hanging out and looking around to noticing everything. He grabs at everything he can get at, he tries to touch things on the ipad when he watches Einstein, he puts both hands around our faces now when we are talking to him and that is so cute!
- He has rolled over once, but not again since then. He is kind of a one trick pony, he does things once to show us he can, and then doesn't repeat them again for weeks. Same thing with sleeping through the night.
- He can push up really well when he is on the floor doing tummy time. He has also started noticing and LOVING the doggles. He thinks they are hilarious and smiles and laughs at them a ton.

Toys: PB's fav. toys are now his exersaucer, baby einstein videos and he is finally noticing and enjoying his lovey.  He spends most of his awake time playing in the exersaucer and he loves watching Einstein videos. They have been great for him to watch when we travel because he does not get bored in the car and have melt downs. I have a teething ring for him, but he is only mildly interested in it as he cant really hold it in his mouth the way he should. I think he likes his lovey now because it feels like my robe which he associates with snuggling and booby snacks.

Sleeping: HA Sleep? What's that? Just kidding he does sleep, but our biggest problem is we take a few steps forward then go right backward from traveling. He is doing excellent with his day time sleep taking two 2 hour naps a day at 9am and 3 pm. A few cat naps in between. He goes down at 7pm and I generally get him out of his bed at 7 or 7:30 am. He wakes up atleast twice a night most nights, and sometimes I feed him and sometimes I dont! It just depends on the circumstances and the type of crying he is doing. He is not actually hungry, it is just a social call but sometimes I am just too weak and tired to let him CIO, and so I go in there and hang out for 5 mins and then go back to bed. But he is a smart little fella and if I give in once he will ALWAYS start waking up more frequently to see if I will come then too, so overall I am trying to break this habit. I can tell you something that is as true as the sky is blue; I read somewhere that sleep begets sleep, and for sure it does, so if he naps well and often during the day he sleeps much better at night.

Baby Gear: The things we use most now are: exersaucer, stroller, Einstein dvds, sleep sack. There are a lot of other baby gears we would use, except that he is too dang big and heavy! My million dollar idea is to make a line of husky baby things because all the things targeted at his age group are too small or weak :(  we got him a new tub seat because he HATES sitting reclined or laying back. He thinks this seat is neat.
Emotions: He has lots of emotions now. Gone are the days of crying as a means of communicating needs, because he learned very quickly into his 4th month that crying will get him whatever he wants, because momma doesn't like crying. ( Again trying to resist temptation to give in). Rarely will he make real tears when he cries but he can.
- He also gets angry with certain things and will grab at his hair in frustration which can leave sad little marks on his head. For some reason he dislikes this scene on baby Einstein with eggs in it and he will cry or get angry about it.EVERY.TIME. He gets angry if we are slow to give him his next bite of cereal or if we run out and has a tantrum.
- Laughing... he is so good at laughing and I wish I knew what his thought process behind that is. He loves animals in life or on TV and laughs at them a lot. he also laughs tons when Ralphie is on a barking tangent. He laughs when Erik does his hair swish ( if you know E then you know exactly what i am talking about)
- Tantrums - he has just learned how to do this and will arch his back and sling his head back in objection to whatever he dislikes. Mostly he does this when he is sleepy faced.
But he is still pretty dang cute even when cry crying.

All in all, this is a fascinating adventure and I am really enjoying it. I just cant even imagine that he will be talking one day!  Time is flying by. I listened to Taylor Swift singing "Dont you ever grow up tonight" and did a little cry crying myself!


Erica said...

He keeps getting cuter! Re: Sleep/Travel, you hit our Christmas break on the head. We just get it down, and then travel throws it all off. We were home today ALL day, and she took a 2 hour nap this morning and almost 3 hour nap this afternoon. I need to be home more I think:)

jenn said...

Where was that bath seat when I needed it!?!?!? I'm so jealous of that thing!
We must see you soon! Nicholas keeps asking about y'all!

Mrs. Holder said... this post, love Peebs, love you guys! Cheers to babies! :)

ashley said...

Okay, we don't know each other. I follow your blog, and I love how you call him Peebs and Peebles etc. But that last pic of him in the camo diapie cover as he's so clearly unhappy CRACKS. ME. UP! Hilarious!! That's the image that goes in the high school yearbook senior salutes page or whatever it's called. It's hysterical. Peebs is ADORABLE and clearly happy! Job well done! I love following all of the progress!

Anonymous said...

Peebs is a smart little fella, I'm impressed with his emotions and cognitions, that's awesomesauce! And he looks adorable with his little camo diaper and cry cry face, aww!

I was thinking about baby clothes, because I heard that in like the 1950s, they did a sizing of thousands of babies and developed the monthly system of clothing sizes for babies based off of that survey. But since the 1950s, humans have changed, people are so much taller, bigger, and (I think) grow faster than they did in the 50s. I think we need to have a new survey in 2011 to more accurately gauge baby sizs!

Sarah Stanley said...

The tub picture rules!!!

Kelli said...

Loved the update Laura! And Lucy has the same tub chair - likes it so much better than reclining in the bath! Happy New Year to you guys! Peebs is so handsome! :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

The tub picture made me laugh so hard the hubs had to know what was so funny across the room! He looks like he is just chilled out!

We have gone up sizes so much with BG. It's funny, because I have a ton of my old clothes for her, and my 12 month stuff is way too small for her and hers fit fine. I think we just make bigger babies now!

Kristen Smith said...

I totally agree that there should be "husky baby clothes". I have a good friend of mine that has a 25 pound 8 month boy and he is wearing 12-18 month clothes. I also have been making some super cute onesies for my friends and I should totally send PB some!

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