Thursday, July 14, 2016

Baby Lincoln: 5 Months

I can't believe he is already 5 months old! Almost half a year! It's funny to think about life before him- it was just 5 months ago, but it feels like a lifetime! It's all a faded memory. Or maybe that's the sleep deprivation/mommy brain talking! 😉

It's amazing how quickly babies grow and develop. He's turning into quite the little person with his own personality and preferences. Turns out he has quite the temper! Haha. We got him an exersaucer where he sort of sits/stands with toys all around him. Only the issue is that some of the toys are stuck to the exersaucer and he can't get them in his mouth. He tries and grabs at them for a few minutes, but when he realizes he can't get them into his mouth (seriously everything NEEDS to go in his mouth right now), he gets mad, throws his arms up, his body back, and screams. Haha. Poor guy. 

He's very expressive and makes so many funny faces! 

Age: 5 months
Weight: At 4.5 months he was 18 lbs 3 oz- quite the porker!
Length: At 4 months he was 25.5"
Size: 9 month clothes / size 3 diapers (we used disposables at night and cloth during the day)

Eyes: They seem to have settled on hazel. Some days they look more brown, others they are almost a brown/green.

Hair: Turning a lighter shade of brown everyday.

Sleeping: We've made progress this month!!! About 2 weeks ago, we started putting him in the Baby Merlin Sleep Suit. Babies have this reflex where their arms flail in their sleep. Some can sleep through it, but others it wakes them up. That's part of the reason why babies are swaddled. The Merlin Sleep Suit is to help transition them out of the swaddle. It's thick and puffy, which muffles their reflex and helps them sleep. 
He went from waking up every hour (thank you horrible 4 month sleep regression) to sleeping one 4-5 hour stretch, waking to eat, then sleeping 2.5-3 hr stretches after that. This past weekend he slept for 6 hours straight! YAY!  

This is how his crib is set up as a side car to our bed. I lay an extra sheet going sideways so there is no gap for him to fall into between the two beds.

Eating: He eats every 3 hours or so. This past month, I noticed he wasn't eating as much, so I've been training him to stretch out his feeds.

Milestones: He's gotten a lot better at his hand eye coordination. He was able to put his pacifier in his mouth correctly once or twice. He's also so close to being able to roll from back to front.

Memorable outings: We had the first night away from home with him this past weekend when we celebrated 4th of July/a cousin's bday with family. We stayed at a hotel and aside from being overtired (too much stimulation and fun with family), he did really well. I think my husband and I were more nervous!

It was a nice warm holiday weekend!

Favorite toys/activities: He's very social and loves to be around people and for people to talk to him. He also likes to chew on Sophie the Giraffe (though he gets mad when he can't get all the feet in his mouth). 

Words/sounds: He says "geeeee." 

Nick names: Linc, Baby Lincoln (as called by his cousins), Tibby (nickname based off his middle name) although my dad calls him Tubby. ;) 

Funny moments: We attached his crib as a side car to our bed, so the baby sleeps right next to me, but in his own space. One morning I heard him moving around a little, so I opened my eyes to see if he was awake. He was bright eyed and staring at me. As soon as my eyes opened he started wiggling more and smiling as if to say "Good morning, mommy! Let's play!" Great way to start my day. Even if it was at 6am. :) 

Looking forward to: There's so much that's going to happen soon! At 6 months he will start solids! He'll be able to ride in the jogging stroller, too!