5 Months Old

My Dear Lucas,

 

  You are FIVE months old today
Stats:
Height – ???
Weight – 13 lbs 8 oz
Head Circumference –
Food:
You currently eat 5-6 times/ day. 7a, 10a, 1p, 4p, 6:30p, and 4:30a (sometimes you are gracious to skip this feeding) I have been at work now a little over 2 months. Fortunately you are still a breastfed baby. I am able to nurse right before I leave for work, you take 3 bottles during the day(which I pumped the day before) and you nurse again right before bedtime and then sometimes you wake up around 4-4:30 which is a killer since I have to be up at 5am anyway.  I continue to be amazed at how flexible you are at going from bottle to nursing each day, although I do think you prefer the nursing over the bottle 

Clothes:
You are still wearing some size 0-3 months, although it is just about time to retire them.  For the most part, you are pretty much wearing anything that is 3 months or 3-6 months. Depending on the weather, you wear cotton feety pajamas, or fleece feety pajamas under your grobag at night.

Diapers:
Within the past week or so, I have officially transitioned you to wearing size 2 diapers full time, day and night. I am blown away that just a few short months ago, you were wearing newborn diapers. While small, you are growing at a very steady rate.
Milestones:
You continue to amaze your dad and me at how much you connect with the person you are looking at. You focus and lock your eyes on every object you come across. Pretty much every person who sees you comments on how alert you are

You had your first Thanksgiving which was spent with my side of the family down in Fredricksburg. We go down every other yr for this Holiday. As your first road trip, you did great. You slept and kicked your toys. There were times when you got cranky, so your dad and I would get silly singing to you which usually held you off until we could stop for me to feed you. It is a pretty big family and since you have never been around so many people, I was a bit worried about how you would handle it, but you were amazing. You went from arm to arm to arm without batting an eyelash.


Within a day or two of returning home from Thanksgiving, you came down with your first cold. It was heartbreaking to see you hurting. It was also scary that your nose was so stopped up, and because that is how you breathe, we had to be diligent on keeping your nasal passages as clear as possible. (Yay for the NoseFrida) You grew to hate us cleaning out your nose, especially at 2am, but it had to be done. In addition, we propped up your mattress to aid the drainage and we put a humidifier in your room, which seemed to help. You had a couple of choking/gagging  incidents and were starting to scream and resist nursing which really scared me so off to the Dr. we went. It was a fri so I wanted to get you in before the weekend. Your doctor said it was good we came in as you had the potential to develop a sinus infection. He prescribed you an antibiotic in case things got worse, and thankfully they did not lasted about 10 days and overall while you woke up at different times throughout the night, you still slept quite well, and when you did wake up I didn’t mind as I knew you just needed a little extra loving.

You have started wanting to hold your own bottle. While I have still never given you a bottle, I have seen you insist that Aunt Carrie let you hold it when she’s feeding you. You look sooo grown up.


Your hair is still making a come back, slowly, but surely AND your eyes are still Blue

You have started a new thing, but I was not expecting to happen for a few more months… if you are in someone else’s arms and I walk in and out of the room, you start  crying. You can get really mad. It seems to happen when you are really tired. I’m not going to lie, it is flattering, and I’m sure it always will be, but I can guess that at some point it might get a little old. Since I work at home a couple of days/week, I do my best to keep my distance and leave you with your Aunt Carrie, but I think you seem a bit confused sometimes which at times leads to you being a bit fussy.


Sleeping:
You are still doing really well at sleeping. For the most part, you take 4 45 min naps/day. Lately you might take a 1 1/2- 2 hr nap once or twice/ week. When you got sick, while you would wake up a few times at night, you still kept the same schedule. I play with you a bit when I get home from work and then at about 6, I bath you and get you ready for bed so that I can nurse you around 6:30 and put you down to sleep.

I want you to know what a joy it is to have you in our lives. I’m still surprised when I see myself holding you in a mirror. Your dad and I both feel so blessed and couldn’t imagine life without you.

Watch Me Grow

 * Unfortunately, our little guy wasn’t in the best mood while taking his pictures.

12/14/11

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