Maddox turned five months old on Wednesday. He celebrated with tears and tantrums. I celebrated with a ladies night out and a fish bowl margarita.
Seriously, the cliche is real, how does time just go by so quickly? My baby is almost half a year old. It just can't be! I decided to change up the way I do these monthly updates and give them a little more structure. I noticed reading back on the previous months that I wasn't covering everything. So in hopes to capture it all I am making this more of a list type post so I cover all my bases. I hope you don't mind and find it easier to navigate. And I will go back and make the previous months the same format eventually.
Stats // At his 4 month apt he was 14.5lbs and 25 1/2" long. Tall baby! He's in size 2 diapers and wearing 6-9 month clothing.
Eating // Maddox is still 100% breastfed. I plan on breastfeeding for as long as he will allow and my supply will keep up. No longer than 12 months though out of personal preference. Throughout the day he nurses every 3 hours, sometimes he will go 4 hours if he sleeps in.
We started implementing foods at 4 months. His pediatrician said he was ready and I knew well before that he was ready. He would reach for my food at restaurants. Take my spoon and put it to his own mouth mimicking me. So he caught on really quick. I feed him after each time he nurses except for the first feed of the morning and the last before bed. You may have seen his first taste of peaches on Instagram (still makes me pee my pants). Since then he has tried pears, avocado, sweet potato, and mango. He likes all of them, but doesn't show much interest in pears even though he will eat it. He like to suck on pickle spears (seeds scooped out) and carrot sticks. I think they both feel good on his gums.
Sleeping // He goes to bed between 6:30-7pm. We have a nice little bed time routine. We take a walk around the neighborhood, come back in for some short playtime with Daddy, then it's bath, pj's, prayers, a feeding and bed. He sleeps through the night until about 4am when he wakes for a dream feed and then goes right back to sleep until 7am. He takes 3-4 naps during the day ranging from 30mins to 1 1/2 hours. He has started self-soothing to go down to sleep, which has been wonderful! He requires a blankie pulled up my his face and his pacifier and he will drift to sleep on his own.
Developments // This last month has just been... WOW. So many changes. He has started sitting up on his own in the last week. He will eventually get tired and face-plant and/or make a movement too quickly and loose his balance and fall. It doesn't bother him though. He loves to stand and he's holding onto furniture and toys and standing on his own. He shows absolutely no interest in rolling over because he despises being on his stomach. His pediatrician and I both think he will skip crawling and go straight to walking. #lordhelpme
He is reaching for toys and whatever is in his line of sight constantly. I'll learn to move things out of his reach eventually when he spills my drink.
Personality // He is giggly and smiling all the time (except for last week, he either went through a huge development change or is teething horribly). He has recently found his screech and notices it gets people attention. Which only makes him louder! He loves his Daddy and gives him the biggest grin when he comes home in the evenings. He is such a happy, go with the flow baby unless he's over-tired or hungry. Then he lets his annoyance be known.
Body // He is starting to fill out more and more. I see a huge difference in his head and face. His eyes are turning from gray/blue to a blueish/green. I guess they are going to be green like Daddy. His hair is coming in quickly and it's the most beautiful blonde! Love!
Teething // Still no teeth yet, but his drooling is ridiculous. And his whole hand is always stuffed in his mouth and he gnaws it like crazy.
Loves // He loves his dragonfly "buggie" that his Nana bought him. He takes him everywhere. He loves meeting new people and smiles at everyone he meets. He loves watching the dogs when Daddy plays fetch with them. He enjoys riding in his jogging stroller and being outside. He loves his Baby Einstein playmat and will self-entertain for awhile. Still enjoys his baths. And my personal favorite, he loves helping Mommy cook dinner while he sits in his Bumbo seat on the counter and watches. Seriously, I love it. I enjoy talking to him, telling him what I'm doing, watching him watch me stir.
He also enjoys his jumping in his Jolly Jumper. Seriously, most amazing invention ever for the independent child who prefers being on their feet over lying/sitting down.
Dislikes // He still doesn't care for getting into his carseat, but once we are going in the car and if he has a toy he is fine and will entertain himself until our next stop. Unless he's overtired and then he will cry himself to sleep in his seat. He hates having his clothes changed, which makes him so hard to dress! He will flail his arms all over and fuss. It's a huge fight! So I'm not kidding when I say I will let him stay in dirty clothes unless they are soaked through or pooped on. I'm past the phase of changing him after any sign of spit-up or drool.
I'm just so thankful for a healthy baby boy who's developing wonderfully. He brings us so much joy and spreads joy to everyone he meets with his happy personality.