The First Year: 5 Month Update

5 month update little man picture 25 month update little man pictureI cannot believe this little baby, my little baby is five months old already! This five month update feels like it has so many firsts and little milestones, it really is such an exciting time in his development. I love this age, I’ve always prefered the baby to the newborn phase as it is so much more interesting and fun and it feels like we’ve just about hit that age where their little characters start to shine and they really come into their own like this little guy is.

Does anyone else’s five month old thrust their hips or is it just mine? It is the most unusual development that we’ve seen this last month and it makes me laugh each and every time he does it. He has learnt, somehow that he can use those strong little legs of his to raise his torso and thrust those little hips which he seems to love to do when he is feeding or sitting with you. It is a mixture of cute, funny and a little bit weird.

These last few weeks we’ve also started to see this little guy wanting to sit up which he does very well now if supported. He has realised that he can get a much better view of the world sitting up than lying down and is quite vocal when he doesn’t want to be laid down on his play mat. He would much rather be propped up on your lap, in a bumboo or on the bed these days so I half fear our play mat days may be over soon!

We have had a couple of little half rolls and one definite proper roll this month, which unfortunately happened at the exact same moment that his big sister was throwing the tantrum of all tantrums. So of course my back was turned for that split second that he decided to do his first proper roll and he hasn’t tried to another one since. Is this going to be the story of his life as the second baby?!

We are officially weaning! I couldn’t take this little ones longing stares at my food for much longer. It was clearly time to introduce this little guy to food. We are still on first flavours and we’re taking it very slowly with one teeny tiny meal at lunch times every other day. I’m pretty much following the Annabel Karmel puree approach that I followed the first time round with Ella, so once he’s acquainted and comfortable with all the first flavours we’ll move on to mixing flavours and adding textures and then increasing the number of meals that he has in a day. So far we’ve tried banana, apple, sweet potato and parsnip puree’d on their own and he’s been a little unsure of all of them. I think we still have some work to do to get him comfortable with the tastes and he definitely still needs to learn how to move food around in his mouth properly.

Sleep has been interesting over the last month. One minute we’re sleeping, the next minute we’re not. Its been really inconsistent and I can’t keep up or figure out why his sleeping habits keep changing so much. Lately he seems to have been suffering a bit with trapped gas so I did at one point wonder if he might have had mild colic or silent reflux. All in all I think we had a week, maybe two on and off of nights where he was waking up crying and couldn’t be soothed, but it seems to have stopped as quickly as it started. I am still waiting for the day where he finally starts to sleep. through, which at five months it feels like he really should be. Ella definitely was by this stage although I know that some babies never really do so I’m really hoping he’s not one of those!

Feeding hasn’t really changed or progressed much since last month. We’re still feeding every two to three hours which by now I would have hoped it was four to five hours. For his age it feels really frequent still and im wondering if in part this might be why he isn’t sleeping through yet. I’m half tempted to try him with some formula in the evenings to see if it makes a difference, but I’m still really attached to breastfeeding and am not sure I want to give him something else just yet.

I can’t really see it when I look at my little boy as he still seems like such a baby to me, but clearly hes growing fast as we’re pushing into 6-9 months clothes now. In fact, we’ve been pushing into them for the last week or two but I have been trying to wait until we really have to before we move up to the next age group. When I look at 6-9 month clothes they look far too big but they’re not. I am just as surprised as I was every time Ella moved up a clothes size when she was this little. Just like his sister he is pretty much in the size range for his age which reminds me that I should probably take him to get weighted again some time soon!

We havent done much by way of extra curricula activities for this little one over the last month. We’ve continued to go to Baby Sensory classes which I think he enjoys, although we have just come to the end of the current term and I was in two minds whether to renew or not. I did have a look around for some other classes but every single class like Monkey Music and Tumble Tots is either on the same day as Baby Sensory classes or on one of the days when Ella is not at school. Except swimming, which seems to be on the weekends, although I can’t say I particularly fancy it in this weather, even if it is in a hydrotherapy pool. We did however make it to a Rhyme Time session at our local library last week as we weren’t at Baby Sensory but it was painful sitting in a circle singing nursery rhymes with a group of half enthused mums who didn’t seem like they were particularly enjoying the session either. I used to love going with Ella but either I’ve changed or they’ve changed. Either way, I don’t think I’ll be going back there which only leaves us with Baby Sensory, so Baby Sensory it is.

I can’t believe how much going on in this ones little world, I cant wait to see what next month brings, although it would be nice if time slowed down just a little bit!

Want to read last months four month update? You can catch up with our three month, two month and one month update too.



  1. December 7, 2016 / 12:15 am

    He’s gorgeous and doing so well. My little girl is six months this week. She still feeds 2-3hourly! I’m certain my eldest was going longer between feeds and certainly sleeping better. Glad I’m not alone. We are weaning in a similar style to you but she’s just not particularly interested either! I went to our local rhyme time today and felt exactly the same as you. Funny we went every week when my oldest was this age. #marvmondays
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    • December 8, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Wow Claire, it sounds like we are having very similar experiences with our second babies! I was just saying to my sister in law earlier today that I was pretty sure Ella was sleeping through and going 4-5 hours between feeds by this age. Im so relieved to read this and realise im not alone either. This little one isnt particularly interested in food either, its amazing how similar and yet how different they are!

  2. December 12, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Maybe the addition of some solid food will help with the frequent feeding? Piglets first proper roll was missed by me too – the dog distracted me! #marvmondays
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  3. December 12, 2016 / 9:47 am

    They grow so quick don’t they? My second is nearly 3 months old and I can’t quite believe it! He is such a gorgeous little boy and is obviously doing very well! #MarvMondays
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  4. December 12, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Awwww, he is adorable. Weaning sounds like it is going well and you sound like you have the right approach with it, in that you are taking it slowly. Have a lovely Christmas! #MarvMondays
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  5. December 12, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Gosh, it has gone so quickly – in fact, I still remember when you announced your pregnancy!! I loved starting Alfie on solids, he absolutely loved his food but it didn’t stop him still wanting his milk morning, noon and night!! Alfie’s always been ahead on clothes size as well, but it always surprises me when I have to get the next size up (although I’m refusing to go and buy age 2-3 for my 18 month old, even though they would definitely fit!) Enjoy his baby-ness for it, it won’t be long before he’s walking and talking!! #MarvMondays

  6. December 12, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    What a gorgeous little man!! <3
    I really remember mine hitting 5 months and also thinking it was suddenly so exciting! Their development truly is incredible. Enjoy it all lovely. What an awesome time! x

  7. December 12, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Aww it sounds the same as Ben was last month with regards to him sitting up and finding new milestones to achieve! Don’t worry I missed Ben’s first roll over too!
    Right now Ben has found he is pretty sturdy on his legs and needs little support when standing which I think is amazing for six months! I reckon he’ll bypass crawling and walk instead #marvmondays

  8. December 12, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Adorable!! They change so quickly at this age. Love watching them reach new milestones, good luck with the weaning #marvmondays

  9. December 13, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    He has got so big and cute!! Can’t believe he has rolled over…time just flies 🙂 He’s good with his feeding. My little one is still all over and just feeds on demand so can be every 1hour! Baby sensory sounds good. We need to think about a class at some point. Thanks for hosting hun xx

  10. December 13, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Look at that hair! He is just too cute. He looks quite big for five months but I’m rubbish at ages (children and adults) so it may be just me.

    The five months mark is when things really start to take off isn’t it. It’s around the time when you suddenly realised they’re not a little newborn any more and you start to wonder where the time went while noticing a little personality all of their very own start to emerge. For me it was a bitter sweet moment especially with my third which I knew would be my last baby. It sounds like he is doing fab and meeting all his milestones and he looks so happy and content.
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  11. December 14, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Oh wow five months already! I love his hair so much!!! #MarvMondays

  12. December 15, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Aww he is just so cute and has the most amazing hair! Weaning sounds like fun and I’ve been looking into baby sensory classes too but they’re all fully booked here.xx #marvmondays
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  13. December 15, 2016 / 2:18 am

    Aww he is just so cute and has the most amazing hair! Weaning sounds like fun and I’ve been looking into baby sensory classes too but they’re all fully booked #marvmondays
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  14. December 16, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Oh my gosh he is such a cutie, what a lovely update it really does go so quickly. Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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  15. December 19, 2016 / 6:54 am

    I am just in the process of writing up Alices 5month update too and there are several similarities with our little people! I didn’t realise how close they are…
    The sleep thing is deffs the same over here too, its actually kind of stressful how inconsistent it is…PLEASE SLEEP! And we are rubbish with any type of extra curricula stuff – Maybe in the new year?!

    I am excited for you weaning..I weaned my son earlier as he was blatantly not satisfied on milk alone and it went well…hope you have fun with it. I am excited to start soon and not all at the same time! xx #marvmondays

    • January 2, 2017 / 1:54 am

      He really does! He is forever smiling, such a happy chappy 🙂

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