I 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!