5 Months

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Ollie has been hitting quite a few milestones lately and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. It’s quite exciting but a bit sad because soon he won’t be a baby anymore. *Sigh* Tis life.

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His mature hair is coming in a bit curly *fingers crossed*. I can’t help but picture him being a curly-haired kid. But I’ll be happy if he’s an equal parts combination between G and myself. So far he’s looking a lot like his own person and I love it.

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He’s no longer happy reclining. He wants to be sitting and enjoys practicing. I can’t lie, I find it a bit amusing when he falls over.

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He is also no longer happy on his back. He rolled over from back to front in mid-July and he’s been determined to stay on his belly ever since. He now sleeps on his side. Doing so gave me heavy anxiety the first few nights but I’m over it now.

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He is OBSESSED with our cats. He’s always looking at them, especially Ludo since he’s always out and about. The cats are indifferent. But I think Ludo soon won’t be once he learns this wee person will be able to give him cuddles one day.

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He won’t stop sucking on his toes. So cute but so not helpful when trying to change his diaper. Changing his diaper has become a bit of an effort. He use to just kick but now he twists, crosses his legs, arches up. Oh boy.

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He’s making friends. I cannot wait to see how he and his friends interact as they get older. I’ve been loving the new moms I met at one of the coffee dates. One is the mom I was determined to befriend. She’s super nice and pretty much a go-go-go person. I need that because I find Ollie and I stay pretty much in our neighborhood (Um…I still haven’t learned to drive our manual car…yup). We need to start exploring more.

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The jumparoo is still a favorite. He looks at it longingly when he’s taken out of it (often because he’s tired and is ready to nap).

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Other milestones:

-He’s saying “Mama” a lot. Mostly when he gets upset when my husband is putting him to sleep. I don’t know if he knows I’m mama, but I don’t care. Sounds great to my ears.
-He’s showing interest in our food and tries to grab it. But really, he’s trying to grab everything lately.
-He’s getting better at his bedtime routine (bath, book, singing, rocking, bed). He’s also napping a lot better. He’s still waking up once to twice a night to feed but I don’t mind that so much.
-When my husband is holding him upright on his lap, he knows that when he bounces, G will lift him up in the air.
-He brightens up so much when he hears the music from our Music Together class.
-He knows how to use the instruments we’ve bought him (check it out here, and here). He’s a fast learner.

Soon he’s going to be half a year old. I’m looking forward to starting Baby-led weaning then. Hoping he will be sitting unassisted by then. I think he’s well on his way.

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4 Months- and a call for a sleeping solution!

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I started this post last week and am finally able to finish it…assuming Little Man doesn’t wake up. Where’s my excellent little sleeper? Have you seen him?  Last week he was back to sleeping 6 hours before needing a snack and returning to sleep. I was blaming his shift in sleep schedule to growing pains. But these last couple of days he’s back to not being able to soothe himself back asleep. And we’re having to rock him to sleep at naptime and at night. It’s rough. He’s also waking up several times at night and wanting to be rocked back to sleep then too. It’s rough!

Putting him to sleep can eat up about 3 or more hours in a day. I’m not sure why he’s struggling so much because he isso tired. And we’re against letting him cry it out so that’s not a method we want to try. We need to find a no-tears sleep solution. If anyone has one please share! We are tired over here! And I miss spending time in the evening with my husband. I feel as though we only get to catch up on the weekends because our son’s bed-time routine eats up our evenings.

We are quite torn on whether we should get him to sleep earlier. Right now we start his routine around 8 and he’s not asleep until right before or a wee bit after 9. IF we put him down at 7 it wouldn’t leave much time for my husband to visit with Ollie before he goes to bed. So yeah, we are stumped. We are still hoping he’s suffering from growing pains and will go back to the ace sleeper he use to be. Wishful thinking?

So milestones and firsts…

Leading up to his 4 month birthday, he found his toes. He’s been sucking on them ever since. Cutest thing ever!

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Tummy time has become old hat and he’s killing it. He no longer cries when he’s put on his tummy.

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He is loving his reflection. He loves looking at himself during bath-time and when we sit in front of the closet mirror in his room.

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We went on our first official trail walk. California is FULL of trails and I’ve decided we need to hit most of the ones near us. On this particular day we went to Sawyer Camp Trail.

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We think his hair has finally stopped falling off and is starting to grow back. Yay! (I’m happy to say I think the same for myself. Phew.)

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Other things: he’s chatting a lot more. Making different sounds and squealing at times. He’s also becoming quite the drooling monster.

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Also he’s a hair and earring grabber. Ow!

He’s still loving his jumparoo and all his toys, especially Petey the Pirate (a rattle) and Sophie the Giraffe.

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Overall our son is quite the happy smiley baby. I just hope he can learn to go to sleep soon because he might become a crabby one. Hopefully not. I’m sure this sleeplessness is a stage and will surely end (right? right?!). We just want to help him now rather than let him suffer from tiredness. So yeah, any tips on how to help him self-sooth to sleep would be great!

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3 months (Very very late)

Little Dude is 3 1/2 months so these photos are a bit late.

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Every day seems to bring a new milestone; he’s growing so quickly.

-Yesterday he found his toes and he’s been playing with his feet ever since. He enjoys “talking” a lot.
-Last night we sang lullabies together and the whole experience melted my heart.
-His napping schedule is erratic of late. He was sleeping from 10AM-3PM  and then 5PM-6PM every day until about 2 weeks ago. And now that he isn’t I feel silly not to have taken advantage of it and done more projects. Oh well. I took that time to just chill out, appreciate the me time and catch up on blogs.

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-He army crawled once but has yet to do it again.

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-He said “Mama” three times but I am pretty sure it was a fluke. He hasn’t said it since.
-We are both losing our hair. Why the hell is postpartum hair loss not spoken more about. Thank goodness I have a lot of hair, but darn it, I’d like to keep it that way.

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-His longest stretch of sleep at night has been 6 hours. He’s still nursing once at night and once early in the morning. I hope sleeping through the night is coming soon. I won’t complain about short naps too much if it happens.
-With assistance (of course) he sits and stands when told “up” and “down”. Comes in handy when bathing him.
-He laughs every time I put his pants on. Every. Time.
-He often chews and it reminds me of my great aunt Ali (his namesake).
-The diaper kicks are happening every time he needs changing. He kicks with so much gusto I often laugh.
-He twiddles his fingers since he was 2 months all. He looks so thoughtful when doing it.
-He is such a morning person. Every day, after his 6AM feed, I put him in bed with us for some morning cuddles. He gives me the BEST smiles and loves to chat. I imagine he’s telling me about his dreams 🙂

My boy is growing so fast. I love to see the development and can’t wait to see what the next few months brings us.

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Mama’s Development
-I am off the blood pressure meds. But my BP still isn’t as low as it used to be. Hoping it regulates in the next few months.
-We go on walks about 4-5 times a week. I really want to start running again but need some umph in my motor to get started.
-The hair thing. It is falling out in clumps. I panicked until I found out it’s normal to experience hair loss once the estrogen dips after birth. Still not cool. Now I know why so many women cut their hair after having a baby. I’m tempted.

So that’s us lately 🙂