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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Mommy friends needed. Apply within.

Man, the mommy world can be tough. Being a stay-at-home parent can be pretty darn isolating. Like a fool I thought I would instantly make friends once I started going out and about. Well let me tell you, I haven’t. I joined a mommy group and have yet to connect with anyone. It’s so weird. In London I was able to make friends with other expats so I assumed it would kinda be the same way here, except I’d have a kid in common instead of a visa. Nope. To make matters more awkward my self-esteem has taken a hit. Quite a few of the moms look like they stepped out of an athletic magazine. I definitely stick out like a sore chubby thumb. But putting that aside I still have hope I will meet my true mommy friend.

So mamas, how do you meet other like-minded mamas? I’m still holding out that I will connect with someone soon. Hopefully someone who will be staying home as well. From what I gathered a handful of the moms in the group will be going back to work. Great for them, but bad for me if I want to engage in some adult conversations during the day.

We recently joined a Baby and Me music class. It has been so much fun. I chatted with one mom who’s from Peru. She doesn’t know it yet but I totally want to be her friend. I can see us chatting over coffee, in Spanish (haltingly bad Spanish for me). *Sigh* I can dream.

I wish my college friends lived closer. There will be five babies among us by the end of the year and none of us live close to each. Sadness.

As much as I LOVE the weather here (warm sunny days all.the.time.) I miss Austin. It remains the place I felt the most at home since leaving NYC.

Here’s hoping some newfound friends can change that around. I’d love to feel at home and not living in some kind of weird limbo.

Ollie’s (and Mama’s) Favorite Things, 0-2 months

I am blessed with a baby that is pretty easy to read. If he fusses it’s because he’s sleepy, hungry, needs changing or is overstimulated. With that said I still need extra help to keep him content. These are a few items that have been saviors for us for the first couple of months. I didn’t receive any sponsorship for this post. It’s just my honest opinion. I know while I was pregnant all I wanted to know was what things would save me from pulling my hair out. Well, these are a few.

Ollie’s mobile above his changing mat is so incredibly loved by him it borders crazy adorable. He chats with “his friends” every time I change him. He never cries, just stays spellbound staring up at it. Great buy from Ikea.
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The Boppy isn’t big-girl friendly, I am not going to lie. But if you nurse a baby using the football hold (placing Boppy around the side of your waist oppose to around your waist) then you’re golden. It works. I thought a pillow would do just as well but it doesn’t. The Boppy is pretty firm and adds that added support when feeding him.
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This kid goes crazy on this mat. he loves kicking the parrot and reaching for the elephant rattle. He stays amused for quite a while. Bliss.
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When I was recovering from my c-section I couldn’t go up stairs more than 3 times a day for two weeks. This sleeper was a life saver since we live in a duplex. Ollie napped downstairs with me and I never had to worry about having to take him up to nap in his room. It remains his favorite place to sleep. We’ll soon be transitioning to napping in his crib but this sleeper came in so handy!
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I know not all babies love swings but Ollie loves his. He very very rarely fails to fall asleep in it. Many a tear (from me!) would have been shed without this bad boy. So worth having.
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We like to rock Ollie to sleep and so does he. We moved the glider into our bedroom, where he’s sleeping. It helps to have late at night when he’s having a reflux issue, needs extra help going to sleep or simply to rock and have some cuddle time.
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So those are our favorite things so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what toys he will prefer when he starts getting interest in them. Let me know what are some of your favorite baby items. I’d love to know!