Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our Adorable 5-Month-Old!

On December 18th Whit became 5 months old!!

I think I'll refer to the past month as "The month of many milestones." I can't count how many times I expressed that my baby is growing up too fast based on the many new things he started doing, or improving, this month.

Whit @ 5 months:

-Rolling over easily and often
-Started eating solid foods, and now LOVES it! He likes his cereal thick and eats mashed bananas, but choked when I introduced avocados. But I'm not giving up on real foods.
-Laughing! It is so much fun to watch Whit laugh, but so far he only laughs at random times so it's hard to guess what causes it and make him laugh. Maybe next month?
-Easily pulls toys or pacifier in and out of his mouth. This shows me that his hand/eye coordination as well as accomplishing a goal are getting better and better!
-Started teething! His first tooth erupted on the 18th! He handled it very well. His naps were half as long over the weekend and he was pretty fussy if we weren't holding him, but that only lasted for a couple of days. I've given him a couple doses of Tylenol over the last 4 days which he really likes :)
-We now swaddle him with his left arm out. He had been wriggling his hands up to his face during the night and it finally stopped startling him awake, so we deemed him ready to sleep with one arm out.
-Is taking 4 scheduled naps a day: 9:30-10:30 or 11, 11:30-1:00, 3:30-5, and 6-7 (he sometimes skips his last nap).
-Started going to bed at 8 instead of 10. He sleeps in until 8:00-9:00, and often doesn't need a feeding boost. He also started waking up talking to himself instead of crying. Yay  :)
-Has discovered his feet and likes to grab them.
-Found his thumb and often sucks it to fall asleep
-His hair is growing back. It is brown and so soft :) Finally Ben doesn't say he's bald anymore!

He kept his hands or tongue around his gums because he's teething, so I didn't get many smiling photos today. But here he is showing off some of his accomplishments!

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