Thursday, June 20, 2013

Five (and a half) months

I guess the trend is continuing and we are on the "half" monthly update of our little darling's life.  Every day with Caleb is a joy.  He is a happy, content little guy who smiles whenever you glance his way.  To say that he is easy going would be an understatement.  He is one of the most laid-back children I have ever encountered.

Stats:
Weight:  around 17 lbs.
Height:  27 inches? --this is a total guess.
Teeth: 0 but it looks like he will get a couple in the next month or two
Clothing Size:  all 9 months
Hair:  very light short hair covers his entire head--he isn't quite the baldy that Ben was

Skills:
Rolls-front to back (that happened last month), back to front: June 1st for the first time but now he does it all the time.  He grabs things with his hand and likes to put everything he can get into his mouth.  He loves to cover his face with a blanket or bib, but gets frustrated when he can't move it away.  He can sit up in the "tri-pod" position for a few seconds at a time.   He reaches for toys, books, his brother, his parents, his dogs, etc.  He loves to blow bubbles with his mouth and is figuring out all sorts of ways to move his lips.  He tracks objects with his eyes.

Recent Finds:  He found his toes this month and loves to grab them whenever he can and tries to shove them towards his mouth.

Sleep:  Not great but after our experience with #1, it could be a lot worse.  He naps in the morning from 9:15ish-10:00 and in the afternoon from 1:30-4:00 (with a nursing break in the middle).  He occasionally takes a late morning nap around 11 or a late evening nap around 6:30.  He likes to go to bed for the night at 7:15 and wakes up most mornings between 6:30 and 7:00.  We had a few really rough nights but lately he has started enjoying longer stretches of 5 and 6 hours.  He is only up for a few minutes to eat in the middle of the night which is tolerable.  (Andrew bought earplugs for those nights when I am up a lot and feeling very sleepy.)  He falls asleep on his own 95% of the time with a pacifier and his legs swaddled.  I should probably unswaddle him soon but his recent find (his toes) are incredibly distracting and make it hard for him sleep.  He sleeps on his side but is starting to roll onto his tummy to sack out--this too is distracting and I sometimes find him with his head held high and a huge grin on his face.  When he wakes in the middle of the night he often wakes up talking and not crying.  When I go in to feed him he is happily trying to kick out of his swaddle and is always ready with a big grin.  (Did I mention he is a happy child?)

Eating:  We still nurse on demand but for Caleb it tends to be every 2.5-3 hours during the day.  He CAN'T WAIT to eat solid food.  Every bite we take at meals he grabs for and wants us to shove in his mouth.  We might start solids at 6 months but I also might wait until he has his pincer grasp to feed himself.  He happily takes a bottle if I am not around.

Likes:  Ben is pretty high up on the list of things that Caleb loves.  If Ben is in the room, Caleb is watching.  He loves his exersauce, jumperoo, and playmat with a musical duck.  He enjoys his taggy blanket and little snuggly blanket.  He likes to grab rattles and a colorful turtle toy.  Another favorite is a set of colored keys.  He likes to listen to books when we read to Ben.

Communication:  He giggles, coos, laughs and screeches.

Highlights:  We celebrated our third Mother's Day and it was so wonderful to have my two sweet boys around.  We enjoyed a visit from Aunt Joanna, plenty of sunshine and our first runs in the double stroller.  Last weekend the boys and I enjoyed a visit to see some college friends.   Every day is a joy with both boys as we watch them grown and change together.  It is fun watching Ben learn how to be a big brother and Caleb stare adoringly at him.