Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jack: Five Month Update

Jack is five months old... which is basically six months - which is half of a year... how is my baby a half year old?!

I know everyone says and thinks that their baby is the best, but I really do think Jack is the best baby ever. He makes being parents so easy on us - he is laid back, sleeps fantastic, eats well, and gives us all sorts of smiles and giggles... we just love that little boy so much!


Age
Jack turned 5 months old on March 25th.

Weight
Jack weighs 18lbs 13oz.  We just transitioned him into size 4 diapers, and they are a bit big on him, but I didn't want to buy a whole box of size 3s and have him grow out of them too soon. And, to be honest, I just prefer a bit larger fitting diaper so I don't feel like I'm cutting off circulation to his chubby thighs!



Nursing
Jack gets exclusively breast milk and is fed 5 times/day. Nursing is becoming more and more challenging as he grows... he loves to eat for 2 seconds and then grab my face, eat for 2 seconds and then look out the window, eat for 2 seconds and then try to sit up, eat for 2 seconds and then flash me the biggest smile ever... and heaven forbid I cough - he will immediately stop eating and give me the most puzzled look ever. Honestly, it is all pretty cute, but I worry about him getting full feedings since he gets so distracted!

This month Jack also tried oatmeal for the first time... and he liked it! No weird faces or anything, which was slightly underwhelming, but I'm sure that as he starts to try more vegetables we will get plenty of silly faces. He also tried sweet potatoes; they were his first veggie and he liked it! There probably wasn't too much to taste since I mixed it with milk, but he still seemed to enjoy it!


Sleep
Jack sleeps from 7PM-7AM with no wakes - how's that for amazing?!

Jack has a pretty good daily routine and it looks a little bit like the below:
7AM - wake for the day, feed, play
8:30AM - get ready for nap and take a nap
10:30AM - wake from nap, feed, play
12PM - get ready for nap and take a nap
2PM - wake from nap, feed, play
3:30PM - get ready for nap and take nap
4:30PM - wake from nap, feed, play
6:30PM - get ready for bed, feed
7PM - asleep

We aren't militant about his schedule, but he does follow it within 30 minutes or so. However, the bed time is pretty firm... Jack will pretty much lose it if you put him to bed after 7PM - he won't want to eat and he gets quite upset until you finally lay him down to go to bed. So in order to make sure he gets a full feeding, I start feeding him at least by 6:45PM.

During month five we were able to extend Jack's wake periods between naps and he did great. He had started fighting going down for naps, so I figured I would let him stay up a bit longer and he transitioned back into his naps perfectly. He takes good, solid naps (about 1.5-2 hours) and a short cap nap (50 minutes, or so) in the afternoon.

I was pretty concerned with day light savings, but it really wasn't too bad. We had one day that was a bit messy, but other than that, Jack settled right back into his routine.


Likes
Jack absolutely lovesss his crinkle book that my parents gave him. He holds it tightly every time he is in his car seat and it is the sweetest thing ever. He also has a rattle teether that he really enjoys taking in his car seat too.

Jack also loves being carried around. He really did not like the Ergo when he was an infant, but now that he is older and can face outward, he loves being worn (as long as you don't stop moving!). He also found his thumb and realizes that he really enjoys sucking on it! I know I shouldn't love it, but it's super heart melting watching him do it.

Now that Jack can grip so much tighter, he is constantly grabbing and touching our faces. It's super cute to see him do it because half of the time he is very gentle and thoughtful, but the other half is he having fun and is pretty rowdy about it.



Dislikes
Jack no longer likes his swing. If you put him in it, he will try to ninja kick out - it's super funny to watch, but definitely not safe for baby! So in an effort to keep our living room from looking like a baby carnival, we have officially retired his swing... which is SO okay with me - that thing was an eye sore!

Jack also very much dislikes staying awake past his bedtime. He is clearly his mother's child and loves his sleep. John has said several times that they are going to watch all sorts of classic Western movies when Jack gets older too... I love that he is thinking about these things now!


John
I say this for every monthly update, but John remains Jack's favorite person. He just loves his dad so much and immediately gets a big smile as soon as Jack sees John... especially if John is holding him and they go look into the mirror together - it makes my heart burst!

And John loves Jack just as much. John is always saying about how he wants to take Jack fishing or bring him to his favorite little river in Arizona.



Scout and Lily
Jack is finally starting to take a bit more of interest in Scout and Lily. If they walk by, he will watch them and see where they are going. He still doesn't really respond to their kisses, but I'm sure he will soon enough. Jack actually seems slightly more curious about our cat (Winnie) than the dogs - maybe because our cat is quiet and much more calm to be around! :)


Clothes
Jack is wearing 9-12 month clothes - how is this possible?! Whenever I buy him new clothes, the first thing I do is wash and dry them so that they more accurately reflect the size they will be once they shrink. Otherwise he wears them once, they get washed and shrink and then needs to be put away in storage.


Favorite Moments
Jack found his toes this month and loves to eat them! I joke that he folds in half for easy storage - that kid is flexible! Jack also tightly grips when you pick him up, and I absolutely love that he now holds on. That being said, he often gets fists full of hair, which is quite painful!

Jack also spins himself in circles when he is in his crib. I'm not exactly sure how he does it, but we put him in his crib facing one direction and then when we go back to wake him up, he has completely spun himself around!


Looking Forward To
We are looking forward to our first family trip back to Arizona this month! It will be Jack's first flight and we are excited to show him all of our favorite places in the valley of the sun.



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