Quinn's 5 Month Weight: 17 lbs 11oz (Since we didn't have a doctors appointment this month, this is from a scale at a breastfeeding support group).
This month we have been battling the naps again. He really will only sleep for 45 minutes at a stretch. At the beginning of the month I was still going in and trying to rock him back to sleep and to have him just stare at me and then start to want to play. Within 15-20 minutes of being awake he would be tired and cranky again! Towards the end of the month I got frustrated and just decided to let him lay in his crib and rest for the full 2 hours of naptime even if he didn't sleep. He was awake one full naptime. But after that eventually would get himself back to sleep with lots of paci assistance and some patting/rocking. At 5 months I would say 75% of naps are swaddled and 100% of nighttime sleep. I can tell he is getting really close to loosing the swaddle but it will take some adjustment time which equals lots of interrupted sleep for both of us. SO I am reluctant to get rid of the swaddle since he seemed to sleep so well overnight with it!
Nursing is still going fine. He is a very, very easily distracted baby. I have to nurse him in complete silence. No eating, no drinking and most of the time I have to hide my phone from him. Otherwise he'd rather just play than eat. This has led to shortened feedings when we are out somewhere which in turn has led to more waking at night to make up for those feedings. But overall Quinn is still sleeping around 8-10 hours at on stretch. He usually goes to bed around 7:00ish and sleeps until 7:30 waking around 4-5am for a feeding. He is still eating every 3 hours during the day. I find myself going through a phase where I am pretty tired of nursing. I'm pushing through because I know that I will look back and be disappointed if I don't keep trying. But it feels like a fight during the day to get him to stop moving and eat. And then I'm struggling with getting his reflux under control. I'm experimenting with my diet and removing dairy. I didn't think I saw a result the first time I did away with it, but then about a week after reintroducing it, he started sleeping worse and being just more fussy all around. At the same time we started him on a new reflux medication because he refused to take any of the liquid medications. So we started him on a solutab that I hold in his mouth and it dissolves. I'm not sure if changing medications made him fussy or what but I went back off dairy to see if it would help things. We shall see...
At five months Quinn is sitting really well with support and practicing sitting without support. Most of the time he just dives forward to grab whatever is in front of him and then topples over. He has not rolled over yet but he is rolling to both of his sides and playing there. He LOVE to grab anything and everything. His favorites are my phone and the TV remote. I think I spend most of my day with him on my lap sitting because it's his favorite thing to do, but I have to continuously keep him sitting up because he's always diving for something. I can't wait til he can sit and play on his own!! He is drooling constantly and putting everything in his mouth. I have no idea when his first tooth will come in though!
The older Quinn gets, the more fun this mommy thing is! He is so interactive. He smiles at everyone he meets and loves being held by anyone! He squeals and waves his arms when I come to get him out of his crib. That totally melts my heart! He still loves his daddy and always sleeps SO well for him when I'm at work.
I can't wait to see what is to come in the next months!! You will be able to tell from the pictures below that we did a lot of staying home this month trying to get into a good nap schedule... didn't really work but we will keep trying!
|Not the best picture-- but had to show off his leg rolls :)|
|Outside on the first nice day with Daddy.|
|He's completely shocked that all his favorite Colts players are gone!!|
|Diving for toys|
|Diving for monkey|
|Just love his rolls here.|