This past month with Henry has been so much fun and full of lots of exciting developments! He turned five months old this past Friday (5/8) and I feel like both his personality and physical strength have made huge strides since last month. Here’s what he’s been up to over the past month…
Despite being quite the big boy, he’s still been fitting OK into most of his 3-6 month/6 month clothing. I’m sure I’ll be putting him into 6-9 month stuff soon though! As for diapers, we switched him to size 3 this month and we’re still loving the Honest Co. dipes! 🙂
I’m still breastfeeding Henry and I’m so thankful that things are going well! I have been meaning to write a post on nursing, but basically I’m just really glad I stuck with it. I really love it and Henry seems to be thriving! He will occasionally get a bottle of pumped milk if Cam and I go out, but for the most part, it’s straight from the source 24/7 🙂 I nurse him when he wakes up in the morning, every 3-4 hours during the day, and before bed at night and so depending on his naps, it averages out to be about 5 feedings per day. This past month, we also started to introduce some solids and that’s been so much fun! We started with mashed avocado and then he’s also tried sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and the occasional taste of banana when I have one. So far sweet potatoes seem to be his favorite! I’m not in a huge rush with solids, and so I haven’t been doing it every single day. For now, I’ve just been making all the food he’s had fresh, but as we start to feed him solids more regularly, I plan on making larger batches and freezing it. (Also, I understand people have lots of opinions when it comes to feeding solids; I totally respect whatever choices other moms decide to make for their babes when it comes to this area, but I’m not looking for any opinions on what we’re choosing to do. We have our pediatrician’s blessing for our course of action and this is what’s working best for us!)
This past month, we made some big strides in the sleep department because Henry is now sleeping in his crib at night! Previously, he had been sleeping in his bassinet in our room but since he was sleeping through the night just fine, we felt like it was time to move him to his crib. However, we had heard all about this dreaded 4 month sleep regression and wanted to make sure that wasn’t going to be too much of an issue first. Thankfully, it didn’t hit us too hard – we had a couple nights where he woke up randomly in the middle of the night, but nothing too crazy. Then when we were in Seattle and Vancouver, he did wake up once or twice in the night there, but we just chalked that up to him being off his schedule since we were traveling. He has had some days over the past month where he decides that he doesn’t want to take his normal naps, but since he seems happy I don’t worry about it too much. We started putting him in his crib at night after we got back from Vancouver and he’s done really well so far! At night, I take him up to his room, nurse him one last time, then I lay him in his crib awake, turn on his white noise machine, and walk out. Sometimes he’ll fall right asleep and other days he’ll fuss a little bit first, but for the most part, he goes down pretty easily. We’re typically putting him down between 8:30-9pm, but it can be slightly earlier or later depending on the day. He’ll usually wake up around 6:30am (although sometimes he’ll wake up a little earlier/later) and then will usually fall back asleep for a little while after I nurse him. He’ll usually take at least two naps during the day, with one being pretty long…but it really varies from day to day depending on our schedule! Overall though, he’s a really great sleeper and Cameron and I are both really thankful for that 🙂
Henry has been loving his Step ‘n Play Piano this past month and I love it because it’s nice to be able to put him in there when I need to start dinner or getting something done around the house 🙂 We’ve been putting Henry in his Bumbo seat this past month as well and though we don’t leave him in there long, he looks so adorable in it! I’m still loving my BOB Stroller, especially now that Henry can sit in the main seat. I’m still loving my wrap style carriers, but this past month we’ve also been using our Ergo 360 a lot and I really like it! Now that we have Henry in his crib at night, we’ve been using this baby monitor and so far it’s worked well. The picture isn’t as clear as some on the market and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but for the price, it’s not a bad monitor. We also have this noise machine in his nursery and I really like it! When it comes to feeding Henry solids, I’ve been using these spoons and they’re great! Henry is putting everything in his mouth these days, and so I’ve really been loving this teething necklace. I’ll plan on putting together a post with all our favorite items from 3-6 months soon so stay tuned for that!
-He’s able to roll from both his stomach to his back and his back to his stomach really well now.
-We put him down on his back in his crib for naps and at night, but often he’ll roll over to his stomach to sleep. If I notice on the monitor that he does this, I’ll go in and check to make sure his face is turned out so he can breathe ok, but if he’s comfy, then it’s fine by me!
-He’s discovered his toes over the past month and grabs them all the time.
-Henry went on his first longer trip by car this month and actually traveled out of the country for the first time when we visited Seattle and Vancouver.
-He also visited some landmarks in his home state when we went to Multnomah Falls and Timberline Lodge when we had friends in town last month.
-He’s really started to laugh a lot this past month and does it so much, it’s the BEST 🙂