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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Five Months

I don't have any stats this month because we don't go back to the doctor until next month.

Eating: We're still exclusively formula feeding. His pediatrician gave us the go ahead for cereal and solids when we get close to six months, but I'm a little nervous about messing with a good thing. I'm getting ready for it though in the next few weeks. Spit up has its highs and lows, but generally, I think it's less than it has been. With adding the cereal to his bottle it makes the spit up thicker, and a little bit more disgusting, but we'll do what we have to do.

Sleeping: We have officially kicked the swaddle. I was so relieved to be rid of it. When he was in it he would get his arms out and cry, and as you know, re-swaddling in the dark without glasses or contacts is hard. I went arms out with him the first night I decided we were going to go for it, and he was perfectly fine. Nothing in his sleep pattern changed. Then, I was forced to use a sleep sack instead of the swaddle with arms out because I forgot the laundry was in the washer. The sleep sack night was one of our best nights of sleep yet. I find that everything I think we're going to have issues with he's just like "yeah Mom, it's fine."

Umbilical Hernia: Not completely gone, but it just looks like an outie belly button now instead of an extra piece that doesn't belong there.

New this month: Tons! He is close to sitting by himself. He has pulled his pacifier out and replaced it a few times. His head control is getting better, and we can see his neck now. He jabbers all the time, and suddenly (which broke this mama's heart) he doesn't want to snuggle any more. He wants to be put down to fall asleep on his own. He rolls front to back, and is pretty close to back to front. I didn't think he was ever going to roll, because every time I put him down for tummy time, he would fall asleep. He loves being on his belly, but one day he just did it like he had always been doing it. The very next day he tried back to front because apparently we were accomplishing all of the things at once. He chews all the time now. He melted my heart when he grabbed my hand on the changing table and pulled it to his mouth like he was going to kiss it, only to pull it closer so he could try to teethe on it. It was really sweet. He has just started blowing bubbles.

Likes/Dislikes: He loves taking naps in front of the window. He likes any song I sing to him and to walk around the house and look into mirrors with his dad. He loves his uncles. He gets so excited when they talk to him, and even gets excited when I impersonate them after they leave. The only dislike I can think of is snuggling at any time besides bedtime. I'm holding on to that for dear life.

As parents: I have noticed a vast improvement in myself over the past month. I feel more like myself than I have since before we started the adoption process. I'm happy again. I was always happy with Isaiah, but held some personal self dissatisfaction. I've started a few new projects and feel better about myself. I didn't realize how sad I really was. Our final hearing is in a few weeks, and I'm so excited about it. I cannot wait. I feel like life is good again. And the humidity is down, so that helps everything.


  1. Super cute photos! Glad to hear everything is going well!!

  2. Cannot believe he's 5 months. WHERE does time go! And glad you're starting to feel more happy/yourself. A baby is a HUGE change and you had quite the stressful go at it! What an adjustment to have to deal with. I'm sure it will be an adjustment to get back to a "normal" I'm ok with too after baby. Glad you are able to identify and work on getting yourself back to "you!"

    1. I can't believe it has been five months either. I just really realized that I haven't worked since then and it was a really weird realization. I knew baby would be a big change, but I wasn't prepared for the changes in my identity. No matter how many people tell you that you'll be fine, it's hard to accept when you don't believe it.



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