Little impromptu photo shoot during our Valentine’s Day adventure! The perfectionist in me wishes he was wearing something else for these photos but we’re trying to teach the perfectionist to “Let it Go”, remember?
Weston turned 5 months old on the February 17th! I know every parent says this but I honestly can not believe it! How is my little nugget that was just kicking me from the inside 5 months old! I still can’t wrap my head around it. I’m a mommy to a baby or as I say to Kent “He’s a real baby. We have a realllllll baby!”
Yep being a mommy is still all very “pinch me”. I keep thinking it will become old news but I’m not there yet!
Height/Weight: He’s 19.5lbs and 26 1/2 inches long last we checked but it’s been awhile so I’m thinking he’s grown since then. I call him my little chunk! He’s got the cutest chubby cheeks, and pudgy legs that I can’t stop kissing.
Daily: He’s usually up for the day around 8. He’s super snuggly in the morning so we cuddle/play in bed until he’s fully awake and ready to eat. I would love to say that we have our routine down but really it changes every few weeks. It’s pretty much eat, play, eat, play eat, mini nap, eat, play, play, play, bath time, snuggle, eat, and then bed time around 9:30. We were rocking the schedule until he turned 4 months then he started teething and it all went downhill from there. We’ve yet to find out way back. I keep trying though! He’s not really a sleeper. He wakes up happy and refreshed from 30 or 45 minutes nap. On the flip side he usually sleeps from 9:30pm until 6am has a little dream feed then back to sleep until 8am. Even though he’s not really a napper we’re grateful that he’s pretty good about sleeping through the night. Notice I’ve used the words “usually” and typically” a lot in this section. Yeah well that’s because it really is a tossup most days. I believe that babies thrive on a schedule but at this stage we’re having a hard time nailing our schedule down. We do however have a ballpark routine hehehehe!
Weston is an active little dude, gets bored quickly and needs constant attention. He’s not a chill baby whatsoever. His pediatrician recommended that we use baby centers throughout the day. That was a genius idea and is helping his fussiness during the day.
He really enjoys his baby jumper, his excuser (for a few minutes), and if you catch him in the right mood he’ll play with his activity gym. He’s LOVES music. We sing to him a lot. His favorite song is “I’m a Little Tea Pot”. He grins ear to ear when I sing that to him. When he’s really feeling it he’ll move his head right to left while I’m singing, soooo cute! Our house sounds like a Broadway musical most days as Kent and I often talk to each other in a sing-songy voice. Which then turns into a competition of who can come up with the best song. I usual win but Kent will tell you the opposite! Kent is actually singing to him right now as I type this! Along with the whole singing thing Weston really enjoys Hoopla Kidz on YouTube! Hoopla Kidz is a channel full of nursery rhymes with fun colorful videos. He’s been into that for a month or so now!
Eating: This is another thing that’s all over the place. Some days he eats a ton other days he’ll take 4 bottles and that’s it. He’s been doing pretty well the last week though. On average he eats every 4 hours unless he’s down for the night. We’re still breastfeeding and using formula due to my low milk supply. We’ve let him suck on a cucumber slice, a pear, and a lime (because we’re mean). He super interested in food. It cracks me up that he knows exactly what to do with it. We’re waiting until 6 months to start fully introducing solids but I’m not going to lie it’s going to be hard waiting until then as I think he’s ready now. Our pediatrician said their system is not ready to break down food just yet so we’ll hold off until she gives us the go!
Clothing: He wears 9 months, 9-12 months, and some 12 month stuff. It really depends on where it’s from. The sizing is all so different depending on the brand. We still love Baby Gap. Their clothes fit him really well (length wise)! I’m getting ready to put away all his 3-6, and 6 month clothing which has been harder than his other sizes. He has so many cute things in the 3-6 month rage I keep pulling things out of the “to store” pile thinking he can still fit them but nope! He’s not my little itty-bitty any more. What am I saying he’s never been itty-bitty! I’m getting excited about summer! I can’t wait to get him his 1st swimsuit I love when it’s warm and I can just leave him in a diaper. That way I have easy access to kiss all the sweet rolls!
Milestones: Oh my gosh he’s doing so many neat things right now which is the reason I really wanted to do an update this month. Each stage is special in its own way but we’re really enjoying all the fun things he’s doing right now!
-2 bottom teeth. We all worked hard for those teethers!
-Can roll over from back to tummy
-Sitting up all on his own! I wouldn’t leave him unsupervised sitting up but he’s doing awesome and I can officially call him a sitter! He’s really good at correcting his balance when we starts leaning to one side or the other.
-Sitting in a high chair and shopping cart big boy style!
-Giggling, smiling, and talking up a storm!
-Grabbing and manipulating things with his hands. He super fast with is little chubby hands. We have to make sure all plates and cups are way out of his reach when we’re eating.
-Gives kisses when you say “Kisses!” They’re always open mouthed and full of baby droll which melts me!
-Blowing raspberries, sticking his tongue out and making tooting sounds, and doing the thing where you say “Ahhhh” and pat your hand on your mouth. I pat my hand on his mouth and he says “Ahhhhh”. I don’t know if that’s an actual a thing or just something we’ve always done with babies. I need to get it on video because it’s stinking cute!
- Reaching out to be picked up
-Gets upset when you take something from him! I have a feeling he’s going to be one of those kids that falls to the floor when you tell him no. We call him out little drama king.
-Not loving strangers right now. He used to be Mr. Smiley anytime anyone would talk to him. Now when a stranger talks to him he goes into observer mode. People try so hard to get him in to smile but he looks back with a blank stare. If someone is holding him that he doesn’t know he’s usually ok for a couple minutes especially if I’m close by but a few minutes in he’ll have a meltdown until he’s back with mommy or daddy.
-Grabs and plays with this feet
-Standing with help from mom and dad. He’s done this since he was tiny but I can tell his legs are getting stronger. When I hold his hands and walk with him he’ll put one foot in front of the other and walk with me.
-Loves playing peekaboo
-Knows his name which is shocking because we have a million different nicknames we call him!
Nicknames: Little Buddy, Nugget, Sugars, Little Love, Clementine, Sugar Snap Pea, Sugar Bear, Little Chunk, Lil Tomato Head, Shugs, Wild Child, Cuddle Bug
Personality: Oh boy does he have a big one! We’re really starting to see his personality shine bright! I know he’s going to be his own little person but I can see glimpses of both Kent and I. We call him our little sensitive soul. He’s emotional and very quick to react weather he’s upset, happy, unsure, frustrated, he’s not shy about it and he’ll let you know loud and clear. He can go from giggling to a full on cry fest in a matter of seconds. I have a feeling we’re going to have to be very creative with how we parent this little stinker. I can see him being one of those kids that gets super embarrassed and falls to the floor when they get in trouble. It will be interesting to see if I’m right.
He must be busy! He’s not one to sit and chill. He likes to be played with and on the go go go! He’s always up for an outing and is usually pretty good when we’re out of the house. Now that he can ride in a shopping cart it’s a whole new world for him. He’s right in the middle of the action which is his favorite place to be. If he can be in our arms and in the middle of the action then he’s on could 9.
He’s definitely a goofball and loves having your undivided attention and likes when you play silly with him (funny sounds, silly faces, dancing). If you’re laughing he’s usually laughing right along with you. We call him our wild child! He LOVES to be thrown in the air, sliding down my legs, “pretend” dropping, going crazy in his baby jumper. Any kind of quick sudden movement he’s all about it but only if mommy and daddy are the ones doing it. If someone else does it he’ll freak.
There’s only a few select toys (crinkle book, baby Einstein music toy, and his monkey lovie) that he can pay with without flipping out. Toys frustrate him! If he can’t get the toy or his hands to do what he wants he goes off the deep end. I’m hoping he grows out of this. Right now mommy daddy and Brady are his favorite toys.
He’s an observer. He’s a silly one and can be having fun and giggling but when something different happens (new person, new room, anything he’s not used to) he’ll go into what we call “observer mode” which cracks me up. He’s whole face changes and he flicks on that focus switch. I seriously think he has more focus than I do sometimes which is pretty sad. He can stare a hole into something trying to figure out what’s going on. It’s so neat to see his wheels turning! This is something that he gets from his daddy!
I can’t wait to see how all these little quirks shape him when he’s older. For now I can only guess. Kent and I have always had the big nature versus nurture debate. Now that I’m a parent I really feel that a lot of it is nature. He’s had many of these qualities since he came into the world. At the time I didn’t know but he’s little personality was already shining through! One thing is for certain we love this little boy to pieces. We are beyond blessed to have this little chubby, giggly, fussy, nugget in our lives! He’s changing me for the better and teaching me things about life you would expect to learn from a 5 month old. Being a mommy to Weston is my favorite role and fills my heart with more joy that I could imagine.