I’m a little late on this update this month. Connor is now 5 months and 2 weeks old, and is becoming a little dude so quickly. He is really starting to show his own little personality now and is coming in to the really fun time of having a little baby. He is much more aware of his surroundings and people that are around him, and more reactive to everything, and he likes playing and laughing. He is so smiley and gives out his smiles so freely, he gets a lot of attention when we are out in public as he just beams up at people. We are now out of the newborn phase of utter sheer exhaustion (although the exhaustion still sprinkles my days some times), and he is starting to interact with us more and it feels like I have a little mate attached to me all the time!
Here he is at 5 months old, it’s hard to get a photo of him these days without his hands in his mouth:
Height/weight : I actually don’t know this at the moment. We came to Australia for a last minute holiday so we had to cancel his 5 month Plunket appointment and have rebooked this for later this month so I will know these details then. I think that he is still under 8kgs though. All I do know is that he is definitely growing, getting longer and bigger and outgrowing things so quickly and definitely bigger then his sisters were at the same age!
Sleeping : Sleep is a little all over the place at the moment. Day sleeps are going well though. He has 3 naps during the day, 9am, 12noon and around 4.30pm to a total of around 3 – 3.5 hours. Then night time is going alright, although he still wakes around 10 or 11pm, and then again around 3 or 4am. A couple of times he has been rocked back to sleep, but otherwise he needs a quick feed and then settles back to sleep (we have also still had some nights when it feels like he is a newborn with the number of times he wakes but they are few and far between luckily)! He is waking for the day between 6 and 7am. He has been sick for the last couple of months with bronchiolitis so some days I have been letting him sleep longer.
Eating/feeding : Breastfeeding is going well still. He is getting a little distracted now though and pulls off sometimes and takes a while to finish a feed, but otherwise he seems happy. I was expressing and giving him a bottle at night for his 10pm feed to see if the extra milk helped him to sleep longer, but it hasn’t really so I have stopped doing that for now. He is loosely on scheduled feeding times : 7am, 8.45am, 11am, 2.15pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 10pm – and then his night feeds when he wakes. I have also started weaning him with his first tastes of food. At the moment he is just having one little meal around lunchtime. He has tried some carrot, butternut pumpkin, kumara, parsnip, apple, and some pear with baby rice. He is definitely getting more keen on the food!
Sizes : Size 2 huggies nappies and all 3-6 month clothes.
Routine : Routine is still pretty much the same as before, although right now we are on holiday in Melbourne so we haven’t really been following the below as we have been out and about more, but when we get home we will be getting back in to this again.
- 6/7am : wake, change nappy, feed. Then he chills out in his bouncinette, or nuna leaf or on his play mat while I get ready, have breakfast and get Neve ready for school.
- 8.45am : he is ready for his morning nap, change nappy, give a small feed and put down for 9am (if it is a school morning this is more like 9.15am).
- 9.45 – 10am : wake, change nappy and get him dressed. Then he has a play or we go and get some chores done.
- 11am : has a feed. After this feed I have been giving him a small taste of some homemade puréed vege or fruit.
- 11.45am : get him ready for his lunch time nap, change his nappy and settle him in his bassinet for 12.
- 2.15pm : wake him if not already woken, change nappy and give a feed.
- 4.20pm : give a small feed and he sometimes has a nap if tired around 4.30pm.
- 5pm : wake him by 5. He will sit in his bouncinette while we have dinner.
- 6pm : bath, then cream, massage and pajamas.
- 6.30pm : given his bedtime feed in our room with the lights dimmed.
- 7pm : settled in bed and asleep.
- 10pm : if he hasn’t woken on his own which he normally does, I will wake him and either give him a breastfeed or bottle of expressed milk. Then he settles back to sleep easily. He wakes usually once more and needs a feed around 3 or 4 am. If he wakes before then I have been able to rock him back to sleep sometimes.
- Then the day starts all over again around 6 or 7am!!
Milestones / Changes:
- He has started rolling when he was just over four months. He rolled from his back to his front a few weeks ago while we were all in the lounge watching him. Then the day after he rolled from his front to his back. He doesn’t stay on his playmat anymore and moves himself off it.
- I think he is teething as his hands are constantly in his mouth and he is biting down on everything, and shoving all his toys in his mouth. He is a little droolly too. I can’t see any teeth, and the girls didn’t get their teeth until about 9 months, so I will be surprised if he gets any soon!
- Reflux definitely settled and he no longer spews after every feed. Although he is still spilling a few times a day and sometimes he is worse then others. Hopefully this will just continue to get better.
- He has started playing with toys more and can hold on to them and pick them up. He really likes the crinkly books and also batting at the toys on his playmat and pulling them towards him.
- He has really found his voice and spends a lot of the time squealing and making a lot of noise! Generally when he is tired he starts making more noise and you know he is ready for a sleep.
- He has had his first overseas flight! I flew to Melbourne with him on my own to go and stay with my Mum for 10 days. He was a little champ on the flight and slept for half of it and didn’t cause me any trouble at all.
- The biggest milestone is that he has started on the weaning process as mentioned above. We started him when he was a few days over 5 months. He started out a bit cautious of food but he now is opening his mouth eagerly and eating about 2-3 ice cube sizes of homemade puréed fruit or vege. I will introduce a second meal over the next couple weeks for breakfast (he is having lunch only at the moment), and then will move on to three meals and have dinner as well which I am looking forward to being able to give him some food while we are eating dinner.
- He has started sitting in a bumbo seat while I have been in Australia and seems to really enjoy sitting up.
- He has also been in his jolly jumper now and loves it!
- Eye colour is still questionable, I think they are going to be quite a dark brown.
- Hair seems to be quite fair along with his eyebrows.
- He’s been battling a couple of illnesses lately, he had bronchiolitis for a long time and then his sisters both got chicken pox but very luckily he seemed to only get a few. Yay for breastfeeding and passive immunity! But he has been a trooper and remained his happy little self throughout these. It didn’t seem to phase him too much which is good!
That’s it for five months. I can’t believe that next month he will be six months, half a year since he was born! Lots of changes on the horizon… he will be moving out of our room and in to his own nursery, he will start sitting up and becoming more mobile, eating more food and before I know it, it’s going to be his first birthday (insert crying emoji face, haha).
I remember with Neve I was all about reaching the next milestone and wanting it to all happen quickly, with Dani I was wanting it to happen a little more slowly, and now with Connor I would love it to take as long as possible for him to grow out of this baby phase, the longer it takes for him to start crawling and moving etc the better.
It’s all a bit bittersweet, I absolutely love having a baby and feel a little bit sad that this part of our life of trying to get pregnant, pregnancy and having new babies and all the excitement it brings is coming to a close (I know Connor will be a baby for a long while yet but it is just speeding past in front of my eyes), but on the other hand I am also looking forward to the next stage of our life with our kids getting bigger and the adventures (and freedom) that will all bring, and more then anything I am looking forward to one night, hopefully soon, getting a full nights sleep… that’s just around the corner right?!