I'm about 2 weeks behind in this post (and I'm not going to lie - the photos were taken last night, in the dark of the kitchen so they aren't perfectly accurate either!). It is amazing how many times I said "I need to take his pictures today" only to somehow run out of time during daylight hours. I of course would then think I should wait until the next day to get some good shots with natural light, only to ultimately end up in the dark, two weeks late.
Moving on...Mr. Luca is 5 months old!
Luca's mood has continued to improve this month. He is usually super happy when he wakes up, kicking his legs out and squealing when he sees me. So long as he isn't tired, he is easier to entertain and making him smile (and sometimes laugh!) is finally a regular occurrence.
Similar to last month, when he starts to get tired, he is a cranky boy. When I hear stories of babies who don't sleep during the day very much but are happy, I am flabbergasted. That is SO not my kid. My little sensitive guy needs his sleep and even if he complains for a few minutes before going to bed, it is much better than keeping him awake.
He has improved though - last month if we missed his ideal sleep time by a few minutes, we heard about it! This month I've found him to be a little more flexible (which is fantastic because once in a while I like to get out of the house!). He can tolerate being tired for about 20-25 minutes now. I try not to push him more than once or twice a week though, because a well-rested baby is a happy one!
As mentioned, he is sleeping most nights for 11-12 hours without a peep. Naps range between 45 minutes and 3 hours. See this post for more details.
Still only chowing down on breast milk. He is starting to get a little fussy after about 7 or 8 minutes, and is easily distracted if J is around to watch. We did give him some banana a few weeks ago and he was into it, but I've been reading about Baby-Led Weaning and I think we are going to try that. It suggests waiting until six months so we will start in the next few weeks. He loves watching us eat now, so I know he is almost there, but he still isn't sitting up on his own so I'm not going to rush it. Has anyone else tried baby-led weaning?
I'm not really certain on his weight as we don't see the doctor again until 6 months, but he is getting heavier and is solidly in 3-6 month clothing. He is a lean little guy - his jeans hang off of him - but for some reason his sleepers are a little tight in the length.
I keep checking, but it doesn't seem like he is teething yet (yay!).
Likes and Dislikes:
Likes: Toilet humour, raspberries, tummy time, chilling in his circle of neglect, sleeping on his tummy, rolling, music class, bath time, his mobile, his dad, his massive bottle of milk before bed and puking on me.
Dislikes: Putting on pyjamas before bed, storytime, being overtired, being surrounded by too many people (finds it overwhelming), making eye contact if I'm holding him too close and being strapped into his car seat.
So that's that! Happy 5 months, Luca!! I love you more and more every day, even when you scratch me with your talon-like nails and then laugh in my face. Yes, even then :-)