Pinch me. Jack is 5 months. I cannot believe it! These last 5 months have flown by SO fast. It is the epitome of bittersweet (as I understand that word at least). I am so happy and excited to watch him grow up and develop. He is so much fun to play with as he is becoming more interactive and energetic. But I miss his newborn stage, the sounds he used to make, the old looks that he gave. Everyone says, “enjoy it…it flies by.” That is so true. So much more true than I realized. I’m making a concerted effort to really soak him up as much as I can. So without further ado, Jack at 5 months!
He changes day by day so I don’t see the difference until I look back and see the progression month by month. He has quickly surpassed Ernest the Elephant’s size.
Jack is eating 3-4 times per day and once at night. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if he is getting enough food by only eating that often, but he doesn’t seem hungry and his diaper output is still like a champ. Even if he’s gone 4 1/2 hours during the day without food, he’ll eat and be done in about 10 minutes. The nurses at the hospital and all the books say they’re not getting a full feeding unless it takes 20-30 minutes, but that just never seemed to be true of Jack. After his first 6 or so weeks in which his feedings seemed to last an hour or more (because he kept falling asleep and I was very bad at waking him up!), he has been a speedy little eater.
Jack is an amazing night-time sleeper and he has been doing great during the day lately as well. His typical bedtime is between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. 9 times out of 10 he goes down to sleep without a peep. Then he will wake up once to eat around 2:30 or 3:30. He falls right back to sleep after eating (usually with a few squeals during his diaper change. He is incredibly smiley) and then he will sleep until about 7:15 most days. If he goes to sleep too late (which believe it or not, is sometimes at 6:00), he will wake up way too early (5 or 5:30 am). But thankfully, after much trial and error we’ve figured out that means he needs to go to sleep earlier. So then we’ll put him down closer to 5 and he’ll blissfully sleep until 7:15ish. It is glorious.
He takes 2-3 naps per nap. His morning nap is very predictable. Right at 9:00 he goes down and he has been sleeping until about 11:15. This is a new development and I am enjoying it while it lasts! He’s been a short napper for all his life up until now. But three days in a row he’s taken a 2+ hour nap. Also glorious!
His afternoon nap and the every once in a while late-afternoon nap is still pretty disorganized and unpredictable. Today he didn’t go down again until 3:00. He was wide awake and happy the whole time. But more often he needs another nap around 1:00. That nap has been really short lately (20-30 minutes). It recharges his battery until about 4:00. Then he takes another nap, but I wake him up from that one because he sleep hard (the way he does at night) and long. Needless to say, I am going through trial and error here and trying to figure out his needs and read him. If only he could talk and tell me. Sometimes (oftentimes) it is hard being a new mom. There is a whole lot to figure out and no fool proof formula. Every day is different.
Jack is rolling over like a pro from his back to his tummy. It still takes him some frustration to figure out he can roll back to his back from his tummy. He does it in his crib, and he does it every day outside of his crib, but he usually fusses a bit before figuring it out.
He is laughing hilariously when he’s tickled and when we make funny faces or do funny things (like jump up and down). He smiles a lot. He reaches for toys he wants and then puts them straight to his mouth, and he reaches for people he wants to be held by. At least that’s what I say; maybe he is reaching for people he wants to put in his mouth.
He is reaching for our food while we eat and getting quite frustrated when we don’t give it to him. So, we’re getting ready to start solids soon. He’s showing the signs that he’s ready, but our pediatrician advised us to wait until he is 6 months old. I think that has something to do with protecting his bodies against developing allergies. So, we’re planning on introducing his first solid food to him on Christmas morning. We’re thinking bananas.
Jordan and I are overwhelmed multiple times daily with how much joy and love little Jack brings to our lives and our home. To say he is a blessing is an understatement. We thank God for little Jack daily. We pray he would grow up to love Jesus with all his precious heart.