Monday, January 12, 2015
Sage: Month Five Baby Update
Happy five months old to baby Sage!
So much development took place this month. The most yet. I know I'll continue to say that, but he really is so different from the baby I spent my maternity leave with. He's on the go, so alert, and double his size. He's in six month and nine month clothes. I keep cleaning out the drawers of what no longer fits. Growing boy. Sage has a happy disposition and he's a blast to be around. Such a little dude!
Likes: Sage has put everything in his mouth this month. His hands, toys, blankets...all straight to the mouth. We think it's definitely the beginning of teething. He loves his new dog toy he got for Christmas and still spends lots of time on his activity mat. Having his parents attention makes him the happiest and he laughs and talks with us lots.
Dislikes: Being overtired and/or hungry. These are pretty much his two big dislikes. He also does not like when we try to dress him in a onesie after bath time because he is overtired and ready for bed.
Playing: All.the.time! Sage loves to play. He likes to keep busy. He goes from his activity mat where he reaches for toys, to his green recliner chair where he swats at toys, to his sitting rolling chair where he chews on toys, to his mobile where he looks at his toys... We try to switch it up for him. Sage also adores just playing with mommy and daddy. He likes when we help him stand so he can look around at everything. He laughs and smiles when we act goofy and give him lots of kisses.
Sleeping: Sleeping started out quite rough at the beginning of the month. There were nights when Sage was up every 1-3 hours. Mama was a zombie. He just didn't know how to put himself back to sleep when he woke up. He wasn't hungry or needing a diaper change, so we knew he needed help self soothing, and we've been working on that since mid December. And there's been great improvement!
Sage generally goes to bed around 7:30PM and wakes up between 6:30AM and 7:30AM. Several times he woke up within an hour or two of going to bed, I'd nurse him, and then he would sleep and get up again between 2 and 4AM, eat, and go back to sleep until morning. Sage does still wake up in the night to eat, but I try not to go in each time because very often within five minutes he puts himself back to sleep. I am working on just giving him one feeding a night and hoping to eliminate that within the next month or so. We'll see!
Most recently Sage has been waking up around midnight and 4AM for a feeding.
Eating: While I was home on maternity leave Sage was nursing about every two hours. At the end of December, I went back to work. Daddy practiced giving Sage a bottle for the few days before I went back (because he was still on vacation for an extra week as a teacher) and thankfully Sage took the bottle. He was taking a bottle of 5 oz. every 2-3 hours. Sage refused a bottle until this month, so it is such a happy thing that he started taking it. During the workweek Sage takes 3 to 4 bottles from the sitter.
Also, Sage tried rice cereal a few days ago. I mixed a tablespoon of rice cereal with 4 tablespoons of breast milk and Sage liked it!
New this month: Starting pulling mama's hair and boy does he have a strong grip!
Fascinated by patterns on fabric and different textures.
Talking lots more! We can't wait until we understand what he has to say because he's a chatterbox. His little voice is the best sound.
Starting playing more in the bathtub with toys, but especially loves chewing on the wet washcloth.
Met lots of family at the holidays and did a great job getting passed around. He showed of his happy smile.
Playing in his rolling chair because he can support his head so much better. He looks around and if he catches the TV on, he'll do a 180 to see it, so we turn it off.
Holds things by himself like bottle and toys.
Moves around on the changing table so much. He uses his feet to propel himself backwards.
12/17/14 & 12/19/14 - Drank whole bottle at babysitters for the first time (this is when I was dropping him off at the sitter's for a few hours to start getting him acclimated).
12/26/14 - Rolled front to back for the first time.
12/26/14 - Took bottle from daddy at home...big deal!
1/1/15 - Took a bottle from ME! We were running errands on New Year's Day and I was sitting in the back with Sage. I offered him the bottle while his daddy took us through the Starbucks drive-thru and Sage took it! He took another later that day from me as well in the car.
1/8/15 and 1/11/15 - Tried rice cereal.
1/11/15 - Full roll, back to front!
This month has been a transition with going back to work. I look forward to every moment home with baby Sage and I feel blessed to be his mama.
See you next month!