Wow, I am getting pretty bad at posting these on time, as Wells has been five months for almost a week and a half now. But hey, better late than never! I know I say it every month, but time is flying! When I took his 5-month picture, it literally felt like I had JUST taken his 4-month one a few days earlier. I cannot handle it - time has got to go a little slower!
And here are the 5-month pictures (PS - I love the last one...where Wells is clearly saying, "Who are you, and why are you in my chair?"):
Weighs: A whopping 17lbs 5oz! Yes, friends, he has gained a pound a half in a month. What a chunk.
Sleeps: Hmmm....I think that we are officially out of the sleep regression phase. However, little mister is not quite back to his formerly awesome sleeping ways. We are still getting up about 3 times a night. Not ideal. But also not as bad as it was last month. So, here's hoping it continues to get better! As far as naps go, he is pretty much finally on a set schedule. During the week, he wakes up when we load him into the car to head to work. He usually stays awake during the ride. Once my mom picks him up from me at work, he may fall asleep on the way to her house. He will typically take a short morning nap, ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. His next nap is his longer one of the day that lasts around 1.5 to 2 hours (sometimes longer). This usually happens around noonish until 2pm. He has started to also take a little cat nap on our way home in the afternoon as well. This nap is only about 20-30 minutes. Our weekends are so varied, this schedule doesn't stick as well on Saturdays and Sundays. He follows the same short nap, long nap, short nap again pattern, but the times are different, as we may be out running errands on Saturday and are at church and small groups Sunday morning and night. One sleep habit that Wells has is that he likes to have a blanket touching his face. He doesn't HAVE to have it in order to go to sleep, but he likes to have one. He will either rub it on his face or just let it rest on his face. It is super cute.
Eats: A champion eater, my boy is! Breastmilk is still his main source of nutrition, but the boy loves to eat food, too! Wells eats a "meal" in the morning around 9:00 of cereal mixed with breastmilk (and sometimes pureed fruit as well). In the evenings, he eats another "meal" of cereal with breastmilk and pureed veggies. He has eaten apple and banana through a handheld mesh strainer as well - but it is kind of hard for him to maneuver since it flops over if not filled to the brim. Wells has recently been reaching for EVERYTHING that we eat or drink. He took a pretzel stick right out of Eric's hand the other day. If you are holding him and eating or drinking, he wants to eat and drink, too!
Wears: Wells can still wear some of his smaller items, but I'd say we are in 6-month clothes for the most part. He can wear some 6-9mo sized stuff as well. The pants he wore for Halloween were a size 12mo because that was the only size left...let's put it this way, they were a little long, but the waist was pretty accurate :) This month, we have moved into size 3 diapers.
Plays: I love playing with this little guy. He is so much fun these days. He LOVES to jump. If you are holding him while you are sitting down, he will most likely want to stand on your lap and bounce. Obviously, his jumparoo sees a lot of action these days. He is still not a fan of tummy time, but I'd say he is getting a little bit better at it. He will at least do it for a minute or so (if we are lucky!). Ha! He has gotten better at rolling over - he rolls from his tummy to his back pretty well but has not rolled from his back to tummy yet. He still likes to grab his feet (they made it into his mouth for the first time the other day). He likes to talk, especially early in the morning on our way to work. He is not so crabby when in the Bumbo seat anymore - as long as you give him a toy to play with. Sometimes I put him in the walker when I am in the kitchen, and he can get around a little bit while in it. When I put the walker in the living room, though, he feels with his feet that he is on the carpet and tries to jump (I guess because his jumparoo that hangs in the doorway of his nursery is on carpet. He feels the carpet and starts bouncing!). So, the walker stays in the kitchen, where apparently he knows not to jump on the hard floor :) Wells still loves bath time and being outside. He officially can choose one toy over the other now, too. The other day he was playing with a toy, and it fell. When I handed him another one, he got upset and looked for the other toy. He was fine once I gave him the first one back :)
Welp, another month is over. Next month, my little Wellsie Man will be HALF A YEAR. If anyone needs me, I'll just be crying in the corner.