Reid is 5 Months Old!

Happy five months, Reid! I’m not sure where to start but to tell you that you are a little angel baby. The more I get to know you, and know what you want, the more wonderful you are. Your wants are pretty simple, actually – you want a clean diaper, a full belly, a good nap, and lots of cuddles. If those needs are met, you are happy. In fact, we get lots of laughs from family, friends, and strangers from the huge smile you flash whenever someone smiles at you.

As I’m typing this, you are lying on a pillow next to me – I have a boppy pillow lying on top of my lap and your legs with my computer on top. You’re asleep, but even with this stuff resting on your legs, you are smiling in your sleep. You’re just so precious! I hope you know how happy it makes me to see you so happy. I can only pray that you stay this happy little boy that I love so much. The only thing better than watching that little smile of yours is listening to your giggle. You are so ticklish! You let out the sweetest little cackle anytime I tickle you. Rosemary loves it too and always tries to mimic my way of tickling you.

Rosemary really loves you so much. You’re the first thing she asks about when she wakes up (“Baby out bed??”) and the last thing she wants before we take her up to bed (“Night night baby. Love you”). When you cry, she’s always the first one to run over and try to tend to your needs – usually by trying to shove a paci in your mouth or shouting “baby hungry!”. She wants you in every room she’s in and always wants to help with whatever I’m doing with you. I’m really proud of how well she’s adjusted to life with a sibling and I hope you both work hard to stay friends!

I’m writing this entry 4 days after your 5 month birthday because we were in PA for my granddad’s memorial service on the day itself. But, as of today, you’ve officially slept through the night 4 nights!! You can’t imagine how refreshing it is to get a full night’s sleep after 5 months of waking up every 3-5 hours. For now, you are still in our room, which I am enjoying, especially since you still need us to put your paci in your mouth if it falls out. I’m not ready to let you move rooms yet – I like waking up and seeing you there with your little face pressed against the side of the bassinet trying to get close to us.

You’ve reached a few other milestones this month too! You’ve definitely discovered your feet. You love to look at them and play with them and stick them in your mouth. It’s like a fun toy that is always with you! We also fed you your first solid foods. We’ve fed you baby oatmeal cereal and green beans. I’m honestly not even sure whether you like or hate them. You can’t quite figure out how to swallow the food. Your tongue tries to figure out what to do with it and it ends up just dripping out your mouth. It’s pretty messy, so I only feed you on days that I’m giving you a bath. I actually fed you once in the bathtub to make cleanup a little easier, ha! You went on your first airplane this month to PA. Chris held you on the way there and you slept almost the whole way there (except when you pooped and he had to change you in the teeny tiny airplane bathroom, ha!). On the way home, we got delayed in the air and you got a little restless, but we gave you a bottle and you fell back asleep. You didn’t seem to be disturbed by the plane at all!

I am happy to say that I think you have your dad’s disposition – you are pretty easy going. I had to take Rosemary to the hospital this month and left you with my parents, and you just napped for a couple hours, woke up for a little while, ate a bottle of formula, and fell back asleep. I don’t feed you formula frequently, but I am so thankful that it’s an option. I’m even more thankful that you’ve stayed a great little nurser. You’ve gotten faster, which has taken a while to get used to. I thought you weren’t eating enough, but I think you’ve just gotten more efficient. You certainly don’t appear to be withering away – just look at all those rolls!

There are really only a few things you don’t like. You don’t love riding in the car and you don’t like being set down. I try to put you down for a nap in your crib while I put Rosemary to bed (30-45 minutes), and you often get really upset. I’m trying to work on giving you confidence that I will come back, but I probably don’t help the situation but cuddling you through most of your naps. Oh well!

Even though I haven’t gotten your schedule written in stone, I’m slowly working towards a nap schedule for you. You typically wake up around 7AM, nap around 10AM, 1PM, 4PM and go to bed around 8. It’s hard to keep track of your schedule because you tend to just fall asleep in my arms after I feed you or in the carrier when we are out and about. I’d like to get you on a schedule since it’s been so beneficial for Rosemary, but that’s a lot of different times to be cooped up in the house or to leave Rosemary alone while I try to put you in the crib or bassinet. I have confidence that we’ll get there, though!

Reid, you are such a blessing. I know I’ve said that before, but you bring us so much joy. I can be in a bad mood or super sleepy, but then you smile and my heart melts. You are only 5 months old and you totally have us wrapped around your little finger. Your cute little pudgy finger. We all love you so so much and can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

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