I am only a week and a half late on this update, not to bad. Jax is 5 months old now. The more children you have and the more life gets hectic, the more time just flies. I can't believe how fast these 5 months have FLOWN by. I am not looking forward to him getting older and older and older.
Jaxson has been a pure joy this past month. We are so thankful that his fussiness and colicky ways are behind us know, knock on wood. It actually seems like a distant memory to be honest. We finally get to see that little sweet boys happy personality start to shine through, it is an amazing feeling. Don't get me wrong he still likes things the way he likes them but he is getting a little more lax with things, but he is still a homebody who just likes to hang out and snuggle. He is doing much better with the car, but you really can't drive around for hours and expect him to be ok with it. He does not like just chillin' in the carseat. You can't take the car seat in somewhere with him sitting in it and expect him to last more than about 5 minutes. He just doesn't enjoy it. But have you felt those things?! They can't be comfortable anyway. So I used to moby wrap him but now he is getting pretty big and I have not done that in a while, so I have been laying out a blanket on the top of the cart and laying him in there, and he seems to love that! He gets so relaxed and his little feet hang over and he just looks so sweet. Don't worry I keep my hand on him the entire time.
We have actually made the move to the bottle completely as of this week. I thought I would be a little bit more sad than I am but I had pretty low expectations of how long I was going to be breastfeeding based off of my lifestyle and so I feel like I did pretty good making it to 5 months! He LOVES the formula. The truth of the matter is he just wasn't getting enough breastmilk. He was constantly hungry. So it is one thing that made it easier was that I knew he needed to get more than I could give him at that point. Dane I made it 6 weeks, Knox I did about the same with 6 months, and they both had formula and are amazing. I have no worries. He is also still on reflux medicine mostly for me just as a precaution. With formula starting we can expect some spitting up and some changes so we want to minimize any discomfort. He sure did struggle to learn the bottle but I owe it all to the Lansinoh momma bottle from Amazon. I tried Dr. Browns, Avent, and the Latch, to no avail. I was getting very discouraged and so in desperation I read a bunch of amazon reviews and landed on this one, and once I stuck it in his mouth he latched immediately!
It was like night and day. I think it helped as well that I rand the nipple under the warm water to make the nipple warm to his lips. It also helps that when Derek fed him for the first time, he said " well this is nice!" because all the other times he just fought it and feeding wasn't enjoyable for anyone. Adding daddy time is definitely a perk. We have now been able to move to those (expensive) Dr. Brown's that I was worried he would never like and everything is going well!
He still has no teeth through but you can feel them under his gums. He has the top two and the bottom two doing that. He slobbers like crazy and likes to gnaw on everything!
I am not sure his height or weight because he didn't have a doctors appointment this month, but he is growing, growing! He moved to size 3 diapers recently and is in 6-9 or 9 months in carters. He now sleeps in his crib (in our room) in a sleep sack. He loves is. At first he thought the mattress was too hard, he loved to lay and spread out on our bed because we have a 3" memory foam mattress on the top of our bed, but we do not want him sleeping with us, so we had to do something. I bought him a mattress pad and since then he has been in heaven. He loves to lay there and watch his mobile and listen to the music and then he rolls on his side and falls asleep.
Since starting formula his regular schedule has been off but he has been going to sleep between 9-10 and getting up about 6-630 ish. He is also staying awake longer stretches during the day. He takes 3 naps, typically a morning, afternoon, and evening nap.
He is constantly trying to sit up, not matter if someone is holding him, he is in the car seat etc. he doesn't like to sit in the bumbo very often, he just leans down and chomps on the side, ha!
He has really started to enjoy the jumparoo since he is a lot more steady. He isn't 100 percent there where he can play with the toys yet but he enjoys looking at it all. He does grab for toys when you hand them to him and he can take his binky out of his mouth and put it back in (sometimes, I think it was pure luck!) He rolls and rolls and rolls around and turns and now scoots!! Derek and I were in shock seeing him scooting the other day. It feels like just yesterday he was a little newborn baby just snuggled up and there he is scooting. I am so not prepared to babyproof this house. It is 120 years old and has a traditional layout with 2 stories. I can't see the living room from the kitchen. I can't hear him talking in his crib if he is upstairs. So thankfully we have a video monitor that has been a godsend in this house with no sight lines!
He makes little noises all the time and mimics what you are saying, and he has said "mama" quite a bit but he doesn't say it in relation to me, yet. :(
This has been your best month yet Jax, keep them comin'!