December 15, 2011
Jude at 5 Months
Yeah, I neglected to take both the 4 month and 5 month white-onesie-wearing-lying-on-the-carpet photos, but I knew that streak would end eventually. I don't know how some moms do it, taking those monthly pics in the similar outfit/setting regularly. I can barely find time to comb my hair or pee.
At 5 months, Jude is really blossoming in his personality. He is constantly scanning the room for Mama, and either gets excited or upset when he sees me (when he wants to nurse or be held, all molecules of Jude WANT MAMA!).
(side note: both of us have lost our voices due to a lingering cold--it's hilarious and annoying), how we can't believe how easy he is. He was yawning and rubbing his eyes, Chris put him in his crib and he went right to sleep. In general, this is how he is with sleeping, once he finds his thumb.
This month we've also introduced solid foods to him, which has lit up a whole new area of pleasure in the prefrontal cortex of his brain (here I am getting all scientific on you). He grabs for the spoon, gobbling pears, rice cereal, and most recently, spinach and rutabaga. That was SO not like Soren. To this day no molecule of rutabaga has come across S's tongue.
On the sleeping front, he still is not sleeping through the night. Some nights he's even up 3-4 times, wanting to nurse. It has been a rough month for him, with battling 2 colds and teething. Like his brother, Jude is a chronic teether. It seemed like Soren was always fussy, weeks before finally cutting teeth. It seems that way for Jude too.
The sleeping has been tough on me. Five+ months of interrupted sleep has made me prone to getting sick more often, and has made me a bit of an insomniac. It takes forever for me to fall asleep, I think because I'm anticipating being woken up right as I drop off (it has happened often). I'm hoping that once Jude is feeling better, I'll work on sleep learning. This book was helpful with Soren, and is a great approach for helping your child sleep without letting them cry it out.
In general, it's been a good month for our smiley boy. I love hearing his coos and vocalizing, and oh those cheeks! We're looking forward to enjoying our first Christmas with this delightful little guy.