This 5th month of Tony's life has been full of new experiences and it is so fun to watch and be a part of. He is learning how to eat, which is a very messing learning experience for him. So far he has had rice cereal and rice cereal with banana's. He love the cereal with banana's and I doubt will ever go back to the plain again. Tonight I'm going to try asparagus. I have ordered a high chair and can't wait for it to arrive. Our current eating arrangements are that he sits in his bouncy seat, but he wiggles all over in it and he touches everything and gets food everywhere. By everywhere I mean, hands, face, neck, hair, socks, pants, shirt and the bouncer seat. Although after he sneezed with a mouthful of cereal I should change my definition of everywhere to include me and the floor. I'm getting smarter though, today I stripped him down to just his onesies before feeding him.
The problem with him being such a messy eater, is that now I have to give him a bath everyday, and bathing has become more difficult lately. He has outgrown the hammock in his tub, but not quite big enough to sit on his own in the little mini tub. So he flops around and I can't seem to hold him up with one hand and wash him with the other while he is wiggling all over the place. He usually ends up getting water in his face or soap in his eyes, or falling onto his back and getting all mad at me. Once he can sit on his own I think bath time will be a much more pleasant experience for both of us. He's getting close to sitting up on his own, he can almost do it, but he is almost folded in half so I don't think it really counts as sitting up and definitely not good for in the tub.
He has mastered rolling onto his back, and is so close to rolling from his back to his tummy.He is full of personality, smiles and laughs like crazy, and is very easily entertained. If you wrap his arms around your neck he will hold on tight and give you a big wet slobbery open mouth kiss on the cheek as he pulls your hair. Just yesterday for the first time he reached out for me when I went to pick him up. That definitely made my day.
As much as Tony loves his little doggy bouncer seat, he really is getting too big for it, it almost sags to the floor when he's in it. So we decided he needed a new form of entertainment, and we bought him a jumparoo. We're hoping it helps strengthen his legs, he doesn't seem to want to put any weight on them, if I try to hold him up and help him stand, his legs just collapse underneath him. So far he really likes it. I just hope it is as big a hit for the long term as the bouncer seat was.Now that the weather is getting nicer, we go for walks/jogs outside with the stroller. He did great the first few times, but the last 2 times, he has gotten fussy halfway through and I end up carrying him the rest of the way. I usually have a few others walking with me (I've rounded up a few neighbor friends/family to walk with me, which comes in handy when Tony wants to be carried and I have the stroller to push too).
He is still taking 3 naps a day, but I think he is trying to give up the last one. Which actually a good thing, because then maybe I can start putting him to bed earlier at night. By the time he goes to bed at 9:30 I am ready for bed myself, but it would be nice to have some quiet me time after he goes to bed without having to stay up till 11pm. Oh and in case your wondering, he still isn't sleeping through the night yet. He goes down around 9:30 and sleeps till either 2, 3, 4 or 5 (whichever he decides) before he wakes up to eat, then goes back to sleep for the rest of the night till 7:30 or 8. Yes it would be nice to sleep the whole night through, but if waking up to eat helps him sleep longer in the morning it is fine with me.
I just wanted to write all this down so I don't forget what the 5th month was like. Definitely the easiest month so far. I wonder what next month will be like.