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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

5 Months

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18 lbs. 11 oz.
Wears 6-9 month clothes
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Reuben turned 5 months old on Sunday. This past month has been a big month of discovery for him. Here are the latest developments:

  • Grabs his feet.
  • Blows raspberries (and drools everywhere - Lily never even drooled this much).
  • Rolls from back to front. And then gets stuck on his tummy, gets frustrated and cries until Mommy turns him back over.
  • Reaches out for toys and grabs them.
  • Tries to sit up when in a semi reclining position.
  • No longer uses the infant car seat in the stroller but sits up in the stroller like a big boy.
  • Loves it when Mommy whispers sweet nothings in his ear.
  • Wiggles his way out of a tight swaddle like nobody's business.
  • Gets excited and fidgets when you ask him "do you want nursies?"

And then of course there's sleep training. Cry-It-Out (CIO), The Ferber method, No-Cry Sleep Solution, etc., whichever one you choose to go with, you know you have your work cut out for you. We started sleep training Lily a few days shy of 4 months and it was definitely the right time. So when Reuben started resisting going to sleep at night (and nap-time too) at almost 4 months we knew it was time to dust off our earplugs for the endless nights of screaming and crying ahead of us. More seriously, we decided to try a different technique from what we used with Lily (straight Cry-It-Out is NOT my cup of tea which is why we probably gave up halfway through trying it with Lily) to hopefully avoid lots of crying and it worked. By a week and a half he was going to sleep on his own with very minimal fussing. Naps were another story and then one day I was nursing him before his morning nap and Lily called for me from the other room. I went to check on her and when I came back he was passed out in the middle of my bed. Ever since then nap time has been no struggle at all. Well, he has days where he regresses but isn't that just how babies are? One day you think you have them figured out and then the next you're left scratching your head wondering where your "easy" baby disappeared to.

I can't complain too much though. He really is quite a great kid. :)

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