5 months old
Our baby boy is 5 months old!! I cannot believe it! The time is FLYING! Where did the 4th month go? I actually did not write a 4 month blog post because, well, the 4th month was REALLY rough. And, I just did not have the time to write :(
This is going to be a lengthy post because so much has happened since 3 months.
Starting around 3 1/2 months, Easton really changed his sleeping patterns. He began to start “protesting” naps. He would CRY and fuss and it was SO hard to get him to sleep. Up until that point, he had been putting himself to sleep for naps and doing ok with it. He had never really made it past that 30 min nap mark, as he would only nap through one sleep cycle. But nonetheless, he would at least put himself to sleep. It got so bad that I had to start rocking him to sleep again for every nap (like we did when he was a newborn). Then it got to the point where I had to rock him CONTINUOUSLY or he would wake up. THEN he started protesting bedtime (which he never did before). Finally, he started waking up multiple times in the night. The cycle continued for weeks and it completely exhausted me.
On top of that, Easton’s feeding habits began to change as well. Turns out his latch was not great due to his tongue tie and he needed to have a revision. I was so glad that our pediatrician told us about this dentist who does laser frenectomy procedures. Easton tolerated it well, but the first couple of days after were hard. His feedings did not improve initially and his latch was still “off”. The after care was completely rigorous, but I was dedicated to the process of him properly healing. We got in contact with a wonderful lactation consultant and also began taking him to the pediatric chiropractor for adjustments. As of today, his latch is PERFECT and he has gained 2 POUNDS in one month!!! For anyone who has a baby with tongue tie and does not think that it is a big deal, please read this article—it explains EXACTLY what happened with Easton and I. And please peruse this website to learn more about tongue tie.
Next, his sleep. So remember how I had mentioned being exhausted from assisting him to sleep all the time? Well, it just so happened that around the same time that I felt myself coming to a breaking point of utter exhaustion, was the same time that this class came out by my favorite sleep consultant. I knew there had to be a change. I couldn't keep doing what I was doing spending hours in a dark room rocking him and going though a nightly battle with him falling asleep. I remember speaking with my friend about it and telling her that I just felt like I was “surviving and not thriving”. It was true, I was doing whatever I could just to survive. I was eating terrible because it was easy, and I was becoming so stressed and snippy! And, nobody wants that!
After implementing the things that I learned in the sleep class, I am SO proud to say that Easton has improved SIGNIFICANTLY. Every night I put him down in the crib FULLY AWAKE and he falls asleep within 10 minutes with hardly any fussing. He sleeps for about 11.5-12 hours a night and usually wakes up once to eat, though sometimes he sleeps through. His naps are getting so much better and he is able to link his sleep cycles together so his naps are not ending after only 30 mins. They last anywhere from 1-2 hours now! :) And as for me? I am feeling like myself again. I am getting the rest that I need and am able to tackle the things around the house that I need to! I thank the Lord that He sustained me through Eastons 4th month!
5 Month Milestones:
*He weighs 15.2 lbs!! He gained 2 lbs in ONE month after having his tongue tie surgery!
*Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back
*Goes to bed at 7pm every night and sleeps till about 6:45am or 7:00am, usually gets onefeeding in the night.
*Puts himself to sleep!!!
*Naps are 1-2 hours long!
*Loves sleeping on his tummy
*Can sit up unassisted for a couple of seconds
*Can put his own pacifier in his mouth by himself (it’s so cute!!)
*Everything goes in the mouth
*Very interested in what we are eating, loves to suck on apple slices
*Giggles and laughs!
*He is starting to mimic us
*Smiles when he sees Ollie (oh and the other day I SWEAR he said “Ollie” lol!)
*Said “da da” ON FATHER’S DAY!! AND we got it all on video!!