Not much has changed since last month. He sleeps more consistently through the night although there are still nights when he wakes up and needs to be settled down. We are currently going through Caleb's first illness. I took him to the doctor Thursday the 21st because of a fever, runny nose, and cough. Turns out, he has RSV. Dr. Lehocky said that he thought that RSV was finally going away this season and then Caleb had to get it. He may have picked it up from Jeremy who has had a cough lately or maybe from the church nursery? Who knows? Germs are everywhere. He's handling it pretty well for now and I just hope he doesn't develop any secondary complications. At his doctor's appointment, he weighed 15 lbs. 14.5 oz.
Milestones, Discoveries, and Accomplishments (since last month)
~ Raises both legs up in the air to touch toes.
~ Uses hands more to play with toys. Brings them to his mouth. Reaches for items out of reach. (If he is sitting in your lap at meal time, he can easily pull the place mat and a plate into your lap if you're not careful.)
~Rolls supine to prone (1st time on Feb. 24). Rolled prone to supine for first time on Dec. 28th.
~Sits well in Bumbo seat. Enjoys it for about five minutes. I put it in front of his activity mat or other toy so he can have something to do while sitting.
~Overall, he's more lively, alert, and interactive. I feel like we are in that perfect baby stage when he is fun to be around, sleeps pretty well, but isn't independently mobile!
~Smiles and kicks his legs happily when he sees me coming to get him out of his crib in the mornings or after naps.
~He doesn't really take a pacifier. He used to, but lately every time we give it to him, he acts like he has no idea that you are supposed to suck it and he just chews on it instead. He sucks his fingers if he needs to self soothe. I may try a different pacifier brand in the future (or count my lucky stars that I don't have to wean him from it?)
~He's a tummy sleeper. We've had a few nights where he has flipped himself over to his back and then he cries out because it is hard for him to turn back over. He reminds me of a little bug wiggling his arms and legs frantically trying to right himself. The funny thing is that sometimes he doesn't even WAKE UP! He just fusses and cries in his sleep because he's on his back and doesn't know what to do about it.
NursingI'm happy to say that Caleb has been exclusively breast fed since the day he was born. All 15 lbs 14.5 oz of him have been nourished solely by me! When I'm away from him, he gets a bottle of expressed breast milk. He nurses about every 3 hrs. during the day and goes all night without a feeding. I'm no longer waking him at 11 pm for a late night feeding before I go to bed. We will start solids somewhere between 5 1/2 months and 6 months. I'll probably wait until six months. It is so much easier to just nurse! I have to say that I kind of dread the whole baby food stage and all of its messiness.
And a note to Caleb:
You are growing so fast! It is already hard to remember what life was like before you came along. Our family needs you, little bubby. It makes me so happy to see Daddy kiss you good bye in the mornings and love on you as soon as he gets home from work. I love working with you on your milestones! The "retired" physical therapist in me gets a kick out of working with you on your rolling or sitting balance. I'm a little worried about how much you're gonna get into once you start crawling and walking! I love walking in your bedroom and seeing you on your back happily playing with your toes. You make me smile every day!