Months 5 and 6- Brady

So… I am a slacker these days.  I just can’t find the time to write a blog but I am making myself do it right here, right now.

Months 5 and 6 were eventful ones as far as milestones go for Brady.  He started rolling from back to belly and belly to back and became a belly sleeper.  Those first few nights of us transitioning out of the swaddle were rough because he also decided to start flipping on his belly as well.  He would freak out once on his belly and I would go in and flip him back over.  Repeat one hundred times a night… Not really but it sure felt like it.  It took him about 1-2 nights of this and then he just realized, hey! I like sleeping on my belly and now he goes between his back, belly, and on his side.  He likes his new found freedom.  Just seeing him swaddled when he was 4.5 months old made me feel claustrophobic.

He also began sitting up by himself for short periods of time around 5 months and definitely liked to be able to see what was going on around him.  He thinks his big sister is hilarious and loves watching her and she loves putting on shows for him to make him giggle.  He only gained 1 oz between months 4 and 5 and I think that was largely due to him having an ear infection and bronchiolitis in February.  Well, he sure made up for it starting in the middle of March.  He gained 2 lbs. between month 5 and month 6 and went from sleeping 12 hours straight to waking up 1x per night, generally around 3 or 4a to eat.  He would nurse for about 20 minutes and then go back to sleep until about 6:30 or 7a.  He gets three 5 oz bottles at daycare as well as 2 oz of fruit for breakfast and 2 oz of veggies for lunch.  He also nurses right away when he wakes up in the morning and right before bed around 6p and will also have a fruit and veggie for dinner around 5:15p.

We also introduced oatmeal around the 5.5 month mark and I started making all of his baby food.  I made Makenzie’s baby food and enjoyed doing it so I was excited to start for this little guy.  He wasn’t too sure about it at first and he is a little stinker for me, apparently he thinks I’m the milk factory only and will not always eat great for me.  Which is a problem when Daddy is traveling unless he can teach himself how to pick up a spoon and feed himself. Makenzie does well feeding him too so that’s always an option if I need it.

Likes
Oatmeal
Sweet Peas
Squash w/ cinnamon
Sweet Potatoes w/ cinnamon
Carrots w/ cinnamon
Pears
Peaches
Applesauce

Dislikes
Green Beans

Normal Eating Schedule During the Week

6:30a- Nurse
8a- 2 oz fruits
9:45a- 5 oz bottle (daycare)
11a- 2 oz veggies
12:45p- 5 oz bottle (daycare)
3:45/4p- 4 oz bottle (daycare
5:15p- 1 oz fruit and 1 oz veggie
6p- Nurse to sleep
3/4a- Night feeding

I started making combinations for him the other day too.  Sweet potatoes with carrots and chicken pureed with garlic powder, basil, and thyme (sounds and looks gross but is pretty good) and chicken w/ carrots pureed with the same spices above.  He is just an eating machine these days.

It seems like he turned a corner within the last few weeks with his sitting. He has been sitting up, with help, since about 5 months old but just the last few weeks he can sit and just play on his own.  He goes from the sitting position and does a nose dive onto his belly to get into the crawling position.  He doesn’t crawl yet but he is scooting and spinning in circles and trying really hard to get those legs up when he can.

He also got his two bottom teeth which surprised the heck out of me.  Makenzie’s first tooth popped in at 8 months and her second closely followed around 8.5.  He did really well with them and I’m hoping he is an easy teether like his sister was.

He is a feisty one that’s for sure.  He doesn’t have his sister’s laid back attitude and that’s ok.  It’s just fun to watch him and notice the differences between the two kids.  With Makenzie we didn’t have to baby proof at all.  I mean, we put outlet covers all over the house but we never had to take stuff off of tables or put locks on cabinet doors, she just left everything alone.  Mr. Brady on the other hand I foresee being a different story.  He wants to play with every toy, everything goes in his mouth, screeches at me when I’m not whipping out my boob fast enough for him to nurse… It will be so interesting and fun to see the differences between a little boy and a little girl.  đŸ™‚

He loves eating his toes and he watches my every move.  My sister long ago told me how much little boys love their mommy’s.  Makenzie is very much a daddy’s girl and has been since she was about 6 months old but I can tell Brady may be a mommy’s boy.  Any of you mommy’s out there with little boys can probably relate.  Brian can be holding him and I’ll look up and he is just watching me, seeing what I am going to do next, smiling and drooling waiting for me to come and pick him up.

Sleeping.  I really can’t complain, he’s been a great sleeper since literally 14 days old.  He has his moments where some nights are rough for him if he is sick or has an ear infection, which we are currently on our 2nd one in two months but for the most part he goes down at 6:15/6:30 and wakes up once to eat and that back down to bed.  The other night though, he was like a raging lunatic.  He was put on steroids for his crackling lungs and let me tell you he was a straight up roid raging psychopath.  He went to sleep fine but within 4 hours he was up and SCREAMING! I tried nursing him which always gets him to calm down.  Nope.  I tried rocking, bouncing, walking, singing.  Nope, nope, nope, and nope.  Finally, after an hour, I just had to let him cry for a bit.  I put him back in his crib and let him cry to see if he could work it out on his own.  Nope.  So I went back into his room, gave him some Motrin because I wasn’t sure if he was in some sort of pain and he literally fell asleep within 10 minutes of me rubbing his back.  I went back to my bed and fell asleep until I heard him up, wailing like a crazy person again around 2:30.  I nursed him again, he ate and then went back to sleep until 5:15a.  This time it was a big NOPE from me.  I left him in his crib to talk and fuss for an hour when I finally gave up and got him up for the day.  He was crabby pants by 8a and fell asleep in the car on the way to daycare.  Long story short, I called the doctor and asked him to be taking off of his steroid so we went in for a quick check and they were ok with it based on how his lungs sounded.

Naps.  He is on 3 naps a day.  I’d love to say they are “solid” in how long they are but we are still working on that.  He’s a cat napper.  I was hoping by now he would have figured it out but he still struggles with it.  The first nap is generally 35-40 minutes.  The second nap, when he is home, is usually about an hour and 20 minutes but that’s ONLY because Brian goes up and extends it when he wakes up after 45 minutes.  And then the 3rd nap is anywhere from 30 min to an hour.  Here is to hoping that once he is on two naps he’ll figure it out….

All in all, it’s been a very good couple of months and it’s hard for me to believe that Brady is almost 6.5 months old.  The second time around goes so much faster than the first.  Maybe because you know what to expect and nothing comes to you as such a shock like it does the first time around.

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