Well y’all, today marks the day that Weston turns 5 months old! Long gone are the days of newborn snuggles and sleepiness; we are welcoming new experiences, lots of smiles and a great big new voice!
Wes is now officially an ambi-turner, meaning he will roll from back to front on both sides now. We’re still working on the back to front rolling; he can actually do it, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll do it willingly. He’s not a fan at all of being on his tummy! Although when he IS on his tummy he’s starting to push himself up even higher than he needs to in order to roll over. He’ll also sit there and grin and laugh with me on his tummy before he decides that being on his stomach is for the birds and rolls over.
Feet are ALWAYS in his mouth unless he’s standing, which is pretty much his favorite thing ever. Whether it’s bouncing in his Johnny Jumpup, rocking in his exersaucer or just holding onto mine/Nate’s fingers to stand, he’s always wanting to be on his feet. I have a feeling that will all come back to bite me when he’s a little bit older, but for now it’s so fun to watch him gain more balance and ability every day. Everything he does is new to him and he really is just so joyful! I know I wish I got that excited to stand up – just sayin’!
The look above is what we call his “emo” hair – it’s starting to get so long and fall on his forehead these days, which is hilarious! As Nate said the other day, his hair is a party hat – and Wes is here to party!
He’s getting to the point where he could literally bounce in his Johnny Jumpup for hours and hours on end. It’s literally his favorite activity and toy! Plus it’s great because it means I get to do house work, work work or play with him – or all of the above! One of his favorites is watching me fold clothes, and I sit there and tell him what article of clothing I’m folding and a little story about it.
Now to sleeping.
This past weekend we finally just let Wes cry it out in his crib when he woke up halfway through the night – and by cry it out I mean we let him cry for a bit and then I went in and sang to him. I didn’t let myself pick him up, but just rubbed his tummy and let him play with my hands while I sang. When I left the room he was almost asleep, and every since then he’s been sleeping a solid 8-10 hours (starting at about 7pm or so)! Honestly it was physically painful to let him cry but in the long run I’ve noticed that he’s happier throughout the day (I’m assuming because he’s getting more quality sleep) and I know that I feel better as well. It’s worth it to have a happier baby and more well-rested Mom!
As far as food is concerned, he really enjoys eating! I know I told you guys last Friday that he loves veggies, and it’s true – it’s pretty much the only thing he really likes eating. I’m excited for this next month of food with him since we’ll (at some point) increase the number of times he eats purees per day AND I’m going to start making his food starting next week since I think he’s down with more textures and fresh flavors. I’m thinking avocado will be a big one soon, plus all sorts of delicious fruits and veggie combinations. If I come up with some good combos I’ll be sure to share!
Another thing we’re noticing more and more is Wes’s ability and willingness to “talk” to us. He screams for every reason under the sun; I think he just likes to hear himself make noise. Laughter happens more and more every day, which obviously is our favorite thing EVER. The dogs get a little freaked out by the noise sometimes, but more and more they are coming up to him and letting him grab their ears or bat at their faces. I have a feeling they’re going to be his absolute best buds very very soon!
Otherwise it’s just kind of life as normal around here. The dogs are finally getting out a little more now that the temperatures are dropping a little bit, and I KNOW they’re stoked about that. It’s been a long long summer stuck inside and dealing with dogs that are just itching to get outside for hours! We’re on the homestretch with that now though.
Nate and I are doing well too! It’s nice to be more confident daily that we can meet Wes’s needs and to know that we can take him out in public without and nervousness or issues. I’m planning on doing a final recap of Insanity next weekend – it’s been 60 days almost! Time flies when you’re working out like a maniac, no? 🙂
I can’t believe I’m the mom of a 5-month-old baby, but honestly I can’t imagine life without Weston now. He’s such a ham, and so much fun to spend the day with. Watching him watch his daddy brings such joy to my heart, and being his mom has been the biggest blessing. I love being his mom and I can’t wait to learn more about him as the days roll on!