This month was full of firsts for Caleb, from starting daycare to swimming for the first time. Check out the details below…
This kid is moving up the growth curves at a rapid rate! He has gained about a pound and a half since our last update. After struggling for so long to get him to gain at the rate he should, this development delights me. He continues to wear 6 months size clothing, although it varies quite a bit by brand–I even managed to squeeze him into a 3 months size outfit for Mother’s Day a few days ago.
Likes & Dislikes
Caleb started daycare this month (sniff, sniff), and he absolutely loves it. He seems to really enjoy the constant engagement with his teachers and classmates. This month also included Caleb’s first swimming experiences, first in our backyard pool and then in the local lake. I’m happy to report that he seems to like the water…provided that it’s not too cold. I’m looking forward to splish-splashing with my baby boy this summer! Caleb is a pretty happy baby these days, so the only thing I can think of in terms of dislikes is when he gets stuck on his tummy in the midst of rolling over. He also really doesn’t enjoy going too long without food. More on that below…
Eating & Sleeping
Caleb continues to love to eat. We’re struggling to get him to go more than three hours between feedings, which is a little ridiculous considering his age. Every time I try to stretch that interval a bit, I end up with a very hangry baby. This predicament makes nighttime a delight (insert sarcasm here). I have been reluctant to cut out nighttime feedings entirely considering his previous struggle to gain weight, but now that he’s been on a good trajectory for more than a month now, I feel like it’s time to minimize his evening “snacks.” He certainly eats enough during the day that he shouldn’t need to feed in the middle of the night. Plus, uninterrupted sleep is very important at this stage of life. Oh, and Seth and I could use a good night’s sleep too.
-Caleb is getting ever closer to sitting up on his own. He can now prop himself up on his hands such that he is in a hunched sitting position. He’s also getting much better at sitting in his high chair; he can last the entire duration of dinnertime now. It’s nice to have the three of us sit down to a family dinner together, even if he’s not eating anything (yet).
-Speaking of eating solids, we’re still holding out for a while longer. The pediatrician indicated that it’s best to wait until 6 months if at all possible, so that’s the plan for now. I’m eager to start that phase (for obvious reasons), so I’ve been excitedly pinning everything related to baby-led weaning.
-Still no “mama” from Caleb yet, but he continues to discover and practice new sounds. His latest favorite is the “motorboat” sound, particularly when he’s having his diaper changed (<–weird, I know).