Another month over–this time last year, I was just finding out that I was pregnant with Caleb!
Caleb continues to be a looong boy. Neither Seth nor I is exactly sure where this length/height comes from. Maybe he’ll be tall and end up on the Duke basketball team? A girl can dream. Anyway, his weight gain continued to be less than stellar at the beginning of the month, but after making a difficult decision regarding his eating (more on that below), we seem to be on the right track. He’s finally getting some of that adorable baby chub! He now wears 6 month size clothing. I’m slightly bummed that we skipped right over the 3 month size–I had so many cute outfits for him. I guess that just means I’ll have to have another little boy in the future.
Likes & Dislikes
Caleb continues to love singing, which, quite frankly, is a godsend when it comes time to soothe him. We recently discovered that he enjoys several Disney songs, particularly “A Whole New World” and “Part of Your World”–two favorites that I’ve had memorized since, oh, 1992. We’ve also figured out that Caleb loves being tickled, so obviously Seth and I have been exploiting that fact to get our daily fix of baby giggles. While I don’t think it’s reached the level of “dislike,” Caleb is not a big fan of his car seat these days. He’ll tolerate it for the duration of the car ride to Nonnie and Pa’s house, but anything after that is entirely too long for his liking. Whenever we’ve arrived at our destination, he puts out his lower lip and furrows his brow as if to say, “GET ME OUT NOW.”
Eating & Sleeping
As I alluded to above, we had to make some changes in Caleb’s eating habits. Shortly after my last update, the physical burden of breastfeeding started to wear me down. I contracted a pretty wicked cold/sinus infection (a rarity for me) and was tired all the time; keeping up with an insatiable baby was taking its toll. Something had to give. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is ideal, but that’s not the case when your baby is going hungry. We started supplementing with (organic) formula a few weeks ago, and everyone is happier as a result. I’ve been doing some research, and it seems that inadequate milk supply is common among hypothyroid moms such as myself, so that eases at least a little bit of the mommy guilt I’m experiencing. Caleb has decided he really likes eating now…so much so that he likes to wake up at least once every night for a snack. We had it so easy for the first three months in terms of sleeping, so I can’t really complain too much about this sudden nighttime wakefulness. We’ve also attempted to put him in his crib at night but have failed miserably thus far. To be continued…
-Caleb has figured out how to roll from his back to his side, a skill he’s developed from many hours with his activity gym. He can also hold his head up pretty well these days, making it much easier to lug him around on my hip. The kid’s got core strength, at last!
-Caleb has been vocalizing for a few months now, but it has reached a new level lately. He’s moved on from his vowels (i.e., screaming a joyful AAAAAHHH when we put on the Disney Pandora station) and is now fascinated by the “ffffff” and “bbbbbb” sounds. I keep pushing for a little “Mama,” but no luck yet.