Monday, April 11, 2011

George Lately

George is now 5 months old! 

Since I'm behind on blogging, here's a 4-month update:

GEORGE: Month 4

George flew on an airplane (a couple, actually) to see Mimi and Grandaddy in Chattanooga for spring break!
Trying rice cereal... he wasn't a fan. 

Not uncommon to find my boys like this when I come home from work.

Enjoying some quality time with Mimi...

George with his friends, Duke and Avalynn, in Nashville over spring break!

In the last month...
  • He hasn't been sleeping well.. His sleep patterns have been erratic and he is much more wakeful at night. Sometimes all he needs is to be "shushed" and to have his mobile turned on, but lately I've had to feed him once in the night. 
  • He tried rice cereal once for the first time over spring break. I'm still breastfeeding exclusively mostly because I've been too busy to pump extra to mix with cereal. I plan to be better about that this month as we move towards solid foods to be introduced in month 6. 
  • He is teething and has two teeth that are ready to pop out! This means lots of drooling and fussiness. He's been chewing on his hands and Daddy calls it a "hand sandwich". We're giving him baby Tylenol pretty regularly to bring him some relief.
  • On March 20, George rolled from his tummy to his back for the first time! Daddy and Mommy were both in the room when it happened. Of course we applauded and cheered!
  • Three days later, on March 23, George rolled from his back to his tummy for the first time!
  • George is still in size 3 diapers
  • On March 11, we went for George's 4-month checkup. We learned that he was 26" long and 16 lbs. and 6 oz. His percentiles made us proud too: 78th for weight, 85th for height, and 73rd for head circumference.
  • He flew on an airplane for the very first time! He flew from Lubbock-Dallas-New Orleans-Birmingham AND then we drove two hours to see Mimi and Grandaddy in Chattanooga! On the return flights, we were stuck on the tarmac for 3 hours on a full plane without so much as a peep out of George. Everyone was complimenting him on his composure. We were so relieved to have such a cool, calm baby.
  • He loves to play "peep-eye"
  • He is OBSESSED with his feet. He always grabs them when we change him and always looks for opportunities to grab them.
  • He just started sitting up in the bath tub. He splashes and seems to really enjoy it. I used to bathe him on the counter in his baby tub, but he is splashing too much so we've placed the infant tub in the big tub so he can splash all he wants.
  • He loves anything red or black and white.
  • He loves to wiggle when we turn on music. We listen to ghdpandora kids station. Mommy and Daddy have even learned some new songs that we sing for him. 
  • He loves to bounce in his frog activity station. 
  • Anytime the television is on, he tries to watch it. We always turn him away because we limit his tv watching to about 30 minutes a week. The only program he's seen is Classical Baby. It's a huge hit in our home!
  • He is very "grunty".
  • He is still working on his sitting up skills. He can last up to a few minutes before he starts to topple over. When he is seated in our laps, he doesn't enjoy reclining. He goes out of his way to try to sit up. He can stand very well when he has something stationary to hold onto. 
  • He loves touching faces when being held... noses, lips, and chins especially.
  • He found his tongue this month and enjoys sticking it out.
  • He is such a rolly-poly. When we put him on his play mats or in his crib, he never stays where we place him. He rolls, spins, scoots, and pikes his legs in the funniest ways!
and since then...

GEORGE: Month 5

 Trying broccoli, peas, and pears.
 Not a fan.
 Trying the "Georgie" Jump-Up for the first time.
He loves it!
 Posing for the camera...
Official 5-month photo taken on 4-6-11
  • George tried some baby food this week for the first time. I couldn't help myself when I saw the organic baby food "broccoli, pears, and peas" on sale at Target with the label reading 4+ months. He really didn't like it, but can you blame him? We just tried it once. You're supposed to ease into solids by starting with cereals, working up to pureed food. He was able to swallow it well and has shown an interest in food when David and I eat in front of him. We will revert to cereal so George's little digestive tract is adequately prepared for pureed foods, but I wanted him to try it!
  • We borrowed a "Georgie" Jump-Up from some friends and it is such a hit! He loves to bounce in it and spin around.
  • His laughter is starting to sound more like a traditional rippling laugh and he loves to babble.
  • We're not going to the doctor this month, so we'll have to wait until May to get his updated weight and height.
  • George is going to be dedicated at church on Sunday! 

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