Month Five

I can’t believe I am starting to get caught up here!  At least with his weekly photos, I still have lots of other pictures/stories to share, but regardless, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it is motivating me to keep at it!

Last week Dylan turned five months old, again, I find myself saying, how did that happen? This past month we still struggled with the nighttime sleep, every once in a while he gives us a break and we get a decent nights sleep, but the norm is we are up several times during the night.  And Jacob has decided to stop napping altogether (but that is a story for another time) so we are all a bit sleep deprived here, Justin and I have found ourselves going to bed at the same time as the kids sometimes in hopes of getting a few hours in before Dylan wakes up.  The problem is our bodies are not used to going to sleep that early so we end up staying up later anyway…Our mantra has been, This is just a phase!

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The most fun thing about this month is Dylan has found his feet, I just love it when I put him down on his back and he immediately pulls his knees up and plays with his feet (except when I am trying to put a clean diaper on him!) I wonder how long it will be before he figures out how to put his foot in his mouth?

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He has been sleeping with his knees tucked under him and butt in the air like a stink bug, he likes blowing raspberries and he is absolutely in love with his brother!  For the last few months whenever Jacob is around Dylan is fixated on him and you can’t distract him at all.  But lately, they have really started interacting and Dylan craves the attention that Jacob gives him.  Dylan will smile and giggle for anybody but he saves his best belly laughs for his brother and I love hearing them both laugh together!

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Dylan is definitely our independent child.  He is a fun, happy baby, but if something is not going the way he wants it to he will let you know.  His wardrobe is always evolving, I put something on him and find myself saying well this is the last time you will be wearing this…Justin has been calling him One and Done, since he wears something once and then he grows out of it. I have a feeling that he and Jake will end up wearing the same size clothes someday in the not too distant future.

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And here are the weekly photos

Week 18

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Week 19

Dylan 19 wks

Week 20

Dylan 20 wks

Week 21

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Picasso

Still playing catch up here…

We had such a warm summer.  Actually the heat is pretty much expected since we moved inland from where we were, but it has been SO humid, which makes it seem much worse.  Needless to say I am thankful for air conditioning (not necessarily the bill though!)  We did have some nice ordinary warm days, and on those days I tried to come up with a fun outside activity.  Jake has been getting in touch with his creative side during arts and crafts at Preschool so on this August afternoon when I said lets go paint, he was all for it!  I put some paper on the art easel that my mom got him and put some paint in some cups and gave him some sponge paint brushes.  Actually it was finger paint, but we’ll keep that our little secret, I wasn’t up to the task of cleaning up after a finger painting activity so I told him to use the paintbrushes.

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This is the look I get when I ask them to look and smile at the camera…seriously mom can’t you see we are busy here

IMG_3297edAt first he was keeping the red on one side and the blue on the other, I kept encouraging him to mix it up.

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Which gave us a lovely shade of purple

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Then he decided that it needed some chalk to liven things up

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And I love the look on Dylan’s face in these pictures.

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He was so proud of his work

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Then he started telling me all about the colors he was using.  This one is red…

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And this one is blue…

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Just look at that face…with or without paint splattered on him, I think he is one handsome dude!

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And my plan to keep things relatively “less messy” started to backfire when he began wiping his face with hands that had paint on them.

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And it was then that he realized that he was getting paint all over him, and for being a rambunctious little boy, he does not like his hands to be dirty/sticky.

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When he started coming at me (and my camera) with those paint covered hands, wanting me to get it off of him, I knew this activity was over and it was time for me to get this little Picasso cleaned up.

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Month Four

This month was a bit of a challenge…he was still his cute smiley self, but nighttime sleep became a bit of a battle. It was more like a series of short naps all night long.  Which was frustrating because he was sleeping so good the previous month and we got spoiled.

For naps I put Dylan down on his side or tummy to sleep and he really likes it and sleeps better.  But at night since I couldn’t keep an eye on him while I was sleeping, I was still putting him down on his back, because of my fear of SIDS.  He got used to sleeping on his side/tummy for naps and came to prefer it, at the end of this month, he started waking up  at night frustrated because he couldn’t roll over onto his tummy yet.  So I bit the bullet and started putting him to sleep on his tummy at night, and he slept great, for a little while…then he started waking up again…

He wasn’t waking up to eat or play, but because he is so strong and is now on his tummy, he really began discovering his mobility.  He was scooting, squirming and wiggling his way around his crib at night and gets himself wedged into a corner and can’t get himself out.  So I have to go in his room and readjust him and move him back to the other end of his crib which buys me a little time (and sleep) before he gets himself stuck again.  I remember this phase with Jacob and I can’t wait until he truly masters rolling around by himself so this phase will be over, and we start getting some sleep again.  Since he is so big, sometimes I think I forget that he is really just a few months old and feel like he should be acting older.  When I get frustrated about his nighttime sleep habits, I often find myself reminding myself that “he is only 4 months old!”

During his awake time he is still our happy little boy.  He is really starting to discover what his hands can do and reaches for things. He started sticking his tongue out all the time and continues to grow like a weed.  By the end of this month he grew out of his 6 month clothes and into 9 month clothes!

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He had his 4 month check up and his pediatrician was very pleased with his progress.  He weighs 18 lbs 2 oz (97th percentile), he’s 27 inches long (89th percentile) and his head circumference is 16.5 inches (52nd percentile).  Overall his pediatrician said he is indeed a big, strong, healthy boy and he is proportioned well with his height and weight.  He got his shots and didn’t flinch with the first one and then cried for about 10 seconds with the second one.

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Here are this month’s weekly photos

Week 14 – so my idea of taking pictures in the morning before daddy leaves for work to get the smiley baby look backfired on me this week, he was tired and just wanted to go back to sleep (hence my previous mention of our lack of sleep).

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Week 15 – then he was back smiling with his tongue sticking out

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Week 16

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Week 17

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