Look who went and turned 5 months old while I was on my blogging break. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday I was looking like this?
So many of you have emailed or left me comments regarding Luke’s health and asking questions. I suppose I was a bit vague about his digestive issues. This wasn’t intentional, I just didn’t think you’d be that interested. But since there seems to be a curiosity, I’ll fill you in more. I started to give the details here, but it ended up being much too long for one post. Instead, there will be a separate post coming soon with the low down. Be on the lookout if you are interested in baby’s poop. Ha!
Other than the digestive issues, Luke’s healthy as can be. He’s a happy, happy baby who is so much fun to be around. He loves people and smiles and laughs often.
On the development front, he’s rolling both ways, can lift his chest off the ground into a baby push-up, tries to sit up (but mostly tumbles forward so far), and puts everything he can get his hands on in his mouth. As you can see, he also turns into Mr. Serious most every time there is a camera in front of him.
He’s growing really well. At his four month check up, he was 17 pounds, 5 ounces (85th percentile) and 27 3/4 inches long (99th percentile). He’s a big boy! I think he is around 19 pounds now, which is just plain crazy. Meghan was 20 pounds at her 12 month check up! He’s already wearing 12-18 month clothing and size 3 diapers.
Sleep deserves its own separate category, right? I wish I had better news to report here, but Luke’s sleep has not been great. Basically, he’s as unpredictable as one baby can get. He’ll have a few days where he naps well and I’ll think we’re on to something. Then, before I can blink he has a day (or two or three) where he wakes 30 minutes into every nap screaming, or won’t go down for the nap initially, or some other issue.
Then there’s night sleep. This teeters from bad to terrible. Most nights he’s up twice to feed. He goes down to sleep between 6-7 pm, depending on his naps, and then is up between 10-11 and again between 1-4. It varies widely. Some nights, however, he’ll be up three times to feed. Sometimes he even tries to get up four times, but I have to draw the line somewhere. Clearly, such a big boy can make it longer than 2-4 hours between feedings at night. But for some reason, he just doesn’t.
Every single morning he’s up for the day between 5-6am. I try to wait to start our day until 6am, but sometimes he gets really worked up and I have to get him earlier. No matter how the night went, he’s bright eyed at this time and ready to play.
His sleep is a big mystery to me. I have no idea if his digestive issues have disrupted his sleep, his reflux (which is really mild compared to some stories I’ve heard), or just an inability to get himself back to sleep on his own. I’ve encouraged independent sleep from the beginning. I put him down in his crib awake and he puts himself to sleep without a problem most of the time. I am careful to put him down for regular naps at appropriate times (when he’s tired enough to go to sleep for a good nap, but not so overtired that he can’t sleep well). Trust me, I’ve read every baby sleep book out there. (Back when Meghan was a newborn) I’m at a loss.
If it wasn’t for his poor sleeping habits, I’d say he’s a perfect baby. 🙂 I guess I can’t have it all. He really is the most laid back, happy little guy, so I can’t complain about the sleep. I’m hoping in time he’ll outgrow all of this and become the awesome sleeper his sister is.
Speaking of Meghan…
When Luke was first born, there was definitely a transition period for Meghan. Now, however, she’s the sweetest big sister. She just adores Luke. She loves to hold him and play with him. And he stares at her whenever she’s in the room. He will just watch her talk, sing, or dance for the longest time. I love seeing the sibling relationship develop.
And finally, me!
Despite being sleep deprived, I’m doing well. I’m on a really restricted diet (more on that in the post on Luke’s digestive issues), though, which stinks. I have a new-found respect for those who have food allergies.
When I first decided to take a break from blogging, I was really worn down. I realized I had to cut back on a lot of things. Blogging was one. Another was running. I just couldn’t maintain the 5-6 days a week of running. Since then, I haven’t had one clogged milk duct. Clearly, all the ones I’d had (I think it was 12!) were resulting from me pushing myself too hard. I’m not going to make that mistake again. Right now, I’m running 2-3 times a week max. The rest of my exercise is coming in the form of functional fitness. Running up and down the stairs. Carrying a 19 pound baby. Playing with Meghan. These are all ways to keep active even if they aren’t formal workouts. For now, it’s all I can handle, so I’m okay with it.
I’m just about at my pre-pregnancy weight, although my body doesn’t look the same yet. I know that will come in time. Well, at least I hope it will.
Life is good over here. It’s hard to believe my little man is already 5 months old. I’m trying to savor every precious moment with him as I know these baby days are fleeting.