You are technically 5 months and 3 weeks old at the moment, although I'm sure you want nothing more than to just be two and a half already just like your brother. Everyday you watch your big brother and your face just screams "I want to do what he's doing!!!". Even though things don't seem to be progressing fast enough for you, developmentally, you are taking off!
Much to my dismay, you are in the beginning stages of crawling. You creep forward by pulling yourself with your arms and sometimes you make it up to your knees and for some reason use your head instead of your arms in what I like to call the tripod position. As soon as you make it to all fours, I have no doubt that you will be officially mobile. Hold me.
You began eating solids last month and boy are you a big eater! For a little guy, you can sure put away the food. I'm constantly giving you new things to try and you have yet to just absolutely refuse anything. I'm having so much fun making you new combinations to try and I love that you eat everything right up. You stare at our plates of "real food" longingly, but don't worry, I'm sure you will be eating just like us in no time. Also, you are still mostly breastfed, but we do use formula as well. It works for us and seems to be a good mix. Your dairy allergy seems to have gone away and I even switched you to a milk based formula earlier this week and so far no problems.
We had our weight check on the 30th and thankfully you had gained enough weight (3 whole pounds!) where no other testing was needed. You now weigh 14 pounds 11 ounces which puts you into the 9th percentile. Woo-hoo! You are still a short little guy at 23.5 inches (1st percentile) but hopefully you will catch up there this coming month. You are currently wearing a size 2 diaper and 3-6 month clothing with a few 6 month outfits thrown in there (obviously length is an issue here).
You have begun chatting quite a bit and just the other day you busted out your first word (although I'm sure you have no idea what it actually means just yet) and of course it was "da-da". And here I was thinking I was your favorite? I'm positive you are going to be my little "Chatty Cathy".
Sleep-wise things are going fairly well. You take a long morning nap in your crib. In the afternoons you are either sleeping in the crib or the swing. Most of the time your brother has a hard time letting you just sleep in your room so the swing is a better bet. Last week we finally kicked you out of our room as it became blatantly obvious that you had outgrown the rock-n-play when I woke up and found you sleeping on your tummy with your bottom half dangling down. I think everyone is sleeping better with you in your own crib. You love being able to sleep on your tummy and spread out. You still wake up at 11 and 4:30AM but you are pretty easy to get back down after a quick feeding. I'm hoping the 4:30 feeding gets dropped soon though as you are back up ready to go by 6AM.
You are still my happy little guy. Very easy to please and very little grumpiness unless your gums are hurting you. Sophie the giraffe has become your new best friend and I've ordered you a wooden teether that I hope will also alleviate some of your pain. Your favorite person is still your big brother and besides Sophie, I think your favorite new toy is the jumper. I love you so much little guy! I can't believe how fast this first year is already passing us by.