I’m a little late writing BB’s update. You see, my baby bear seems to have picked up feeding every 3 hours through the night again and I’m more exhausted than I was when he was 5 weeks old!
This update will probably be a bit meh as I’ve hardly had time to think about his developments this month. I can’t remember the last time he slept through until the early hours.
The past month has been probably my busiest of the year. At the beginning of September we went on holiday the following week I turned 30 but we can after that the slam had a stomach bug the week off to that my brother got married and the week after that I took a trip to London with BB by myself.
Last month we were down to 1 night feed. He would go to bed around 7 then feed 5-7 hours later. Then again 4 hours later. While we were on holiday he actually slept through till 4:30 AM which was amazing.
But it seems he’s picked up several extra feeds and the 4 month sleep regression has most certainly morphed into the 5 month sleep regression.
According to the wonder weeks we were supposed to be in a sunny period and even though baby bear is happy during the day he’s just not sleeping at night.
I’ve put a lot of effort into our bedtime routine and it seemed to be working, but everything changed when we hit the four months. He goes to bed around 6 PM and has picked up his late evening feed between nine and 10. Hence why I’m struggling to keep up with the blog. By the time i’ve had my dinner and got my laptop out, he’s awake again. And of course only I can feed him.
Anyway, enough of the moaning.
We are still exclusively breastfeeding. I am still trying him with a bottle but no luck so far (other than the one time he took the NUK bottle). Like I’ve mentioned above we are back to feeding every 3 hours at night. I’m trying to settle him without milk, but at the end of the day, he’s only 5 months old and growing fast. He may just need the extra milk.
I’m not ready to stop breastfeeding, but would just like the option to go out knowing I don’t have to rush back. But as people keep telling me, they aren’t little for long and I do love the extra cuddles when I’m feeding him.
Baby bear is such a light sleeper which means he rarely sleeps for longer than an hour. He’s completely different to his big brother.
I was hoping by 6 months we would be in a napping routine. 2 long naps a day in his crib. We are far from this. He naps sporadically throughout the day, either in the pram, on me or on the sofa. If I put him his crib he wakes up after 10 minutes. I wonder if my bedroom is too light? Maybe it’s time to bring out the GroBlind.
If you go back and read my 4 month update, you will see he was sleeping so well at night. I really hope we get back to this so I can get some sleep. It doesn’t help that I have an under-active thyroid which makes me tired anyway. Add sleep deprivation and boom, you’ve got a loony mum.
My goal is to have him napping upstairs in his crib by 6 months. Let’s see if I can achieve this.
Sitting unaided is still a struggle, so therefore I’m not ready to start weaning. We will see what he’s like at 6 months and decide again then. I want to do baby led weaning predominately, but if his sitting seems to be slowly developing, I may begin with purees for the first couple of weeks. I think this will ease me in to the weaning process anyway.
He is showing a lot if interest in food. His eyes follow me with every bite, so I’m sure it won’t be too much longer before I give him his first tastes.
I just can’t believe we’re almost weaning already. What happened to my newborn?!
He is rolling all over the place and can do a full roll either front to back then back to his front, or visa versa. I can’t leave him for more than a minute or he will end up in the other side of the room!
He really wants to crawl too. He can actually get across the floor by raising his knees and pushing his body, but just hasn’t figured out what to do with his hands yet. I’m pretty confident we’ll have an early crawler. Wish me luck!
He’s still such a happy baby and is always laughing. The boys are still besties. There are moments when Lamb is playing with BB and they are genuinely looking at each other and laughing together. It’s like their special way of communicating and it melts my heart.
I’m going to wrap it up there. Hopefully the next update will be all about how well he’s sleeping, and you never know, we might have some first tastes to talk about!