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Monday, January 13, 2014

Ford 5 months

Ford turned 5 months old on Saturday January 11th. What an awesome, exhausting, and crazy month it has been for our family. We are really enjoying the stage Ford is in right now and don't think we could love him an ounce more! He completes our little family and brings us so much joy. Can't believe that he will be 1 year old this year!!!! They aren't lying when they say time flies. Ford is very active and squirmy these days so taking his monthly photos has become a 2 man job. Our happy boy!

Weight: 18lb 3oz (which was how much I was at 1 year!)

Height: 25.5 inches

Doctor appointments: no well check this month but we spent a few days in and out of the pediatrician's office getting all sorts of tests, chest x rays, and breathing treatments. Ford was flu, RSV, and Pertussis negative and when his symptoms kept getting worse, he had chest X rays for pneumonia (negative). We did breathing treatments (with Albueterol) every 4 hours for about 2 weeks and haven't done one in about 5 days. Jon and I both have a history of asthma so unfortunately it will probably be in Ford's future. 

Nicknames: Mister, milkie, silly boy, cutest, my family calls him Fordy, Doodle boy, and boxy (because of his boxed shaped body hehe)

Eating: still just mama's milk! Ford nurses about 5 times a day and once at night. He's started to get very distracted while nursing so I try to nurse him in a dark, quiet room if possible. We had been battling a bottle strike for a couple of weeks and have just put the bottle on hold. It was exhausting and just plain sad...Ford is already a boob man. We bought a few sippy cups that we may try breastmilk in but for now, he's as happy as a clam not taking a bottle. Our doctor recommended waiting until 6 months for solids and he's started watching us feed ourselves so we think he'll be ready. I've been doing my research (Wholesome Baby Food) and plan on starting with butternut squash, avocado and oatmeal. Next month should be fun! Since he's been teething like a mad man, I've started giving him frozen banana in the mesh feeder and he absolutely loves it!

Sleeping (night): aye yi yi. This has been a tough month but we are on the ups! Bronchitis, 4 month sleep regression, leaps, and teething... it is always something messing with Ford's sleep. There were a couple nights he was up every 3 hours coughing and the only way to get him back down was nursing so I was reliving the exhausting newborn days. We are slowly getting back to normal. He is doing great in his crib at night, going to bed between 7:30pm-8pm and waking up once to eat and sleeping until about 7:45am. We are trying to stick to a bedtime routine knowing that he will thrive on it... we do a bath, baby massage, nurse with mama, books in bed with dad. 

Sleeping (naps): getting so much better! I am trying to plan my days around his naps now and be home for at least 1 nap. He naps 1 hour in the morning (usually between 9:30-10am), 1.5 hours in the early afternoon, and a short cat nap, 30 min-1 hour in the evening. He is a great car sleeper but I don't want to rely on that. 

Clothing: packed away all of his 3-6 month clothes and lots of 6 month clothes. Ford is in 6-9 month and 9 month jammies and 9 month onesies/shortalls/onepieces. Because of Ford's big belly and cloth diaper booty, one piece outfits work best for him. Jeans are just a little odd fitting. I love Carter's and Baby Gap one pieces right now. Since it's been cold I try to keep shoes on him (current favorites are Chuck Taylor crib shoes) and beanies/hats but he gets hot SO easily. 

Social: Ford has always been alert and vocal but this month his personality is really blossoming!! He now loves the sound of his own voice and talks, shrieks, yells all day long. He is quite the social butterfly and smiles at the drop of a hat. He loves to watch people and has recently become a fan of Ernie. He smiles when he sees him and follows him when Ernie runs around the room. Ford is very ticklish and laughs so easily when we tickle and nibble him. He also loves when we make sounds like "pop, whoosh, pow"... he sure does think Jon and I are funny.

New this month: 
  • Jumping ALL THE TIME! He had been in the exersaucer for a couple of weeks and we went to a friends who had a jumperoo. Well... that boy jumped for over an hour. We are now borrowing one from a neighbor and Ford spends more than half of his waking time jumping. I wouldn't be surprised if leans up next month! He is not only jumping in the jumper but jumps while he nurses, in his carseat, under his playmat. He is obsessed. 
  • He can sit up unassisted while balancing on his hands like an orangutan. He surprised us with that on Christmas Eve and can now sit about 10 seconds without balancing on his hands. He is rolling front to back and back to front but still pretty immobile. He is getting really good at pushing up during tummy time and not hating it so much. 
  • He is quickly outgrowing his baby bathtub and we are excited to start using a bath ring soon. He loves kicking in the bath and is just getting too big and can arch his back to get out of it. 
  • Blowing spit bubbles...such a boy
Teething: I am checking every single day for a tooth to start budding because this little guy is full on teething. Hands in mouth, toys in mouth, gnawing, drooling. Sometimes when he cries out in the middle of the night and I go pat him, he grabs my hands to put in his mouth. Poor guy. Can't believe he could have teeth soon!

Likes: his jumperoo, chewing on Sophie (and his hands, our hands, my face), Freddie the Firefly, TV, walks outside, Ernie, grabbing things under his playmat, frozen bananas in the mesh feeder, when mommy and daddy dance

Dislikes: having poop in his pants, being hungry, bottles, nose frida, getting Tylenol

Mama: very tired this month....a sick baby, becoming really sick myself, and trying to get back on a normal sleeping schedule for Ford has really been exhausting. But I am feeling full and happy! Even if Ford got me up 3 times in the night his smiling face is so worth it. I am sticking to my New Years resolution of being active everyday and look forward to being outside with Ford more and more as he gets older (backyard swing, park). 

Daddy: finally feeling healthy too! Jon had been sick about as long as Ford and we are finally healed. The holidays didn't require work travel for Jon and he's back into the swing of things and back on the road. He is having a blast with Ford and can make him laugh almost immediately. Ford loves when Jon holds him in front of the mirror and points, "Ford and Daddy." I love watching Jon love Ford. 

Fun things we did:
  • Ford and I tagged along with Jon on a business trip to Dallas and stayed with our friends Maggie and Colin. Lots of fun!
  • We spent a lot of time quarantined at home this past month which was really special around the holidays.
  • We went to the Austin Trail of Lights and Ford was intrigued by all the lights, so fun to watch him discover things!
  • Celebrated Ford's first Christmas
  • Rang in the New Year with a midnight breathing treatment and snuggles in bed.
  • One of my sweet friends organized a Moms/Moms to Be group for fellowship, encouragement, etc and we've been enjoying the monthly lunches!! Thank God we had a private room at La Madeline last week because the mamas hashed out all the labor, delivery, and postpartum details. 
  • Ford went to 2 of Uncle James' basketball games and turns out he does not like cheerleaders. He didn't mind the buzzer, whistles, or loud music but anytime the cheerleaders would start a cheer, he would whimper and be on the verge of tears. Maybe it was the pom poms? I am nervous to break the news to him that I was a cheerleader ha!

What we're looking forward to: 
  • MOPS starts back up in 2 weeks and Ford will be going to childcare at the church, I can't wait!
  • We are also taking our first big family trip out of the country! Long story short, Jon qualified for the President's Council trip at work for attaining his yearly quota in 2013 and we had plans of leaving Ford with my parents for 4 days to go to Costa Rica. Well, with the recent bottle strike we did lots of praying about whether or not to leave him and decided it wasn't best for any party. And I think I would have probably had an emotional breakdown leaving him! So we made last minute plans, got Ford a passport, and will be spending our wedding anniversary in Cabo San Lucas, where we honeymooned there 3 years ago and can't wait to bring him!
  • My grandparents (Ford's namesake) are coming in town Friday and we are excited to host them again!
  • Ford will attend his 4th wedding this month in Houston, he is quite the wedding guest I'll tell ya!
Hello floppy little 1 month old fish. Wow! 5 months sure does make a big difference.

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Curly Girl Confessions said...

He's so cute! Did y'all do any sleep training with Ford? When and how did he begin sleeping through the night? I'm super anxious about this subject!!!

P!nky said...

Happy 5 months Ford :)!

Kristin said...

I loved the 5 month stage! They just get more and more fun from this point on and the new tricks just keep on coming! I'm glad to hear you are all on the mend!

It's Sooo Fluffy said...

He is too cute! I love seeing pictures of this happy baby :)

Tanya Kummerow said...

He is precious! Can't believe it's been 5 months already!

Megan C said...

Love these pictures of him, such a happy baby! Glad he is starting to feel better.

Carly said...

Aw he's getting SO BIG!!!


Heather said...

He is so precious! I can't believe how time flies with little ones.

Anonymous said...

Wholesome Baby Food is such a great resource! I loved it with Ethan and love it with Gabe, too.

Ford is bigger than Gabe at 9 months! LOL! He is too, too cute!

Heather Leigh_A beautiful ministry said...

Wow Costa Rica?? That's awesome!!! :)

Wow I can't believe ford is already 5 months! One month away from being half a year.. I'm be taking E's 14 Months soon and it's still so unreal!!

Oh girl, taking E's Monthly photo's by myself has been an adventure haha! I'm so glad your hubby helps you!! :)

Much love xoxo Heather@

Heather Leigh_A beautiful ministry said...

Oh and 5/month stage was one of my favorites!!! I can totally tell both you and Jon are enjoying him :)

Kelsey Eaton said...

he is such a cutie! I just want to kiss those little cheeks!

Leslie said...

Love love love!

I enjoy posting posts for Mason like this but I have been looking for a format. May have to try something similar to how you did yours! I just posted masons 2 month post! Cannot believe it!

Carolyn said...

OMG! Look how much he's changed! :) I love it! He's absolutely precious!!!

Emilie said...

Ford is the cutest!! Glad to hear everyone is feeling better and he didn't have RSV or the other nasties.

HOW OH HOW did you survive the 4 month leap/sleep regression??? I am DYING. Nolan used to sleep through the night since 9 weeks and now he is up every 3 hours and putting the paci back in doesn't do diddly squat. I just went back to work so now sleep counts more than ever.

And please post on your "technique" for sleeping/naps.

How do you like the merlin suit? We are thinking of getting one since little guy is now busting out of his velcro swaddle.

Bri said...

Look at that big boy in his chair!! He is so adorable. Squirmy squirm ;) I cannot believe how much of a difference 5 months can make! He was soooo little just 4 months ago!

Bridget said...

Turner too has been teething since Thanksgiving and still nothing has popped through. I see them coming, but nothing. Glad you guys are feeling better. 5 months was really fun...but seriously, every age gets better and better.

Anonymous said...

He is such a little cutey! I am finally catching up on blogs today and I was so happy to see this update (: I missed you! xoxo

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