Ford 5 months

This little man is growing up so fast! He is just such a sweet little guy. When he smiles at me, I swear my heart just melts. He’s starting to really interact with us more, he’ll grab our faces (hair, lips, nose, whatever he can grab) and pull (or pinch, yikes!) and sometimes even try to “kiss” us and chomp on our faces. For the first time I can finally see what people are saying when they say Ford looks like Sundance. When he smiles, one of his eyes close a little more than the other, and that’s totally Diz. BUT, he still has my nose. ;) And his hair is totally lightening up. He’s becoming a blondie, possibly a strawberry blondie, in some light, his hair has a bit of a reddish tint.

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Weight: 18 lbs 4.5 oz

Height: 27.5″

Doctor Appt: If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you know Ford has been diagnosed with RSV and an ear infection. Ford came down with a slight cough 2 weeks ago. I took him into the pediatrician and they tested him for RSV (it was negative) and just said he had a little congestion and not to worry. It seemed to improve over the rest of the week and the weekend. But then it came back… with a vengeance. I waffled back & forth on taking him back to the doctor, fearing they’d just tell me it’s nothing, keep doing what you’re doing (humidifier & Nose Frida). I did walk in to the office on Friday (their office is right across the hall from where I work) and asked if there was anything else I could do, the only suggestion was Baby Vicks. Well… it got worse over the weekend. He was up all night long on Friday & Saturday night, he was coughing so hard he’d gag. Ugh, it was awful. I almost called the after hours clinic on Sunday morning, but ultimately decided not to. But I did take him in yesterday… and wouldn’t it just be our luck… ear infection and RSV. He’s on an antibiotic for his ear infection and breathing treatments. He’s doing so much better today, breathing easier and not coughing as much. I can’t believe what a difference the breathing treatments have made. His pediatrician said he’d be better in 1-3 weeks, and that we’re about 1 week in. She explained that RSV “rears it’s head” around day 5, which was probably this weekend, since he started coughing again mid week, and got worse over the weekend. So, hopefully, he’ll be feeling better by this weekend.

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Nicknames: Baby Ford, Bubbie (variation – chubbie bubbie), Bub, Bubba, Handsome Boy

Eating: I officially stopped pumping on January 24th, and was nursing 3 times a day that weekend, then just morning and night for the last week of January. And I could tell my milk was drying up that entire week. So he’s now on formula full time. He takes 6 oz bottles every 3-4 hours. We use the Kirkland brand of formula, as well as Similac Advance. (I’ve heard that the Kirkland brand is the same as Similac Advance just labeled different). With him being sick, his appetite has decreased a bit, he’s now taking 4-5oz bottles. Not sure if that’s because he’s sick or his appetite is regulating now that he’s no longer nursing.

Sleeping: Still sleeping through the night. Trying to be more consistent with naps. I’ve been reading a new “sleep training” book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Baby, but I haven’t gotten that far into it yet. One of the first things I read in it was a warning “If your child does not learn how to sleep well, hey may become an incurable adult insomniac, chronically disabled from sleepiness and dependent on sleeping pills.” And… I get it. I get that babies need sleep, but sometimes the fear mongering in these books drive me nuts. It makes a first time Mom like myself fear that we are doing something wrong, that our babies are broken.  Anywho… I realize that we are blessed with a great sleeper. I love that he loves to sleep through the night.

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Diapers: Moved up to size 3. Still liking Huggies the best.

Clothing: 6 month stuff. A few 3-6 month items. He’s growing like a weed, I tell ya. When I took him to the pediatrician 2 weeks ago, he weighed 17 lbs 2.5 oz, yesterday (13 days later) he weighed 18 lbs 4.5 oz. (yeah… gained more than a pound in less than 2 weeks).

Social/Milestones: Really starting to interact more with us. “Talking” a lot, though sometimes he’s just screaming! ;) Lots of laughing and sweet smiles. He’s finally interested in Olivia and will reach for her when she is near. Olivia is LOVING all the attention. She will lick his hands and doesn’t even flinch when Ford gets a hold of her whiskers or snags her cheeks. He’s also started to sit up on his own. I think his big belly helps hold him up! Ha!

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Likes: teething toys, his plastic keys, his crinkle book, bath time, anytime he gets a bottle, snuggling with Momma.

Dislikes: waiting for a bottle, getting swabbed for RSV, getting out of the bath, wet diapers, and the taste of his antibiotic.

Momma: Weaning was tough. I thought it’d be a few days of discomfort and I’d be done. The first morning I gave him a bottle instead of nursing, he started to root and it broke my heart! But as soon as he saw the bottle, he was grabbing for that instead. I’m finally feeling back to normal. I was hoping to get back to my fitness routine since I no longer was breastfeeding, but the RSV germfest has that on hold. The extra snuggly baby makes up for it though.

Daddy: No blowouts this month for Diz. I did come home from running an errand this weekend and Diz was changing Ford’s bum and exclaimed, “I’ve never come so close to puking!”. LOL. Poor Diz. Ford likes to keep him on his toes! Diz has been busy working (which is a great thing! Construction work can be feast or famine, and luckily this winter he has stayed busy), but he loves coming home and hanging out with Ford on the couch. He’ll always find some silly cartoon to watch with him.

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Fun things we did: We went to my parents cabin for the weekend while Diz went ice fishing with his brother and cousin. Ford had a great time. Went on his first snowmobile ride and got lots of snuggles with Grandma & Grandpa and even, uncle Joshie. Ford went to his first movie! We saw Frozen! Ford loved watching the previews! He kept looking from one side of the screen to the other, like he wasn’t sure where to look, it was all so new to him! He fell asleep for most of the movie and woke up towards the end, I changed his bum, gave him a bottle and it was over. So many people commented on what a good baby he was! It went much better than I expected it to. I thought I’d spend most of the movie out in the hallway!

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What we’re looking forward to: Getting better from the RSV germfest! & we’ll get to start solids soon. I’ve heard some cool things about Baby Led Weaning, but want to talk to our pediatrician about it and see what she recommends (purees vs. BLW). Also looking forward to spending more time at the cabin with my parents. Valentine’s Day – Ford sent out some Valentines today! Looks like Diz and I will be spending Valentine’s Day at home this year. ;)

Comparison:

5 month comparison

what a chunk! I can’t believe how much he’s grown!

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Comments

  1. I totally keep that sleep book on my bed side for reference! It was a great guideline (and I say guideline because I think that although their suggestions are great, every baby is different). I have found that paying attention to my kids sleeping cues are key. Following the sleep windows also helps out a ton. One thing I have found is that my kids like to sleep in, and by 9 months they are sleeping over 12 hours a night (from 7pm to about 7:30) so it messes up their daytime naps and makes them shorter. My first was done with naps at 2 1/2. I really only followed the book for the early months of their sleeping so that they can get a good routine going. Not only that, but kids do things on their timeline. I use to let Hanna cry it out all the time, but I go to Lucy every time she starts a distress cry. I learned that it is not really a habit, they grow out of it after time.
    I hate the fear parenting books put in you. We have instincts for a reason:)
    Glad to hear that weaning went well. I cried for like two weeks straight with my first, but that could have been my hormones re-adjusting.
    He is a cutie!

  2. I’m so sad about the RSV Ash! However, that guy sure is pretty dang cute!! I NEED TO SEE HIM! and you…Love you to pieces sweet thing! xoxoxo

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