Oliver turned five months last week and for me, it was a huge milestone. I'm not sure why, but five months is a stage when I always thought 'that's when he'll be a big boy'. Reading back through his 4 month update, I can't believe how much he's changed in such a short space of time. He's sleeping better, he can roll from his tummy to his back, he's now in the big bath and he's having the time of his life in his jumperoo every day.
We had him weighed this week and he weighs 14 pounds 10, which puts him in the 9th percentile for his weight. He's smaller than average but that's expected since he was only a tiny 6 pounds at birth. He's getting so much stronger every day. His little chunky legs can hold his full weight and he just wants to stand up all the time, with me holding his hands for support. He's not sitting up on his own, and he's refusing to practice now because he just wants to straighten himself out and stand instead. One step at a time, Oliver!
His sleep has probably been the biggest change in the last month. We realised that putting him to bed even half an hour earlier meant he'd be awake twice in the night but if we had him in bed for 8pm, he'd only wake once. No idea why, but if putting him down a bit later works then I'll go with it. It still gives us time to ourselves in the evening before we go to bed. He wakes around 2/3am for a bottle usually, then sleeps until 6 or 7am. The earlier starts are actually pretty good, I love having a nice long morning and still being able to get out of the house at a reasonable time.
Oh, and the biggest development this month? He doesn't need swaddled anymore! I'd almost resigned myself to the fact that I'd be swaddling him until his 18th birthday. I'm going to do a separate blog post on this but we had a major breakthrough and managed to transition him out of the swaddle in a matter of weeks. We now put him in a baby sleeping bag and he's quite happy to have his arms free.
At 5 months, the countdown has started to when we can start weaning. I've spoken to the health visitor and think we're going to start a couple of weeks early to see if it'll help with his acid reflux. I've read online that it either really helps, or makes it worse ... so I'm a bit nervous about that. With the amount of times he's sick every day, we really have nothing to lose by trying it. If any of you have any advice on weaning for a baby with reflux, send it my way!
It's been a great month overall - probably my favourite month since he was born. Everything is just so much fun at this stage. He's always smiling and laughing and we just really enjoy hanging out together. He loves to cuddle in, he laughs when I blow raspberries on his neck and when he spots me from the other side of the room he gives me the biggest smile that just makes my heart melt.
He just keeps getting better and better!