Felix Anthony is 5 months old! We've had an insanely transformative month--Felix's Daddy came home from Afghanistan and the whole family settled in to our new home in Connecticut!
Felix can: almost sit up (he can hold himself in a sitting position, but will tip over), roll from back to front, lift one arm up when he's on his tummy, turn around 360 degrees while he's on his tummy, reach for anything and everything, recognize his bottle, grab his toes, jump like a wild man in his jumperoo!
Felix is sleeping through the night every now and then. If he doesn't sleep until 5:30 or 6:00 am, he only wakes up once for a bottle and then goes right back to bed. Now that Daddy is back, he gets up and feeds Felix while I sleep! I'm also not pumping in the middle of the night anymore. My milk supply has gone down a bit because of this, but not too much. The extra sleep is worth it! Felix's nap schedule is still a little wonky--he naps 2-3 times a day, but sometimes has a few short naps instead of nice long ones. He sleeps in his crib at night, but during the day I sometimes let him sleep in my bed--it makes it easier for me to soothe him to sleep if I can lay with him for a few minutes.
Felix is still 100% breastmilk fed, through a combination of milk that I pump and donor milk. I highly encourage any moms struggling with breastfeeding or low milk supply to look for a milk donor through Eats on Feets or Human Milk 4 Human Babies--two Facebook groups that have been amazing for us!
Our daily schedule looks something like this:
5:30 am: Wake up, pump, feed Felix a bottle
6:30 am: Take Bryan to train
7:00 am: Home, get back in bed for a nap (the two of us)
8:30-9:00 am: Wake up, get dressed to go to the gym, feed Felix
9:30 am: Felix goes in the childcare room at the gym and I work out (usually running--I'm doing the Couch to 5K program to help me get back in shape)
10:30 am: Leave the gym & head home; Felix usually falls asleep in the car
10:45 am: Felix takes a short nap; I clean the house or go on the computer
11:45 am: Felix wakes up & I feed him a bottle; I have lunch and then we play
1:45 pm: Felix naps again; I clean, begin dinner prep, & go on the computer; I also usually pump again
3:45 pm: Felix wakes up, I feed him another bottle, then we play or leave the house to run an errand
5:30 pm: Leave to pick Bryan up at train
6:30 pm: I cook dinner while Bryan plays with Felix
7:00 pm: Felix goes to bed; we eat dinner & I pump again
10:00 pm: I pump one last time and then we go to bed
Felix is still a very happy baby--he always smiles at strangers and rarely cries, unless he's seriously overtired or hungry. He loves toys now, but mainly just to chew on. He's a toy hoarder--he just wants to gather up all his toys and then chew on each one in succession.
He likes music and singing a lot. I forgot to mention--this month we started a class called Judy's Music at a children's playplace called the Enchanted Garden. It's babies from about 5 months to 2 years old, and Felix seems to love it. We sing, dance, and play with the many toys they have. Felix really loves music, and being sung to soothes him whenever he's having trouble falling asleep or is a little fussy.
We haven't been to the doctor since we moved here, so I don't have updated stats. Felix is too big for our baby scale! I'll update after our next doctor visit. I'm betting he's around 19-20 lbs? He also looks like he's getting pretty chubby (in a good way)! He's wearing size 6-9 months right now.
Favorite toys: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo, Little Einstein Bendy Ball, Lamaze Freddie the Firefly & Mortimer the Moose; Sophie the Giraffe
Favorite books: Felix just likes to chew on the books, and I don't think he really has a favorite. Some books that we read are Sandra Boynton Barnyard Dance, Where's the Baby?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Pink Wiggly Pig: What Do You Wish For? I think we need to update our selections!
Fun Things: We've introduced the ASL signs for milk, mommy & daddy, and I'm looking to start using more signs. I've also been using a bit of Spanish with Felix, and even watching Plaza Sesamo to refresh my memory.
Felix's Outings: Yankees game, Tunnel to Towers 5K, Times Square, Carnegie Deli, Ridgefield Pumpkin Patch, the Metro-North Train, and NYC on a Friday Night!
It's been amazing settling in as a family this month and finally getting to watch Felix and his Daddy fall in love with each other!