So, I SWEAR I just wrote Tommy's 4 month post a few days ago.........but apparently it's been another month already! He is now FIVE MONTHS OLD!!!!! Oh my. I am turning into one of "those" people who always drove me nuts when I was younger and they would say, "Time flies, sweetheart. Just you wait--you'll be old before you know it." As annoying as that was, they were right. I am old. And my son is getting older by the second.
So Tommy, at five months, you are..........
*19 lbs and 3 ounces
*26 1/4 inches long
*still wearing size 2 diapers
*are SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT EVERY NIGHT!!! WOO-HOO!!! You sleep from about 9pm to 7am. You might wake up a few times and fuss for a second, but you go right back to sleep!
*have tried rice cereal, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. You totally dig sweet potatoes. Feeding you has become increasingly difficult. You feel the need to do it yourself (I can already hear your little toddler voice saying "I do it!! I do it!!") and you grab the spoon while we're trying to feed you. This, in turn, causes you to shove the spoon down your throat which immediately results in you gagging. It's a lovely process.
*holding your own bottle! Mom and dad are loving this because now you can eat and we can actually do something else at the same time. This has greatly increased my productivity at night (although I would MUCH rather have my hands busy holding you than folding the tons of laundry our small family somehow creates--note to self---invent disposable clothing)
*are getting in your FIRST TWO TEETH!! This is both exciting and mentally/physically/emotionally draining. You have done preeeetty well with this whole tooth thing, but for a few days there you were ANGRY!!
Not that I blame you because growing teeth is painful, but it made me sad that you cried all the time and if I'm completely honest (don't judge me here), all the crying also drove me a little insane. We gave you ibuprofen around the clock for 2-3 days and that helped a lot. You did a lot of chewing on your favorite toy (Mr. Monkey as mom has so cleverly named him) and laying in bed getting cuddles. Now that they're sticking farther up, you're doing MUCH better. You have the cutest little pearly whites!!
*sitting up by yourself now! It's the neatest thing. You haven't quite gotten to the point where you can pull yourself up to a sitting position, but if we sit you up, you stay there!!
*are still head over heels for your daddy. A lot of times in the evening, you guys just lay on the couch and watch TV. Its very cute and endearing :)
Tommy, in the past few weeks, I have been looking at pictures of you as a newborn and am realizing that my time with you on this earth is short compared to eternity. I am trying so very hard to cherish the moments we spend together, even when it's you laughing as I wipe poop off your back or me feeding you the same bite of oatmeal for the 4th time because you insist on blowing spit bubbles as soon as I put food in your mouth. I went to bed last night with dried and crusty sweet potatoes in my hair, a formula stain on my shirt and a whole lot of exhaustion in my heart. And I feel bad that I forget sometimes just how truly blessed I am to have you. As I type this, it's making me teary because I know that "before I know it" you'll be taking your first steps, going to your first day of schol, then be angry at me for taking your phone away, you'll be packing up for college, you'll be proposing to your girlfriend, having kids of your own and FINALLY understanding what your mother goes through for you! Please forgive me son, when I'm not the mother I should be--when I'm too tired to play peek-a-boo one more time or too busy to make silly faces at you so you stop crying, when I roll my eyes because you have yet again peed through your diaper, when I sigh in frustration because you dropped your paci on the ground for the millionth time that second. Remember, we're growing together!! I love you sweet boy.