Thursday, January 17, 2008

5 months flew by.

Preston turns 5 months old today, (Seriously- where has the time gone!!!???) so I figured it was time for some updates! It's so amazing to have watched the development he's experienced in just the last few weeks, and I'm guessing he won't slow down anytime soon, so I had better bring my blog readers up to speed.

He's tried rice cereal. He hates it.
I feel really good about the fact that he's been exclusively breast fed for 5 whole months, and figure a tablespoon of brown rice cereal might actually give his little taste buds a treat. He's not a fan, and honestly- it's as much trouble as it's worth, because by the time we spend 20 minutes getting him to eat ONE tablespoon, the majority ends up on his bib. I have been doing tons of research lately about starting solid foods, and even though we are only at the cereal stage, feel confident that we are on the right track to helping Preston become a good eater over the next few months.

He's SO much more mobile lately!
All of a sudden, this kid is rolling over, pulling his legs up, grabbing everything in front of him, kicking, swinging his arms, and arching his back when he wants to be held differently. Just when I thought I was a whiz at super quick diaper changes, he's made things a little more interesting by squirming and rolling. The same goes for getting dressed every day- he wants to grab his clothes and usually try to eat them as EVERYTHING is going in the mouth these days.

He's in the 50%tile for height, weight and head circumference.
Ok, Ok, big deal... but those of you with babies know that in a doctor's office, everything about their development is based on how they are growing. When he was born almost 3 weeks early, Preston was just under 6lbs and only in the 10th %tile for weight. He was up to the 25th by his 2 month appt, and just recently, in the 50th or slightly above, so basically- he's quickly becoming a tank.

Sleep sucks.
Sorry- there's no other way to say it, and these are actually Preston's words, not mine. Just kidding, but he's still not the best napper or long nighttime sleeper in the world. A few hours here and there or holding a sleeping baby has become a way of life for us. However, I try to embrace it and see it as precious time and quite moments in the middle of the night with him that I can cherish. ALTHOUGH- I have to say... the past week or so, he's done remarkably well again- usually around a 6 hour stretch. (Way to go, P!!!) He generally takes a short nap in the morning and a couple in the afternoon, and maybe a few cat naps throughout the rest of the day if he feels like it. No rhyme or reason, no pattern, no LONG consistent naps. Ya know- we've really come to terms with it... "it is what it is" and for now we are fine with that. :)

Teething without teeth.
The poor thing has spent the last month trying to cut his bottom two teeth. I know it can take months for them to actually come in once the process starts, but I hate that he's in pain. He cries, grabs at his lower gums, chews and drools incessantly, and literally puts everything he can get his hands on (and often his hands themselves) in his mouth. I can see the two little teeth on his bottom gum line, and feel the tooth buds, but so far, no actual teeth have come through. Luckily, we've been able to control his pain pretty well with these all-natural teething tablets and infants tylenol drops when it's really bad. Poor thing- he's been a trooper.

Loves to play!
And really, what kid doesn't? It's been SO much fun to watch him start interacting with all his toys and books. We just started using his exersaucer thing and the first time I took him out, he cried. He adores being read to, and will stay completely attentive for several books in a row. I swear he'll turn the pages of board books, too. And he loves his toys. A few favorites are coincidentally all the same brand- "Manhattan Toy." I don't know if it's their bright colors and funky texture, or that he just happens to love those particular ones, but he's certainly fond of them. (Hint-hint, Grandparents....) :) We do "Horsey" where we'll gently bounce him up and down on our ankle and he can't get enough- it's so cute!

He's found his volume button!

While he's been jabbering for what seems like forever, in just the last week, this kid has figured out that he likes to be LOUD. He'll be talking up a storm and all of a sudden go into a cat-like screeching sound. Here's a video of Kevin getting him to talk. (Notice that at one point, he attempts to brainwash Poor Preston into learning "daddy" by singing a little "daddy daddy daddy daddy daddy" song.)

And last but not least, Preston is about to get a new room!
Remember this post where I went through all the nightmarish happenings of trying to get his current nursery together? Well- we get to do it all over again!! That's right, we've found a new home and take possession a week from this Friday! We are a little overwhelmed at the thought of moving with a baby, but we know this is a great family home that we can grow into with lots of space for Preston to play. We hope to see you there soon!


Jessica & Todd said...

Wow...P is one busy little boy! It is hardwork learning all that new stuff! Isn't it great though? I love that first picture of him. He looks so sweet and innocent. Olivia and I hope to see you both very soon!

Betsy King said...

He's so freakin cute, I'm coming back when I don't have to share him with ten family members! I barely got my Preston fill!!!

Congrats on the house. It's AWESOME! Good thing it has plenty of room for Miles to grow and play too. ; )

His shrieking is hilarious.

BTW, that's awesome your family knows what Manhatten toy is. I'm not sure my world knows anything exists outside of fisher price.

Aunt Kristin said...

Bonks, it's so beautiful. I am so excited for the house. And you are right, he is getting LOUD and I love it! Love you.

Holli said...

I seriously cannot kiss him enough! He is the sweetest thing ever! Love the pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi E&K...WOW is he ever getting big, and so cute. We are headed back to IN for the month of Feb, so can't wait to see you all.

Congrats on the new house. It looks awesome and I'm sure you will love it.

Uncle Bob