Sunday, January 5, 2014

Gabriel: 5 Months


Gabriel is 5 months old. What? Tomorrow he is also officially 22 weeks old. Again - what? To a first time mom that sounds so...old! In reality, though, I know he is so very young still. :)

Florida baby in January
Making my point further is the fact that my husband just walked past, saw me typing a blog entry and said, "Another blog?" I told him that I was writing Gabriel's 5-month update. Michael then said to Gabriel, "Ooh! You're an old baby now! Not a new baby anymore!" Plus...this picture:

Without further ado, here are his 5-month updates!


Nap Time
  • He loves to be bounced bounced bounced to sleep during the day. Aiding in this nap time routine, however, is the fact that in the past month he became a total thumb sucker. He has disliked/rejected pacifiers his entire life (except for a few days after his birth) and still won't suck on them when given the chance...but his thumb - now that's a different story! As long as I cradle him in a position that doesn't keep him from finding his thumb I am able to put him down for naps much sooner than I could last month.
  • His naps seem to be getting shorter and shorter...though he still takes 3-5 a day (usually 3 during the day and 1-2 in the evening).

Bed Time
  • Hmm...not too much has changed here, either! Because he is teething he typically wakes up 2-3 times a night...even if we give him baby Tylenol, this Ora Jel, or both before he goes to sleep. As with all things baby-related, I know this is temporary. Whenever he starts sleeping longer again, though, I will not complain.

Bath Time
  • The days of bath toys don't feel too far off anymore - mainly because his habit of flailing/bouncing his arms up and down repeatedly is starting to resemble some playful splashing. Adorable.

Play Time
  • Most of his play time looks the same as last month - except that he is always improving his hand-eye coordination and grasping skills.
  • "Oh Mr. Sun" is still his favorite play-time song...although lately he has been giggling a lot at "The Wheels on the Bus."
  • In general he giggles more and more. :)

  • This month he has learned how to control his arms so much better - and he is constantly bouncing them up and down when he gets excited. Before he would simply kick his legs excitedly...but now it's an arm-leg combo that makes him look almost like a little bird trying to flap those wings. It's textbook cuteness at its finest.
  • He outgrew the last of any 3 month clothing and is wearing 3-6 month gear full-time...except for the fact that this week he suddenly outgrew all his 3-6 month sleep 'n plays! He now sports 3-6 month clothing by day and 6-9 month sleep 'n plays at night. He is clearly getting taller!
  • He weighs 14-something pounds.
  • His hair is really growing in!
  • His eyes are starting to look more we are still waiting to see if they turn brown or not.
  • Still teething....
"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."
-Leo J. Burke


  1. Love him!!! Baby giggles are simply the best, aren't they? Tony was (is) a thumb sucker, too. It's just so sweet...and at 3, I'm having a hard time correcting it, because I still find it absolutely precious.

  2. Just heart about these amber teething necklaces: (or from some other reputable dealer). They aren't for chewing on, but the amber is supposed to reduce inflammation that causes teething pain and drooling??? My friend has one for her son and says it has done wonders!