Saturday, August 16, 2014

Five months {Austin Mitchell}

Another month flies by - our bubba boy Austin is now five months old!



Stats...
At five months old, Austin is wearing size 2 nappies and mostly 6 month clothing, although he's starting to sport a little muffin top in some of it. He's just moved into 9 month (size 0) PJs this week and they are a perfect fit - he's crazy long!


Milestones...
He can roll both directions, although he's kinda lazy about it. He's learning to sit - he's definitely not a sitter yet, but he can hold the gorilla pose for around 10 seconds before losing his balance. He also LOVES to stand. In the last month, his chunky little legs have gotten really strong and he wants to stand. All. The. Time. He's strong - he'll hold onto your fingers and push himself up from a squat. He's also started to join us at the dinner table - Ollie got upgraded to a booster (he's a shortie) and Austin now has the Stokke.




Sleeping...
This has been our hardest month yet. Austin has had all the classic teething signs (drooling, fussy, at his mouth constantly, tugging at his ears, terrible nappies) but nothing has popped through yet. Teeth pain + his first cold (and it was a nasty one) has completely put his sleep out of whack. He's gone from sleeping through the night most of the time, to waking up 3, 4 times a night. He's also stopped self settling, so getting him to sleep at night is a marathon effort. I won't lie, it's been a hard month where sleep has been concerned, especially as Ollie is also waking multiple times a night. We even had a week there where neither boy was napping. It's not surprising for Ollie as he gave up naps a couple of months back, but Austin?!?! On those days when no-one wants to sleep and I'm at my wits end, we usually either snuggle on the couch & watch movies, or get in our bed - Austin and I sit together while Ollie jumps madly around us. Boys sure do have a lot of energy!


Eating...
Same old, same old during the day - he nurses every 4 hours. I've added in a few extra feeds overnight though to help settle him.

Best moment...
I don't know that I can choose a best moment, the last month has been a bit of a blur with all the general busyness. There have been a lot of fun moments though - like when Austin met Pluto at Disneyland...


And when he met Aunty Tiff (and Uncle Roy) for the first time...


When he discovered he could eat his toes...


Worst moment...
Seeing him have his first true cold - he was congested and utterly miserable. Thank goodness for the Nose Frida (aka snotsucker) and lots of mama/Dadda cuddles.





Loves...
Austin loves it when anyone - even complete strangers in the line at the supermarket - look at him. He has this super serious face, then as soon as anyone makes eye contact - instant dimply grins. Just like his big brother as a baby, he gets a lot of attention while we're out and about.

Austin also really loves bath time. He happily splashes away in there while his big bro pours water over his feet.


His favourite thing however is Ollie. Ollie gets the biggest smiles and the biggest laughs out of Aus. Whenever Ollie is in the room, Austin's eyes are trained on him. Often he starts to fuss when Ollie goes into another room, and immediately calms down as soon as he spots him again. It's the sweetest thing, watching these two together. A lot of the time it's craziness, but the rest of the time it's tender and sweet and makes this mamas heart so happy.





Dislikes...
He hates it when we put him down at night and walk out. He used to self settle no worries, so this has been an adjustment. In fact, he hates being put down a lot of the time - he loves to be close and part of the action (thank goodness for baby carriers).

He also is no longer a fan of his dummy (pacifier). This makes me nervous, given I have 32 hrs of flights to do alone with the boys next month. It took us a good 4 weeks of hard work to get him to actually take a dummy (I wanted him to have one because we travel so much, and planned to wean him off it between 9-12 months like we did with Ollie), but now all he wants to do is play with it and chew on it. He just won't suck it and I'm at a loss. He never really used it much to begin with - only for long car trips and occasionally sleep, but it seems like he's self weaned at the age of 5 months?!?!


Happy five months, handsome baby boy. This has been your toughest month, but you are still as smiley and sweet as ever. It's hard to believe we'll be celebrating your half birthday in just a few short weeks!


Austin at 1 month2 months3 months & 4 months...

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