Saturday, June 28, 2014

Avery {5 months}

Just when I finally get caught up - the next month I am behind again. This time I have a good excuse... we happened to be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for his fifth month birthday exploring Iceland!

{5 months}


This month Avery checked off a long list of firsts! His first trip to Europe. His first time camping. His first hot spring. His first time in the jolly jumper. So many I cannot even list them...


Avery is getting huge! At least compared to the scrawny baby we brought home from the hospital... not necessarily compared to his friends who are the same age... At five months he is 15 lbs 8 oz and 25 inches tall. He is still at the bottom of the growth chart, especially in height, but he is growing!


Avery is still exclusively breastfed. We are relatively certain he has a dairy sensitivity/allergy which means no dairy for me. It is difficult to consume enough fat/calories to maintain breastfeeding when you can not eat cheese, yogurt or ice cream... man I miss ice cream.

Over the last couple weeks he has started to show a strong interest in food. We are going to hold off for a little longer before we officially start introducing solids to his diet but have started to let him "taste" some of the things we are eating. We even let him taste one of the infamous Icelandic hot dogs and a piece of glacial ice off an iceberg.


The last month has been rough as far as sleep goes. The "four month sleep regression" hit Avery hard and for a couple weeks we were getting up every couple hours, staying awake for hours in the middle of the night and waking up at 5 AM on a regular basis. Things got pretty ugly for awhile...

Thankfully things settled out right before we hauled him off to Iceland. He didn't even seem to notice the six hour time change (probably due to the 24 hours of sun) and maintained his schedule from home just shifted later in the day. Instead of going to bed at 6 PM, he was up until 11 PM or midnight then slept in till about 8 AM. He had no problem napping in his car seat or in the carrier while we travelled the island.

A typical night he goes to bed around 6 PM, wakes between 1 AM and 3 AM to feed and then sleeps until sometime between 6 AM and 7 AM.

The biggest change this month was in his naps. Suddenly one day around 4 months old he essentially stopped napping. He now naps no more than 30 minutes at a time. Needless to say productivity has ground to a halt around our house. I get almost nothing accomplished until he goes to bed for the night.


Avery continues to amaze everyone with his strength.

He still is not a fan of being on his tummy for any length of time but it is no longer a strong hatred. Now that he has the coordination to hold himself up and play with a toy while on his tummy, he is willing to spend a couple minutes playing that way. He can also wiggle himself in a circle on his tummy! He has also figured out how to arch his back and use his head to scoot around while lying on his back. This little guy is getting quite mobile! He is also getting quite close to sitting independently.


Avery is turning out to be such a happy baby. Where ever we go Avery attracts attention with his smiles. He has already mastered the art of flirting and can suck in with any almost anyone we cross paths with. It is quite funny to watch teenage boys shyly smile at him in return.

He loves everything about the outdoors and is the only baby I know who loves the wind. When you take him outside on a breezy day, he gasps and giggles. I have never seen him happier then the 10 days we spent outside in Iceland. It didn't matter if it was damp, cool, drizzling, pouring... he loved it.

He definitely takes after his dad and already shows a strong love of acrobatics. The Jolly Jumper is definitely a favourite but even more so he loves being flipped upside down or up above your head.

He is finally learning how to cuddle. Now David and I almost fight over who gets to put him to sleep because it is the one time he will snuggle right into you.

Likes: hot springs!, being naked, being outdoors, showers, baths, trees, wind, anything that can go in the mouth

Dislikes: getting dressed, car seat, being ignored, loud noises

Nicknames: baby pterodactyl, chubs, bump, triple chin, monkey


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