Over the past couple of weeks my son has been growing by leaps and bounds. His level of focus is pretty intense for an almost 5 month old, in my humble opinion. He’s really got his eye on the tiger (seriously) on his activity gym, but it’s kind of hard for him to reach, so he really has to work at it. He does! He kind of roll-scoots around until he can grab it, and he tries so hard to pull it into his mouth. When one approach doesn’t work, he’ll try it again a few times to make sure and then go for a different one. I’ve taught many an 8th grader with a worse attention span and lower frustration threshold, so I’m quite impressed with my baby guy.
He has suddenly, in the past few days, stopped hating tummy time. This is a relief, since we were accomplishing approximately 3 of our recommended 40 minutes per day. Last night he rolled over from his tummy to his back twice in close succession, and he hasn’t rolled over in weeks. Then, this very morning he was on his tummy for 13 minutes before any crying (or even whining) ensued.
He’s jabbering steadily or blowing bubbles during most of his awake time, and not much escapes his notice. He loves, loves, loves it when people smile and talk to him (but he’s been that way for months). He has a ready smile, though we still have to work pretty hard for a laugh. At least we know the kid has standards, you know? A good sense of humor is important around here.
My skinny little boy is stretching the vertical limits of his 3-6 month clothes, and though many of his going out clothes still fit, we’ve largely moved on to 6-9 month footie pajamas.
I was very sad at the beginning of January when Baby Guy’s glorious hair started falling out. I even stopped combing it for awhile to slow the inevitable baldness, but of course he lost most of it. However, a few weeks ago he started growing fuzz to replace it, and now he has the sweetest halo of fine hair sticking straight up. He hasn’t lost all of his longer hair, though, so there’s a funny little mix of it on his head. If you struggle with a compulsion for evenness or symmetry you will not find it as sweet as I do, but I will not give him a haircut at this time.
We have to keep a sharp lookout for small objects around the boy, because he has entered the phase in which he mouths everything. Everything. He’s voracious (and drooly). Bibs get soaked through and onesies only last an hour (tops). It would be gross if it wasn’t so adorable. Honestly, though, that slobbery toothless grin is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.
All of these changes are happening so fast that each day there’s a noticeable difference in the way my boy looks or acts. It’s the most exciting, terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced to realize how hungrily he’s soaking up every little piece of sensory input.
What a responsibility!
What a miracle!
What a joy!