My sweet, smiley, squishy little man . . .
You are 5 months old. I simply can't believe it. You are changing so much every day, giggling lots, always full of smiles and very laid back. You love watching your surroundings, especially your sister, and being held & snuggled. This month you have really discovered your little feet and it cracks me up when I look on the monitor and see you grabbing your toes.
You are starting to roll a lot more, although you weren't rolling much until about the last week. You still haven't rolled from back to front, but you will go side to side and are working on going back to your tummy. You haven't had as much time on the floor as I would like because I am careful to have you in reach of your sister when I can't keep a constant eye on you. Your neck muscles have really strengthened and you like to be on your tummy, especially when you are sleeping.
You are putting everything in your mouth. Toys, blankets, anything you can grab and especially your fingers. It seems to soothe you when you can stick those tiny fingers in your mouth and suck on them. You have gotten really good at purposely grabbing toys and items and it's fun to see you focus on a moving toy and grab it. You like to bat at the toys on your bouncer and sometimes you go crazy sitting in that thing!
You are very mellow. You talk and scream at us when you're hungry or tired. You still do not like the car. We have had a couple of quiet car rides this month, but I still have lots of anxiety overtime we are leaving the house, especially before long drives. I hate to see you so sad in the car. Occasionally the iPad will help. We switched you back into your car seat carrier this month because you were falling asleep and I wanted to be able to keep you in your seat to transfer you to the stroller. You have been very good sitting in the carrier during your sisters swim lessons, trips to the store, and while we are out and about.
You tried rice cereal for the first time on May 1st. You really liked it and over the past month you have gotten easier to feed. Sometimes you will scream at me between bites if I am not feeding you enough. You eat so well and have always finished every bite of what I make you!
Another big event this month was going into your crib in your own room. It was a tough transition for me because I loved having you next to me to snuggle when we slept. You weren't sleeping well in our room, however. Many nights you were up 3 or 4 times and I started thinking that it may be better to put you in your own bed. After a couple of nights in there, you started going 4-5 hours in the first stretch, which has been nice. You are still waking up at least twice at night, usually between 1 and 2am and then again around 5am. We are working on a routine and it will be lovely when you sleep for longer stretches, but I don't mind waking up with you. It is our quiet time in the middle of the night. You are so sweet and usually go right back down in your crib. You love to snuggle and we are so happy that you love to cuddle as much as we do.
We had a busy month. You took your first trip to Disneyland for Andie's 2nd Birthday and you did so well traveling there on your first plane ride! You spent a lot of time with your Pops in Disneyland. You two raced around in your stroller and you spent a lot of time snuggled up close to Pops in the front pack. It was so special for me to see you two bond while we were there.
You are getting so big! At your 4 month appointment you were almost 16 pounds, and I am pretty sure you are more than 17 pounds now. You were a tough guy during your 4 month shots and barely cried. You were getting too big for the bath tub in the sink, so I found the perfect little bouncer for the bath tub and you took a bath with Andie in the big tub on May 18th. She loved having you in there and you absolutely love the bath. You splash and kick and swing your hands around. You like the water to be warm.
You have several nicknames... your daddy and I call you "No-Yin" a lot because that's how Andie says your name. She also says "Nolly-Noyin". I call you several nicknames, including "goose" (silly goose), butter, love bug, and anything else I can think of. You are so squishy and adorable.
Nolan, there is just something about your smile. . . seriously, son, you have the most infectious, beautiful smile. It warms my heart when you look at me and squish your beautiful blue eyes and grin. You are so special to me and already our bond has grown tremendously. I am so proud to be your mommy. You are a good baby and I am thankful every single day that I get the extraordinary blessing of watching you grow up. I hope no matter what happens to me, for the rest of your life you know how much I love you! It's endless.
Love you so much my sweet baby boy.