Pregnancy & Baby

Spencer’s 5 Month Update

July 10, 2014
Our little champ is already 5 months old, oh how time flies!! He is no longer a teeney tiny newborn, he is a strong little unit with a whole personality of his own and two teeth. Yes, you read that correctly – TWO teeth!

I have been meaning to do this update for a long time now. Actually I’ve missed out every other month so lets start a fresh from now as I know that he has Nanny, Grandad’s, Aunts, Uncles and many people who love him that want updated with his progress – so here we go…

My grumpy little teether finally fallen asleep on the rocking chair

Weight:
Spencer weighs 8.2kg, that’s a whopping 18lbs. Yep, that is a whole stone and 4lbs. Convert it anyway you want – this guy is a heavy chunk of baby cuteness! The Baby Bjorn carrier has been packed away as I can no longer carry him like that.

Health:
He is a healthy lad with no obvious problems. Teething has been a big problem for him the past month but that is all normal for his age. His bottom two teeth have cut through the gum at the same time and I am praying that gives him some relief. I’ve tried Calpol, Panadol, Ashton & Parsons teething sachets, ice toys, chewy toys – can you suggest anything else?

Development:
Spencer can already stand and he will bear all his weight on his legs and with me only holding onto his hands for balance. Rolling has been mastered so we can’t leave him unattended on any bed or change table anymore. He is desperate to be able to sit up on his own and often tryies to pull himself up from lying by holding onto your hands or the sides of his cot.

Sleep:
I have always felt very fortunate that this little lad loves his sleep and has slept through the night (more than 6 hours at a time) since 10 weeks. I put a lot of this down to the fact that he was in his room from a very young age, if he cries I will go to him but I won’t pick him up unless he really needs me to. How do I say that without sounding like a horrible mum? I do believe in sleep training from a young age where possible. He generally takes a 40 minute nap in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.

For bedtime he will go down to sleep at 7.30pm and then have a dream feed at 11pm. Hopefully from there he will sleep right through until 6.30am or later.

By month 4 he decided that he no longer likes to sleep on his back and will always put himself onto his front or his side. I was terrified of this at first but now he is very strong and able to roll himself back over if he needs to instead of burying his face in the mattress.

For sleeping time he puts himself on his front and has started to stick his bum up up in the air

Social:
This is one smiley, happy boy who loves to meet new people and stare right into their eyes! He has an infectious gummy smile that makes people laugh.

Since he was a little baby I have introduced him to lots of new people and encouraged them to hold him so he isn’t as clingy with me. Clingy babies are cute when you want a cuddle but it isn’t practical for the Mum to be the only person that the baby wants to see.

Spencer loves when the gardener Raoul shows him around the garden

Diet:
In a day Spencer will have around 5 bottles of milk. We started to introduce ‘Ella’s Kitchen’ organic pouches for breakfast and for his evening meal. Not so much to fill him up but more to get him to try new foods early on. I plan to make his meals for him at home but first I want to see what foods he likes. So far he loves apples, butternut squash, carrot and prune but has a strong dislike for blueberries.

Giraffe on the menu tonight – He is now old enough to hold and properly chew ‘Sophie’

Routine:
This little guy loves a routine and some structure in his day, he must get that from me!

We found our routine naturally by following the signs he gave us when he was tired and hungry. In a day I know that he will always get up from 6.30am onwards, through the day he will have two naps and will go down for bed for 7.30pm. It is not strict and to the minute but by sticking to this loosely (give or take 15-30 minutes) helps me to have a happy and well rested little boy.

Such a smiley happy boy

Clothes: All his 3-6 month clothes are getting a big snug and is now wearing some 6-9 month clothes already. I have plenty of new clothes ready to be unpacked for him. For diapers he is in a size 4.

All ready for bed and listening to a story

Likes: Spencer is an active little boy! He loves to jump in his Fisher Price Jumperoo and has really got the hang of it. He LOVES to stand up and can bear all his weight on his legs only holding onto my hands for balance – Lying down is not an option for this boy unless he is sleeping. He loves to look at himself in the mirror thinking that it is another baby, we call him “the boy in the mirror”.

Dislikes: One thing Spencer hates is being held like a baby! He will not tolerate it and instead he has to be up and standing. Loud noises upset him as does a double fright -This is when the door bell rings and makes him jump and before he has recovered from that shock the dog barks loudly in response to the doorbell. Cue the tears!

Spencer loves to look at “the boy in the mirror”

I cannot believe that next month Spencer will already be 6 months old. To celebrate we might treat him to a new baby walker to zoom about the house and put those strong legs to good use.

For the next month I am hoping that the poor little soul can have a little rest from teething now that the first two are through.


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4 Comments

  • Reply Kristal Schneider July 18, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    He is adorable! Sorry to hear it’s time for the teething phase! It will pass!

    • Reply Heather Duncan July 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Thank you Kristal, he really is a sweet boy. Thankfully he has a short window of rest now that two teeth have popped through and before the next ones. Hope that you are well 🙂

  • Reply Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) July 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    MashaAllah, and you look great too!

    • Reply Heather Duncan July 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      Thank you hun, good days and bad days – I just don’t take pictures on the bad days.. 😉

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