Baby Two: Five Months Old

Our lovely Maxi is five months old this weekend – this is the first time I’ve done an update on him separately from his sister’s but she turns two next week so I’ll be doing a special post or two on that and then I’ll be reducing the frequency of her updates, probably to just two a year, although I’ll clearly still mention what she’s up to in other posts I write.

But back to Max, out of interest I just looked back at Alexandra’s five month update (not in a ‘comparing to see which child is better’ way but to see what she was up to at this point). She was majorly interested in hands and feet – Max hasn’t found his feet yet but has spent most of the month chomping away on his hands.

Their routines are roughly the same except she slept in a little later in the morning and went to bed ever so slightly later – and she was having a whopping 210ml five times a day, compared to Max who has 150ml. However it’s importantly to remember Alexandra’s feeds were all formula and only one of his is, and everything I’ve read suggests breastfed babies consume less. Plus he’s smaller too.

So what is he doing this month? There’s a lot of chatting and smiling. He loves to interact and is a real people watcher. He’s generally very contented! Max is trying to roll but hasn’t managed it yet and his head control is getting stronger by the day.

His doctor at our local hospital is very pleased with him and we’ve now got a weaning plan in place, which I shall share the details of once we get to that point.

Overall he is just the most delightful little thing to have around and he’s completely added to our family on the best way possible!

Harriet, Alexandra and Max x

Five Months Old

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Tomorrow our little poppet will be five months old – really not that far off her half-birthday! Although it seems like a billion years ago I gave birth and so many things have happened since, it’s also incredible to think she’s not a little tiny newborn anymore.

This month she seems to be learning new things every day and she’s also changed physically quite a lot – getting chunkier, losing hair and looking very different facially. She hardly ever rolls although we know she can do it, but she’s obsessed by hands – both her own and other people’s – and is now starting to reach out and grab her feet, also spending a lot of time with her legs straight up in the air as she likes to look at her toes!

We’ve been swimming a few times which she’s really enjoyed, nosing at other people as well as kicking away in the water. She’s also now in the ‘big bath’ in a little seat so she gets to splash around a lot and sometimes daddy gets in the bath with her too! We’re in no hurry to wean so she’s still exclusively on milk, now taking 210ml five times a day.

Her routine sees her wake around 8.30am for her first feed, then having three more spaced throughout the day, with bedtime starting any time after 7pm. She’s normally asleep by around 8.30pm so doing a solid 12 hours with a couple of naps in the day. Sometimes she hardly naps for a couple of days but then she seems to need to catch up and has a very sleepy day.

We’re taking the train a lot and getting out and about more, seeing her NCT friends and their mommies most weeks now which is really lovely for both of us. Alexandra still absolutely adores her daddy! But she’s started to get a little more cuddly with me too which is brilliant.

She’s still in 3-6m clothes and is 14lb 15oz – remaining on the 50th centile! She’s loving ‘talking’ to us and does lots of what sounds like singing, especially in the morning. Alex is still in her moses basket in our room, which is fine as she rarely stirs in the night and if she does she only wants her dummy replaced.

That probably covers the main points! Can’t believe next time I do an update she’ll be six months.

Harriet and Alexandra x