Stats: We didn’t have a doctor appointment this month, so I don’t have any official stats, but according to our (completely inaccurate) scale at home, he’s 13 and a half-ish pounds.
Clothing size: Still going strong in 0-3 month clothes! I think he could probably fit into some of our 3-6 month clothing, but I’m not in a rush to move him up since he still fits so perfectly in the smaller clothes. Some of the 0-3 pants we have are still pretty baggy on him, too. He’s in size 2 diapers now, and I don’t see us switching anytime soon!
Sleep: Since 5 weeks, Jackson hasn’t woken up more than once per night. For the last two weeks or so, he’s been sleeping all night (9:00-6:00) every night, which is fabulous. I’m just hoping we don’t have any sort of sleep regression anytime soon! Naps are still a bit of a mess, though. He takes pretty good naps, but only if he’s being held or is in the Moby. I haven’t worried too much about it yet, because we are only around for naps on the weekend and I like to savor the cuddles! In a month or so when it’s summer and Corey and I are both home all the time I’ll probably work harder on getting him to nap alone in his crib, but for now I’m happy to cuddle with him on the couch for all of his weekend naps.
Eating: Still exclusively breastfeeding. I’ve had some recurring issues with pain and plugged ducts in one side, so it hasn’t been a very fun month for eating, but we’re working through it and it seems to be getting better – fingers crossed! He’s very consistent with his nursing schedule – he’s eating 6 times a day during the week (about every three hours during the day), and usually drops one of those feedings on the weekend. He definitely takes after me in this regard…he loves a routine!
Milestones: He rolled over from front to back for the first time this month! He’s still not very consistent with it – some days he can do it several times in a row, and some days he just gets mad and doesn’t want to try. He’s working hard at rolling over front to back, but I think it’ll be a little while before he has that one down. We got a few giggles this month, and are still getting tons of smiles. He started to “talk” to us a lot more often, and will go back and forth with us pretty consistently. He’s also officially interested in toys – he’ll reach for them sometimes, but for the most part he just loves staring at them and talking to them. Anything that lights up and plays music is his favorite!
Things we want to remember: I love the look of pride he gets anytime he manages to roll over, and how excited he gets when we help him “stand” on one of our laps. He LOVES it. I don’t ever want to forget how sweet it is when he falls asleep on my chest, and even if it’s slightly annoying that we can’t get him to nap in his crib, I want to enjoy every last one of those sweet naps because he won’t want to do that forever. I think my favorite part is when he wakes up mid-nap and looks up at me, almost as if to reassure himself that I’m still there, then he drifts right back off to sleep. It’s such a good feeling knowing how comforted he is by my presence! I also love the way he looks at Corey. Corey is definitely the entertainer – he’s always making Jackson smile and giggle (he’s only laughed for me once, but he does it for Corey all the time!) and I love how happy Jackson is when he’s interacting with Corey.
Special outings or adventures: Jackson’s first Easter was this month, and he went to my grandmother’s house for the first time to celebrate. I can’t wait to watch him help hunt eggs next year! We had our first park outing this month for a church picnic, and he slept most of the time. The weather was finally nice enough for his first playtime in the front yard a couple of weeks ago – Corey was mowing the lawn so I took Jackson outside with his play mat for a bit…he loved it!
Favorites: Jackson still adores bedtime (he giggles every night while Corey is getting him in pajamas and swaddling him!) and bath time is still one of the highlights of his life. He’s starting to choose favorite toys – my mom got him two toys that light up and play music for Easter, and those will hold his attention longer than anything else right now. He loves to stand up and gets so excited anytime we let him, and if he’s in the right mood, he loves tummy time on the rug in his room. He loves talking to us and gets so excited when we pretend like we understand him. He also discovered his hands a few weeks ago, so they’re pretty much constantly in his mouth – I swear he’s on a mission to fit his entire fist into his mouth, and one of these days he’s going to succeed!
What we’ve learned: We are both getting so much better at reading Jackson’s cues and figuring out what he wants. He’s fallen into a good routine and we are learning how to pick up on what he needs most of the time. We are learning patience and how to slow down and enjoy things – the “old me” would be stressing that Jackson will never nap alone in his crib, but the mom version of me just enjoys the cuddles and doesn’t want to push him into something he’s not ready for. Being parents has been such an adventure for us so far, and I feel like we are constantly learning and growing!