6 Months With Dom

Dom is six month old! He weighs 15lbs 3oz and is 26.5 inches long. Basically, he's long and skinny...no surprise there! ;)

Dom now wears 6-9 month clothes and he still wakes up two times (or the past week...several times...yikes!) a night. He's been waking up a lot more lately, I'm wondering if it's from teething. We put a pause on solids for a little while because he wasn't interested but he's just started showing more interest in the last week and so I'm trying to feed him one to two meals a day. 

Dom loves:

  • Music- he's gotten really into music this month. Specifically "Old McDonald" for calming him down and "The Stable Song" for going to sleep (what can I say, he has refined tastes?!)
  • Teething banana- he LOVES this
  • Real bananas ;)
  • Grabbing and chewing everything, especially his socks and toes!
  • Going on walks in his stroller
  • His activity center and doorway jumper (for about 15 minutes...then he gets tired)
  • Smiling- seriously, he pretty much smiles every time you look at him (unless he's hungry or tired!)
  • Making a pouty face- when he's not happy and smiling, he's often doing a super dramatic pouty face

Dom doesn't love:

  • Getting stuck on his tummy- Dom can roll front to back and back to front, but he seems to often forget that he can actually roll from his tummy onto his back. So he gets stuck and frustrated and cries until I flip him over. :)
  • Peas- so far, he just makes a grossed out face every time I try to feed them him!
  • Naps- yep, still not a good napper. ;) Most of his naps are STILL 45 minutes!

Firsts this month:

  • Sitting up unassisted (only last very briefly then he falls back over)
  • Holding a bottle on his own (with some help!)
  • Noticing food- he's noticing when we eat now and always seems like he wants some of whatever we're having!

5 Months with Dom

Dom 5 Months

This month has been such a fun one with Dom! I feel like he's changed a lot this month and become much more interactive. He is super cheerful and usually content and Alex and I are SO thankful for such a sweet, fun baby!

He still wears 3-6 month clothes and still wakes up 2 times a night. :-/ I was hoping he'd be sleeping through the night by now but I can't really complain because other than waking to eat, he's become a great sleeper during the night. We also seemed to get through the four month sleep regression I've heard about very easily, I think that is thanks to the sleep training we did at 3.5 months (or maybe we just got lucky!).

Dom loves:

  • Talking- Dom is making LOTS of new and loves being social!
  • Being on his tummy- this is a very new development!
  • Toys- he's still not super into toys but he's definitely appreciating them more and he especially loves his activity center
  • Peekaboo- he currently finds peekaboo hilarious!
  • Bananas- he just had his first taste of solids recently and so far he LOVES bananas
  • Sucking on his hand
  • Rolling- ever since he figured out how to roll, he's pretty much obsessed with rolling and spends most of his wake time practicing his new skill!
  • Grabbing my hair...unfortunately!

Dom doesn't love

  • Being left alone- He's definitely very social and always wants to be in on the action!
  • Loud noises
  • Naps- he's still not a good napper and usually doesn't sleep more than 45 minutes. He also FIGHTS hard when I bring him to his room and turn the sound machine on because he knows that means a nap is coming!

Firsts this month:

  • Rolling- Dom is rolling over...woo hoo!!! We went through a difficult few weeks where he'd roll from his back to his front and get stuck and then wake me up. Thankfully now he can also roll from his tummy to his back, but it does still take him a lot of effort and he gets frustrated at times!
  • Solid food- Dom has had his first taste of solid food! We've just been experimenting a little and so far he has tried rice cereal,  bananas, and sweet potato. He's done really well with the spoon and has swallowed everything well so far. Currently bananas are his favorite!
  • High chair- I just started putting him in his high chair for very short periods of time recently. He seems a little freaked out by it.
  • Dom played in his activity center for the first time
  • Dom slept his first eight hour stretch this month...unfortunately it only happened once ;)

Other iPhone pictures from this month (thanks to Erin DiPrima & Alex for several of these!):

4 Months with Dom

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I can't believe it, Dom is 4 months old! Life with Dom has gotten better and better and it's SUCH a joy to see how he grows and changes with each passing day! 

He just had his 4 month appointment and he now weighs 13lbs 9oz and is 24" long! He is now wearing 3-6 month clothes and even those are starting to look tight! He started waking up every few hours when he turned 3 months old and I wrote it off as a growth spurt but then he continued to wake up very frequently. Alex and I decided to do some sleep training and start letting him cry it out at night, and he immediately improved a TON. I took away the swaddle so that he could suck on his hands and he quickly learned to suck his thumb. He went from waking up multiple times a night to waking up twice (typically at about 1am and 4:30am) to eat and then go back to sleep. I'm thankful he's sleeping so much better and I'm hoping this continues and that he doesn't go through the 4 month sleep regression I keep hearing so much about!

Dom loves:

  • Thankfully he seems to love his bath time again!
  • Grabbing everything...especially my shirts and hair (he's pulled out a LOT of my hair)
  • His bouncy seat...he LOVES being bounced and will often fall asleep that way for his last nap of the day
  • Pacifier. He now loves sucking on pacis during the day and seems to always want something in his mouth!

Dom doesn't love:

  • He still doesn't like tummy time but I think he's starting to get more used to it
  • Loud noises. Perhaps it's because we don't have other kids but when we go to church or are in large groups and there's a loud noise or he's around a lot of kids and loud noises for a while, sometimes he'll freak out and burst into tears and I have to bring him into a quiet room. I'm hoping this starts to change as he's able to handle more stimulation!

Firsts this month:

  • Sucking on his thumb
  • Falling asleep on his own! I now put him in his crib awake at night and he falls asleep on his own and I also put him down awake for most of his naps.
  • He learned how to splash water with his feet in the bath and splashes everywhere now!
  • Laughing much harder than he ever has
  • He has started reaching and grasping and can push his paci back in (yes!!)

3 Months with Dom & A Day in the Life

Dom's 3 month picture

Dom is 3 months today! It's so fun to see his personality and likes and dislikes developing more and more. He is constantly changing and growing! We made a big change in the last week and instead of keeping Dom in the rock n'play in our bedroom, we started putting him in his crib in his room to sleep. He has done great and I am SO thankful that transition is over! I also transitioned him from the swaddle to the Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit because he was breaking out of the swaddle and I wanted something that would help him feel cozy in the crib. He sleeps the same amount in the sleepsuit as he does in the swaddle so it hasn't exactly been "magic" in getting him to sleep hours longer, but it did allow him transition with no problem to the crib and so, for that reason, it has been amazing!

Currently, Dom loves:

  • Bathtime (although for the past week he has starting fearing the water being too warm on his feet so he always gets a scared look on his face and sometimes whimpers right before going in the water even though the water is barely lukewarm!)
  • Smiling and giggling
  • When I come get him from his crib in the morning. He always gives me the biggest smile!
  • When you mimic the noises he is making
  • Looking at himself in the mirror
  • Being walked around, especially at night when he's fussier...he won't let you sit down!
  • Being sung to or talked to in silly voices

Currently Dom doesn't love:

  • Pikachu...haha! Alex likes to talk to him in fake japanese and so one night he got the idea to play him a pikachu video and Dom instantly started crying. Since then, he's tested it out and it always makes him cry!
  • Tummy time....he gets super fed up with it after a few minutes. But he's doing great at lifting his head up and I use a mirror to try and entertain him and get him to stay on his tummy longer.
  • Being put down for naps....the boy definitely fights sleep and wants to just play all day long.
  • Being in his car seat when he's not moving. Thankfully he sleeps great in the car but he does NOT like to be in the car seat unless he's in the car or in the stroller being moved around. 

Firsts this month:

  • Getting his first round of shots :(
  • Lifting his head completely off the floor during tummy time
  • Breaking out of the swaddle
  • Laughing 
  • First cold...thankfully it was not a bad one at all, he just had a slight runny nose and a little congestion
  • First long trip in the car. We drove 3 hours back and forth to SC for Christmas and he did great!
  • First time taking more than one feeding from a bottle and being away from me for more than a few hours. I shot my first wedding on the 23rd and was gone for 15 hours and Dom did great! He doesn't love drinking from a bottle and is still figuring out the quicker flow, but the important thing is that he is taking the bottle! Hopefully, he'll continue to get better at it. I'm also very thankful Alex is amazing with Dom and that makes it much easier to leave him for long days!
  • His first Christmas and New Years

I also thought it would be fun to share a current "day in the life" because I love reading these! Granted, we certainly don't have a strict schedule right now, I plan to start working on that this month. We currently have a loose routine and follow the eat, play, sleep routine. I hope implement some of the babywise methods and to have more of a set in stone schedule by the time he is four months.

Between 8-8:30- Dom wakes up and eats

8:30-9:30- Dom goes in his MamaRoo while I pump, eat breakfast, drink my coffee. And then he goes on his play mat for some tummy time. All this happens with the Today show and then Kelly & Ryan in the background, obviously.

9:30-10:15- Dom naps and I shower...for some reason, his first nap of the day is always only 45 minutes!

10:15-10:45- If I need to do my hair or put on makeup, I finish getting ready and put Dom in the boppy lounger on our bed and turn the fan on. Endless entertainment :)

11- Feed and then if we need to go out anywhere, this is usually when I do it and he'll nap in his car seat or baby carrier. 

11:30-1 Nap (If I'm not running errands, I'm usually cleaning the house, doing laundry, etc. during this time)

1 or 1:30- Feed again and then have some play time, go on a walk, etc.

2:30-3:30- Nap (I usually respond to emails, edit pictures, and blog during this time)

3:30- Feed and play, read books, etc.

4:30-5:30- Nap (I usually make dinner during this time)

5:30- Feed and play (this is usually his fussiest time of the day so we typically put Dom in his bouncer beside us for dinner and then either me or Alex holds him most of the time)

6:45- Bathtime! (this is Dom's favorite time, he LOVES the bath and it always calms him down when he's fussy)

7:15- Feed and bedtime by around 7:45 or 8

Nighttime wakings- It still varies a little when Dom wakes up a night but he *usually* wakes up 2-3 times and goes right back to sleep. The longest stretch he's done so far is 6 hours and he'll often wake up at 2am, 5am, and then up for the day at 8am. But sometimes he still wakes up at 12 or 1, then 3, then 6, and then up for the day at 8am. I'm hoping he'll drop a feeding soon now that he's getting bigger and go down to waking 1-2 times a night rather than 2-3. :) 

More pictures from our iPhones (click on images to see bigger pictures):

2 Months with Dom

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I can hardly believe we've already had 2 months with Dom!!! It's cliche but it really is true that "the days are long but the years are short." Except with a newborn the days aren't even long, it's more like one quick chunk of time where each 24 hour day runs into the other and is broken up into 3 hour segments of feeding, sleeping (or more like...trying to get the baby to sleep!), and changing lot of diapers! Each day has truly flown by and even though we've had some good days and some more tiring ones, they've truly all been a blessing because Dom brings so much joy into our lives!

Weeks 3-6 had some tough moments with him. He would cry and scream inconsolably for several hours a day a few times a week. He would arch his back, clench his fists, and turn really red. It was so sad! When he turned 6 weeks I finally took him to the pediatrician. I assumed he just had colic and that there was nothing I could do about it. But after talking with several people I realized he actually may have Acid Reflux and that there might be some medicine that could help him. I told the doctor what was going on and got him a prescription for reflux medicine and I'm telling you, as soon as he started taking it he was a totally different baby. I was SO thankful! We haven't had a bout of inconsolable crying since he started the medicine! He also started to sleep much better at night and didn't have to be held 24/7. I think he was wanting to be held constantly before because he was usually in pain, poor baby.

At two months, Dom is:

10lbs (he basically doubled his birth weight!!) and 22"

Dom loves:

  • Smiling! At around 6 weeks he started smiling in response to us and he has been smiling ever since! He smiles back at me and Alex multiple times a day and it makes me so happy!
  • Baths. This boy loves baths! When he starts to get a little fussy in the evening, as soon as I turn the bath water on he calms right down!
  • Being held. Dom is a serious cuddler! It's been a struggle to get him to not have to be held for naps but we're slowly getting there! Every time I burp him, he always scoots down on my shoulder so he can get his head closer to mine. It melts my heart! 
  • Eating. Seriously, he's gained over an ounce a day and I feel like he pretty much eats 24/7. :)
  • The Solly Baby Wrap. Seriously, it's been a LIFESAVER. On days when he just wants to be held, I put him in the wrap and he sleeps great. I also put him in the wrap pretty much any time I go anywhere!
  • The Rock n'play. While his sleeping preference is definitely to be held, he does well in the Rock n'play at night especially! I'd love for him to be sleeping in his crib but for now, the rock n'play has been a life saver since it's elevated and that helps him with his reflux. I'll probably try to start the transition to the crib this month.
  • His daddy! Dom loves sitting with Alex and coos and smiles at all the silly faces and noises Alex makes.
  • The MamaRoo. He doesn't typically fall asleep in the MamaRoo but he LOVES swinging on the fastest setting and staring at the mobile. He started noticing mobiles at about 6 weeks and it's SO fun to watch him smiling and kick his legs while he's swinging!

Dom doesn't love:

  • Getting his clothes changed!
  • His paci. He liked the paci for several weeks but then he just became pretty uninterested in it. I think he's going to suck his thumb as soon as he can find his hands!
  • Getting OUT of the bath. He HATES getting out of the bath and feeling the cold. I've learned some tricks to try and keep him warmer and happier (thank you space heater) but he still hates getting out of the bath.

I regret not doing a better job documenting all of our visitors over the past 2 months but here's some of my favorite memories captured on my camera & on iPhones:

iPhone Pictures (some taken by me and some by Alex...click the image to view it larger):