A lot has happened in the month since my last post (shameful!). In the last 4 weeks Levi has:

  • Cut his 2 bottom teeth on the 6th and the 8th with no fuss at all
  • Mastered rolling and pushing himself around the entire living room
  • Come pretty close to Been getting all the way up on all 4’s and trying to rock back and forth
  • Tried to cut back his nursing sessions from 7 down to 5-6 and I am not happy with that plan – Maybe once he is on solids but not just yet
  • Gotten even cuter than he was before!

Levi has continued with his mommy-attachment although if he is in a good mood, he will still let any and everybody hold him. If he is tired or hungry, I am the only one who can reliably calm him down. As soon as I pick him up, he is calm generally. I love it that he loves me so much even though it would be easier if DH could soothe him sometimes. I have learned the hard way that babies are only this attached to mommy for a short time. Soak it up while you can!

He is getting very curious about our food and tries to pull my spoon to his mouth but of course, he tries to pull my phone to his mouth too soooo…. But I do think he is about ready. I’ve already stock-piled a whole diaper box of jars and pouches of food. I do plan to make home-made purees this time again simply because it saved me big $$$ last time but as long as I’m getting it cheap with coupons store bought, I’m all for that too!

We are still doing CIO at nap times (bedtime he nurses to sleep and I don’t mind that because he is also eating his bedtime boob which makes him sleep longer at night). We had a couple great days followed by a few days where he wouldn’t calm down and I very nearly just gave up entirely. I even wrote a draft post about it. “Levi is un-CIOable. He doesn’t CIO. IT doesn’t OUT. It just keeps going on and on and on. I tried several times, sitting in the living room watching the clock, feeling terrible as the minutes dragged by until he would finally stop crying…. and then he would let out the most heartbreaking screeching wail as he realized yet again that he was deserted and alone.” But I decided to give it another go and we started having success again with minimal crying. I realize that the point of CIO is for the baby to, ya know, CRY it out. And that is fine with me as long as it’s a reasonable length of time and the baby isn’t working their self into hysterical choke-crying. I don’t want to jinx it but we have had several more days of minimal fuss-crying/more sleep time. So… 🙂

The following is for my records. Feel free to skip. 

How is mommy? Well, my postpartum hairloss has slowed down even more but not totally done just yet. All the bare patches are completely covered in new hair again and aside from the fact that my head has thousands of short hairs sticking up everywhere, you can’t tell that a couple months ago I had legit bare spots. 🙂

I had a cold last week and had a drop in milk supply. My bed time pump session is giving me only 2-4oz but I don’t dare cut that session out because I think if I do, AF will come back. My morning session is yielding 12-15oz if I take a break mid-pump and start again to get a second let-down. I know that’s a lot but that’s down from 18-20+ with no break. I had planned to stop pumping at 6 months but after Tru and Levi both stayed well while DH and I were super sick last week, I am starting to reevaluate stopping until spring. If Tru could stay on breast milk through the winter, he could get those antibodies and possibly not get sick as much…. I don’t know. We shall see what happens.

Dear God, thank You for all these great new things Levi is learning! It’s so exciting to watch him growing up and figuring out this little world around him. Please continue to keep him safe and healthy and I pray that his naps and bedtimes will continue to be successful and relaxing times for him and for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Getting his 5 month picture.

Getting his 5 month picture.

Big boy does army crawls.

Big boy does army crawls.

Nothing sweet like a baby holding your finger.

Nothing sweet like a baby holding your finger.

A successful nap in big brother's crib.

A successful nap in big brother’s crib.

“Are you seriously taking a picture of me in the bath tub?”

“This whole “baby thing” is exhausting!”

Won't suck a binky but will gladly suck his blanket.

Won’t suck a binky but will gladly suck his blanket.

Just chillin' and watchin' cartoons.

Just chillin’ and watchin’ cartoons.

Happy baby waking up. :)

Happy baby waking up. 🙂

“MOM, are you in the bathroom? MOM, I think I can see you!! MOM!!!?”

“Oh there you are. I got worried for a second and thought you were going to pee all day.”

Naptime in the stroller.

Naptime in the stroller.

Where's the baby?...

Where’s the baby?…

There he is!!

There he is!!