Baby, you are getting so big! I love your little baby rolls and baby giggles, gummy smiles and happy squeals. It was a good month for you overall. You still have some grumpy hours and occasional grumpy days but you are alert and interactive more than ever before. It's fun to finally start to see little peeks into your personality!
Sleeping: Writing this down is going to jinx this, but honestly you were a stellar sleeper this month. Generally you sleep from 8:30pm to 6:15am straight in your Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit. On rare occasion there is an earlier wake-up, closer to 4 am, then back to sleep until 7am. Still no real consistency with naps (though at the very end of the month you seem to have started a general pattern) and you tend to have a lot of short cat-naps but maybe one longer nap during the day.
Eating: You are such a hungry guy. You have been regularly having close to 7 oz for your first bottle. Then 5.5-6oz bottles during the day, usually every 2-3 hours (closer to 2 at the nanny's, closer to 3 at our house). Overall I'd say you drink anywhere from 33-40oz per day, which is a ton. The pediatrician said that once you were regularly drinking over 35oz we should start you on solids, so a few days ago, we did! We started you on rice cereal (for the iron) and you have also tried squash and green beans. I was worried you might not be ready but generally you seem to love food so far; in fact you get mad when I don't shovel it in fast enough! (I think you want it to be as fast as the bottle). You still have a bit of the tongue thrust going on but I'm sure as you get more used to foods it will get a little easier.
Weight: No appointment this month so I don't know, but I'm guessing about 16 lbs.
Diaper Size: Size 2 for most of the month; just starting size 3s. Hoping you're in this size for awhile!
Clothes Size: Fitting well in most 3-6M stuff, though some of the brands that run smaller already seem too tight. I was hoping to get you through one more month in this size but we'll see! Might have to break into the 6-9M stuff soon.
Milestones/Firsts: One of my favorite milestones- you started to laugh this month! First some tentative giggles- then soon after, adorable squeals of delight and belly laughs. You like when I nibble on your neck or make raspberries on your tummy. Lots of other people have gotten laughs out of you this month too. It's so cute and heart-warming! I just love that sound.
You also started to have a lot more interest in grasping things this month- both toys and my hair (ouch!). You like to try to get the toys into your mouth (and also you like to gnaw on my finger!). You have been drooling a lot more too, even through bibs sometimes, so you have a lot of outfit changes in a day between the drool, spit-up, and occasional poop explosion. No teeth though that I can see yet. I wonder if you'll get teeth any earlier than Nora (she was late at 11.5 months or so)?
You seem to have actually regressed in the rolling department. Almost no rolling at all this month, you just get mad when I put you on your tummy and chew your hands. You don't really roll onto your side yet either so back to tummy rolling seems a long way off. That's okay though. You have a lot of interest in trying to stand up (you also love your exersaucer and jumperoo for short periods of time), and you've also started doing baby crunches (precursor to sitting, though I'm guessing sitting independently is at least 2 months off for you!).
Likes/Dislikes: Really most of your grumpiness still comes down to 3 things: (1) hungry; (2) tired; (3) gassy/needs to burp. The third of which is the most annoying because it can either be really hard to get the gas out and you are thoroughly unhappy until it does, or it comes out in the form of massive amounts of spit-up all over everything. I was kind of hoping the spit-up would calm down by now but nope, you are still a big-time spitter.
Other than that I find you a pretty happy and easy-to-read little baby. You are fine in the car and the carseat almost always makes you fall asleep. You still like sleeping in your swing and playing on your playmat. Your favorite activity is still when people talk to you or make you laugh. You like people interaction but not so much snuggling or rocking. When you are cranky you do like being carried around in my arms, facing out. You like studying yourself in the mirror.
You find your sister quite entertaining. I can't wait to see the adventures you two get into. She's already desperate for a playmate. I think you will make quite the pair.
You are our little Jack, Mister Jack, JD, Buddy, Jack Attack. We love seeing all your new discoveries and changes every day. I love to study your sweet little face- such perfect chubby cheeks, such blue eyes, such a round little nose- and I picture you as a little boy and as a man. How fast time is already going. We love you, little one!