Sunday, September 11, 2011

Reed is Five Months Old!

September 11, 2011 - Of course, today is a day of sadness and remembrance for our entire nation, and our family is no exception.  As we ate dinner tonight, we watched one of the many television specials about 9/11 and we speculated about what would be the life-changing national and/or international events to affect Reed and his generation.  But for us, today was also a day for celebrating the continued growth and new milestones of our sweet Reed Alexander, who is now five months old!  It's been a HUGE month for our boy.  Here are the things we want to remember about Reed at five months:
  •  He's still a big boy, but maybe not as big as previous months.  At nearly 18 pounds and 26 1/2 inches long, he is in the 72th percentile for weight and 67th percentile for height (according to an online children's growth percentile calculator).
  • I'm slightly questioning the accuracy of said calculator, as he wears mostly 9 month clothes, with a few six month and 12 month sizes thrown in for good measure.  Plus, everyone who sees him comments on what a big boy he is!
  • It took a couple of weeks, but we finally weaned Reed completely from the swaddle blanket this month.  We started with one arm out, then both arms, then his legs (with just his middle wrapped), and now he sleeps in a sleep sack at night, just for the extra warmth.  
  • Reed started daycare this month and has transitioned beautifully!  His daycare providers love him, as do the other kids (especially a 4-year-old named Nate who always greets me with "Hi Reed's Mom!").  He's always in a good mood when I pick him up and it's clear that he's getting great stimulation during the day, as he's exhausted by the time we put him down at night.
  • Speaking of sleep, Reed goes down around 7:30/7:45 p.m. and usually wakes up around 6:30 a.m.  He'll often wake up around 5 or 5:30 a.m. wanting his pacifier, but will usually go back down for another hour or hour and a half.  We've also had a few nights when he's woken up around 3 or 4 wanting the paci, but he usually either puts himself back to sleep, or falls back asleep once we give him the pacifier.
  • His naps have definitely gotten a lot shorter.  He still naps three times a day, but they are usually shorter, ranging from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.  Sometimes daycare will get him to sleep for 2 hours at a stretch, but that's not the norm.  While we love hanging out with our fella, Jeff and I kind of miss the long naps he used to take!  It was time we could count on to get things done around the house or just take a breather.
  • Once I started back at work, we changed Reed's feeding routine a little bit so that I could nurse Reed twice a day.  Jeff still gives Reed the morning bottle on weekends, but on weekdays I nurse him in the morning before he goes to daycare.  He then takes three 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 oz. bottles at daycare, and then nurses again before bedtime.
  • While he's often more pensive and solemn among strangers, Reed loves to smile and laugh with Jeff and me.  He particularly loves it when Jeff tickes him, when I "eat" his hands and feet, and when Jeff and I dance for him.  
  • He now loves touching our faces and also likes it when we bring our faces in close to his.  I often get the big open-mouth kisses, even though I don't think they're intentional on his end!
  • While we can't feel any teeth yet, Reed's drooling has intensified, so we think that teething could be starting soon.
  • After two weeks at daycare, Reed caught his first cold.  No fever or cough, or even fussiness, just a stuffy nose for about a week and a half.  We did take him to the doctor because of this weird wheezing sound he was making, but the doctor said his lungs checked out perfectly.  She said he probably started making the sound due to congestion, but then continued because it felt funny.  Isn't that lovely?   Five months old and he's already trying to fake his mother out!
  • August 19 was a big day.  He found his feet AND started blowing raspberries!
  • He loves putting anything and everything into his mouth.
  • Last week Reed showed the first signs of being interested in solid food.  The day before Labor Day, he reached for my glass and wanted to put his mouth on it, and two days later he tried to eat my english muffin.
  • He has now outgrown his infant carseat and this weekend we installed the convertible one.  Two days in and we're mourning the loss of being able to let him sleep in the carseat while we carried it around, but he just got too heavy for me to carry, plus his shoulders didn't fit in the straps anymore.
  • Reed LOVES to stand up and is great at putting his full weight down.  
  • He can sit unsupported for short periods of time.
  • The big one, of course, is that he can now roll over!  On September 7, he rolled once, back to tummy, and the next day he did it again and again.  Now we just need him to master rolling tummy to back so that he doesn't continue to freak himself out when he winds up on his tummy in his crib at night.  
We feel so lucky - Reed is happy, healthy, and an incredibly good-natured little boy.  Happy five-month birthday, Reed!

Hangin' with Daddy
He's got the pout down!

Friday, September 9, 2011



Yep, our boy can now roll over!  He rolled for the first time the night before my birthday, but when we got him home from daycare yesterday, he was a rolling machine.  Well, back to tummy, at least!  He hasn't figured out yet how to get from tummy to back, but hopefully that will come soon.  We're so proud of him!

Reed's latest milestone was, of course, the highlight, but my 31st birthday was fantastic for lots of other reasons too.  I received flowers at work from my wonderful in-laws, countless emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages from friends and family, and a wonderful steak dinner, cooked by my wonderful husband and shared with Maureen and Justin Turner.  Another special treat: Jeff snuck by daycare early and changed Reed into a onesie that read, "Happy Birthday Mommy".  Too cute!

My sweet boy in his "Happy Birthday" onesie, hand-crafted by Jeff!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor-Free Labor Day Weekend

The last weekend of summer was spent just as it should be - with friends!  We were a busy family this Labor Day.  On Saturday we headed out to the Simons' house in Tysons Corner for a BBQ to inaugurate their new deck.  Reed got lots of cuddles from Maureen Turner and Erin Willcher, as well as playtime with Eli Steiner.  But the highlight was watching Beth Steiner "swaddle" Ben Willcher, in answer to his question, "How do you swaddle a baby?  Could you swaddle me?"  Why, yes, Ben.  Yes, she can (see picture below!).

Reed has always loved snuggles with Maureen!
Erin holds Eli as he flaps
Yes, they're besties already.
And it all started in HESA . . .
Beth is a swaddling machine!

On Sunday we visited the Gorfinkels for brunch and Reed got some fun playtime with 1 1/2 year-old Nora Gorfinkel.

Nora REALLY wanted to give Reed his pacifier!

That evening we attended another BBQ at the home of Wendy and Noam Fischman, friends from Shaare Torah (but unfortunately, no pictures from that party).  Monday was rainy and icky out, but we headed over to Anne and Doug Mandeville's house for a playdate with their son, Zachary, who was born just five days before Reed.  It was a big day for Reed.  He sat on his own for the first time and grabbed for our drinking glass.  Looks like we'll have a solids-eating sitter before long!

With all our fun time with friends, we still managed to get in some downtime.  Reed enjoyed a couple of couch naps with Daddy and Mommy, and also worked it out in his new exersaucer.  He loves standing up!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reed in the Sunshine State

It's a month overdue, but I wanted to share some pics of Reed's first trip to Florida.  On August 5, we headed down south to see Grandpa Eli and Aunt Helaine.  Bubbe, Zayde, and Rachael joined us for a fun Lang/Weisberg weekend.  It was a quick trip and VERY humid, but we managed to squeeze in some pool time, plenty of naps, and dinner at Eli's favorite Chinese restaurant, ABC. 

Reed and his great-Grandpa Eli
Good standing with Aunt Rachael
Sacked out with Zayde
Water baby!
Post-swim haze with Bubbe
Dinner at ABC