Thursday, September 14, 2017

Finnegan: Five Months

We have enjoyed every month with Finn,  but I think this past month was my favorite.  I know I say that every month, but it is truer and truer every month.  That being said, month five was exhausting.  We traveled, did some sleep training and (unsuccessfully) introduced solid foods. It's definitely been a month of trial and error for Finn, but we're still loving each new phase.

Eating: Breastfeeding is going well and we're back to having no issues.  The kid likes his milk!! We tried to introduce solid foods this month with no real luck.  We started with sweet potatoes and he seemed indifferent.  Then, we introduced avocado, which he turned his head away from. Butternut squash and bananas brought basically the same reaction.  He also became really constipated (TMI? Sorry Finn!), so we decided to take a week or so off and try again. I'm in no rush to get him eating solids, especially since breastfeeding is going so well still, but I figured we'd give it a try and see how it went. 

Sleeping:  If I was writing this post ten days ago, it would have been completely different. I would have been bleary eyed and probably not wanting to talk about Finn's terrible sleep habits.  A combination of traveling, a sleep regression, and me not wanting to wake our hosts in the middle of the night meant that we spent many nights awake every two hours, often with me feeding him to get him back to sleep quietly.  Once we moved into our house in Connecticut, we bought him a crib, dresser and rocker and kicked him out of our room.  We also began the Cry It Out method, which, despite many critics, has been a Godsend.  After the first night where he cried for an hour and a half, he's been a great sleeper.  Our little guy slept EIGHT hours the other night and consistently will sleep from 7:00pm when he goes to sleep until 1:00am or 2:00am. I think he still needs to wake up once or twice in the night to eat, which is fine.  I'll take that over waking up five or six times!

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Noises:  He's still a big talker and will often shriek if he's having fun (mainly in the bath!).  We've heard a laugh once or twice, but it's rare.  The few times we have heard it, our hearts have melted. 

Milestones: Rolling has become extremely common here, but almost always from his back to his stomach (the harder one).  He can roll from his stomach to his back, but he struggles with it and can't always do it when he wants.  Just today, he pulled himself up onto all fours and started rocking back and forth like he wanted to crawl.  It lasted a few seconds before he fell flat, but it was still another step in the crawling direction!! He's reaching and grabbing for anything and everything to put in his mouth, which means everything from my sunglasses to the lobster on our boat is a possibility.  Still no teeth, though.  Speaking of going in his mouth, he's definitely back to sucking his thumb.  Ever since we started the cry it out method, he's been using that to calm him. Whatever works, dude.  

Helping Mom cook or distracting Mom from cooking? You decide.

Likes and Dislikes:  I had been dreading our drive up to Connecticut ever since Finn decided he didn't like the car because I was worried he would scream for the entire drive.  I was reassured that even if he started out the drive screaming, he would eventually calm down and learn to tolerate the car.  Well, that never happened and he screamed the entire drive up there.  Despite that horrific experience, he seems to tolerate small trips (to the grocery store, Target, etc) better after that. His other major dislike this month was solid foods, but I think he'll enjoy them once he gets a little bit bigger. He's discovered lots of fun things this month, as well, his two favorites being the swing and the bath.  We kept waiting for him to realize that he could splash around in the bath and it finally happened! Hooray!  He also loves the bucket swing! We have a playground near our new house, so we usually go on the swing at least once a day.  So much fun!!

Nicknames: Finn, Finny, Big Guy, Dude, Little Dude, Bud, Buddy, Buddy Bear

Clothing Size: Still in 6 month clothes, but some of them are looking a little bit tight.  I think we can get another month out of them before we have to pack them up and move completely in to nine month clothes. 

Diaper Size: Still size three!!

Height: Who knows.

Weight: A lot. :)

Travel: Finn traveled to DC, saw his first Major League Baseball game, met his great grandmother and ton of his parents' friends.  He also traveled to Maine and spent the weekend with his new friend Addie, as well as moved to his new home in Connecticut.  Travel wasn't always easy (still recovering from that car ride up north), but we did it!

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Meet Finn and Addie, the newest members of the Smogans!

Four generations of Hogans

Finn was so inspired by his time in DC, he decided to run for president.  I'd vote for him over the guy we have now!

Sometimes I have to catch my breath because I'm so overwhelmed with how much I love this little guy.  His smile when I come down the stairs in the morning is the perfect way to start the day and watching him discover new things every day is always an adventure. We love you, Finny, and are so thankful to be your mom and dad. 

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