Sunday, August 23, 2015

Luke at 5 Months

Luke's life has had big changes in the last month, although some things have stayed the same:

He's still chubby, chubby and he's still our sweet, sweet baby.
5 months: 19 lbs - just like his big brother and sister at that age!

No visible teeth, but LOTS of drooling and gnawing!

He is now the most eligible bachelor at the daycare center at my work.  He had a ridiculously sweet three week entree into the world of daycare being one of two babies at the center.  Our center is a mix of care for staff children and children of our accelerated high school students.  The high school babies didn't start until mid-August, so now there are a total of four babies with his teacher.  Four babies makes the room a more hopping place and Luke isn't getting those same amazing naps he had been at home.  Last weekend, he was home for a 3 day stretch and he was still napping 6-7 hours a day, like he had been pre-daycare, but, where he might take a 2.5-3 hour nap at home, his daycare naps tend to be 45 minutes. Yikes!!  I hope we can figure this out over the next month.  It's a huge boon that I work part time because he gets some breaks to nap at home, but he does have some longer days at daycare and I want to know that he's getting the rest he needs.

Luke and I both love his teacher, Ms. Larita.  She's a blessing - great care and very easy to talk to, which is important since I am able to pop over and nurse him for about half his feedings.  I also have been nursing him upon arrival.  This makes sense for a lot of reasons:
1) It's easier to get out of the house without needing to feed him first.
2) It's a gentler way of dropping him off.
3) It makes it clear that his belly is full, so, even if he's fussy, it won't look like hunger is the culprit.
4) It maximizes the time between feedings.

Because of less optimal napping, Luke's bedtime has inched up to between 6-6:30, with some 5:30 days this month!  I still wake him to nurse between 9:30-10 and he still sleeps all the way through the night, often with me waking him at 6:30.

With the big kids starting school next week, I hope we can get on a better rhythm as a whole family because I'm done with having every day/week be different!  If we have a better schedule, I think it will help Luke have a better schedule.  Not that he's complaining.  He continues to be the easiest baby - adapting to whatever each day brings.

 Other big adventures this month:
First trip to SC to visit Grammy and Big Papa

Time with cousin Billy (both boys post-nap)

Flight home alone with Mom - the precious moments of "only-child-dom"

Reunion with brother Jack who didn't make the SC trip

Luke was baptized on the 16th and it was such a special day.  Luke is our third baby baptized by our pastor, Callie, at Rayne, our church.  Our Rayne family is certainly an extension of family for us here in New Orleans.
Wearing my big brother's baptism outfit and a kiss from my big sister

Luke is such a joy to our family!  We think he's our little blondie with more light peach fuzz appearing daily :)

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