August 2010

Today, my little man is 5 months old!  Donovan, I’m dedicating this post to you, and hopefully one day you can look back at this and read what you were like at this stage in your life.  What I can’t believe is how quickly the time has passed since the day you were born.  You and I have had the luxury of being together every day, which I LOVE.  Once I went back to work when you were 3 months old, I was able to work half the day in the office most days and the other half at home with you by my side.  In the mornings while I’ve been at work, you went to work with your dad.  You spent time getting know many athletes and the other athletic trainers.  More recently, you’ve started some half days at daycare–a difficult transition, especially for me.  Your first day we dropped you off, I cried.  Not because I felt unsure about the care you would receive, but because it was a step closer to the end of many hours during the day we could spend together.  And you cried–most of the morning, they tell me.  You were adjusting to the new atmosphere and people and have since become more comfortable with your surroundings there.  I’ll be going back to work full time soon and you’ll be in daycare full time, which I’m not enthusiastic about, but it’s what we need to do.  And I know you’ll like it; you’ll make a lot of new friends, learn many things, and have fun during the day.  In addition to attending daycare, this is what you’re like at 5 months old:

  • Sleep: You’ve slept through the night a total of about 3 times.  Some nights are better than others, as you still wake up about every 2-3 hrs to nurse.  The other night, you were up and fussy every hour–I was NOT happy.  I’m starting you on some rice cereal soon in hopes of keeping your belly full for longer so you and I can sleep longer.  During the day, you take 2 short naps in the morning and one longer one in the afternoon.  In general, you’re a good sleeper.
  • Eating: You eat about every 2-3 hours.  I pump while at work and you’re good at taking a bottle (which has to be HOT)–except while at daycare, but you’re getting better.  Your dad has taught you to hold your own bottle while sitting in your carseat.  You’re starting to show interest in what we are eating.  You dad likes to try to give you food by putting it right in front of your face.  You grab at it, of course, but then he takes it away and says you can’t have it yet.  He is such a tease! 
  • You are so observant.  When you’re in a new place, you like to take it all in.  You’re quiet and look around checking stuff out. 
  •  You love being outside.  You love going on walks and recently have upgraded to sitting in the stroller like a big boy, without your carseat.  You love looking at the trees and cars that drive by.   
  • You smile easily.  You are truly one of the happiest babies I have ever seen in my life.  You smiled the day you were born, which is unheard of.  Just this morning, you woke up next to me, looked me in the eye and immediately gave me a huge grin.  It’s times like that that makes me so happy and feel so lucky that you are my son.  I was never a morning person before meeting you, Donovan, but waking up with you is my favorite time of day. 
  • You grunt a lot, especially when you’re grabbing at things.
  • You’re teething.  So far, this is going ok, although I think we need to get you some more teethers!  And you’re slobbering all the time now.

  • Your favorite toy is your giraffe, Sophie.
  • You love your elephant blankie.
  • You don’t really use a pacifier, except when we’re trying to get you to go to sleep.
  • You like to bounce.
  • You only fuss when you’re hungry, tired, or need to burp.
  • You are so close to rolling over!
  • Stats from your last dr’s visit (4 months old): Weight = 15.2 lbs, 25 1/4” tall.
  • You can almost sit up on your own… you’re still a little wobbly and tend to lean so far forward you’re touching your toes.
  • Some nights after you’ve gone to bed, your dad and I will look at pictures of you.  We’ll look back at when you were first born and marvel at how much you’ve changed in such a short period of time.  Even when you’re asleep we can’t get enough of you!

Donovan, you are such a joy and  I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since you came into our world.  Your dad and I love you so much and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!

I have so much to blog about I can’t hardly stand it!  It’s been a busy few weeks.  First, Noelle came to visit.  I hadn’t seen her since Grant and I got married–5 years ago.   She and Donovan hit it off right away.  She kept him laughing the whole time she was here

And she was great at putting him to sleep, too

It was great to see her (I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of the two of us together!!  Ugh!)  In other news, Jada turned 2!  I can’t believe that either!  I remember the day she was born.  She’s growing up so fast.

We went to her party, and I caught this moment between Grant and Donovan

In official Donovan news, we took him to his 4 month appointment.  He got his second set of vaccines, now weighs 15.2 lbs and is starting to teethe.  Not surprised–this kid wants to put everything in his mouth and is slobbering like crazy!

And he is soooo close to rolling over (from his back to his stomach)

Grant is having a fun time tossing Donovan into the air, playing a little rough and having some good quality daddy time

It has been a great summer so far.  I’ll be posting more in the next day or so!  Promise!