Landon Drew turned 5 months old yesterday and in a month he’ll be half a year old! Wowzer!
All about my Lando at 5 months…
- Not sure what he weighs now, but he’s wearing 6-12 month clothes (it depends on the brand). I usually have to put him in 12 month pants when he’s wearing a cloth diaper because his fluffy butt is so big!
- He has rolled over a few times, but he’s not doing it consistently. Mainly because he hates being left laying down anywhere. He would much rather be upright, either in his bumbo or bouncer or being held. Also, it’s probably some serious hard work with his size.
- Speaking of his bouncer/jumper thingy… he LOVES that thing. He will play contentedly in it for up to an hour – no joke!
- Still waking up at night to chow down. Shortly after he turned 4 months old he started sleeping REALLY poorly, waking up 2-3 times to eat at night (growth spurt?). Now he’s back to waking once, usually around midnight, and then going back down until 6. I’ll take it.
- He trys to grab for everything now – and put it in his mouth, of course. And he still loves to suck on his fingers.
- Landon refuses to take a binky. He’s probably refused it for over a month now. It’s nice because I don’t have to stress about taking it from him later (like I did with Leila), but it’s painful because he’s still learning how to soothe himself. Sometimes it’s nice to just put a plug in it, ya know what I mean?
- My boy LOVES his big sis. She walks into the room and his eyes just light up. And it totally melts my heart.
- One of my favorite Landonisms? When you’re holding him and he gets SO excited to see someone else, he’ll smile SO big and then turn away and nuzzle his face into you. Cutest thing ever.
Now do you want to know something that has been weighing on me lately? Ever heard of plagiocephaly? Well, it’s pretty much a fancy word for the flat spot babies can get on the back of their heads from laying down so much. It’s most common in preemies, or babies who are great sleepers, or babies who are big and grow really fast (like my Lando). In Landon’s case, around 3 months we noticed that he had a preference for turning his head to the left. Even if he was sleeping and I turned his head to the right, he would soon turn it right back to the left. He may have had what’s called torticollis (recently he seems to be much better about turning his head, though). Over time this caused flattening of the back left side of his head. Since realizing this was happening, we’ve been repositioning his head a lot, propping him up on his right side, and avoiding laying him on his back as much as possible. But, it doesn’t seem to be getting much better.
It looks like there’s a chance that our little Landon may get to wear a really cool helmet for a few months to re-shape his head. We took him to an orthotist and they took all sorts of measurements of his head and recommended it, but we’ve decided to re-evaluate at 6 months to make a final decision. There is always a chance that his head will shape out nicely as he continues to grow, but there is also a chance that it won’t. And the chance that he’ll come to me years from now in tears because his football helmet doesn’t fit right kills me. So, I’d rather fix the issue now than take any chances. On the flip side, I’m stressed about the cost. And the fact that it’s a friggin helmet!
I will definitely keep ya posted on what we decide to do in a few weeks.
Other than that, our little man is just a ball of happiness!
Sissy always wants in on the photo-taking action…