Sunday, April 4, 2010

5 Months Old!


Five Months. My baby is five months old today. I can honestly say that I've cherished every moment we've had with him. We recognize that he is a gift in our life. Even with the amount of attention he needs, or the number of office visits he requires, or the hospital stays he has had and will have, we have never felt frustration or annoyance or grumpiness or anything short of complete love for him. I have plenty of sleepless nights (he still eats about 7 times a night!). I have sore muscles from holding him. I have messy corners of my home due to my attention being on him. But I refuse to complain. What matters more than any of those things, is that he is with us. My heart beats in tune with his. He is happy. He is healthy. He makes us smile. We absolutely love Kimble.

He continues to gain weight. Although we haven't weighed him for a few weeks, our estimate is about 16 pounds. He doesn't have a great amount of strength yet, possibly due to his weak heart, but he is progressing. He is putting more weight on his legs, when we hold him in a standing position, and when we sit him up, his fat rolls keep him up for a few seconds, before he falls over.


We still keep a little cradle in the living room, for him to take his naps in. He still likes to be mummified in his blankets and snuggled deep in his "fake arms" (the boppy) when he sleeps, and of course, his little watchdog Giraffe sings him a soft lullaby as he sucks on his binkie and drifts off into slumber.

Although he has rolled over...just twice...he has to be in the right mood to stay on his belly for any duration. Most of the time, we see this:


...and his fat little legs kick and kick...

...and we have mercy on him and roll him over. He doesn't last long on the floor though, even though he is starting to like playing with some toys....

He likes to play with his own chubby hands. He sucks on all his fingers, as well as his thumbs, and sometimes his whole fist. Basically, he loves to suck on anything he can get in his mouth.
But most moments are spent like this...
We both prefer our days to be spent in each other's arms.
But sometimes its fun to throw in some change. Just a few days ago, Kimble had his first taste of solid food. Rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. He wasn't too sure of the new addition to his diet.
We'll keep trying. I'm sure he'll like it eventually. Who knows what changes this next month will bring.

7 comments:

Heath said...

Happy Birth Day Mr. Kimble
Daddy Loves you Baby.

Julee said...

I love the precious chubby hands photo!!! What a blessing!!!

Jed and Kera said...

he is just as precious as the first pictures you posted of him! Love the chubby legs! :O)

Carol said...

Happy 5 months!!

courtney said...

I love seeing how he's growing so big, he is a major cutie!

Colleen said...

Oh that boy! So sweet...so deeply loved! Tommy's not loving the idea of sitting yet either, I guess it will come in time!

David and Jackie said...

Hi Shaina,

Kimble looks so good. It sounds like he is doing good on weight. For a heart baby anyway. Gracie was 18 lbs. and didn't crawl until after her first birthday and didn't walk until after her second birthday. but now that she is 3... Look out! she is all caught up and other than being tiny you can't really tell anything is wrong until you take her shirt off. We had a unexpected hiccup last month with Grace. Her pacemaker stopped working and her Heart Rate went down to 40! She had surgery to replace it. She is home now and doing great. What a crazy (and scary) month.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let you know I was thinking about you and Mr. Kimble. Happy 5 month birthday to him :)