Friday, May 22, 2015

Baby Harrell [5 months old]

4 months old seemed doable, but 5 months old just seems so OLD to me… that’s almost half a year old!! I can’t even believe our little guy has been here 5 months already, fastest 5 months of my life.

5 months

Height & Weight:
JJ doesn’t have a doctor’s appointment this month so we don’t have any updates here, but he’s growing like a weed, I already feel like he’s so much bigger than last month!

We are so thankful that JJ has been pretty healthy.  This month we really think that he has been teething, we are just waiting for the little teeth to come through!  We’ve had a couple of rough days related to that—but overall we are so lucky that he has been such a healthy and easygoing baby.

This month he’s started to spit up a bit, which he has never done!  It’s still pretty infrequent, like maybe once a day—but it’s more than he ever has.


This month JJ has LOVED his daddy!  It has been such a wonderful thing to watch JJ’s relationship grow with each of us—it is so funny how our roles have already started to be established.  Zack is definitely the fun guy—he can make JJ laugh and laugh like nobody else!  They play a game where JJ bites Zack’s nose, and he just thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world.  With me, JJ loves to cuddle—which I don’t mind at all. :)  When he’s tired he will lock eyes on me and just stare me down until I grab him, then he will nuzzle right into my neck and fall asleep.  I just love it so much!  He also loves to grab my face.

This month he has really found his feet and loves to grab and play with them!  His hand eye coordination has made a big jump and he’s getting great and putting things in his mouth.  He loves taking his pacifier out of his mouth and then putting it back in, over and over and over again. :)


This month it’s a lot of the same dislikes… The stranger danger phase hit a peak this month—we had a baby shower to attend and he screamed practically the entire time we were there.  He was not a fan of the loud noises and unfamiliar faces.  Luckily the next couple weekends were packed with family get-togethers and each weekend got a little bit easier.  I’m hoping he’s starting to grow out of this phase, it’s stressful for him and his parents! ;)  He also hasn’t loved the car still, we took a five hour trip down South and I ended up in the backseat with him for a good amount of time both ways.

3-6 month clothes fit him just perfectly, but they’re starting to get a little snug.  Most long sleeved shirts are too short for his long arms! We are currently using the small sized gDiapers but he is too big for them so we need to figure out what we are going to do quick!


He is still eating around every 3 hours, but a few days this month he has wanted to eat more, around every 2 hours… might be a growth spurt or just wanting the comfort do do teething and fussiness.  We have been given the go ahead to try solids but haven’t yet.  He hasn’t shown a lot of interest yet and is doing just fine with just milk, so we are holding off… (Minus one small mishap, see milestones below. :)

The 4 month sleep regression was a very real thing.  JJ has always been such a great sleeper, from the moment we brought him home from the hospital!  Needless to say that waking up multiple times through the night a few times this month has been rough!  We have really been spoiled with his sleep habits thus far.  Even so, that was only a couple nights out of his whole life, so I really can’t complain too much.  We will probably start to think about putting him in his crib in his own room at night… but I have been avoiding it.  He sleeps so well in his Rock ‘n Play Sleeper that I don’t want to ruin it, especially since he hates napping in his crib!  I know it needs to happen eventually, but for now we are doing just fine with him in our room.


Our Favorite Things This Month:
-Bright Starts Teether Book—JJ loves putting this book in his mouth and looking at the bright, colorful pictures.
-JJ loves this little toy that he got for Christmas—it’s a ring toy that hooks on his carseat. It’s a little monster so it’s super cute, and it vibrates when you pull it.  I can’t find it anywhere online, but here’s a similar type of toy.
-Trumpette Socks—These are the best socks.  JJ is the best at getting his socks off, these are the only ones that stay on… Not to mention they are the cutest!  He has one pair that are little tennis shoes, and he got a pack of little Converse looking ones for Christmas.  I definitely want to invest in some more.
-Bumbo Seat—JJ finally has the head control to sit in his Bumbo!  I like having a little place to set him where he isn’t always laying down.
-Brica Day & Night Light Musical Auto Mirror—We love having this mirror in our car!  It has a little stand to put on the center of our seat even though it doesn’t have a headrest which is pretty rare.  Plus there’s a remote for us to control a light and music on the mirror.

-JJ had his first bite of real food!  While we were down South visiting Zack’s family, Zack’s uncle Mark fed him a little scrap of lemon cake.  He said he didn’t know JJ didn’t eat real food—but I don’t buy that… I think he just wants to be in the running for JJ’s favorite uncle. ;)  For the record, JJ was not a fan.
-Like I mentioned above he has gotten great and grabbing things and putting them in his mouth, as well as grabbing his feet!


Events This Month:
-This month we attended his future cousin’s baby shower!! (Well, my cousin’s baby shower. :) We can’t wait to meet the little guy!
-JJ also attended his first wedding!  Zack’s cousin Matt married his beautiful bride Helena!  It was such a great celebration and we were so happy to be there!
-I almost forgot to mention that we celebrated our first Mother’s Day—what a special day it was!  It started with breakfast in bed and ended with a delicious dinner with family.  Plus I got a few sweet gifts from JJ (Zack too I’m sure ;) and my mother-in-law!  So crazy to think that last year on Mother’s Day we told my family that we were having a baby!

Life with this little guy has just been so full of JOY!  He has been the greatest addition to our lives.  I can’t believe how lucky I am, that I get to be his mom. :)

…and just for a little comparison:

jjI’m off to go sob now. ;)

Welcome Baby JJ
Birth Story
month 1
month 2
month 3
month 4


  1. Ahhh!!!!! SO cute!!!! <3 <3 <3 Also, I'm cohosting a blog meetup on July 18th so save the date! I'd LOVE to meet you! Babies are totally welcome too. I don't know if I'll be bringing Caleb or not... Probably depends on Nate's work schedule. :-)

  2. He has the most expressive face! It's so fun to see babies at that age responding more and more to the world around them.

  3. So cute! I love these pictures!
    Melanie @


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