Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Archie: 5 months

Archie-man.  Your new nickname from Hattie girl and Griffy guy.  You are becoming a little man.  Less and less evidence of your baby-ness and more and more wanting to be one of the big kids.  You want in on all the action, typical of a third child, but not so typical in that you sure let us know when you're not happy just watching.  You want IN.  My man, you need to learn to sit.  The ceiling is just not so fun to stare at anymore, and tummy time while tolerable, is still hard.
As for sleeping, you are two steps forward, one step back.  You were sleeping and napping, then we had to break the swaddle.  EEEeeek.  Then you learned to sleep unswaddled (not happily), but you wake up all the time.  I don't know if your laryngomalacia has caused apnea, or if you are just seriously fearful of missing out on the fun, but you do not want to nap.  You sleep pretty soundly at night until the wee hours of the morning.  You're big enough and old enough to make it through until morning without eating, but it has been a hard habit for you (and I) to break.
In the midst of being I'm sure sleep deprived, you are the brightest light in the room.  Your smile, still contagious, still magical.  You have such empathy, mirroring the emotions you see on others' faces.  Your eyes search for activity and for your mommy.  You kick like crazy when you are about to eat or if your milk gets taken away.  You have just started to try baby oatmeal cereal, and just as I suspected, you roll with it. 
You've rolled over exactly once.  It was a fluke, but Griffin, Hattie and I celebrated and tried to catch it on video, but you haven't repeated.  You love to be outward facing in the bjorn or be held, you do not like it when you are laying on the floor and everyone leaves the room.  Fear of missing out.  Big time.
We recently saw your empathy in a whole new realm.  Nate and turned on a clip of America's Funniest Home Videos to see a good old fashioned wipe out to bring some giggles to the house and every time someone fell (and we laughed), Archie cried.  Not sure if it was the loud and sudden commotion, or if he really just has a heart for seeing people hurting, probably the former, but I think the latter is a bit of insight into the man he will become.
Oh, and if you can't tell, his hands (and anything he touches) are in his mouth, constantly.
Archie-man, you are my man.  You have my whole heart.  You have captivated your daddy in a whole new way and your brother and sister are crazy about you.  They too, cannot wait for you to get in on all the action.

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