5 Months already? Where has the time gone?!
Gabriel is overall a little sweetie.
He’s the best sleeper we’ve had since Tobi. For a while when he was about 2 and 3 months old he was sleeping through the night! Now he’s back to waking up once or twice but he just eats and goes back to sleep after a few minutes.
He’s got great big smiles for everyone.
And he’s by far my biggest baby! He’s around 18 lbs, maybe 19 by now. Tobi didn’t reach that weight until he was 14 or 15 months old, and Annie was even later! He also seems to be my only red-head baby! He’s always had a bit of a red tinge to his hair but now that it’s starting to thicken up a bit, his hair is really turning orange!
Unfortunately, he’s also got the quickly sunburned skin to go with it. 10 minutes in the sun, even if it’s not a very bright day, and his cheeks start to get red. I felt awful when he got a sunburn at only 2 months old!
The kids love him. Josiah still gets a bit jealous, though. Gabriel is a bit of a needy baby in that he wants to be held a lot. Which is good in a way, because his head was always turned to the right until just a couple of weeks ago. Because of this, the right side of his head is a bit flat. So I’ve been having to hold him anyway to try to keep his head from leaning against things as much as possible. But holding a 5 month old who weighs as much as a 1 yr old all day can be tiring and it’s hard for Josiah to understand why my arms are often full of baby.
He just learned to roll from his back to his belly last week. He hasn’t quite figured out how to roll from his belly to his back though. Funny, because all of my other kids were faster to go from belly-to-back! He doesn’t really like tummy time so he ends up getting stuck on his tummy and starts screaming to be rescued after a few minutes.
I found some old blog posts from when Josiah was 5 months old and the difference is amazing. Josiah was pulling himself up at 5 months old! I’m hoping that this means Gabriel will wait until a more reasonable age to start walking than Tobi and Josiah (Tobi was full out walking by 9 months, Josiah was standing and taking steps at 7.5 months and walking by 8 months.)
Gabriel is truly a blessing, just like my other children, even on the hard days.