HUNTER: MONTH 4-5 PROGRESS


Happy 5 month Birthday, Hunter!

Our little boy is 5 months old today. I barely remember when he was an unaware little baby that just lay there and didn’t do much. It’s incredible how quickly babies grow and learn new things – he is different every week! It’s all quite fascinating to watch :) He’s also now almost 20% (!!!!!!) of my own weight – kind of freaky to think I’ve given birth to that!

MONTH 4-5 PROGRESS:

  • Eating – Still 100% breastfed. Waahoooo!! I read that the World Health Organization recommends exclusively breastfeeding until “at least 6 months”, so I’m determined to do that. To be honest, I enjoy it so much anyway and I feel blessed to have enough milk supply to do this, so I don’t want to rush in solid food just yet. He is becoming increasing curious when we eat though, and STARES at us putting food into our mouths. Wonder how long he’ll last before insisting he gets some too…

    Watching me eat

    He breastfeeds 5x a day, for an astonishing 3-5 minutes at each session. The first 3 minutes is proper feeding (or perhaps I should say gulping furiously), and the next 2 minutes is spent French kissing my nipple (!) and playing with my boob whilst I try to persuade him to eat more. Then after that, he usually emits an angry yell ‘cos he doesn’t fancy being forced to eat more, and then I give up! I ended up asking the doctor if it was OK to feed for such a tiny amount of time, and she said it’s fine since he’s very obviously big for his age. Whew. So I’ve stopped worrying now.

  • Sleeping – Hunter now sleeps from 7:30PM through ’til 7:30AM (yayyyyyy!) when he wakes up for a feed, and I also give him a dreamfeed before I go to bed. He’s rather noisy as he sleeps though, so it often wakes me up at night, arghh! He is not a quiet sleeper :( We’ve also stopped swaddling him entirely, so now he just sleeps on his side (with sleep positioners around him, as he flips around). During the day, he naps 3x a day, for about 45mins each time. Quite pathetic as I’d much rather longer naps (so I can get more stuff done), but he instantly wakes up on the dot after 45mins with huge bright eyes and gurgling/cooing away, and it’s impossible to get him to sleep more then!
  • Playing – The world is his playground! Or rather, Singapore is. Or rather, all of the malls here are ;) Continuing the trend from back when we were in Shanghai, Hunter and I have been going out every single day without fail. People think it’s amazing that I have the stamina to go out every day with a baby, but it’s not that impressive if you think about it – I do think babies fare much better when they’re out. When we’re home, I am constantly having to amuse Hunter, and my throat gets so sore after awhile from all the talking/singing! It’s mentally and physically quite draining. But when we’re out, he’ll be so fascinated with all the stuff around him that I can push him in his stroller and shop/do my own thing. It’s my easy way out of motherhood :P

    A rare moment where both of us are at home


    He’s been learning to sit up this month, and looking at him sitting up makes me realise how time has flown in the past 5 months. He’s become rather fascinated with his feet a few weeks ago, and will grab at/play with them. He pretty much grabs at anything within reaching distance and it instantly goes into his mouth for a good ‘ol chew ;)


    Propped up on his hands

    “RAWR!” says the little tiger boy

    “Look ma, no hands!”

    His coos/gurgles amped up quite a bit this month, and he particularly loves to talk to himself whenever he’s in the car. So strange!


    Hunter shooting the breeze

    Possibly the cutest thing that happened this month was when Chris was away on a business trip in Seattle. After about 2 days, Chris did a Skype video-call with us. When Hunter saw Chris’ face, he immediately stared at the screen and broke into a HUGE small! Then he lunged forward towards the screen and kept laughing and gurgling at Chris. It really surprised us, as it was such an obvious “I recognise you, and I love you” moment :)


    On Skype with Chris

    Happy 5th Month Birthday my precious one. You are so loved!


    (29, 1)

  • 42 responses to HUNTER: MONTH 4-5 PROGRESS:

    1. xstardustedx says:

      Can I just tell you how PROUD I am of you that you’re still exclusively breastfeeding? Because that’s just the BEST. THING. EVER. Makes me so happy when I see Hunter’s pictures. I can’t wait to meet him!

      • beverly says:

        Aww thanks hon! i never thought I would be able to just a few months ago, so I’m amazed that it’s easy and enjoyable now… I feel blessed to be able to do so :)

        Hunter can’t wait to meet you either, he wants some cuddles!! :P

    2. :) Just looking at him makes me smile! So animated!

      Happy 5th month Hunter! Looking good and so is mummy!

    3. missustay says:

      it’s amazing how quick hunter can sit himself up. i checked with my PD and he said most babies reach this milestone around 7th month? and babies of our sons’ weight may have it harder because they gotta support erm, more weight. haha!

      so..well done, hunter!!

      • beverly says:

        I heard that too!! I don’t expect him to be able to crawl or walk for awhile, no matter how hard he tries… cos I heard that heftier babies take longer cos theyr’e just too heavy, haha.

    4. Anonymous says:

      Hey Bev

      How did you get Hunter to sleep so well? Did you follow any books on sleep? Would be interested to know, cos I hope to train my little one to sleep well early on already. I don’t think I can cope with sleep deprivation!

      • beverly says:

        We didn’t read any books cos no time too, lol! One thing we’re VERY strict on is his bed time, and also his routine at night. We do Eat -> Massage -> Bath -> Tummy Time –> Story Time –> sleep… without fail, every single night, when he was just maybe 2 wks old.

        And we make sure we put him in his cot awake but drowsy – a baby that falls asleep BY THEMSELVES will be able to put themselves back to sleep at night, and that is the key :)

    5. xstardustedx says:

      Can I just tell you how PROUD I am of you that you’re still exclusively breastfeeding? Because that’s just the BEST. THING. EVER. Makes me so happy when I see Hunter’s pictures. I can’t wait to meet him!

      • beverly says:

        Aww thanks hon! i never thought I would be able to just a few months ago, so I’m amazed that it’s easy and enjoyable now… I feel blessed to be able to do so :)

        Hunter can’t wait to meet you either, he wants some cuddles!! :P

    6. Anonymous says:

      Hi there! Pris introduced me to your blog. Hunter is so super cute! I have a soon-to-be 4 month old boy myself too, and he’s Eurasian as well (hubby is Swedish), so it’s fascinating to read of Hunter’s development and see my son’s future somewhat! haha :) Keep the posts coming!

    7. :) Just looking at him makes me smile! So animated!

      Happy 5th month Hunter! Looking good and so is mummy!

    8. sonartari says:

      gaaaahhhh!! This is SO CUTE!! aaaahhhh !

    9. missustay says:

      it’s amazing how quick hunter can sit himself up. i checked with my PD and he said most babies reach this milestone around 7th month? and babies of our sons’ weight may have it harder because they gotta support erm, more weight. haha!

      so..well done, hunter!!

      • beverly says:

        I heard that too!! I don’t expect him to be able to crawl or walk for awhile, no matter how hard he tries… cos I heard that heftier babies take longer cos theyr’e just too heavy, haha.

    10. Anonymous says:

      Hey Bev

      How did you get Hunter to sleep so well? Did you follow any books on sleep? Would be interested to know, cos I hope to train my little one to sleep well early on already. I don’t think I can cope with sleep deprivation!

      • beverly says:

        We didn’t read any books cos no time too, lol! One thing we’re VERY strict on is his bed time, and also his routine at night. We do Eat -> Massage -> Bath -> Tummy Time –> Story Time –> sleep… without fail, every single night, when he was just maybe 2 wks old.

        And we make sure we put him in his cot awake but drowsy – a baby that falls asleep BY THEMSELVES will be able to put themselves back to sleep at night, and that is the key :)

    11. Anonymous says:

      Hi there! Pris introduced me to your blog. Hunter is so super cute! I have a soon-to-be 4 month old boy myself too, and he’s Eurasian as well (hubby is Swedish), so it’s fascinating to read of Hunter’s development and see my son’s future somewhat! haha :) Keep the posts coming!

    12. sonartari says:

      gaaaahhhh!! This is SO CUTE!! aaaahhhh !

    13. Anonymous says:

      it looks like hunter is getting stronger and sturdier with his reflexes

      turning into quite a slightly pink /whitish marshmallow man too.

    14. thienlan says:

      How times flies and he is chubbier and cuter each day. Full of cheerful facial expressions, he looks really and happy you sound happy too!

      We started introducing solids to Arthur from 4 months, he was quite interested and enjoyed it a lot. Looks like little hunter is eager too!

      Well done on the 12 hours sleeps, makes such a difference!

      I was thinking you guys seems to raise Hunter exactly like we raise Arthur and are super organised and we share the same interest, would be nice to go on holidays together someday… let’s try and organise something!
      xoxox
      TL

      • beverly says:

        Ohh it would be awesome to holiday together :) I think not for a little while cos of your #2 tho hehe. We will be in Sydney for sure in April cos of Chris’ sister’s wedding!

    15. Anonymous says:

      it looks like hunter is getting stronger and sturdier with his reflexes

      turning into quite a slightly pink /whitish marshmallow man too.

    16. thienlan says:

      How times flies and he is chubbier and cuter each day. Full of cheerful facial expressions, he looks really and happy you sound happy too!

      We started introducing solids to Arthur from 4 months, he was quite interested and enjoyed it a lot. Looks like little hunter is eager too!

      Well done on the 12 hours sleeps, makes such a difference!

      I was thinking you guys seems to raise Hunter exactly like we raise Arthur and are super organised and we share the same interest, would be nice to go on holidays together someday… let’s try and organise something!
      xoxox
      TL

      • beverly says:

        Ohh it would be awesome to holiday together :) I think not for a little while cos of your #2 tho hehe. We will be in Sydney for sure in April cos of Chris’ sister’s wedding!

    17. kayeby says:

      The photos of Hunter always make me smile – what an expressive face he has. And those chubby little folds in his knee! /squee! His near-bald head also reminds me of my cousin, who only got hair once she entered toddlerhood. =)

      Also, this is a random question based on a very old post of yours, but what size do you wear in the Lanvin ballet flats? I think you are the same size as me (35 in Converse, size 5 in most Australian shoes). I’m looking to buy a pair of Lanvins on NAP but want to make sure I’m getting the right size!

      • beverly says:

        His back-of-knee fat is just hilarious.. I dunno how he manages to grow ‘em on just breastmilk, hah!

        My Lanvin is 36 but I’m normally around a 5.5.. so I reckon you need to either buy a 35 in Lanvins, or 35.5 :)

    18. beverly says:

      He says a whole bunch of stuff, all unintelligible.. haha! Think it will be a few months before he gets out any proper words… heh.

      Oo I wanna hear when I next see Isy! Hope he’s feeling better today..

    19. kayeby says:

      The photos of Hunter always make me smile – what an expressive face he has. And those chubby little folds in his knee! /squee! His near-bald head also reminds me of my cousin, who only got hair once she entered toddlerhood. =)

      Also, this is a random question based on a very old post of yours, but what size do you wear in the Lanvin ballet flats? I think you are the same size as me (35 in Converse, size 5 in most Australian shoes). I’m looking to buy a pair of Lanvins on NAP but want to make sure I’m getting the right size!

      • beverly says:

        His back-of-knee fat is just hilarious.. I dunno how he manages to grow ‘em on just breastmilk, hah!

        My Lanvin is 36 but I’m normally around a 5.5.. so I reckon you need to either buy a 35 in Lanvins, or 35.5 :)

    20. beverly says:

      He says a whole bunch of stuff, all unintelligible.. haha! Think it will be a few months before he gets out any proper words… heh.

      Oo I wanna hear when I next see Isy! Hope he’s feeling better today..

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