mack's next check-up isn't for another month, so i'm not sure how much he's weighing in at now, but he has definitely grown...a lot! he's filling out and getting the cutest little double chin. he still puts down bottles like there's not tomorrow, but now he's up to eating 6-8 oz every 4-5 hours. that's a lot, right?
he's still very content, but has gotten to be pretty vocal about wanting to be fed at the exact moment he feels hungry. sometimes i'm not the fastest at getting his bottles ready and, boy, do i hear about it. ha ha! when he's got a full tummy, though, he's the happiest little guy. he talks all the time, cooing and babbling to himself and anyone who's willing to listen. he smiles almost constantly, sometimes at nothing in particular, and he loves to cuddle.
naptime has been going great. i pay attention to his cues that he's tired, which mostly consists staring at nothing (we call this "zoning out"). if i let him get to the point where he's rubbing his eyes, it's too late. he won't sleep well and he'll probably need a pacifier to settle down. (he rarely needs a pacifier, otherwise.) he usually only likes to be awake for an hour - an hour & a half at a time, and, as long as i lay him down at the right time, i can set him down awake and he quietly puts himself to sleep.
this has been really helpful with bedtime, too. for the longest time, mack wanted to stay up till 9 or 10 pm then wake up for a 4 am feeding and back to bed until around 8 am. i was perfectly fine with that. a couple of weeks ago, i noticed that he was getting a bit cranky past 8 pm, so i started putting him to bed a little earlier and a little earlier, till we figured out what time works best for him. he thinks that 6:30 pm is perfect. so perfect, in fact, that he sleeps for about 12 hours every night now. he's had a few times where he only slept 10 and he's even gotten up to 13 a couple of times, but 12 is pretty steady for him. it was a little scary for me at first, but i had read that this was normal with sleep training, so i just went with it. the only thing was, we weren't sleep training him until he hit 4 months. that little sweetie sleep trained himself! ha ha! now, if only he could change his own diapers. ;)
our little man is getting really strong, too. he loves to sit in his bumbo and will stay in it for over 30 minutes some days. he's great at tummy time, too. i would call him mobile, but he's a bit directionally challenged. he winds up scooting in circles around his toy. he can't seem to get the hang of moving toward the toy to reach it. at least he keeps it in sight, though. he's halfway to rolling over, too. he gets a little frustrated that his arm gets in the way, but he'll figure it out soon.
another milestone for mack has been picking up toys and putting them in his mouth. it's a little tricky for him, but his dexterity is improving and he's able to get the result he wants (the toy in his mouth). he gets better and better at it every day, too!
maybe i see mack through rose-colored glasses, because of everything we went through to have him, but he seems so perfect to me. he was worth every bit of our journey to get him and i am loving this new chapter in our lives, because it includes him. :)