Josiah at 5 months

Time really flies and Josiah hit the big 5 already. On Monday, we took him for his 3rd dose of Hepatitis B vaccination. We now know the trick at the government clinic. go at 1.45pm in order to get the number early, coz they are actually close until 2pm. That way, we don’t have to wait for hours.

Josiah is now weighing in at 9kg and 70cm in height. We had to ask the nurse to measure his height, else they normally won’t do it. A couple of days before the checkup, I was just wondering if he had hit the 9kg mark, since I was struggling to carry him up the stairs even. Looks like the growth rate of 50grammes a day has yet to show any slow down.

How is he doing? Well, he’s still waking up at nights for feedings. He still sleeps as early as 8pm, though I have to start wiping him down and doing the routine by 7pm or earlier. He still can’t roll from tummy to back. He now babbles quite a bit and laughs and smiles whenever he sees me or his daddy. Something like this…

He’s grabbing a lot, especially at my hair, already I am losing hair, somemore lost because he pulls at it. He’s still taking only 3 four oz bottle of milk during the day, from 9am – 6pm. Occasionally he takes 4 bottles. He seems to sleep longer naps at the caretaker but not at home in the weekends.

I have to adjust his car seat seatbelt to the last stage, as it seems to tight for him at the moment. His favourite after bath, diapering time game at the moment is this:

1) I will hold his two legs, and make a cycle motion while singing, The wheels of the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheels of the bus go round and round, round and round they go.

2) Then I hold his hands and make an up and down motion while singing, The people of the bus go up and down, up and down, up and down, the people of the bus go up and down, up and down they go.

3) Then putting both his arms by his side, I turn his body from side to side singing, The wiper of the bus go left and right, left and right, left and right, the wiper of the bus go left and right, left and right they go.

4) Fourthly, I sing, the horn of the bus go beep beep beep (touching his nosely gently when saying beep)…etc.

Every time me or John sing this song and do this little exercise with him, he goes absolutely smiley. Besides this, he also loves daddy blowing on his stomach, doing push ups, listening to funny weird sounds, and listening to worship music, his favourite being Shout to the Lord. I can sing the whole song and repeat it with him quietly just listening and staring intently at me. Before he was born, I used to sing this song nearly every night before I sleep, maybe that’s why.

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