Emory is just over five months old and he has developed a couple of new habits. The first one takes place whenever he eats. He likes to rub his left eye with his left hand. He used to only do this whenever he was sleepy. Now he does it every time he eats. I read that it comforts them, so I’m not going to worry too much about it.
He started another habit about a week ago and it has continued consistently every night since. Emory has been rolling over for months. That hasn’t been a problem at all. But lately he rolls over at night and sleeps on his belly. He seems to prefer this even though he has trouble rolling from his belly to his back. He can do it, it’s just not as easy as the back to front roll. What do you do if your baby just doesn’t want to sleep on his back any longer? We can’t very well pin him down!
Admittedly, I haven’t had a full night’s rest in a while. I get up at least three times a night to check on him. If he’s on his belly all the way, with his head off to the side, I leave him be. But sometimes he ends up face-planting the mattress. If I were to take a picture of this, it’d be a perfect stock photo for SIDs.
Whenever I find him face-planting the mattress, I immediately flip him over and he immediately rolls onto his left side. This routine goes on until morning. (Why do I get the feeling this isn’t going to be the last time he refuses to listen to what I have to say regarding what’s best for him?)
His hair started to come in last week. At one point I looked at him and said out loud, like it had just occurred to me, “You look just like your father!” This has been said before by many, but lately it’s become kind of astounding. He looks so much like TobyJoe.
Another new habit is what we call the “fake cough”. It’s true. A little over a month ago, Emory started fake coughing. We asked the doctor about it at his 4-month checkup. Our French pediatrician shrugged and matter-of-factly stated, like I missed the fake coughing memo along with the one about newborns farting excessively, “Eetz funny sound.” And it is a funny sound! It’s hilarious. I had no idea that babies did this type of thing. But it’s really quite charming. He fake coughs whenever he decides that we’re not paying enough attention to him.
Emory is quickly approaching “Mini Person Territory” and moving away from “Baby Territory” and that brings me both excitement and sadness. I guess I didn’t realize how little time they are given to be babies. This is precisely why I think people have more than one.