Physical Growth:Again, I'm still awaiting the specifics from the doctor, but, since the 5 month milestone we have burned through 9 month and 12 month clothing and are now wearing only 18 month clothing - regardless of the diaper he's wearing. More often than not, the clothing is too short, not too tight!!! He's getting longer not just thicker.
He is not able to roll, not even the slightest bit interested in doing so. When flat on his back, he plays with toys around him by pulling them onto his chest. If I place them too far away, he simply plays with his hands, feet, or pacifier rather than trying to reach/roll for it. Kayleigh was the same way at his age, so I now he'll come around, it's just amusing that he is so contented without rolling.
He IS able to sit without assistance. We place the Boppy pillow around his legs to cushion his falls, which are still unpredictable. But, he's very strong and getting quite a bit stronger each day. All he wants to do is work on sitting, grabbing toys, and watching sister.
Social/Emotional Growth: Benjamin is a fantastic baby. He's seriously a dream. He sleeps from 7:30 p.m. until, usually, 7:30 a.m. He takes a 45 minute - 2 hour morning nap (depending on the day) starting around 9:30, and he naps again from 1-3 p.m. By 5:30 he's ready for another, short, 45 minute nap. He eats 3 "square" meals a day - 8 ozs at 8:00 a.m., 3 tbs of rice cereal plus 1 tbs of apple. At 12:00 he eats 6 oz and then 3 tbs of veggies and 2 tbs of fruit. By 4:00 he's ready for another 6 ozs and at 5:00, 3 more tbs of veggies and 2 tbs of fruit. He closes the night with another 8 oz bottle before bedtime.
He smiles CONSTANTLY, usually flashes his smile most readily at girls. He ADORES the women who give him extra snuggles in nursery and usually, really, anyone who takes the time to look him in the eye and smile.
Benny is super ticklish ... like insanely so. He can be crying and if you tickle him up under the chin, the thighs, the armpits, or even around the ribs he will squeal and giggle. He is amazing ...
Here's a little picture comparison that made me smile.