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Five Months of Tommy

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This week our little Tommy turned five months old. We’ll get an updated weight and height at his six-month appointment.

Tommy is moving so much. He kicks his legs at every opportunity possible and loves using his foot to bounce himself in his bouncy seats. When he’s on the floor either in his activity gym or on a quilt/blanket, he often scoots himself right off the blanket or mat. He’s rolled over a couple of times on his own. He’s been rocking tummy time, staying on his tummy for 30 seconds to a minute at a time with no complaints. The past couple of weeks, he’s really started to enjoy it, giving us big smiles as he’s looking around.

Tommy - 5 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Everyone who has seen Tommy this month has commented on how alert he is and how much he focuses in on both the people and objects around him. He doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to anything we’re doing around the house or out with other people. Over the past few weeks, Tommy has started grabbing toys, both when they’re held in front of them and when they’re near him on the ground. When he’s in his activity gym or we place the bar in his bouncy chair, he wastes no time going right for the toys.

Tommy has also really been into textures the last month or so, grabbing clothing, blankets, pillows, and other objects as often as possible. This past month new sensory stimulation has included the Christmas tree (not surprisingly, he loves looking at the lights) and his new Baby Einstein jumper (I share a video at the end of the post).

Tommy - 5 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy talks and laughs all the time. He talks when other people are talking and talks on his own as well, already making up his own little stories. Tommy finds lots of things funny. Sometimes they are things we find funny, too, and sometimes they are seemingly random. It’s hilarious either way.

We’ve been experimenting a little bit with feeding Tommy runny rice cereal with a spoon (you can mix it to any consistency you like with formula) and letting him taste little bits of the food we’re eating. We’ve also been having him sit with us at the table in his high chair occasionally, namely when we’re eating with other family members. It’s still a lot for him to sit up, even with the support of the high chair, and new foods are fairly overwhelming. So we’re taking it slow and will continue to try both activities over the next couple of months.

Tommy - 5 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy is eating 6-7 ounces of formula every 3-4 hours during the day, which means that we’re down to 4-5 feedings. Since the few 5 a.m. feedings following daylight savings time, he’s only been up to eat before 7:00 once or twice. It’s been great to have a more predictable feeding schedule and be able to time our own meals around his for fewer interruptions and go out to run errands, visit a museum, etc. without feeding him on the go all the time.

Tommy remains a champion sleeper. Most nights he sleeps 10:30/11:00 p.m. to 7:30/8:00 a.m., which is roughly our sleep schedule. Jake and I are both night owls and don’t push him to go to sleep earlier. When we don’t have to go anywhere in the morning, Tommy often goes back to sleep for a couple of hours after his first feeding. Tommy did so great with his crib transition last month and sleeps there every night now with no issues. Most days Tommy takes at least two naps during the day. Nap times aren’t very consistent right now.

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Not on purpose, a few weeks ago, I gave Tommy a bath earlier in the day. It went so much better than after dinner baths. So we’ve been doing baths earlier, usually either in the morning when we don’t have to go somewhere right away or just before dinner. He handles all of the transitions great with very minimal, if any, fussing. Even without being able to sit up in the bath, Tommy loves splashing and most recently, grabs the pouring cup whenever possible.

Tommy is gradually making the transition from three month to six month clothing. A lot of three month clothing still fits great, some six month clothing fits well, and I’m putting him in every 3-6 month article of clothing we own. He’s still in size 2 diapers, and I imagine that he will be for at least another month. (I know, I said the same thing last month.)

Tommy - 5 Months | http://www.roseclearfield.com

It is still 100% surreal to me that we’re celebrating Christmas this year with a little one. We are beyond grateful to have Tommy in our lives.

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In the craziness of going to Europe, having a staycation with friends, and then adopting Tommy, there are a few major events from the summer that I documented but never shared. I started to regain the energy and focus to spend more than a few minutes at a time editing photos when Tommy was about 2.5 months old. Now at almost five months old, I’m still going through photos and writing not very timely events posts. I’m still excited to share them with you.

As I mentioned when I shared my first summer 2017 meetup post, after several years of following Instagram meetup accounts, I made it to two meetups this summer. The second meetup was in Milwaukee, and I’m sharing those photos today.

If you’re active on Instagram but never been to an Instagram meetup, I highly recommend it. Regardless of the number of followers you have on Instagram, you’ll enjoy connecting with other photographers, talking about geeky photography stuff, and creating neat images together.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The guys who organized the meetup talked the ice cream man into posing for a bunch of pictures, which was very nice of him. At least a third of the group bought ice cream from him, so it worked out as a good stop for him.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Then the group talked several guys in tricked out vehicles into parking off on a side street for a bit, so we could take pictures. It was pure luck that we spotted them, and it turned into an amazing photography opportunity.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The guys driving the vehicles had a dog riding in the back of one of them. I’m pretty sure he was the most photographed participant at the meetup.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

After a couple of hours at the meetup, I made at a detour to one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee on  the way home: South Shore Park. The park offers some of my favorite views of the city skyline. I love how there were rain clouds over the city.

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Have you ever been to an Instagram meetup?

Share your experiences!

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China Lights 2017

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Continuing my timely summer and fall 2017 in Milwaukee posts, I’m finally sharing pictures from this year’s China Lights at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, which ran in October. China Lights 2016 was amazing and honestly not an event I thought they’d bring back. I just thought it would be a one time thing, and then they’d move it to another city, you know? But they did bring it back and better than ever with tons of new displays. I knew that we had to make it a priority to attend, even with the craziness of finding a sitter or bringing Tommy.

Tommy did go with us and had a blast, despite the cold and crazy crowds. The crowds in the exhibit actually weren’t too bad, the parking situation at the gardens is just nuts. If they do run it again, most likely I’d go by myself on a weeknight at a later time (8:00 or so). We still had a lot of fun and really enjoyed all of the displays.

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy was a champ and loved riding around in the stroller all night (including the half mile to and from the parking lot ha) and looking at the lights.

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

You can also check out my shots from the 2016 China Lights!

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Body Worlds Animal Inside Out Exhibit

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Four Months of Tommy

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Tommy was four months old on November 11, 2017.

He had his four month checkup on November 13. At the appointment, he weighed in at 14 pounds 7 ounces and measured 25 inches long. His head circumference is 16.5 inches. Tommy’s numbers put him around the 25th percentile for weight and 40th percentile for height. His doctor was pleased with his growth progress, and everything else checked out well.

Tommy is well out of the newborn stage now. He does still have occasional “food coma” moments but can also polish off five ounces in a single sitting and be fully alert afterward. He no longer gets lulled to sleep by white noise (like the shower) and is so alert the entire time he’s awake. Tommy’s always been fairly alert but just grows more alert every month, focusing on new objects and faces at every opportunity.

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Tommy is holding and grabbing objects every single day, including the animals and other toys in his activity gym, his stuffed animals, his rattles, and his pacifiers. He’s even started reaching for objects that are being handed to him sometimes. Now that he’s able to grab objects, he likes his Wubbanub, which is a pacifier with a stuffed animal attached (he has a giraffe and a monkey). We’ve had the giraffe Wubbanub for a while, but he had basically zero interest in it until he was able to hold it independently. Tommy’s been grabbing and studying his hands for a couple of months now and has started grabbing his feet as well. He especially loves to grab his bare toes while he’s getting his diaper changed.

As Tommy has transitioned out of the newborn stage, he’s started to develop stranger danger. Tommy definitely prefers to be with Mom and Dad and sometimes gets upset when new people are around, especially when they touch him or come on too strong. He does best with new people in smaller groups. When we’re around larger groups of people, he does best when he’s in his car seat. The little cozy environment seems to offer a sense of safety.

Tommy is talking more every day, with lots of animation in his voice, and laughing a lot. Typically, Tommy laughs when we’re laughing at something or at the same routine activities he finds funny, like having a onesie or shirt lifted over his head. He’s also started laughing occasionally all on his own, usually when our cat Hobbes is doing something ridiculous.

Tommy is holding his head up like a pro, both during tummy time and when he’s sitting on someone’s lap. He can go a full 30 seconds holding his head up while on his stomach without even blinking an eye. When he’s sitting on someone’s lap, he often leans forward and supports his head independently for seconds at a time with no prompting. This past month, Tommy has been moving like crazy and easily wiggles himself right off of his activity gym or a blanket. He’s not rolling yet but is working on those movements all the time.

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Over the past few weeks, Tommy’s hair has started growing. He never really lost his newborn hair, it just hasn’t been growing very much. So far, we’ve been saying that his hair is brown, but it’s still hard to tell. He had hardly any eyebrows or eyelashes for weeks, so it seems like his hair will be lighter. He’s had eyebrows and upper eyelashes for a couple of months now, and his lower eyelashes are finally filling in a bit, too.

This past month, as Tommy started consistently eating five ounces or more in a sitting each day, I feel like we finally turned a corner with eating frequency. At the beginning of his fourth month, he still wanted to eat every couple of hours during the day. Now he can often go three or four hours, if not longer, between feedings. Tommy almost always eats five-six ounces after a long stretch of sleep and then eats four-six ounces every three-five hours during the day.

Tommy is wearing three month clothing and a handful of 3-6 month clothing as well. Now that the weather has cooled down, he’s wearing 6-12 month hats, which already fit him perfectly. He’s still wearing size 2 diapers, and I imagine that he will be for at least another month.

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Tommy remains a champion sleeper, sleeping his longest stretches at night. He and the cats didn’t get the memo about daylight savings time and were waking up at 5:00/5:30 for food for a few days. Tommy’s gradually transitioned back to his usual 10:30/11:00 p.m. to 7:00/8:00 a.m. sleep schedule. Jake and I are night owls and don’t push him to go to bed early. If we don’t have to go anywhere in the morning, Tommy often goes back to sleep for a couple of hours after his first feeding. A few weeks ago, we started transitioning Tommy to sleeping in his crib in his room. Overall, it’s been a very easy transition.

Tommy loves eating, snuggling/face time/attention with Mom and Dad, reading books, watching the kitties, his stuffed monkey, bright lights, high ceilings, seeing new faces and objects, taking in new textures and other sensory stimulation, and going for walks in the stroller. Tommy remains a summer baby and still loves having his socks off whenever possible, even as the weather has cooled down.

Getting out of the bath is still one of Tommy’s toughest transitions. He loves being in the bath but hates getting out of it. I try to keep him distracted, offering him a pacifier as soon as he’s in his towel and will have food ready immediately afterward if I think he’s at all hungry. He’s now letting me cut his nails like a champ with no tears whatsoever (though I may jinx it by bragging).

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Our major event during Tommy’s fourth month was traveling to Texas for my grandpa’s (Tommy’s great-grandpa’s) 90th birthday. Tommy and I flew with my parents. Smaller events include outings to the Domes and China Lights (post still in progress).

Credit: Lottie Lillian Photography

credit: Lottie Lillian Photography

As we head into the holiday season, it’s still pretty surreal that we’ll be celebrating with a little one this year. We are beyond grateful to have Tommy in our lives and are just a little excited to have him with us for the upcoming holidays. (We may or may not have already bought him a Christmas stocking.)

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Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

In the craziness of going to Europe, having a staycation with friends, and then adopting Tommy, there are a few major events from the summer that I documented but never shared. As we reached about the 2.5 month mark with Tommy, I regained the energy and focus to spend more than a few minutes at a time editing photos. (And yes, he’s now 3.5 months old. It’s still taking me a while to edit photos.) While these summer memories posts won’t be very timely, I’m still excited to share them with you.

Milwaukee has an active photography community, and a handful of local photographers and organizations host Instagram meetups throughout the year. I’ve been following several meetup accounts for a few years now and finally made it to two meetups in June, one in Kenosha (which I’m sharing today) and one in Milwaukee (which I’ll be sharing in a future post).

If you’re active on Instagram but have never been to an Instagram meetup, I highly encourage you to do so if you ever get a chance. Whether you have 400, 4,000, or 400,000 followers, you’ll enjoy connecting with other photographers, capturing shots together, and talking geek photography stuff your friends and family may not want to talk about with you all the time.

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Have you ever been to an Instagram meetup?

Share your experiences!

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Sunrise over Lake Michigan February 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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