Callum – Almost 5 months

Callum is almost 5 months old! He feels like he’s been in our lives forever!

Sleeping
Ever since Callum had the flu, he hasn’t been sleeping through the night. There was this delicious few weeks where he slept 9 to 10 hours straight. We’d put him to bed at 9pm and he’d wake up at 6am the next morning! But those days are long gone. For some reason he’ll wake up at 3am, or 2am, sometimes 4am for a late-night feed. Then again at 6am or 7am. Ugh. I’m grumpy all morning. We’ve been experimenting with all kinds of things. Putting him to sleep earlier. Waking him up for a play and feed before we go to bed. Not letting him sleep too much during the day. Tiring him out with some serious playtime before he goes to bed. But nothing seems to work. We’re going to try “doing nothing” next.

Food
Stuff Callum Has Eaten:
(1) Breastmilk
(2) Rice Cereal – It’s like mushy milk. He loves it!
(3) Apple – He only tasted it once. Judging by the look on his face, you’d have thought I fed him lemons. He couldn’t keep it down, so I skipped it and moved onto the next food.
(4) Pumpkin – Callum hates pumpkin! It’s hard work getting it into his mouth when he’s grumpy. But he’ll eat it when he’s hungry. It’s very cute to watch. I should take some pics.
(5) Carrot – I think Callum’s not sure about this one. Maybe because it’s orange like the pumpkin. But he’ll scoff it anyway.

Growth
I haven’t weighed Callum recently, but I judging from our last weighing appointment, he should be about 6.4kgs. Which is waaay too much for me to carry for long periods of time.
His eyes have stopped changing colour. It’s kinda settled down to a light blue grey-brown. He’s definitely chubbier all over. But not at michelin or sumo status yet. We think he might be teething too! Eeep!

Development
He can roll over from his back to his front!
He can roll over with a string of toys in one hand!
He giggles and laughs at my bed-sock puppet shows.
He always goes for the green toys.
He can burp all by himself now.
The word “bath” makes him all excited.
When he says “Ah-Goo”, my husband insists that he’s saying “An-Drew”.

A walk in the park

Aah, the last few days have been stunning. Bright blue skies and glowing sunshine. I’ve been spending lots of time outside – anything to get out of the house, away from the computer and soak up some vitamin D.

Today we couldn’t resist taking a drive to Kings Park and checking out the new walkway.

According to the brochure… it extends 620m through the Botanic Garden… with elevated walkways… and a cool steel and glass bridge. It was nice.

I really liked the engraved rusted steel artwork. I enjoyed running my fingers over the little bumps and patterns of the animals.

There was also a funky garden full of mini boab trees! I’ve always wanted to see a real boab tree! They looked awesome! Even though they were just mini ones. They looked like cartoon trees. Very cute.

Put on my dancing shoes

We’re off to check out some Latin dance classes!

We started dancing 3 years ago – learning the salsa, merengue, mambo, cha-cha, jive, rhumba, samba, and lambada. It was great fun!

Haha, my husband was a little iffy about the idea at first. He blamed it on the ‘white men can’t dance’ factor. But he was a good sport, and I think by the end of our dancing stint, we were quite good at it. And we had heaps of fun together. (But don’t get me wrong, we weren’t exactly winning any world championships.)

So that was a few years back.

Tonight is a reconnaissance. With the eruption of Latin dance classes throughout the city, there are classes every night of the week, at different prices, at different venues, competing for the same business.

The last class we went to was held at a popular nightclub. It was a pretty seedy scene though. But, I kinda liked it. It was dark, dirty, mysterious and exciting. It was squishy, hot and sexy. AND there was a high possibility that some tight-assed Latino Dance God was going to sweep you off your feet, ha!

But I think this time we’re looking for something a lot more… well, friendlier.