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Dear Shepherd (5 Months)

(I have finally named the elephant: Chester Fleet)

Dear Shepherd,

Today you are 5 months old!!! Time continues to fly by and you continue to grow and change and develop. Other than the Mohawk falling and now looking like a rooster, you have developed so many other things like rolling, bouncing, singing, and boxing. Here are some other things:

  • I guestimate you weighing around the 18lbs mark. We'll know more in a month at your next doc visit. You have definitely grown taller as well, but don't know yet how tall.
  • You still wear size 3 diapers and we started you in overnight diapers that help you sleep through the night.
  • You are still wearing some 6/9 month clothes and some 12 month clothes. We were blessed with a several box fulls of hand-me-downs this month!
  • You are sleeping 11-12 hours every night, WAY TO GO SHEP!
  • You eat cereal twice a day, and in a few days you will 3 times a day getting you ready to start some yummy veggies and fruits!
  • You started sucking your thumb. Just like your sister you have just about eliminated the passy all-together and just stick to your thumb.
  • You are growing teeth already! None have popped through yet, but the way you are drooling and gnawing it could be any time (or it could still be months and months). Rest assured, you will never be as dramatic about it as your big sasster. She takes the cake on that one.
  • You are one little rolly polly. You easily roll on to your tummy from your back and side to side, but you have forgotten that you know how to roll from your tummy to your back. You'll remember soon, I have no doubt. Because you know how to roll from your back to tummy, there is nothing I can do to keep you from being a full-out tummy sleeper now. Just another reminder you belong to the Lord and not me.
  • You LOOOVVVEEE to watch Praise Baby DVDs. You will sing and dance right along to them. Oh, how I pray, little one, that you would praise Him all of your days.
  • You love to bounce and play both in your jumperoo and exersaucer. The bouncy-seat and swing are, as we speak, in the front room ready to be put up in the garage until a future baby needs them. sigh....you are growing up so fast!
  • You. Love. Your. Daddy. You love to snuggle with him, talk to him, box with him, laugh with him, anything with him.
  • You still think your big sasster is the funniest of all. You are fascinated watching her twirl by you all day singing and playing and talking and playing.
  • You are the happiest baby I have ever known. Such an easy, snuggly laid back baby. You are so loved.

The Many Faces of Shepherd


  1. 18 pounds?!?!?!?! Momma, you have such a sweet big boy on your hands! I cannot believe it has been 5 months since little Shep was born...well maybe I can, because little C is 3 months old. Our babies won't be babies for long :( You are an inspiration to me with all your crafting and couponing and cooking and raising those 2 precious kids!

  2. He is so sweet and so cute and I miss him so so so so so much!!! I love that first picture of him especially.

    And I absolutely love the name of the elephant- Chester Fleet. Brilliant.