Well… actually 5 months and a few weeks. I’m a little late to the game with this update. I have said it before and will say it again… every week is something new around here! L is so full of smiles and personality. She makes US smile all day every day (well except when she’s awake at night… I’m ready for that to be over). I can’t believe how quickly the months are flying by. She definitely doesn’t look or act like a new baby anymore… she has grown up so much within the past month it blows my mind.
There are a LOT of milestones going on right now. She is sitting up by herself for long periods of time. I always am close by or prop pillows all around because she will eventually topple over, but she is definitely getting good at balancing all by herself. She is almost getting into the crawling position… I think we still have a ways to go before she is crawling, but she is working on it! She definitely scoots around. I will put her on her play mat and if I look away for a few minutes she will be in a completely different spot. NO more leaving her on the bed while I am getting ready. When your baby is on the brink of becoming mobile, suddenly you realize your whole house is a hazard. I’m not looking forward to my worry-wart self kicking in with all of the sharp corners and power cords around here. I’m going to remove all furniture and replace everything with bean bags. I’m kidding… sort of. We started her on rice cereal a little bit shy of 6 months. She just seemed really ready. She has been holding her head up with good neck control for a long time. She studies us when we eat and was always trying to reach for the food. She sometimes really likes the rice cereal and sometimes doesn’t. I’m not sure if it has to do with tiredness, hunger, or what. She isn’t quite the voracious eater that I thought she would be (yet). Who knew rice cereal would be so messy by the way. It turns into a paste like substance which winds up ALL over her body. Her sleep has been quite disrupted lately and she will go from waking up 3 times in the night to sleeping almost through the night to everything else in between. I’m getting a little weary from the 3 times a night wakings (which are more the norm than the sleeping through the night). I feel bad for her though because she is cutting a tooth (or teeth?) so it explains a lot of that behavior. Sometimes she will be practicing her “words” at full volume in the middle of the night, which is sort of cute, but also exhausting because we all just want (and need) to sleep. Why don’t babies love to sleep?? I definitely do not have what you would call a “good sleeper”. But naptime is getting easier. My husband can even put her down in the crib awake and get her to eventually fall asleep on her own which is a bigger feat than landing a man on the moon for the first time. You have no idea how much you will obsess over sleep until you have a baby. Especially when you don’t have a good sleeper. And I mentioned this, but her first tooth is coming in! We figured she was teething because she would wake up screaming crying every now and then. I hear the teeth “erupt” at night… so that makes sense. Baby Tylenol has helped her on a few of those rough nights. She also loves the cold teethy rings/toys/etc. We can see and feel the little top of the tooth now! I’m already sad to see that adorable gummy smile go.
She is loving playing in her new position – sitting up. She will keep herself entertained for a while (with pillows all around to catch a topple). She tires quickly of toys, so I have started giving her things around the house to explore. I do my best to ensure they are baby proof, but obviously don’t leave her unattended. The biggest hits are her baby brushes, my phone, and any food products with a crinkly package (granola bars, saltine backs, bags of chips, etc). She also loves water bottles, ripping pages of old magazines, headbands, clothes, and anything else I think she won’t choke on, scratch herself with, etc. I have heard when they are older tupperware is like the #1 favorite past time for children. She is still loving walks in the jogging stroller, outings where she can see people/colors/new scenery/etc, bath time, books, and songs (especially ABC’s). She is ticklish on her belly now which is SO cute. My sister-in-law discovered that she likes peek-a-boo if you make a really exaggerated smile after the “boo”, so we do that a lot now. She totally understands that if you “disappear” behind a blanket/pillow/whatever, that you are still there… and she will watch for you to reappear. I think that’s pretty amazing that her little brain already comprehends things like that!!
I’m pretty sure she weighs over 20 lbs now and is in mostly 6-12 month clothes and 9 month pajamas. Big baby! I guess my breastmilk is potent stuff ;) She still is on a diet of just breastmilk with the new addition of about 1-2 T of rice cereal a day.
I still get sad at how quickly she is growing up. I can’t believe how quickly the baby stage flies by. I am trying to soak up every minute of it and not always feel the need to multitask. It’s hard when you are a working mom, especially when a good bit of my work is at my computer right near her little play area. I try to segment off my time so I am fully present in either one task or the other, not jumping back and forth all the time. Now is “play time” so I will play with her, sing to her, or just watch her play and explore with my full attention on her. And then it’s “work time” where I let myself have uninterrupted periods to work (during nap time or her Dad or Gammie watch her).
Here are some of my favorite pictures from her 5 month photos: