Little kids just make everything funny and amazing.
You are now five months young! How did this happen? How is it that you are growing up so quickly? I was scheduled to be going back to work this upcoming Monday and I am so glad I get 2 extra months off with you. It is going to be really difficult going back to work, since I feel like I will be missing out on all the cool things you learn to do on a daily basis.
At 5 months, you are growing steadily. You are a little petite baby with some chunky little legs.
A typical day for you consists of waking up around 7:30, eating, playing on your play mat and with mom and/or dad (you are the happiest in the morning and are super smiley when we wake you up), eating, nap around 10, playing, walk around the neighborhood with Beamer or running errands with mom, eat, play, play some more, nap around 4PM, bath (every other day), eat, play, watch your parents eat dinner and play, eat, bed at 8PM. During the day, whether we are walking around the house or outside, I try and narrate what we see together - the trees, people, colors, sounds, etc. You seem very interested in what is around you and seem as if you are just soaking it all in. Your bed time is pretty firm, as you start to get pretty cranky around 7:30 (rubbing your eyes, fussing, etc) if we don’t start to wind down from the day. You are a baby who knows what she needs!
It is amazing to see how just in the last few weeks you have started to grab things intentionally (versus just slapping them with your hand), shake them and throw them. You like it when your toys make a sound when they hit the ground and also when you shake them.
You have great head control and will turn to people when they are talking or towards whatever is making noise. A lot of times this is Beamer when he is barking at the people outside our house. You pet him sometimes and he is not that amused.
This month yielded a few firsts for you. It was the first time you rode in a plane. It was the first time you drank all day from a bottle fed to you by someone other than me or your dad. You also had your first overnight without me.
You are getting stronger and can sit up with minimal support. You can sit up with your boppy around you for a long time. I also sit you right in front of me and you push on my legs for support. I cannot leave you sitting up anywhere for a long time unattended because you tend to fall over. I think that your love of sitting up, combined with how you love to grab things around you, has translated into a much happier bath time. You put your hands in the water and are pretty content with the whole situation.
You are still not a huge fan of tummy time and prefer to sit or stand. We started you in a Jumperoo and you really liked it. You like the sounds and toys and the fact that you can push up with your legs.
We have been wondering if you might end up being left-handed. A lot of the grabbing and touching you do is with your left hand. We have been trying to ‘fix’ this by putting things on your right side. I say ‘fix’ because your dad says we live in a right-handed world and wants you to be a righty. Either way, we will love you and know you will use your hands to do amazing things one day like surgeries or art or gymnastics or solving complex math equations - no matter if it is predominately with your right or left.
You LOVE your feet. You love to grab them. You love to rub them together. You love to try and eat them. Speaking of eating, you love to eat/suck on your fingers. You also have a tight grasp and love to grab other people’s fingers and eat them as well. We think your teeth are due to come out very soon since you are drooling ALL the time and like to bite down on everything.
You are such a joy, baby K. You are such a happy baby and have the best facial expressions. My favorite one to see is when your dad takes you and plays airplane with you. Your face lights up and your mouth opens up in a huge smile!
Your dad and I love you so much and every day we gush about how much we love you and what a great baby you are. I can’t believe you will be 6 months old soon and starting to eat food and possibly crawl! I would love to slow down time, but on the other hand it is such a joy to see what each new day brings to you.