I can’t even. There are seriously no words!
Not that I’m so great with words normally, but still. How do I adequately express the absolute joy this little princess brings to our family? It’s my hope that a picture really is worth a thousand words. I don’t really know what she was doing in the top right picture, but I think it looks like she’s blowing her bear a kiss. She was actually experimenting with her hands feeling her lips I think, but whatever the case: how cute is that?!
I’m a pretty late with this update because I was in the hospital last week. Who need’s an Appendix anyway, right? I’m home and pretty mobile again now and I managed to catch up her 5 month photos yesterday. I am so incredibly blessed to have such an adaptable, easy-going 5 month old who handled my inability to nurse her for a few days so well! She’s not used to bottles, but she took them eagerly even when I was around. She just amazes me every day.
This girl is so incredibly sweet. She literally smiles at the world all.day.long. She loves to be noticed and she’s ridiculously good at quietly catching the attention of others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been rushing around and she’s managed to catch someone’s attention from her car seat in the midst of chaos. I don’t know how she does it, but I guess sometimes a big smile is all we need to brighten our day, right?
She’s been tall/long since she was born and she’s remained off the charts in length ever since. I’ve never really gone into her stats for some reason, but I feel it’s worth noting now because I’d like to record them somewhere I can find later:
- Birth: 22.5″ and 9lbs 12oz
- 2 month check: 25″ and 13 lbs 1 oz
- 4 month check: 26.75″ and 13 lbs 15 oz
Just like the boys she started out in the 90th percentile for weight and dropped to 50th percentile there but remained off the charts in height. What I find amazing (and what I’m pretty sure is different compared to the boys) is that most of her length is in her legs. They’re so long!
Another thing I’m not sure I’ve noted before? She sucks her thumb! She found her thumb a few times in her first few weeks but it started on a consistent basis at 3.5 months old. She’s always been hit or miss with the paci. I keep her little lamby wubanub in her crib and carseat as a lovey, but she’s perfectly content to just pop her thumb in her mouth when she’s tired. That’s just amazing to me! Neither of the boys were able to self-sooth like that and neither wanted anything to do with their pacifiers most of the time. And don’t get me started on bottles… they went on hunger strikes when I wasn’t around.
Ok, so what’s new this month?
- She laughs about the same amount as she did last month.
- I can tell she’s getting closer to sitting. I can prop her up and she’s much sturdier now, but she loves her feet and falls over because she’s always looking at them.
- A third tooth popped through on the bottom this week and I think a fourth might not be far behind.
- She likes making raspberry sounds and loves when I mimic her.
- She grabs at everything and holds on tight.
- She babbles more and more everyday.
- Foods: we’ve tried a little banana and avocado. She’s undecided on the banana, but the avocado resulted in a definite less-than-happy scowl.
- And, well, this isn’t new but she loves her daddy and brothers so very much!
It’s amazing to me how much development happens each month! I can’t believe how little and squishy she was 5 months ago! She looks more and more like a mature little girl each day and it’s completely blowing my mind.
I wish I could slow down time, but I can’t. I just pray I can soak it all in and spend her first year intentionally seeking and fully experiencing these fleeting moments.
And because it’s fun to look back and see how much my babies kinda do and kinda don’t look alike, here’s each of them around 5 months old: