You know that saying “a picture is worth a thousand words?” That couldn’t be closer to the truth, because the pictures say it all this month. One look at that beautiful, smiling 5-month face and you can tell how much you’ve changed. And It’s true…the past month has definitely held the biggest changes so far in the few months you’ve been in this world. While those gorgeous 5-month pictures may be worth a thousand words, I still feel compelled to put into writing just exactly what happened this last month.
First off, a month ago today we happily sauntered out of your 4-month check up with great news. The doctor had just given us the go ahead to start you on solid food. So what would any self respecting parent do given that great news? Buy a baby food maker and hit the farmer’s market, of course! So with the “Beaba Baby Cook” baby food maker on it’s way from Amazon, we headed out to the local farmer’s market to find any and all orange and yellow foods. We loaded up on peaches, squash, sweet potatoes and pears, and promptly whipped up some delicious baby food, neatly portioned in ice cube trays, and frozen for convenience. You took to solid foods immediately…perhaps a little confused at the new tastes and textures, but each day brought more enthusiasm. You love to get your hands involved, slurping every last bit of peach or squash off of those little fingers. And if given the chance, you like to hold that spoon all by yourself. We’re still working on getting it coordinated with your mouth. It’s been a joy watching you thoroughly enjoy solid foods, and we get the feeling it’s only going to get more interesting in the months to come.
The second biggest change this past month was your sleep schedule. Since afternoon nap time was becoming a bigger and bigger challenge, we decided to start “sleep training” help reign in those troublesome naps. It was a breeze with bedtime…you’ve always gone down without a peep at nighttime. And morning naps were just as easy. Unfortunately that afternoon nap was the troublemaker. The first two days you wailed for 45 minutes, unable to sleep during that afternoon nap, while mom and dad sat idly by, powerless to help, and wondering just what long term damage we causing. But sure enough, afternoon naps are much easier now, and seem to be getting easier every day.
Playtime has taken on a life of its own. Tummy time is the name of the game now, along with your jumparoo bouncer and countless interactive toys littering the play room. Play-time has brought us lots of rolling and very recently the “inch-worm”. You desperately want to be mobile, and are definitely figuring out just how to propel yourself across the room.
The final change is something that’s hard to describe, but blatantly obvious. You’ve just grown up. I know it sounds crazy, and I’m sure we’ll be saying it every month from here on out. But we’re still blown away by your emerging personality. It has to be the single most rewarding part of being a parent. It’s hard to imagine how things will change in the coming months, but you know what? We’re just fine right here in the present. In fact, there’s no place we’d rather be.
We love you Alexandria!