I can't believe my little Peanut is already 5 months old. Time is flying. But then again, we are having a good time. I said this last month, but it bears repeating: This child is simply a ray of sunshine. She is literally happy all the time. She is very happy-go-lucky and just goes with the flow. Want to stay home all day long? Cool with her. Want to be out and about all day long? That's okay too. She'll just nap in her stroller. Want to go out to dinner to celebrate Mommy's 35th birthday and be out during her normal bedtime? This is her reaction:The only time she really gets upset is when I leave her alone in a room. She needs to be with other people. As long as Mommy or brother is around, she is cool. But if she is chillin' in big brother's room and for whatever reason he and I both vacate the room at the same time, this is her reaction:
So pitiful... But those moments are really few and far between. We are still loving our breast feeding experience. Both of us. You love that it gives you those munch-able little rolls all over your body and I love that we get to spend so much time together. My favorite times of the day are when we have just finished eating and you are laying there chatting with me and looking into my eyes. Your new favorite thing is to put your fingers into my mouth. You think it is hilarious. I just think you're perfect...
You continue to want to be wherever big brother is. He can ALWAYS make you smile. I don't know how you know it, but he is your biggest fan. He loves that you will always light up for him and constantly seems amazed that "she likes me Mommy!" I hope you two will always have a relationship that goes beyond me and that you two will always be friends and look out for each other.
You learned to roll over from your back to your tummy this month. Although you have not yet mastered the art of doing it the other way. So you love to roll onto your tummy and then scream once you deem you have had just about enough of that tummy time thing. Once I flip you back over you smile at me like "thank you Mommy," and then proceed to do it all over again. This is adorable except for during the middle of the night. It isn't quite as cute then.
A normal day for you begins at around 5:30 or 6:00am when you nurse and then go back to sleep in my bed until usually around 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning. I take you and your brother to daycare at 8:30 and you charm all the ladies there until Gigi picks you up around 4:30 or 5:00pm. During the days that you are home with me you seem to have settled into a two-nap routine although one of them is usually spotty. But I can usually count on at least one two hour nap out of you. With me you eat pretty much every three hours still and you have started eating on both boobs instead of just one. The ladies at your daycare say you are eating around 15 or 16 ounces in the time you are there. That seems like so much to me, but hey, you are a growing little girl. We haven't yet started you on solids yet and don't plan on it for about another month or so. Once you get home from daycare you nurse right away (even if you just ate. I think you want to make sure that it is still there if you need it). After that you hang out and play either on your play mat, or just on a blanket on the floor. You are really into your teething toys right now and put EVERYTHING in your mouth. The drool is now substantial enough to require a bib pretty much all the time.
We changed our night time routine a little and now I put your brother in his room with the lights off and let him watch a half hour of TV while you and I get you to sleep. We still put on our jammies and sleep sack and turn out all the lights. Then we nurse and Mommy rocks you with your binky and your kitty lovey for about 10 minutes. Then it is off to bed with you and you watch the lights on your mobile while you fall asleep. This process usually starts between 7:00 and 7:30 and you are always down by 8:00 at night.
I continue to congratulate myself on the excellent decision I made to have you. You have brought such joy and happiness into your brother's life and mine as well. You bring joy to everyone you come into contact with. You complete us. You make us a family. And we love you more than words will ever be able to express. Happy 5 months little Peanut. As we do every month, here is your monthly bean bag picture: