|You liked this swing for a few days, |
but now you're over it.
It's been a tough month because you've been crying a lot. Once a week or so, you cry so hard that your voice is hoarse the next day. It makes us so sad to hear the effects of your crying lingering in your voice, but fortunately, it doesn't seem to bother you at all! Maybe you're starting to feel particularly grumpy about teething?
|You're always |
chewing on something!
You found your feet this month and promptly put them in your mouth. It's usually the left one that you prefer to munch on. You do it a lot on the changing table and when we're lying in bed together in the morning. Also, if I leave you to play by yourself on the floor for a while, I often find you wearing one wet sock when I retrieve you from your play area.
|Yummy left foot!|
This month, you've gotten increasingly vocal in happy ways, too! You still like to talk a lot when we're driving somewhere in the car. You wake up most mornings chatting to yourself happily. Sometimes, you like to sing along with us when we're singing to you or when we have music playing. You certainly do seem to like music! I really enjoy our times singing to you together. One thing you're still warming up to is Music Together class. I've been working on making that a happier experience for you, particularly with a long transition time before class starts. When you get over-stimulated by the class, we go and stand in the corner away from all the people.
You don't laugh often, but when you do, it's so delightful. Your papa and I spend lots of time trying to get you to laugh. I'm pretty sure you're amused, but you seem to enjoy watching us make such an effort for no reward. All the silliness gets us laughing though, so it's worth it anyway. We took lots of video of you making joyful noises, and here's some of it: (There's also an extended version for anyone who might be interested in watching it.)
Earlier this month, I took you back to the doctor to get weighed again, and you're 14lbs, 5oz! This means you're on the same percentile curve that you were last time. This confirms that everything is just fine with your weight gain. Basically, the doctor said you're tall and skinny...and since I know your Papa, I can't say I'm surprised about that one! The doctor tried so hard to make you laugh when we were there, but you wouldn't even crack a smile for him. I thought it was pretty funny how you refused to fall for his tricks!
In the past week or so, you've figured out that you can grab me by the hair. Now I have to be careful how close I get to your face or you might get a handful of my hair and pull! You pull on Papa's hair, too, so I think you just enjoy the textural experience. You and Eddie regularly have baby/kitty cuddle sessions. I took some really cute video of the two of you doing this last week. He curls up next to (or partially on top of) you, and you pull on his ears and fur while he soaks up all the attention. It's definitely a mutually-beneficial relationship. You two are pretty darn cute!
Aside from the crying, your tendency to not stay asleep for long stretches during the day seems to be slowly diminishing. I can almost always get you to take an hour or more nap in the morning, and then if I lay down with you, you'll have a nice long nap in the afternoon. Then, in the evening, you nap in the Ergo on Papa before bedtime. Between those three longer stretches and your more typical, shorter naps, I think you're getting more sleep these days.
|"Are you looking at me, Momma?"|
|You love holding hands!|
The other really sweet thing you've been doing more this month is petting our faces. You sure love to make eye contact with one of us and just pet our faces endlessly. We've made eye contact and face-touching part of the bedtime routine, and it really seems to keep you happy and calm. Between that and cuddling with your blanket, we get through most bedtimes lately without much crying, if any. I love it when you have a happy bedtime!
These five months of constant growth, change, and development have been so amazing to experience with you. I love you more than words can say.