Presley's fifth month of life has been my absolute favorite so far! She has grown and changed so much more than the months before. She's gone from being a cute infant to an active little human with a personality. I realize that this happens with every single baby, but to watch it unfold with a human that I helped create is kind of like watching a magic trick.
She really takes notice of everything around her now. She seems to understand how mirrors work and will make every effort to look at us and the room through the mirror. Of course, she loves to look at herself too! She loves to grab her feet and chew on her socks. I try to steer her away from chewing on her clothes, because I can't imagine that soggy socks feel good at any age, but for now, it's a battle I'm fine with her winning. A few weeks ago, she started sucking her thumb, but she dropped that like a hot potato. Passing fad, I guess.
She reaches for a bottle if she is hungry and recently started grabbing and holding it by herself. No one warned me about how many things I'd feel the first time she grabbed and held a bottle on her own. For starters, I was amazed at her coordination, relieved that she's becoming more independent, and a little sad that she suddenly needs me a little less. See? Active little human!
She hates being alone. If we are out of view, she starts whining or crying, even if we continue talking to her from the kitchen or bathroom. Sometimes we can sneak away if she is occupied in her jumper. When she gets upset, we try to distract her and make her laugh instead of picking her up right away. I can't tell you the number of times I've said, "Press, make like Elsa, and let it go!" before breaking out into song. I've started tap dancing which makes her laugh. Should I be offended?
Dada is still her best buddy. She keep tabs on his whereabouts at all times. Even when I am playing with her, she will occasionally look back at him as if to ask for his permission or to make sure he is watching her. I can already hear her little toddler voice saying, "Daddy, watch! Daddy, look at me! Daddy, watch me do this!"
Her favorite game is what I call "Dada's Thrill Ride." He makes a beeping sound, first slowly and then with increased frequency and then shoots her into the air like a rocket. She loves the anticipation. If he starts beeping while she's whining, she gets quiet, smiles, and turns her head toward him to wait for the launch. We have it on video, and I watch it on repeat. So precious!
There were a lot of "firsts" in the last month!
She grew into her jumper which suddenly made her seem so much more independent. She doesn't care to jump in it, though. She likes to stand most of the time with brief sitting breaks. Might we have an early walker on our hands?! Maybe?! (That would be both exciting and scary.)
We heard the first light giggle of hers on May 27 but it never got beyond a breathy smile. On July 4 she giggled when her dad poked her belly. Naturally, we kept playing until she was all giggled out, because we wanted to hear it as much as possible. We finally heard a full laugh on July 22 which was pretty exciting for us. It was like winning the lottery! Now we will do anything to make her laugh. We must look and sound so silly. Oh, to be a fly on our wall!
She rolled from her back to her tummy for the first time on July 5. I have a ten-minute video of her working on it the day before. It was so cute to see her trying over and over again. Something must have clicked over night, because the next morning, I greeted her and her dad downstairs, and boom. She rolled to her tummy!
She sits up and can control her movement forward and back up. (See next photo.) We're still working on her independent side-to-side movement.
She grew a lot last month, but man. Her sleep was a joke. She dove into four month sleep regression like a synchronized swimmer. Sometimes she was wide awake at 3:00 AM and ready to play and chat. I sure do love a smiley baby, especially my own, but for the love of god -- 3:00 in the morning? I only survived, because my husband is the MVP of this team and took her downstairs to let me go back to sleep. Insert "praise hands" emoji here. We've now moved on from those early morning parties, thank goodness. She generally sleeps from 8:30 PM to 6:00 AM with a very brief middle of the night feeding. At that point, I put her in bed next to me in bed until morning.
We're doing our best to get photos and video of her, because she is growing so quickly and we don't want to miss these sweet moments.
Happy five months, Press! We love you!
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