Our peanut is 5 months old today! She has the greatest smile and laugh, which she shares generously and often. Aya enjoys sitting up a lot of the time now; if she is on the ground she is rolling everywhere. She can’t crawl but can stick her butt in the air and maneuver to get places. She can grab things, put weight on her legs, and everything goes in her mouth (or near vicinity). She is definitely teething. Aya is still not sleeping well at night – waking 3-5 times – although she did have ONE night this past week when she only woke up once. Most days she’ll do two short and one longish nap – although I will admit that I find it difficult to keep her on a strict schedule when the rest of us are all over the place.
While she did taste watermelon this week, she is not officially starting food yet – although I’d say in about two weeks she’ll be ready. She is just now starting to notice us putting food into our mouths, which is a good sign of readiness. She is starting to be a little bit more interested in books and if you put her in front of the TV she will totally watch it. It’s kind of funny because Grace was that way as a baby too, but Noah wasn’t. These days because of our crazy schedule we are not watching a lot of TV, but she has tried it with great focus (as you can see below). She likes toys with music and still loves her bath.
She is still wearing 3-6 months clothes, but everything that is supposed to be elastic around her legs (like diaper covers with dresses, for example) is very tight around her chunky little thighs. She had shots two weeks ago and doesn’t need more for a couple more months. I think she weighs about 14 lbs.
Noah has been especially sweet with Aya in recent weeks and she remains loyal to Grace as her “go to” person for smiles and laughs. When Aya wakes up in the morning – regardless of her night – she is so smiley and fresh. You can’t help but adore her.
I’m risking a “jinx” by writing this down, but I do think her sensitivity to cow’s milk is improving (yay for me! I even had a little bit of cheese this week!) and also that her reflux is getting a little less (although she’s still taking medicine for it).
We all love Aya – she is everybody’s baby in this house – but it hard to believe that she’s almost been here for half of a year. It’s been like the blink of an eye, sweet girl. The blink of an eye.
Some shots from the past month...
Watching TV with the big kids!
(Note that we can't really use the baby bouncer as it should be used anymore. She just wants to sit up, not lay back!)
(Note: Made in Tanzania)