Baby girl, you turned 5 months old last Sunday. When you were born, your clothes didn’t fit you, your little hat was too big for you, and you were as light as a feather. You slept with us in your little moses basket and we stayed up all hours to keep you company. Look at you now.
For the first time since last October, the sun was shining and the temperature was in the late teens. You’ve been wrapped up to keep warm since you were born, baby girl. We took the opportunity to get you out in the sunshine. First up, we ditched your trusty polar bear suit. Instead, you wore leggings and a cute top and we went to the park. There was a gentle breeze in the air which lulled you to sleep whilst we both marvelled at you and how lucky we are to have you in our lives. Indeed we are, baby girl.
That afternoon, we spent some time playing on the deck with you. I think you felt free not be confined by your winter clothes and you enjoyed being out and about, watching Papa work his magic in the garden. We’re planning on giving you your own little veggie patch, sweetheart. What shall we grow?
For the past week, you’ve been practising very hard at turning over and over and over again. Though sometimes, one of us has to come rescue you from your skydiving position when you’re stuck in it for too long. You are getting stronger by the day and can rest on your arms and belly for a prolonged period of time. It won’t be long before we’ll have to start baby-proofing the house.
Your gums are still achy and you’re spotting red cheeks on a daily basis, whilst chewing your lips endlessly. You haven’t really taken to the teething rings we bought you, but then again you spat out the pacifier we gave you in your newborn phase, so this hardly surprises me.
These are your developments at five months:
- super skydiver (see above)
- no sign of pearly whites despite signs of teething from week 12/13
- you exercise your vocal chords daily, mostly in good form though
- you seem to like the words cuddle and chubby (when referring to Papa, that is 🙂 )
- you have 3 naps a day, ranging between 40 mins to an hour, on a 2 hourly interval during the day
- your bedtime is 7.30pm and you sleep until 7am, with a dream feed at 11.30pm
- you drink around 27 oz of Aptimil daily and are no longer fed by Mama
- you still have a bald patch at the back of your head shaped like the crescent moon
- you weigh under 5.2 kilos
- you wear size 2 pampers, 3-6 months clothes (although we’re getting great mileage from John Lewis 0-3 months basic white baby grows)
Last October, whilst heavily pregnant with you, Mama, with Papa’s help, planted tulip and daffodil bulbs in our back garden for you, sweetheart. They are only starting to bloom now due to the prolonged winter season. I can’t wait to show you the flowers – white, purple, yellow – they’re all there for you.
Your favourite songs remain Old MacDonald, Row Row Row Your Boat, and the theme song to Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon (from way back when). Mama calls you her Theodore. He was always my favourite chipmunk. You also seem to like John Mayer and Jack Johnson. Papa lent you his iPod for you to listen to music in your room.
You’ve been watching Mama intently during my mealtimes. I describe to you what I eat – porridge and banana, strawberry and blueberry fruit salad, jacket potatoes, cream crackers and more. I wonder if you’ll grow up enjoying food or not being a great fan like Mama when I was little. I still haven’t made up my mind about Baby Led Weaning or puréed food. I do think it’ll all boil down to you and what you will like, baby girl.
I’m clutching at time, willing it not to pass us by so quickly. However, the best is yet to come little bear. We’re going to have so much fun in the garden this summer, you’ll see.
Lots of love, Mama and Papa xxx