5 months is a good age.
It’s the month of one of my favorite baby poses, which I’ll call “legs in the air.” Whenever you’re on your back, those legs are up.
Even in the middle of the night, when I lay you on the changing table and you are still 90% asleep, those legs go up.
My other favorite baby pose is an extension of legs in the air, “grabbing the toes.” Even when you’re zipped up in your sleep sack, you are still grabbing for your toes.
When I come to get you at the end of nap time, if you aren’t in your sleep sack, it is obvious by the socks laying beside your head that you put yourself to sleep by grabbing your toes and then discarded those pesky socks. I just can’t seem to help you keep those feet warm!
You had your first big road trip this past month and it was a success, so long as we weren’t late in feeding you, and we were late a few times. You don’t love that pacifier quite as much as your brother did, and when you are feeling fussy it does little to console you. But luckily the hum of the car kept you sleepy for some long stretches, and we made one of the 10 hour drives in 1 day. You had your first trip to the beach, didn’t fit into the swimsuit that I bought you when I first discovered you were a little girl, and wore a sweet 2-piece instead. I hope you enjoyed it, there will be less 2-pieces in your future as your stomach goes from being round and chubby to flat and firm.
You have started teething though there isn’t a tooth in sight. I guess I should say, you have started chewing. Week 18 you had some tiny bubbles on your lips, week 19 you started chewing on your fingers, and now you are chewing on your hands pretty often.
Teething is kind of a bummer, but along with it comes one of my other favorite baby things. We’ll just say it’s “baby kisses,” but the reality is that this is when you use my face as a human chew toy. I love it. You grab my face and pull it towards you (a little like a hug), and then you gently bump your mouth against my cheeks until you find something you can latch onto and gnaw on a little. Like my jawline, my chin, my nose, etc. Jayce used to do this too, and would always get your dad’s nose. (Obviously any trace of his facial hair kept you both from wanting to gnaw on his cheeks.) Is it crazy that I love this? I think it’s funny and sweet, and I’m always happy to sacrifice non-saliva covered cheeks in exchange for sweet snuggles with you.
Along these lines you play a bit more with your mouth now. You’ve started sticking your tongue out a tiny bit at us when you smile. It’s sweet, but also a little bit rotten, like you’re trying to entice us to give you some attention. Or you’ll stick it out a bit and blow bubbles, just experimenting.
You laugh in little bursts. There are no drawn out giggles like your brother used to do, it’s almost like you want to make us work at it. The same thing doesn’t necessarily work every time, and it rarely works over and over. When you do laugh, it is always worth the effort. You love to smile at your brother and his antics.
The bouncy seat is a thing of the past, which is a bummer for me. As soon as we put you in it you arch your back and start squealing. You are in the Bumbo seat instead, (which you could have done months ago, but your crazy mom wanted to wait until she had her new camera.) It is better for you to observe everything that is going on around you and play with a few toys on it’s little tray. You are nearly finished with your play mat as well, which means we’ll be moving into exersaucer territory soon.
You are a little chattering sweetie. We never forget that you’re in the room, as you’ll holler at your toys, your reflection, and anything else. You’re so fun.
Happy 5 months sweetie.