You're five months old today.
I can't believe what a big girl you are.
Just in the past month you've gone from sampling oatmeal to eating carrots, peas, sweet potatoes and bananas.
You think it's VERY funny when I open my mouth to try and get you to open yours.
And I love that look you give me when you try something new: It's the M's Family Skeptical Look that you've had since the day you were born, that dissolves into the P's Family Goofy Grin that only came from one person: your Bestfah.
You're rolling over.
You're talking: Sure, right now it's babbling, but there's more range, more depth, more noise, and more confidence in each sound you make. An yes, more volume!
This month we moved from your first home at Jeff and Judy's farm out to your own house.
The first night in your own room you slept 12 hours, and aside from one night with a short wake-up at 3 a.m., you've slept all night every night.
I'm sure you don't know it yet, but that is a parent's dream: to have their little one sleep through the night.
We have our little schedule getting established. We get up in the morning, change, and eat breakfast. Then it's time to talk a bit, and then you spend a little time in the Rainforest chair that you love so much. You often fall asleep in it because you get so comfy. It's going to be a sad day when you're too big for that, and at the rate you're growing, it's going to be soon.
You hang on to us and grab for things in ways you didn't before. You love grasping at Daddy's goatee and studying his face with great intensity.
Everything about you this month has gone towards more attentiveness, more "being there" than ever before.
It is such a pleasure to watch you grow!
This month we got you a new toy -- an Exersaucer. The original Neglect-O-Matic for most parents, this new toy keeps you busy and makes you look like such a big girl. You love it because you get to stand up, and you've recently figured out that rattles are fun instead of scary.
It's funny how when I look at your earliest pictures that I wondered then how I could possibly love anybody more than I loved you at the moment I held you for the first time.
But as I watch you with your Daddy, or see that first smile in the morning, and the excitement in your eyes and that turn of the head because you hear my voice and know it first and foremost in your little mind, it amazes me that 5 months later I could possibly love you more than I did the day I met you.
We love you sweet girl,