Five Months

June 15, 2011

Mr. J keeps commenting that he is busier now that he is not working then when we were, which is very true.  Between the baby, planning the wedding, getting things done around the house, and the all important bike rides, we are going, going, going!  Right now Althea is having her 3rd nap of the day in her swing, and we have the game on, hoping for a hometown win.  If the Canucks score a goal we will do a quiet victory dance so as not to wake the baby.  Even though the time seems long since Althea came into our lives, it also hardly seems possible that she is now five months old.  She is either going through more teething, or a developmental leap this week as we have more crying than normal, but even that isn’t much.  She is a very good, happy baby, who is a joy to be around.  She has plenty of smiles, and now laughs for her Daddy and I.  She is very busy rolling over from her back to tummy:

Eating her feet, and anything else that comes near her mouth, or her little hands can snag.  Her hands are now constantly trolling for goodies, we have to be viligent for the first time (but nothing is better than a big toe). 

And of course she is growing her two front teeth. 

She is shaking a rattle like nobodies business, on the cusp of figuring out how to move around when she is on her belly, getting interested in watching us eat, and very talkative.  She is also a smiley girl, and a charmer when she turns on the smiles with her Grandma, GGM (to her delight) and random people in stores.  I don’t tell GGM about the random people in stores, but let her keep thinking Althea reserves her best smiles for her.  GGM is still concerned that Althea is not eating solids, but she can’t deny that her weight is good, given the adorable rolls on her thighs.  She suggested I feed Althea lady finger cookies, as they go soft very quickly.  So now I have to figure out how to say that I don’t want to feed cookies to my baby as her first food, yikes.  Cookies or liver, I don’t know which one is worse, or better?

So all excitement all the time around here.  I’ve also started to try and get an hour or two of work in the morning before Althea wakes up.  She is now sleeping longer and longer at night, but going to sleep closer to 10 pm.  I can get up, get a cup of coffee, go down to my computer and get some things done, and make some extra money.  Is everyone else enjoying the summer?

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4 Responses to “Five Months”

  1. Sarah said

    I work as a breastfeeding counselor, and one tip that works very well for dealing with the differing attitudes of older generations is to invoke the doctor. Grandmas tend to have a very healthy respect for medical authority. So say something like, “Oh, the doctor is worried about food allergies. I have a specific list of foods to introduce.” And it’s true, right? It’s not necessarily *your* doctor, but there are lots of doctors putting together the new guidelines.

    “The doctor…’ is a pretty handy sentence starter.

  2. margene said

    She is so darling!

  3. Cheryl S. said

    What a cutie!

    I do that “open mouth, insert foot” thing all the time… only I do it figuratively instead of literally.

  4. Heather said

    Love the feet in the mouth stage!

    Anne, she is about the cutest baby ever! So glad you’re enjoying it.

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