Dear baby girl,
We had quite an eventful weekend celebrating your first Easter!
Your grandma and Uncle Brian came to visit, which included lots of food, shopping and being spoiled silly by Grandma. We miss them already and look forward to seeing them again in a couple weeks for Brian’s graduation.
It’s always fun having family visit. We don’t have any family in town, so it’s always a special time when we get to see each other. You get so excited, you don’t even sleep! Two weekends in a row, two grandmas and a baby that doesn’t want to nap make for one tired momma.
Throw minimal napping, multiple night wakings and teething into the mix and you would think you would be a pretty unpleasant baby. Surprisingly, you are one happy little girl with very minimal fussing. You slept better last night after the weekend, and you took two long naps today to make up for it, too. Just like a college student. 🙂
I can also tell there is a lot going on in that little brain of yours. You’re trying to sit up, get on your hands and knees, and of course, you are rolling over like it’s your job. And, we officially transitioned you out of the swaddle last week, which could be adding to the mix. So many changes in your world! You’re growing up so fast – I can’t believe you’re already 5 months old!
It has been fun to see you hit so many milestones and discover new things. Some big milestones to note:
Smiling. You first smiled when you were about 6 weeks old. I’ll never forget the first time you really smiled at me because you were genuinely happy to be with me. Heart. Melted. Now, you smile all the time and it still melts my heart.
Rolling over. You rolled over from belly to back for the first time right when you turned 3 months old. You decided to wait a couple more weeks before doing it again. Then, not long after turning 4 months you finally figured out rolling from back to belly. You were determined to figure it out!
Finding your voice. You also learned you could “talk” at 3 months old. Though it is mostly babbles, coos and grunts, it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. You also recently discovered how to screech at the top of your lungs. Not so cute.
Your toes. Just a couple weeks ago you realized you have feet, and now you can’t seem to let them go! You love to stick them straight in the air – whether you are in the carseat, on the changing table or even in the bath. It’s like you are trying to kick already, our little mini soccer player in the making.
Your hands. Like many of your milestones, you found your hands at 3 months old. You’ve really been going to town chewing on them for the past few weeks since you started teething!
Sleeping through the night. We’ve been pretty lucky that you’ve been a good sleeper from the beginning. For a long time I was waking to feed you to make sure you were gaining enough weight. You may have slept a longer stretch sooner, but the first time you went 10 hours was at 4 months old. The longest stretch you had previously gone was about 7 hours at 2 months old, which has been your average amount of sleep for the past couple months. You wake to eat and then go back to sleep for a couple more hours.
As I mentioned earlier, more recently you have been waking in the middle of the night multiple times, which has been a rough adjustment after being used to longer stretches of sleep! I think this has been because of so many changes in your world, from teething to growth spurts to hitting developmental milestones like rolling over. You’re becoming a big girl way too fast!
While I am sad to see how quickly you are growing, I am also incredibly proud of you and how much you have learned these past few months. It is fascinating to see your development grow and change each day. Seeing you discover yourself and the world just fills my heart with pride.
I cherish these moments and milestones in my heart, knowing just how quickly things will continue to change. As you journey from one milestone to the next, I will watch you, encourage you and be there for you along the way as your proud momma.