Guess who is five months old??
But first, a confession. Last night at 10:31pm, moments before I was about to lay down in bed, I glanced at my calendar to see what was on the docket for tomorrow. Something struck me about the date, October 23, and I sat for a minute trying to think what was significant about it. It took me longer than I care to admit to realize the date was important because it is Sibs’s 5 month mark. And then I felt terrible because I had not thought once about it all day! I know this isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but the monthly milestones have always been so important to me and I used to spend days thinking about them for the other two girls. So the fact that I forgot, until mere moments before bed, made me feel so embarrassed! Poor Sib. Third child probs strike again.
This month we’ve seen a lot of rolling, back and forth for our girl, although she will still only do it when she feels like it. And for some reason, she most often gets the urge in the middle of a sleep cycle. This has accounted for many interrupted nights for both of us (fortunately she goes back to sleep pretty quickly and I never offer her food during these middle of the night encounters, she’s usually happy with her pacifier). And then her naps have also been affected. She will usually take one long nap still a day, as well as cat-napping the rest of the day; but I’m never sure when this nap will take place, so we are still trying to settle into a rhythm. All that to say, I’m here to tell you: The four month sleep regression is real.
All this rolling has really toned up her core and she can do so much more now because of it! She can grab her toes and completely hold her head up, she can sit–almost–for a few seconds at a time, and we’ve even introduced the Jumperoo and johnny jump-up (my older two girls’ favorite) because of this.
The doctor said she’s working on some teeth and I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in the drool. She’s also chewing on things she can bring to her mouth like her leather paci clip and her fingers. My other two girls used to suck on their thumb a bit right around the four month mark but Sibby prefers the first two fingers on her right hand. I think it’s cute because for some reason it reminds me of the little baby in Baby Dear.
This month we moved her fully over into her crib and I think she’s enjoying all of the space to..well roll, and I am finding myself going in her room often to pry her limbs out of the slats.
Several people have commented how this month, especially, she has lost a lot of her infant look and I have to agree. She is also getting pretty vocal (screechy/screamy is our least favorite!), and is recognizing family members’ voices. Her strawberry locks have completely vanished this month (I honestly think it was the cradle cap??), and she looks bald but really she has quite a bit of snowy white hair growing in. She is following in the hair department of MG and also looks as well!
I’m trying to enjoy every moment with this sweet one, middle of the night meet-ups and all. Five months is when it starts to sound farther away from the baby mark and closer to the one year mark. I feel so thankful for this precious, healthy girl that God has let me nurture and pray everyday that I can do a good job of it. I’m trying to relish the baby days while also looking forward to all the fun to come. Last babies are a particular challenge with this tension but I’m determined to carry it well…forgotten milestones, notwithstanding.