This month's Flickr album is HERE.
Aurora turned 5 months old on the very day that the movers came to pack our belongings into a truck (that still hasn’t arrived) and the few weeks before that were quite the whirlwind. The past two weeks have been full of head colds and getting used to being in California, and I completely forgot that I hadn’t posted an update for Aurora’s fifth month! Luckily I uploaded lots of photos into the album over the month so I only have to sort and upload to Flickr before I can post this very belated post!
It looks like Aurora is following Luna’s teething schedule by teething in fours and pretty early on – I can see at least 4 teeth ready to pop out within the next few weeks or so and while her good natured character is still mostly prevalent she doesn’t hesitate to show her discomfort! (I’m actually typing this standing up while carrying her in the Ergo, my beautiful everyday lifesaver). Every day I look at her and wonder how five months flew by so fast. Where is my long, skinny and jaundiced baby who would practically sleep through the night back in September of last year? How did she become this big, bouncy, beautiful smiling little chunk in such a short space of time? I don’t know how much she now weighs (although I may do the whole weighing her with me thing later), but she now wears 12-18 month sizes, 18 month in pants. I think she’s due another growth spurt in a few weeks when she turns 6 months so I don’t even know what to think now!
Her sleeping patterns started to return back to normal again about halfway through the month, with a longer stretch in the beginning of the night, one waking and then the rest of the night curled up next to me. But all that changed when we started getting ready to move, and then our move here. I really, really want to get her used to sleeping in a crib, but I think we failed there again and now have 2 kids in the bed with us (and the song “roll over, roll over” just started resonating in my head). Hopefully we can figure it all out once we are more settled! Or maybe Aurora and Luna can just sleep together in their own room? That would be quite the accomplishment! And for those who have said that if you put babies in their crib they will sleep in their crib probably never had a child who would cry until she vomited unless she was stuck to my side. Or maybe I’m just too soft-hearted and a pushover. I don’t know, but I gave up worrying about it a long time ago. A few years of cuddles is so short and will be sorely missed once they are over!
While Aurora still refuses to roll from tummy to back, only from back to tummy, she has not only great hand to object to mouth coordination, she has also found her feet and loves to pull her socks off one by one. She will spend time playing with her toys on the floor, until she gets grumpy and wants to be cuddled. She definitely is more interested in sitting up and seeing the world, and while she loves being in the Ergo, she gets annoyed with it after a while and likes a change of scenery – she will probably be more willing to try the back carry than Luna was. I do think she’s just taking things a little more easy than Luna did, but so am I so I suppose we are on the same wavelength really! I love watching her pull up on her arms and reach for a toy that I have placed strategically near here, and seeing her content face once she obtains her target and shoves it in her mouth. She does this adorable little wiggly worm thing and tries to advance on her tummy, but she hasn’t seemed to make much headway yet. I’m sure she will be inching forward in no time though! I love watching her inspect her toys and pass them from one hand to another and then throwing them down when she gets “bored” of them!
Her good-natured disposition is such a joy to be around! The near constant smiles and giggles and laughter at everything, including herself. Blowing bubbles and raspberries and shrieking with peals of laughter at a silly face her sister is pulling. The obvious adoration that she has for Luna seems to grow weekly (and so does my secret hope that they will be best friends forever and always want to play with each other and keep each other entertained). I’m so looking forward to the days that I can let them play out in the garden for hours, just like my sister and I did, coming in for dinner all grimy and happy and out of breath. In the meantime watching them start to interact, and seeing Luna more and more accepting of the fact that she isn’t an only child anymore makes me happy.
We had a great adventure during the month when both kids became little models for our friends’ store, Grit n Glory (which also happens to be our favorite store ever). Aurora was the perfect model, smiling and happy and dealt fantastically with the bright lights and flashes. You can see her modeling the cutest onesies on the website here. We also made it into Manhattan twice in the freezing cold before we left NYC, just to eat at Meatball Shop and Sugar and show the kids where their parents met on Orchard St (although what was there is sadly a huge gaping hole right now). Aurora is so easy on trips on the train and in restaurants, and so much easier to nurse in public than Luna was (and still is). Or that may just be me not caring about being seen anymore too – makes for a less stressful experience all around I think! Which reminds me that I have been thinking about doing the breastfeeding counselor training for a while now and I should probably start on it and get it done before we have another (IF we have another). I will write more on that in another post!
As we head through the sixth month now I have to start preparing myself for the fact that it will be time to introduce solids, time for Aurora to become more mobile and more independent, a time that is a little bittersweet because you never get those short baby months back again. And while every day that we have is a real blessing, I never ever want t forget those first snuggles, those first cries and those first smiles.