You continue to amaze all of us with your spunky personality and your urgency to be just like us. You are ready to rule the world, or at least our house because you are totally crawling. You were scooting around on your stomach, flopping yourself from one side of the room to another, but you've figured out how to use those knees below you and if we blink you are gone. You won the prize for earliest crawler, and slowly by slowly all your baby like traits are disappearing . Certainly life has gotten a bit more crazy for us having to keep our eyes on you all the time, but it's a blessing to see you flourishing. I just wish your sleep hasn't gone downhill. Before I rant about your sleep, I will say right after your 5 month birthday, you got two bottom teeth. One came in a few days before the second one, so you were definitely having some teething pain, and it really did affect your sleep. But I still blamed that 4 month sleep regression. Next month we are starting you on solids, so a part of me is holding out that your sleep may get better then! We will see!! Right now I am just grateful that you are easy to coax back to sleep. Bad nights are nights you are up more than 3 times, the worst being every 2 hours. Mostly you wake 3 times, and sadly you are ready to up for the day anywhere between 5:30-6:30. Sometimes I can get you back to sleep, but once you start your morning babble, I have to evict you out of my room because I can't have you waking Jillian and Weston. I don't bring you into my bed every morning, but if it's after 4:30 am, I usually do hoping you can go back to sleep for at least 2 more hours. But like I said, when I am up with you, it's 20 minutes max of you nursing, and then falling back to sleep in my arms. You transfer well from arms to the crib and I sneak out and head back to my room. I am hopeful that maybe next month I can report some better news.
But, lets chat about this bump on your head. We found it a couple months ago when it looked like a big zit. And then we realized wow, this is a persistent zit. And it got bigger, redder and more swollen, although it never bothered you. So we had a ultrasound done and your pediatrician said it was a dermoid cyst. But she wanted to have a specialist look at it. So you and I went down to San Diego to have a neurologist exam it in person. He was not alarmed. He said these cysts are more common that you think, and that in some cases they just go away. He also said if they do continue to grow and get bigger, that you will require surgery to remove it. At that time, they do a biopsy and make sure it's nothing more serious, and then that's it. They don't come back, and the healing process is almost nothing. But this past month, it's not only gone down in size, but it has disappeared. I am grateful for this. I worry of course, since I am a mom, but because you are my last sweet little babe, I get more fearful of things that could hurt you. I pinch myself that all my kiddos are healthy, and while we will have a long road ahead of us, I am eternally grateful for the joyful, happy, perfect baby you are.
While you definitely have a personality all your own, there a couple things that you do that your siblings did when they were babies. Just like Jillian, you grunt a lot. It's this low voice grrrrrrrrr that you do when you are really excited about something. Also when you've gotten over stimulated you turn to me for a quick nursing session to self sooth. I still can't believe you haven't started sucking your fingers or attached to a lovey of some sort, and that when we are on the go, you can literally just close your eyes and fall asleep.
You are doing great with your naps in the crib when we are home. We said goodbye to your swing, your play mat and your bouncy chairs. You tolerate the ergo carrier, but we sold the solly wrap.
You got an A+ at your 6 month check up and you handled your shots like a champ.
Before I leave with some pictures, I want to gush about how sweet you are and how much you love your brother and sister and daddy. You flash the best smiles at all of us whenever you see us. You scan the room for Wes and Jillian when you are playing because you just want to be with them. Still no one can make you laugh like Weston, and now Jillian can be trusted to pick you up and carry you from room to room. She by far is my best helper when it comes to diaper changes or outfit selections, but she truly loves you so much. And little Weston actually plays with you. It might be games like "lets see how many toys I can stack on to Georgia, or how many pillows I can pile on her," but you love it. He can steal a toy out of your hand and you just laugh. How did we get so lucky with you. You are easy, yet independent. You certainly aren't held all day long and you are okay with that, exploring this world on your own, and calling out to us when you need us. You are smart, and gentle. You are so loving and joyful and we can't wait to see how you continue to grow.
Weight: 15 pounds, 2 ounces 25%
Height: 27 1/2 inches 95%
Head: 16 1/4 inches 40%
Also can't forget these tidbits: between 5-6 months you learned how to sit up. You are now a pro at this. You never really fell over, you had this really steady way to prop up. Also you love the swing at the park, although I still get a bit nervous that you might fall out so I push you with caution. We also lowered your crib mattress, because you are starting to pull up on things!!