I'm a little late getting this up, but Madison recently turned 5 months old.

Things are starting to turn really fun around these parts. Our baby girl's personality is developing more and more each day. She babbles a lot - mostly to her daddy - and screeches really high pitched squeals. She is now laughing, though you have to be REALLY silly in order to get one. She doesn't just throw them away. She sucks and gnaws on her pointer finger often - with lots of drool in tow.

We are now eating cereal twice a day, and she is getting really chunky. We are trying to integrate vegetables slowly - Madison is not a fan. She can almost sit up unassisted; it's so cute when she topples over (#momoftheyear)!! She is reaching for our faces when we hold her or crouch over her when she's lying down. It is one of my most favorite skills she has learned recently.

The nickname that has made it's mark is "Madisony" and sometimes the shortened version "Sony." We're awesome parents, I know.

She sleeps rather well only waking up for her pacifier 2-3 times a night. She loves sleeping on her side. Even if I lay her down on her back, she swings her leg over to get on her side for sleep. She can roll from her back to her stomach, but apparently only in her crib in a sleepy state.

We are on the brink of size 3 diapers since her little belly is growing! She still nurses like a champ, but often gets distracted by her daddy, so we have to go into a quiet dark place. Gone are the days of still, peaceful nursing sessions- and nursing covers. Those are no longer practical for us. I love that she is maturing, though because when she is finished she will "let go" and try and sit up like "Ok, I'm done! Time to play!"

Her hair is really growing. She almost  has enough for a nice clip (that will stay).

Madison is very generous with her smiles. She is a happy baby 90% of the time, which is why it is getting harder and harder for me to leave her each morning. She's just so much fun! The other day I had a major meltdown about leaving her, and wrote this about being caught. I long so much to spend all of my time with her.

When I'm not with Madison, it's like a piece of me is missing. I'm not whole without her. I know she needs me, but I believe that I need her more. She is something constant in this crazy world of ups and downs. Yes, she's ever changing and teaching me new things. Yes, she sometimes drives me mad, but she will always have my love. She is teaching me about Jesus' love for me and how it is unconditional.

1 comment:

Bettina said...

It's funny how similiar our journeys are even though I'm on the other side of the world. My boy is a month older than your girl and it sounds like they are at similiar stages. Even though I am not back at work this is on my mind at the moment. Ting to make it work financially so I don't have to go back 'properly'. Only supply teaching which means I can say no when I want to. I hope you can make it work (whatever that looks like for you) and find contentment.

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