So I'm a little late in getting this post up. Baby O was 5 months old on 9/25/12. The pictures are from that day, but it took me a little while to actually get the post written. Size wise, Baby O has slowed down with growth. But that just means that her developmental growth is even more amazing to watch. I worry every day (okay, maybe just once or twice a week) that I'm not soaking it in enough, not enjoying it enough... that I'll look back and barely remember and regret. But I do what I can and I'll at least have these blog posts to remind me of the little details when I'm old and gray.
Communication wise, O is definitely in a period of soaking every little thing she sees and hears in. She is IN LOVE with the cat. When the cat comes into view, she gets very still and just stares. When kitty moves or wiggles, it makes O laugh and smile. She's easily distracted by noises in her environment, even if she can't figure out exactly where they're coming from. The other day on the train track, you should have seen how wide her eyes got when she heard the squealing of the train! She's definitely turning towards us when we talk to her-- she can tell when we're talking to her versus talking to each other. She's got a good variety of vowels now-- "ah's, eee's" are common, "oohs" come out occasionally. Every once in a while I hear a consonant - a /b/ or an /f/ or a /g/, but I know it's just sorta happenstance about where her articulators were when she vocalized. She also blows raspberries at me once in a while, which I love.
Fine motor is so awesome. I need to write another Montessori post about the toys that are best for her now. She can pick a toy up (or her pacifier) and bring it straight to her mouth. She also really has a good sense of "I see it and I want it" and can reach and grab for things with her open palm grasp. She doesn't quite know how to release one item in order to make space in her hand for the next. That brings us joy and laughter occasionally. :-)
Baby O has moved from "rolling only" to really moving around on the ground. She rolls several times in one direction to get from place to place-- usually to get within reach of a toy she wants, but occasionally to try to get to Ben and me. This leaves us aware that we REALLY need to continue to baby proof the home. She's fallen/rolled off the bed several times in the past week. Thank goodness, we'd gotten rid of our box spring and frame, so it's just the 10/11 inch mattress on the ground. But she still can konk her head pretty hard if we're not paying attention. We might be seeing the beginnings of army crawling, but I have a feeling next month I'll have more to say about that.
And in general, we're still sleeping well, eating well, and have been healthy other than the near constant runny nose that I blame on day care. Oh! Eating! I've tried some pureed carrots this month. She doesn't mind the flavor, but she really wants NOTHING to do with me spoon feeding her. We've begun a little bit here and there of "baby led weaning" where we're just giving her whole real foods like a half of an apple. But technically you're not supposed to do that until 6 months. So it's just sparse and intermittent for now. We'll get more serious about it next month I guess. The hard thing is, I just don't see time in the day to focus on feeding! When the heck am I gonna fit that into our routine?!?!?
Love from Boston!