Another month has flown by, and our girl just keeps getting squishier, happier, and more fun with each passing week!
Here are some fun facts from her fifth month:
Lydia's doing great sleeping lately. Most nights I put her to bed around 7:30 PM and she's up around 7:30 AM. She's still hit or miss on naps - some days line up perfectly and she takes two really long naps and a cat nap, some days she takes short little cat naps all day long, and some days she takes one long and two short...it's totally unpredictable and I'm OK with that. Honestly, a lot of the unpredictability probably falls on me - if I were to lock us inside and be consistent with her day time schedule she might sleep better. But that's just not possible when she has a busy big bro and a mom who is an extrovert ;)
She takes three naps per day, and is still swaddled for naps and nights. We stopped swaddling with William when he was around 4 months old so I recently thought I'd try leaving Lydia out of the swaddle for bedtime one night. Not a good idea! I had to go back in and swaddle her back up. Girlfriend likes her tight swaddle! We'll try again in a few more weeks...
Last week we had a doctor's appointment and Lydia weighed in at a whopping 17 lbs 11 oz. She has more than doubled her birth weight, and is starting to eye our food. She got especially drooly this week when she saw my banana at breakfast, so we plan to start introducing some solid foods at the end of this month. I definitely think she's ready, but we've been instructed to take things slow since she does have some food allergies. Because of this, I'll be making everything from scratch for her. I'm really excited to see how she takes to eating solid food.
This month, Lydia has gotten very vocal! She squeals, coos, "talks", and has learned how to laugh...and y'all...her laugh...it's the sweetest, purest sound I have ever heard. It's very subtle and quiet, almost music-like, and it bubbles up from her sweet tummy, spreads throughout her entire face, until her mouth bursts completely open with a huge grin and the sweet laughter comes oozing out. I could listen to her laugh all. day. long.
Just tonight, I had both kids in William's crib and William discovered that if he jumped on his bed it made Lydia laugh so of course he wanted to do it over and over again. It is so sweet to see her smile up at him and think he's just the funniest thing ever.
We love Lydia's beautiful red hair. And it's getting longer and prettier each week! She also has the sweetest little red eyelashes that are a mile long and curl on the ends. I can't wait until we can do ponytails, pigtails, braids, and all sorts of fun hairstyles. :)
Life with Big Brother:
Now that Lydia is becoming a lot more interactive, William seems really interested in her. He likes to say "Baby roll over, Mommy!!" every time she rolls to her tummy. And he loves getting her toys to play with (he'll quickly stop me if I'm trying to give her a toy and say "she not like dat one, she like dis one!" while he hands me something HE likes). He loves throwing her dirty diapers in the trash can, and covering her up with blankets. And! He even let her hold his beloved Bear for about 10 seconds one day until he noticed she was chewing on it, and he promptly took him back. ;) It's so fun to watch him with her lately. He definitely still gets a little territorial and jealous at times, but for the most part he's gotten adjusted to the idea that she's around for good.
Our sweet, beautiful girl - we pray you never lose that magnetic smile and content, happy, joyful spirit. We love you through and through!