Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy 5 Months Anniston!

Baby girl,

You are 5 months old!  You are growing up so fast these days.  So much has happened this past month.  You have tried so many new things and have learned a lot of new tricks.  You smile and laugh more than ever and I have been creative at coming up with new "games" for us to play that make you laugh.  It doesn't take much, and when you do it makes me the happiest mom in the world.

One of your favorite games to play is the tickle monster.  I spread my fingers out and wiggle them and say, "Here comes the tickle monster, coming to tickle Anniston."  Your eyes light up in anticipation of me coming to tickle you.  Sometimes you even try to wiggle your fingers to imitate me.  It is so cute!

You have really started reaching and grabbing things now.  Your hand/eye coordination is so much better.  You love to sit in my lap while we go through all the toys in your toy bin.  I put the toys in front of you and you will reach out to grab it.  You are fascinated by things that light up.  You love to grab hair.  Sometimes you can get a really good grip on it yank it!  Everything you grab goes straight to your mouth.  When we read books you are much more interested in grabbing the book and trying to put it in your mouth.  Aunt Allie gave you some soft books the other day so you can put them in your mouth and drool on them and it won't matter.  You absolutely love them!

You have started eating solid foods.  We feed you breakfast (usually bananas or apples) and dinner (we have tried peas, carrots, green beans.)  So far your favorite is bananas and your least favorite is green beans.  You will still eat them but you make a horrible face while doing it.  You are still taking a bottle about every 3-3.5 hours.

Your sleeping habits have changed a little this month.  You still go to bed around 7:30/8:00 pm but lately you have been waking up once, sometimes even twice wanting a bottle. You used to sleep until about 6:30/7:00 am but now you wake up at 5:00/5:30.  I hope this is just a stage and you will start "sleeping in" again soon.

You love to play in your exersaucer and jumparoo.  We put you in your jumparoo the other day after taking a break from it for a couple of weeks.  You din't need a towel around you anymore to hold you steady!  We had previously rigged up some shoe boxes to put underneath because your feet wouldn't touch the floor.  You don't need that anymore either!  Your Dad and I could not believe how much you had grown in just a couple of weeks!

You are still wearing 3-6 month clothes and some 6-9 months.  It will not be long before you have completely outgrown all your 3-6 month clothes.  You are really long, so some of the pants are getting a little short!  At your checkup this past month you were in the 75th percentile in height.  You are still in size 2 diapers.

Your hair is getting a little thicker up top.  You lost a little of it after you were born, but I think it's starting to grow back in!  You are getting more aware of your surroundings.  You notice Ruby now and sometimes will try to reach out to pet her.  If I am across the room and I speak, you will turn to look in my direction.  If you hear a noise you will turn your head in the direction of the sound.  I cannot believe how much you have developed in just 1 month!

I truly believe the best is yet to come- there are so many fun things I cannot wait to do with you.  I love to watch you learn new things.  I feel so lucky to have you in my life and I thank God every night for keeping you healthy.

I love you, Annie Ruth!


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