Our newest little lady has hit five months (two weeks ago).
Keira is learning and growing so much everyday. I swear she is always needing her fingernails trimmed, and is beginning to outgrow her 6 month sized clothing. Her latest trick is the discovery of her toes. It’s the best toy- it goes everywhere with her!
Keira also knows how to put up a good protest. She is so noisy. If she wants something, she lets you know. Her high pitched squawking and squealing is a constancy around here. In fact, I’m listening to it as I type this. Her current reason being her refusal to nap, or at least her opinion that she should just be held and cuddled.
Despite her current complaints, Keira is a really good napper. A lot better than I remember Hailey being. Although, I do think at about this age I started getting her on a firm schedule and was able to get some decent napping out of her. Anyway, Keira usually takes a good 1- 1 1/2 hour (sometimes even 2 hour) nap around 8 or 9 am, depending on when she woke up that morning. She is ready to sleep again around 12 or 12:30 for another 1 1/2 - 2 hours, and again at around 4 for about an hour. Her good napping is a life saver for me during the day, so I can spend more time with Hailey, and have some time to myself to do things like cleaning or blogging.
Nighttime sleep is getting better. This past week she’s only woken up once or twice a night, with stretches of sleep from 6-8 hours. Yay! I know, I really shouldn’t complain too much, because she does at least nap well for me during the day.
We have been feeding Keira rice cereal before bed for the past week and a half. It appears to have satisfied her tummy, helping her sleep a little better at night. Keira makes the biggest mess when eating cereal. She gobbles it up, but she also spits it everywhere, grabs for the spoon, and rocks and squirms while she eats which ends up with food all over her face and clothes.
We’re still waiting for her to roll over. That’s not completely true- she has rolled from her stomach to back a couple of times, and I guess thinks that’s good enough because she hasn’t done it in a couple of weeks. She is so close to rolling from her back to stomach. She can do it. If I help her get started she’ll finish and flip herself over. We aren’t worried, it’ll happen when she’s ready to do it.
Keira is the happiest baby. She may know how to complain, but she is also generally very happy. She loves to smile, is content to ride along in her car seat, and handles deviations from our schedule well. I try to be home around her naptime, but really, it doesn’t always happen. I have things to do and Hailey to think of as well.
Keira’s after sleep smiles and giggles are the best treat- Hailey and I both look forward to them. I honestly don’t ever grow tired of having her by my side (unless it’s the middle of the night and I’m half asleep…) Keira has only added to the happiness in our home. We love her for it.