Thursday, January 5, 2012

Month Five

Dear Liliana,

On January 3rd, you turned 5 months old! The half year point is so close. Too close!

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Watching you grow is bittersweet. I'd love for you to stay tiny and cuddly forever, but I love watching you grow and learn and change.

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You are an incredible baby. You are so sweet and laid back, but most of all, full of joy!

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I giggled my way through your 5 month photoshoot. Between the rolling, squirming, and the eating of your 5 month decal, I had to work hard to get the "perfect" shot.

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You are such an expressive baby. You go from laughing to wide-eyed to blowing raspberries to smiling...every expression that crosses your face makes me smile. You even cry cute! Life is entertaining with you around!

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This month was a big one for you! You got your ears pierced, participated in lots of Christmas activities, tried solids for the first time, and celebrated your very first Christmas!

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It was also a month full of milestones. Your two bottom teeth are now visible. You were able to sit very well with support, and toward the end of the month you began to attempt sitting on your own! You learned how to blow raspberries (thanks to your sweet friend, Charlotte)-and do it a lot! You move all around your crib while sleeping. You are easily rolling all over the place. You began to crawl like an inchworm. You pull your knees up, plant your face into the floor, and push forward! You are now a mobile baby! It takes some effort to get to where you want to go, but you are determined.

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You continue to grow well! You are tall and chubby. You wear a size 2 diaper and mostly 3-6 month clothing. I'm not sure what you weigh, but I'm going to guess around 17 lbs and almost 28 inches long. Your hair is light blond and fuzzy. It sticks straight up in the air, and is now long enough for a bow! I adore your fuzzy head, your perfect lips, your chubby hands and feet...You are thoroughly smoochable!

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Most of all, I adore your big, blue eyes. They are always so bright, so curious, so full of wonder.

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You are curious about everything around you. You are always taking everything in. You reach for anything that is in front of you, and try to put it in your mouth!

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You are such a sweet little girl. This month, you began to prefer your thumb over your binky. I know I may have some expensive orthodontic bills in my future, but I can't bring myself to break you of that habit just yet.

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You continue to be a social baby. You love people, and your smile is contagious! You stare until you get some attention, and then flash a huge grin!

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It is rare to see you cry! You only fuss when your diaper is dirty (you are the blowout queen), or when you get tired. Your crying is reserved for when teething is bothering you. Instead, a happy smile is usually plastered on your face, and you giggle so much, especially when we say, "Ahhhhh.....BOO!" and nibble your cheeks.

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You are still sleeping well. You only had one bad night of sleep, when you weren't feeling well. You sleep through the night, only waking to eat occasionally, and take plenty of long naps in your crib. I still snuggle you a lot at night, and I'm happy to do so! I know you could easily sleep through the night in your own room, but I like having you in our room for now.

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You are a good eater! You are exclusively breastfed (you refuse the bottle), and prefer nursing over eating solids. You started solids a few days after you turned 4 months old. You showed all signs of being ready, and although you eat well from the spoon, you aren't a huge fan. I make all of your food, and have a huge stockpile in the freezer. So far, your favorite food has been an apple-strawberry-banana blend!

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You are an easy, laid-back, happy baby. Your favorite thing to do is jump in your jumperoo. You will jump for well over an hour, and often jump for 90 minutes before tiring! I love to see you bouncing with excitement. You start babbling, and jumping really high off the ground. I also love to watch as the bouncing relaxes you. You suck on your thumb, watch what's going on around you, and give tiny hops every few seconds.

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Just to give another idea of how easy-going you are, I'll tell a story of how you fell off the bed for the first time. I sat you on Lexie's bed, and walked away, knowing that it was possible for you to fall off. I should have known better, but only left the room for a few seconds. In those few seconds, I heard a thump and a little yell. I raced back into the room, to find you facedown on the floor, reaching under Lexie's bed. I yelled your name, and you looked up at me with a smile on your face!

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I have to say, I am one lucky mama! I love spending my days with you, and snuggling with you at night. As long as you are in my arms, I am happy! Your snuggles make my day, and your smiles light up my world. You are a blessing! I thank God every single day for giving you to us!

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Lilybug, you are loved. I love you with all my heart. Your daddy loves you with all his heart. Your brother and sister adore you! Your Nina, Papa, MawNaw, and PapPap can't get enough of you. You are loved by so many...Great-Grandma's, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. You are surrounded by love, and someday you will learn that love is what truly matters.

Happy 5 months, my sweet Lily. I love you forever.

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30 comments:

  1. Happy 5th month sweet baby girl!

    I am sure blowing raspberries is not the last thing my Charlotte will be teaching you ;)

    The pictures are adorable Stef! Love the scrap book type layout

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  2. What pretty eyes she has! Love her smile, too!

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  3. she has got the cutest expressions!!!

    and always looks happy as can be. I still remember posing my son and his friend for photos when they were at that "floppy stage" very challenging!!

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  4. She is so beautiful! Happy 5 months, sweet girl!

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  5. She is just adorable! I can't believe she already has 2 teeth, she's growing waaay too fast.

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  6. These pictures are so adorable! As I scrolled down I kept thinking "Oh the first picture is so cute, oh my goodness the second is adorable, the third the fourth. My goodness, they are all just so cute! Happy 5 month Lily! Have a great day!

    Mama Hen

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  7. Goodness, she is a cutie pie! Happy 5 months to your sweet girl! Wonderful pics =)

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  8. What great pictures!!!! I can relate to the bittersweet feeling of our babies growing up! Keep on enjoying your precious little girl!

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  9. Super sweet post! What a good baby!!

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  10. Happy 5 months!!

    She has the best expressions! Absolutely adorable. :)

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  11. Love those big eyes! What a sweet post. You are such a good mom to do that for her.
    Sandy

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  12. She is so adorable and you are so lucky that she's so laid back.

    Her hair reminds me of Buster's hair when he was little. It stuck straight up in the air too.

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  13. She is so sweet! She's gonna just love reading this when she's older, I'm glad I'm not the only one who writes letters to my babies :)

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  14. OMG! She is adorable! Love her big bow and "poka not" leg warmers as my little gal calls them. :-)

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  15. OMG! She is adorable! Love her big bow and "poka not" leg warmers as my little gal calls them. :-)

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  16. She is the next Gerber baby! Love all the pics and how you arranged them. Looks great!

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  17. She is such a cutie! I love her sweet smile!

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  18. Your pictures are gorgeous! And she could not be cuter if she tried :) I love her expressions!

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  19. Your posts win hands-down for giving me the most baby fever! She is so ADORABLE! And growing up so fast!

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  20. her smile is filled with SO much joy! Adorable!

    I'm serious, you are totally going to give me "I want a little girl" fever! STOP IT :)

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  21. Precious baby & Precious blog you have!

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  22. Wait ... I swear you just announced that she was born! I can't believe how fast she's growing :).

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  23. Here's to all your wonderful 5 month milestones Lily! You're a precious little girl. (I just loved this post...what a special tribute.)

    P.S. Here's to wishing you and your family many blessings for 2012--XOXO.

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  24. AW! What a fun month and all thoes first! Happy 5 months!

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  25. Happy 5 months to your sweet little Lily!

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  26. FIVE months! Oh my goodness time is going by so fast!!! What a cutie!

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  27. She is such a cutie! I love all the pictures you take of her.

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  28. Me too, i cant get enough of her cuteness! Loving the first photo :) Such a beautiful baby. If only I could hug her!

    Happy 5th Lily boo!

    hugs!

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