Avalon Elle officially turned FIVE months old last week! Crazytown. Time is flying & we are loving every single minute with this sweet little thing, we just adore everything about her.
I remember 5 & 6 months being some of my favorite ages for Waverly, and I can definitely say that we that are moving into that same fun stage with Avalon. She is just so much more interactive lately, grabbing at our faces, using her voice, giggling here and there, and just getting more into her toys in general. She has found her feet (and loves them!), and still puts everything in her mouth, all the time. She loves the jumparoo, the bumbo, and just this past week has been sitting in her high chair (which she is all about since she can be on eye level with us). She will tolerate laying on the floor for a little bit, and has rolled over from both sides, though only a couple of times. She is starting to like the car seat a little bit better, most of the time, and still loves being outside and bath time, which are definitely two of her favorite times of day! She LOVES stuffed animals and will cuddle them with her entire little body, which is hands down one of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life. Ever.
So far, miss Avalon is a mama's girl which totally makes my heart all kinds of full. We've had a couple times when I was at work that she couldn't be calmed down, but as soon as I got home & grabbed her, she was 100% fine. She is honestly such a happy baby, she doesn't cry unless (1) it's nap time, (2) the car seat, or (3) we leave her in a room by herself for even one milli-second. ;) She LOVES to be around people & will sit on your hip or in the solly all day long just as content as can be. Girlfriend goes with the flow like it's her job, and it's made the transition to two so much easier than I thought it would be.
We got the go-ahead on rice cereal or oatmeal at her four month appointment but she hated both, which really didn't surprise me since Waverly did, too. We are able to try fruits & veggies this week and I am much more optimistic about that, since I think it will help with her sleep some. She is still exclusively on my breast milk, which is going really well, as long as I am home. The days I am at work she tends to eat less from the bottle and then sleep less at night. Her nap schedule could definitely be better (on good days we get an hour in the morning & an hour in the afternoon), yet she is (finally!) in the crib with the halo sleep sack so I consider that progress. :) Nights are hit or miss, we had a string of rough nights about a week ago but we seem to have turned a corner. She sleeps in the rock-n-play and most of the time wakes up once, sometimes twice.
Things I never want to forget, how smiley she is! Avalon is seriously smiling all of the time, if you just make eye contact with her she breaks into the biggest smile, it will absolutely melt your heart. She is little (4th for height & 30th for weight), but so, so strong! She can put all of her weight on those little legs with us only holding one hand, it's crazy. I really don't think it will be long before she is sitting! She has this signature little move, she gets so excited and kicks her little legs and moves her arms, she looks like she just might burst from excitement & you can't help but be happy right along with her. And maybe the sweetest, she adores Waverly, she follows her with her eyes all of the time & so far, her biggest belly laughs have come from big sister.
I still feel like it's surreal that she is here, healthy, happy & so perfect. Happy, happy five months, sweet Avalon Elle!