precious arty-bear,

here we are at the five month mark. it’s getting a bit redundant to keep going on about how fast the time is slipping by, and how quickly you are growing, so we’ll just assume i’ve made some exclamations on those points and move on to the specifics, ok?

early in the month we went away together as a family for the first time. we stayed at the beautiful glen harrow with some of our favourite people for your mummy’s 30th birthday. you slept very well in your camp bed, where we rugged you up in the warmest sleep sack we could find, and you were super cosy. a lot went on that weekend – many people, many faces, many new sights and sounds – and you handled it so well. your mummy and i were so proud of you.

your health has been pretty god this month. you have had two bouts of conjunctivitis which were both a bit gross, but didn’t seem to bother you too much. we treated the condition with cleansing wipes and antibiotic cream, and they were very effective.
we had to put you in quarantine for most of this month because you were exposed to chicken pox, but luckily you didn’t come down with it.

your oddparents babysat you for the first time this month. i had a bit of a dental emergency in the middle of the night, and i needed your mummy to come with me and hold my hand through the procedure, so you went to their house and they looked after you. they said you were an absolute star, and when we got back to pick you up you were snoozing on your oddfather like a serene little angel.

feeding has changed significantly this month. around your mummy’s birthday you started to refuse the breast, and only take the bottle. i have been expressing breastmilk for you, and we have been supplementing with formula. this has been really, really hard work, and we’re at the point now where we’re considering dropping the breastmilk altogether. i feel really guilty about this, but that guilt is assuaged somewhat by the knowledge that you’re responding really well to formula, and getting a more varied diet now that you’re eating more solid foods. at this point we’re taking things a day at a time.
you usually have one meal of solids a day, and sometimes two. you’ve tried apples, pears, sweet potato, banana, and cauliflower. you loved the banana, you hated the cauliflower, and seemed to like everything else. we’re enjoying helping you explore these new tastes and textures.

you’re getting more and more confident in your body. you have mastered rolling over (though you waited for the appropriate audience of both your uncles, both your mums and your oma before you did it)…

… and you’re getting ready to sit up on your own.

you’re so keen to be upright, because you’re constantly observing and interacting with your environment, and the people around you. i love how engaged and interested you are in your world.

you’re still sleeping well at night, and having a couple of good naps every day. you’re enjoying snuggling up chest to chest with me, with your head on my arm and sleeping that way during the day. sometimes i think i should be using that time to do housework or something, but i love to share those quiet hours with you, and i’m making the most of them for now.

i am so enjoying all the ways in which your unique and beautiful nature is asserting itself. i don’t just love you, i like you too – you’re bright, affectionate, determined (read: stubborn!), and you already have a well developed sense of fun.

so we’re travelling well, little one. i am still loving every moment of being your mama (yes, even the exhausting ones), and i adore you more and more every day.
big slobbery kisses,
your mama xoxox