I missed our five month update and I'm a little late on this one, but on the 23rd Joshua turned six months old and I just have to mark a few things down for remembrance!
In the evening just before bed I like to walk him around our back yard for an adventure. We smell lilacs (or try to eat them), touch stalks of wild bamboo, listen to the wind whispering in the treetops and squint at the sun lowering in the sky. A few evenings ago the lighting was perfect and I got these photos...but you can see by the last picture that his patience was wearing thin.
The crazy thing about six months is that it is halfway to a year and that seems almost impossible. I am lapping up this very sweet stage of babyhood - all the growing and changing and the personality that's unfolding all the more clearly every day. Several people have remarked to me that this little guy seems to run hot and cold and I agree - either sunny and full of smiles and laughter and goofyness or grumpy and throwing fits (yes already). So yes, I think some "training" is in our future but I love the strong personality he's been given.
Milestones: We started solid food at five months, beginning with rice cereal and now pureed peas and squash and banana as well. I'm still breastfeeding but my baby seems to need this solid food as well. However, the addition of solids has not persuaded him to sleep through the night for me yet - he's still getting a nighttime "top up" at 10 or 10:30 when I go to bed and then he wakes up for another feeding usually between three and four. He does go back to sleep right after so I can't complain too much...but I still really miss a solid night of sleep!
He's also sitting up now but can't be left alone or unsupported as he'll periodically throw himself backwards or reach for a toy and topple to the side. He frequently rolls over to his stomach but sticks his arms and legs straight out like he's an airplane, so he's not going anywhere too soon! I'm enjoying not having to follow him around and remove dangerous objects...yet!
He continues to love looking at books and any kind of music, even better with silly dancing. He's beginning to give kisses. He still loves bath time and thinks being outside is wonderful. He loves new faces and strangers that say hello and people watching.
I've written about some of the struggles and adjustments of new motherhood, but here I just have to say I truly love being a mom. God gave me this desire years ago...and I still have moments of this-is-too-good-to-be-true. This little one, ours?
We love you more every day, Joshua Ezra.