5 month update

It’s hard to believe that Geneveve is 5 months already!

From December

The first month was a haze and last 4 just get better every day. I love watching her personality emerge.
She definitely knows what she wants when she wants.
I look forward to doing sign language with her because it will hopefully curb any communication frustrations that seem to be so common.
She used to put her hand to her mouth when she was hungry but now her hand is always in her mouth since she is starting the teething journey (and it’s fun to suck on fingers anyways)
Her newest adventures include sitting up on her own, sucking her thumb, being more conscious about reaching and grabbing things. She loves to hold my water bottle and suck on the rim, pretending to drink from it. She must see me drink out of that water bottle a million times a day, I wonder what she makes of it all. She reaches for food on my plate and the other day I gave her a pickle to hold and it immediately went into her mouth (as that is the destination of anything she can get a hold of). We’ve been holding frozen green beans to her mouth lately for teething pain and she really likes to nom on those. The pickle she enjoyed more than I thought. The cold of the pickle felt good but the flavor must have been interesting for her to experience. She nom’d on it a little but didn’t eat it, thank goodness! I am NOT ready for solids. nor crawling. nor walking. nor talking.
She’s developing such a sweet voice, sometimes she makes these little coos and other times she’ll go through all her vowels and some consanants. She likes to play with volume and pitch and is starting to babble to herself more.
At Christmastime we broke out the Johnny Jumper since that’s her favorite activity in our arms: jumping. This girl has Strong legs.
She’s now doing a complete upward dog pose (from the earlier cobra) and is doing the crawling motions with her legs but I don’t think she’s there yet in core strength and her arms sometimes get caught under her if she pushes forward with her legs. But she definitely understands the process and is working towards it.
I think it’s because she hangs out with the older kids at play group-most of them are already crawling and pulling themselves up to standing.
At her 4 month appointment we were told she has the strength of a 7 month old and I believe it.
She is very alert when awake, happy to share a smile and the giggles are a daily occurance (though we still have to work for them-she loves getting her feet kissed)
She loves playing airplane. She loves socializing and taking walks.
She reaches out for Ubu now and will happily pet her and is generally fascinated with everything dog.
She still is not a fan of falling asleep, naps or the carseat.
And she loves to reach out for the keyboard and I think she’s sent some emails and deleted files already. I don’t know how she pushes a few buttons and closes the browser and is opening windows!
She had her first Christmas at home and loved touching the tree and pulling on the lights. By far her favorite gift is the wrapping paper. Crinkly! Marty and Jan made the drive out for the weekend and got to have some baby time.
I try to take her to mom’s groups when it doesn’t interfere with morning naps (which has been the case lately) and she is Loving book babies at the library. It’s a free weekly group where you sing songs with your babies and there’s movement involved followed by some playtime. She loves songs!

Our next journey: road trip to Northern California to see some family.

One Response to “5 month update”

  1. Mary Ann Bonczek

    Kim, Very interesting.Geneveve is so beautiful. Hope you had a Happy Birthday. Happy St Patty’s Day and Happy St. Joseph’s Day. Love to you all.

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