Happy five months Ailey!!!
Ailey is quickly outgrowing our favorite monthly blanket from Corinne. She’s growing like a dandelion (aka a weed) and weighs 15lbs 12 ounces. At five months old, she is wearing size 1 shoes (Freshly Picked), 6-9 month clothes (Old Navy) and is working her way out of size 3 diapers. She likes milk (from Momma), oatmeal, and seems to enjoy Mommy’s homemade applesauce. We will be trying more foods here and there since she LOVES to eat!
My brother nicknamed her “Smiley Ailey” for a very good reason. Unless she is hungry or sleepy, or very deep in thought (which seems to be a habit lately), she is smiling oh so big and bright. Her favorite time is morning, but she grins all day long. Ailey loves toys that rattle or crinkle and being able to sit or stand up while others move about her. She is fascinated by the light of the cell phone and the laptop – perhaps Mommy has them out too much, but she wants to grab or lick both when she sees them.
She loves to nap in her crib three times a day wearing a Merlin Magic Sleep Suit since it keeps her feeling snug without restricting her arms and legs like the swaddle. However, at night, she prefers a Halo Sleep Sack with her arms swaddled tight – she grew out of our favorite Nested Bean Swaddle already. We tried to transition Ailey into her crib at bedtime, but teething and sickness had made it very difficult.
Ailey is so close to sitting up on her own, but often resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa when I let go of her hands. If you’re behind her, she sits well, but come in front and she topples right over. She would rather be sitting (or standing in her jumperoo) than laying down on her back since she feels like she can’t see everyone and everything. The Bumbo and high chair have been great places for her to sit and watch us around the house.
Babbling “dadadada” and other cute sounds can be heard throughout the house frequently since Ailey turned five months old. She loves to chat, especially to her Wubbanub, hands, and toys. Her favorite toys include Sophie the Giraffe, a spinning wheel, teething keys, teething blanket, and anything that crinkles for her car seat. The pediatrician spied a tiny tooth pushing through her bottom gums, which explains the excessive hand gnawing and drool we’ve seen. Sadly the Ped spied something else this week – Ailey has her second ear infection, so we’ve heard more cries than normal. It’s hard to see her sad and in pain when she is normally so happy.
Ailey – you make our lives so much more enjoyable and happy than we could have ever imagined. We love watching you learn and grow every day. We love you to the moon and back!