Mikaela is now closer to 6 months than she is 5 months, but I'm just getting around to updating. Work has been busy, we had a birthday party to plan, a dance recital, father's day, yada yada. Basically, life is getting in the way of my blogging.
But enough excuses, on to Mikaela.
She turned 5 months on the 14th of June. If I had blogged on the 14th, I probably would have said she was sleeping like a champ, going down at 7:30 and waking up at 8am in the morning. And that would have been true.
But over the past week, she's been having a hard time sleeping. She usually falls asleep pretty easily, but then wakes up and has a hard time getting back to sleep. And she's been waking up at least once after midnight, and again, having a ridiculously hard time getting back to sleep. As long as someone is holding her, she won't cry. But she definitely won't be sleeping either. So Austin and I have been a bit sleep deprived. She had us spoilt the last couple of months that's for sure. I guess she figured we had it too easy and decided to take us back to some of the newborn weeks.
Anyhow, I really shouldn't complain. Other than the sleep issues, she really has no issues. She's amazing. She has an incredibly girly laugh, which sometimes gets up to a screetch. For the most part she's quiet. But every once in awhile she'll get into a chatty mood and just coo, squeal and laugh. It's so fun to watch her when she's like this.
When she does need something, this soft, cute little voice can quickly escalate though. Don't let her little body fool you. She has some lungs. She'll let you know when she's hungry, has a dirty diaper, or over tired...She's loud. She's like her sister in that regard. Sometimes when she cries, I have to pause and listen to see if it's Naomi or MIkaela who's crying.
She's still fascinated by Naomi. If Naomi is in the room, she'll immediately turn her head to watch what her big sister is doing. Naomi still has the amazing capability of getting Mikaela to stop crying too, even if it's just momentarily.
She also loves her grandpa, my dad. When he walks in the room, she turns to watch him as well, and will start coo'ing or smiling at him. She has definitely won him over. It's pretty cute to see how she's managed to make my dad into a mushy grandpa. He'll finish up his meal quickly so he can help hold MIkaela if she's getting fussy while we're finishing dinner. He'll wake up early to help Austin feed her her bottle in the morning. He likes playing with her during the day while I'm at work.
MIkaela can also roll over from her stomach to her back and back to her stomach with no problem.
At Naomi's birthday party, she made her first boy cry. In true parent fashion, my girlfriend and I put Mikaela and her son (6mths old) face each other to see how they would react. Mikaela, ever the curious baby, reached out, and started trying to hold the poor boy's face. The baby boy clearly wanted nothing to do with Mikaela and tried swatting her hands away and started crying. Oh well, we'll have to teach her a little bit about playing hard to get.
At 5.5 months, she's definitely taken an interest to food and what everyone around her is eating. She'll motion towards our food, and even try grabbing it if it's within reach. We're holding out to give her rice cereal til she's 6 months, but I'm excited to start making solid food for her soon.
She's only 5 months, but I truly feel like MIkaela has been part of our family forever. I can't imagine how we were complete without her. All she has to do is smile at me and she'll make all of my tired-ness or frustration from work,melt away. I do get sad that she goes to bed so early and I only get an hour or so with her before she goes to sleep (not including the late night sessions). She's growing so fast, and there are days when I feel like I'm missing everything. I'm thankful that my parents are here to help us though. As for her 5 mth picture - take a look at this and tell me she's not the cutest baby ever?