Maddy at Five Months

Five months

Here we are, almost half a year in!  Maddy’s stuck in a middle ground of seeing lots of things she’d like to do, and not quite being able to do them yet.  She’s really mastered all kinds of rolling and can scoot backwards, but hasn’t figured out the forward crawl yet.  She seems to know what she’s missing, though – lots of frustrating grunts come out when there’s a toy in front of her.  Luckily, she responds very well to excited “Yay!!!”s from us, so at least we have one motivator in our bag of tricks.

Shopping cart sitter!

Big day! Having to use both hands to steady her eliminates any possible efficiency from this development.

The walker has really been a lifesaver for me, because she’s totally happy to run small laps around the kitchen while I do things.  She’s equally happy to follow right on my heels while I’m cooking.  We’ve started wearing shoes all the time to avoid mangled toes.

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Miss Maddy still seems to be big for her age: here she’s wearing a 6 month top and 12-18 month shorts.  The cloth diapers certainly don’t help, but even on her smallest days, she’s a 9 on the bottom.

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With the warm weather, we’ve been trying to spend some time outside every day.  Our house is more or less surrounded by wasps, so usually we take the stroller out and walk around for a few miles.  The other day, we sat outside on a blanket on our little strip of “yard.”  Maddy did not appreciate the grass.

All things considered, she’s still a really happy baby, always willing to smile (for Daddy, at least).

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Scrape courtesy of a sippy cup that was not child-friendly.

Over the last week or so, she’s started making a lot more noise.  I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see the shrieking phase end, but there is a sense of justice when she starts screaming at 7AM, mere hours after the neighbors have ended a raucous party downstairs.  I’m sure the dogs of the neighborhood have been enjoying the concerts, too.  There are lots of frustrated grunts when she doesn’t get what she wants, and the occasional loud, teenage sigh.

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Favorite pastime: licking the condensation off any cup, bottle, or glass she can get her hands on.  As I type, she’s napping and I’m drinking a very wet glass of iced tea in peace.  She’s eaten a little food when she really wants to – strawberries and bread, mostly – but isn’t really crazy about any of it yet.

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Right of first licking

We dressed up for Cow Appreciation Day earlier this week, and she was named the unofficial cutest baby they had seen all day.  Not bad for a spotted onesie and headband I whipped up during naptime.

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Miss Maddy Moo

Keep it classy, Maddy C.Fats-3

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