5 months is just crazy, Olive is such a little human now. Yesterday Blake brought home some photo prints (yes from actual film) and there were photos of Olive from months before and she looks like such a baby. It totally blew me away. It still blows me away that things change daily with her. I can see her personality come out more and more. She still smiles at strangers and everyone comments on how happy she is. She really is a happy baby but she definitely has meltdown moments but don't they all? I love when she gets really serious then goes into complete goofball mode. She is such a girl and can go from totally happy and laughing to end of the world mental breakdown. I think its funny. She is sitting up like a champ and has been since about 4 months. She is trying so hard to pull herself up from a laying down position and she is almost there. Right now her favorite thing is bouncing. If I hold her on my lap she just wants to bounce the entire time. She gets the hyper thing from me. She loves her Johnny Jumper and can play in that for awhile now. She spins all around and jumps like crazy.
She is also VERY vocal. I wish I knew what she was trying to say but she will just talk and talk and occasionally let out some serious loud noises. I know she can say an M so I'm waiting for Mama to come out. I think her laugh is my favorite thing in the world (besides her smiles) If we kiss her tummy or neck she will belt a few out and they are just too funny. No teeth yet but we've had signs of teething for a long time now.
Night sleeping is still whatever. She usually wakes up once or twice to eat or poop and then wants to wake up for good around 6-7. Sometimes I can nurse her back to sleep in bed but other times she just wants to talk and play. Her naps are a little more predictible at least when she gets tired but she usually only sleeps for 45 min to an hour ish. I'm learning to accept that and it works for her. This week she has taken a nap without a swaddle so that is a good thing.
She loves to play on the floor either sitting or laying surrounded by her toys but her favorite is watching Sierra play. She is getting so coordinated with her grabbing and anything in reach is fair game. Even drinking a glass of water when I'm holding her is tricky cause she wants it. That means the dog better learn to be quick. She got a good hold of Sierra's tummy the other day and Sierra screamed so loud. If Sierra is near her whole mission is to grab her. Sometimes its a sweet pet and other times its a hard grab. I know she doesn't know the difference yet. Sierra will be much more understanding when she has food to offer.
So far she's had rice cereal a few times now and its been successful. She seems to love the action of eating. I want to try something more exciting than cereal so tomorrow will be bananas. She definitely understands food and is very interested in ours so I think adding a bit more variety will make her happy. Trying to breastfeed a 5 month old baby is insane. She is so interested in everything around her that she pulls off and on. My nipple is not thrilled with this. I've found that if I let her grab my face and sing to her she will stay on a little bit longer (sometimes) but as soon as she hears any other voice or noise she wants to look around. I don't want to force her to eat but I want to know she is getting enough. At night before bed or occasionally when she is really tired she will sit on the boob for an hour or so which used to drive me crazy but now I enjoy the quiet time.
We are definitely having more fun now. I love taking her out and about and most of the time she is really good as long as she has something to look at. Going out to eat is still a little tricky. She hates to sit in her carseat but loves to be held and watch everything that is happening.
Today she stuck her entire foot in her mouth and sucked on her toes. She only recently found her feet but now its like the best toy ever.
There are no words to describe how much I love this little bugger.