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March 1, 2019

Olivia at 5 Months

Ask me if I have a 5 month old, and I would still sound shocked when I answered. How? How have we made it 5 months already? I know everyone says that it goes by fast, but it really, really does! Am I sad? No. Do I want another baby? Absolutely, not.  BUT— I will say that I am really starting to soak this time up. Which is why I’m going to start writing it all down. I never want to forget all these fleeting moments. All of her little idiosyncrasy’s— like how she has a huge smile when she stands on her own two legs. Or how her eyes light up when we pour water on her belly in the bath.

At five months old, Olivia is one happy baby.

She wakes up with a smile. Eats with a smile. Sometimes, she’ll even cry with a smile. My favorite part of the day is waking up next to her (we co-sleep), and playing for 30-40 minutes before getting up. During this time, nothing in the world could upset this girl. I call it ‘the Golden hour.’ We roll around and I nestle my face close to hers. I’m still waiting for her to giggle but that time’ll come. We have a bond like I”ve never experienced before. Sometimes I catch her just staring at me. She looks at me like I’m special, like I’m her own personal hero. And it makes me feel like I’m doing a good job.

We spend our mornings watching one episode of Puppy Dog Pals, while I take a shower, make lunches, and do laundry.

I’ve really grown quite fond of Bingo & Rollie. I’m sure we could watch any other cartoon and she would be just as happy, but I like that Puppy Dog Pals is ‘our thing’. And they’re honestly just so cute. After showering, we play in her jumperoo, then her activity gym, then we just lay around and have more smiling/staring contests. It doesn’t sound as entertaining as it actually is. Olivia really likes to stand at this age. And she’s never looked longer! She looks so much more grown from the day I first brought her home. Olivia has eyelashes for days, and chunk for miles.

When noon rolls around, we pack up and leave the house for work. I am blessed to be able to bring Olivia with me to the office. But the cherry on top, is all of my amazing co-workers. They take turns caring for her while I have 4 hours to do other things. It’s nice to get out of the house for a few hours a day and use the bathroom without two brownish-gray eyes staring back at me.

I’m working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday is Olivia and I’s day to just ‘be’. I get that time to be fully hers. No distractions, No other commitments. Shes like to reward me for this by pulling my hair, a lot. Her hand-eye coordination and grip strength has gotten so much stronger these last few weeks. My hair is afraid for its life. But again, I tell myself that one day I will miss the hair-pulling so I try to have a ‘pain is pleasure’ mentality.

Before work, we always stop to see her Dad. We drop off a sack lunch, spend some time visiting, then head to the office. Adam likes it, and I just like to drive my new car everywhere. Her dad thought Olivia needed a more safe and reliable vehicle. So enter, my brand-new 2019 Subaru Forester. Getting her in and out of the car is less of challenge and I’m so happy to have a Mom Car.

Olivia plays with a little travel activity gym while we drive. It was so cool to see her start reaching for things and engaging with toys. The best $10 I ever spent. Not because it distracts her, but because it makes me so happy to see my little tiny human doing little tiny human things. But like any other baby, car rides make for a great nap.

She’s a very good sleeper. Since a few months old, she’s always slept 12 hours a night with a 1-2 night feedings. I’ve been very lucky because she goes back to sleep within minutes. We’ve recently started sleep training. Nothing too crazy; we just put her down when she is drowsy and check on her at 2 min, 4 min, 6 min intervals. However, she’s usually asleep within 5 minutes. The first few times were intense screaming wars, but now she will just make a few noises, if any. The last three sleeps, she hasn’t made any noise- just makes funny faces with her lips then eventually fall asleep. It’s great because I no longer have to bounce, rock, pat, etc. to get her to sleep and then hope she doesn’t wake up when I set her down.

Olivia can roll over, hold her head up, and she’s starting to be able to sit up on her for own. She can sit up for about 15-20 seconds with supervision. We got her a walker but she’s just not tall enough yet. Her little toes dangle. Maybe in a few weeks she will be cruising around the house. I like to think that every post should have a definite conclusion, at least wrapping up in some way. But life with a 5 month old is never ‘wrapped up’. Every day is something new.

A new face. A new sound. A new skill, like grabbing things on her first try. It’s all very exciting and I’m excited to keep writing it all down. I wish I had started sooner, but we’ve got plenty of days left together. For now, you can usually find Olivia bouncing away in her jumperoo like in the video I have shared below. <3

To Olivia’s Grandparents, and Great-Grandparents— Thank you for reading.

BORN & RAISED IN ALASKA, WHERE I CURRENTLY RESIDE WITH MY BOYFRIEND AND SMALL YORKIE. I AM PARTIAL TO HERBAL TEA, VINYASA YOGA, AND ANYTHING WITH GINGER. BESIDES STEALING MY BOYFRIEND’S CLOTHES, I LIKE TO SHOP AT SECOND HAND STORES. I’M ALL ABOUT FINDING JOY IN THE LITTLE THINGS; LIKE MATTE PINK LIPSTICK, AND LEARNING TO LIVE WELL.


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