Leighton @ 5 months

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Height + Weight: approx 25″ | approx 15 lbs 8 oz

We didn’t have a monthly checkup, so we measured her ourselves for an estimate. πŸ™‚

Milestones: Just after turning 4 months, Leighton mastered the roll from back to stomach. It caused a lot of nighttime wake-ups once she rolled onto her tummy (which made for some very tired parents), but she pretty quickly learned to fall back to sleep on her own. A couple weeks later, she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back (but doesn’t like to do it as often), so she’s a little rolling machine now! 

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Likes: She loves standing up (with a bit of help) and anything she can hold and put in her mouth to “chew” on, including burp cloths, rattles, toys, her clothes, and the hands of whoever is holding her. She also sits up in her Bumbo chair and plays with toys while we’re cooking in the kitchen or eating at the table (and by “plays with toys,” I mean “throws them on the floor for us to pick up every 30 seconds”).

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Dislikes: She flips herself over onto her tummy and likes the new vantage point now, but she’ll get upset if left in that position for too long. She’s also regressed with naps a bit and won’t go down in her crib very easily during the day (even though she sleeps really well in there at night). We’re working on it and hoping this phase passes quickly. 

Fun stuff  & firsts: We started feeding Leighton rice cereal in mid-January, and it went better than expected! She tries to grab the spoon so she can chew on it, and she makes the cutest chewing motions when the food goes in her mouth. After about 5 days, we moved on to oatmeal. At the end of the month, we tried her first real food, purΓ©ed sweet potatoes, and she gobbled them up! My parents were there to watch, which was fun – and quite entertaining when she decided that a paper towel was the best food of all. πŸ™‚ Since then, she’s had butternut squash, pears, and apples, all of which were well received. 

She graduated to sitting front-facing in the BabyBjorn, which she seems to enjoy a lot more than when she was facing inward. 

She has found her toes and also taken an interest in Coco recently and will reach out to touch her fur and nose when Coco comes over to sniff her. I can only hope that they become best buds one day! 

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She had her first fever at the end of January, which got up to 102.6 degrees. Yikes! Thankfully, she was a trooper and acted fine other than some congestion. With rest and some infant Tylenol, she was on the mend in just a couple days.

This month has by far been the most fun and enjoyable for all of us. It’s so neat watching her learn and change so much, sometimes doing new things each day. She’s super smiley, and I just can’t get enough of that gummy grin. Every day with her is better than the one before!

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