My oh my, Marshall! You are five months old!

I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but you have grown so much this month! We had your four-month checkup just a week or so ago. You were 17 pounds, 6 ounces, and 26.5 inches tall. We have been getting looks of disbelief when we tell folks you are only 5 months old. We are right on the cusp of storing all of your 3-6 month clothes, as we’ve been adding more and more 6-9 month outfits to your wardrobe.

In addition to looking like a 6 month old (or maybe even older!), your doctor said you are acting like a 6 month old. You roll easily from tummy to back and back to tummy now–though you prefer going back to tummy and staying there. When on your tummy, you lift your upper body way up high with extended arms to look around. And you are really working on becoming mobile. You scooch around in circles to chase your toys that mysteriously lurch away from you every time you get close, but you haven’t quite figured out how to propel yourself forward yet. Once in awhile you dig a knee or foot in and get a little forward motion, but it’s still a work in progress. You can also sit up by yourself for short periods of time–as long as your hands are on the ground or on a toy to help support you. You still enjoy standing more than anything, and you love to jump–both with a little help from me or your dad and in your jumper. You are going to have the strongest legs!

One of the most exciting developments this month is that you tried your first solid foods. You aren’t eating anything but milk regularly or in large enough quantities to be considered a meal, but you’ve gotten to taste a few things. So far you’ve tried apple, sweet potato, avocado, and oatmeal. We have been loving all of the funny faces you make when trying new foods.

You also went swimming for the first time. We started out with a kiddie pool in our yard, but it was a bit too cold. You were so angry that we tried to put you in it! Then we let you dip your toes in a big pool one day, and you seemed to enjoy it. Soon after that we went for a real swim. You did great! The only thing you didn’t care for was being on your back. We can’t wait to start swimming lessons with you.

We have continued to work on your sleeping habits this month. Once you started rolling over in your crib we had to finally say goodbye to swaddling. You also decided that your aquarium belonged in your mouth, so it ceased to be an aid in getting you back to sleep when you woke early from naps. So some naps are good and others are not, which means some days you end up being pretty cranky. One very recent change is that you are no longer sleeping with your pacifier! You still have an intense desire to suck when you are sleepy, though, which means that sometimes you need quite a bit of comfort nursing. There are days when you nurse as much as you did when you were a newborn! Your nighttime sleeping is still fairly inconsistent as well. You had a bit of a sleep regression and started waking up more often, but you seem to be moving past it slowly but surely.

This month you have continued to chew on anything and everything–including our faces! You’ve also started giggling a little bit. Usually it’s in response to being tickled. Your tummy, armpits, back, chin, inner thighs, and feet are all ticklish. When you get excited you also open your mouth really wide. It is so adorable. Just like everything else you do! Okay, I take that back. Not everything you do is adorable. You are still spitting up like crazy. We could do without that.

Thank you for another amazing month, my dear. I love you!

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