Saturday, January 03, 2009

5 months

Miss Olive is quite the active baby-always rolling, rolling, rolling. She has also started doing modified push-ups, rocking herself back and forth and flopping on the ground attempting to propel herself forward-just like Owie did at that age! She also inches herself forward with her strong legs and manages to turn herself around as well. I imagine she is going to keep us on our toes as she gets closer to mobility!

Aside from her active lifestyle, Olive also enjoys playing with her toys & sitting in the exersaucer (although she gets frustrated with both and tends to need a change of scenery after 10 minutes), playing with her feet, putting EVERYTHING in her mouth, pulling Owie's hair (which he thinks is hilarious until it starts to hurt ;), sucking on the bottom of a cold glass of water & gumming our faces ;). These days, she's a fussy Mcfusserson...not as happy-go-lucky as before. We think the personality change is due to teething coupled with her strong-headed, independent streak. This girl wants things her way! For instance, when she wants held, you have to be standing up...this drives us crazy! And, unfortunately, our nights of 8 hour straight sleeping with her snoozing happily in her bassinet have come to a screeching halt. Now that she doesn't like being swaddled, she automaticall turns over on her belly and screams. And it takes SO long to calm her down. I've been holding her in bed at nights to get some sleep, but recently we've been working on transitioning her to her crib in the nursery. We've made a little progress, but still have a long way to go. She continues to flip herself over, but is starting to be ok with belly sleeping. Yesterday she put herself to sleep for a nap in her crib with no crying and slept for 3 hours. Small victories! Roby and I can't wait until she sleeps through the night in her crib. We keep reminding ourselves that it's a phase and will get better, but it's hard to look forward through bleary eyes. ;)

Despite those few challenges, Olive continues to be a joy and we *love* her laughing fits (she has at least one a if only adults could be like that!). We eagerly watch each new personality trait and her likes/dislikes emerge. We get such a kick out of watching Owen and Olive's personalities bloom!


At 3:25 PM , Blogger Steve, Shan & Jacob said...

Hi girl! I remember the swaddling transition very well. I think it took just a few weeks and he finally adjusted to sleeping on his stomach without the swaddler. Give it a few weeks and I think she'll do it too! ;) I say the quicker you get her in her crib, the better. But, you're the parent, and you know her better than anyone else. ;) We would let him cry it out for a little while (20 min. max--and not balling-type crying) and just pat his back and reassure him that we were there. We tried not to pick him up too much--although it's hard not to do. It is a phase and will pass. Keep telling yourself that! Just wanted to encourage you.


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