You have stopped screaming during car rides, even when you're in your car seat after dark! You still have some trips on which you are fussy, but up until now, you would scream for the entire car trip. We're all very glad that "stage" is over.
You are still such a little sleep fighter, and you're not a great night-time sleeper. You are not a great day time sleeper either, but that's less of a bummer for me and your Dad.
Despite your obviously un-payable sleep debt, you are still such a sweetie pie. You are generally smiley, and people always comment on what a happy baby you are. You certainly have your fussy times, but they are usually in the evening or if you are left alone in a room. Your brother cracks you up with both his physical and verbal comedy. He is more interested in you, and you love any and all attention he directs your way.
We spent a Thursday morning at your great "Grandmother" and great "Grandfather's" house. You were just precious. You charmed them both. You grinned and cooed and let both of them hold you. You really settled in, and they so enjoyed getting to play with you. We played inside for a while with Grandmother and then joined Spencer and Grandfather outside in the back yard. It felt like June it was so warm and beautiful. You seemed to really enjoy your visit.
You've been spending Tuesday mornings with your Gigi while I take Spencer to his class at The Little Gym. Y'all have fun and you've done very well. We're gradually increasing the time, so that Spencer and I can start having a morning a week together. We finally figured out that you will take a bottle if it is VERY warm, so that will give you guys more time before I have to rush home to feed you.
You are hilariously interested in our food. You move your mouth, tongue, and lips, you reach for it, you lean towards it, and you finally started bursting into tears when we would eat in front of you. You finally became so upset one day, my heart just went out to you (we obviously share a love for food!). I did not have any baby food on hand, because I was not going to start any solids until you were sitting up well; but you will obviously not be denied any further. I mashed up some banana and gave it to you. You loved it. You had a death grip on the spoon, and when I had to get it out of your hands to get you another bite you would scream and cry. Unfortunately, the banana aggravated the eczema on your face and gave you a bad diaper rash. We'll have to come back to that one again later. In your fifth month, we also introduced rice cereal and pureed pears. The pears were also a big eczema and diaper rash trigger. You're going to have to be a carb and veggie girl for a little bit longer.
We've had some unseasonably warm weather, and that's been a lot of fun. We are all ready for spring to be here, both for the warm temperatures and the cute new clothing! You went to your first birthday party this month, and, we dressed you in a cute little cupcake outfit. You looked fabulous and just watched all the little kids running around.
Your fifth month has not been without a great number of viruses--for all of us. In fact, we've all felt varying degrees of blah for most of this month of your life. Bless you heart! I promise that we will have more fun very soon. I so hope that a large part of your immunity has been built up this winter and that you won't have this rough of a cold/flu season ever again. You even had a rash that puzzled the pediatricians at our clinic. I'd been sick with a yucky stomach virus, so they did a strep test that came back negative and eventually concluded that it was most likely the same virus I had and that it was just presenting differently in you. Let's not baffle the pediatrician any more, ok?
We also had your baby dedication at Calvary Baptist Church this month. You were not feeling 100%, but you were very accommodating. You went along with it and were very sweet. You did attempt to grab the wireless microphone. I particularly enjoy the picture below, because I think I have a picture of Spencer grabbing the microphone at his baby dedication. Believe it or not, some babies do not do that. Now for the Style portion of this paragraph [cue someone shouting, "Who are you wearing?"] You wore the same dress your cousin Audrey wore at her baby dedication, precious leather ballet shoes that Gigi bought for you, and a sweet floral headband that your daddy helped me pick out from Etsy. Many people told your daddy and I how beautiful you are. We think they're right.
When Gigi went to get the shoes for you (they are also for you to wear for Easter), she looked at the age-appropriate size and told the sales lady that she thought those looked way too big for you. The sales associate assured her that unless you had TINY feet, the size 2 should fit you fine. But not deterred, your Gigi went with her first impulse and bought you the size 1 (0-3 month). She was right. There is no way you could have worn a 2, the 1's are still too big, but they worked great. You apparently have tiny feet.
Your fifth month felt a lot like survival mode around here, and I feel like every month of your little life has felt that way thus far. Hopefully that just means you don't know the difference. We love you so much, Evelyn Rose, and we can't wait to see what your sixth month has in store [hint hint: sleep through the night!!!].