Friday, August 20, 2010

Susannah ~ 5 months

It's been a while since I've written specifically about our beautiful Susannah Faith, and I think it's high time I write :) For memory's sake and to share her sunshiny-ness with you.

She is 5 months (and 2 weeks as of yesterday) now, and is really growing up! She's not a little baby anymore, but an active, food-eating little girly. I weighed her last week, I think, and she was right around 15 lbs. Tonight I opened another pack of diapers - size 3's. I still have plenty of 2's left, but she wizzed right through that size!

She still doesn't laugh very much, but I think she's just holding it in :) Her eyes and face laugh a LOT!

Daniel was getting her ready for bed one Sunday night and called to me, asking me to bring the camera into her room. This is what I found:

He had put the bloomers from her Sunday dress on her head :)

Daniel is such a good Daddy, and she loves him SOOO much! Since there are plenty of days that she doesn't get to see him at all (when he leaves before she wakes up and gets home after she's asleep for the night), I have a picture of him in her room, and she always lights up with a smile when I show it to her.

I put her in the Johnny-Jump Up sometimes and she likes it for a while. I'm sure once she gets the bouncing thing figured out better she'll like it for longer lengths of time :)

She's also gotten VERY good at rolling over in her bed in just the last week or two. There have been some nights recently where we put her to bed, then a little while later we hear her talking, and we go in to find her partying away in her pitch dark room. This is what we find:

I started her on baby cereal, applesauce and pureed peaches when she was 4 months & 1 week. Some may think that was a little early, but she was waking up early from her naps hungry, and woke up in the middle of the night twice, hungry. Yes, it was time to start the solids. It solved all of those problems :)

I decided I had to get a move on and start introducing vegetables, so last week I cooked and mashed up peas. Oh my, she did not like them very well at all. But with lots of coaxing, she ate a baby food jar's worth over the course of several days.

Tuesday night we had corn on the cob for supper. She was watching us like a hawk, so after I finished one of my ears I handed it to her. She examined it for a bit then like I knew she would, put it to her mouth. She wasn't too sure at first.

Then she got the end and started really tasting...Then she decided she liked it :) I let her chew on it for a little bit.Yesterday I cooked some green beans, and she isn't too excited about them, but she eats them MUCH better than the peas. She still prefers them with a little cereal on the spoon, but she doesn't gag if it's just beans like she would with the peas.

Tuesday and Wednesday my youngest sister, Katie was here. She was a HUGE help with finishing canning the peaches (another post for another day). She and Susannah also spent some time bonding :)

Susannah is still pretty tall. I haven't measured her recently, but she's easily wearing 9 month sleepers, and 6-9 months sleepers are almost too short for her. She LOVES her baths and swimming. Today we went to our MOPS pool party, and though I didn't get in the pool, I had her in a swim diaper and held her in the water. I think if she would know to hold her breath, she could kick and paddle enough to go somewhere! I hope we have another opportunity to go swimming yet this summer when Daniel or I can be in the water with her so she can really get the full experience.

She's my little sunshine. It's such a joy to walk into her room in the mornings, she just gets so excited, and wiggles and grins like she just couldn't wait to see me! I love being her Mama.


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

I just skimmed this (b/c I need to feed Marie), but boy, Oh Boy! Is she ever cute! That big grin!

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness... You let her gnaw on a corn cob??? That is the most BRILLIANT idea ever! I have this whole rule about wanting my kids to try every vegetable that we eat in our family before they're old enough to start deciding they don't like certain flavors (about 15 months, really). Corn has always been a difficult one because the kernels are choking hazards but cream of corn is just plain gross looking. You're such a smart mama---I'm totally doing this with Zaden!

I love all the updates and pictures! 8 months was the REAL laughing start up for Zaden. He chuckled a bit before then of course but at 8 months, he started the deep gut laughter. It's hilarious. But get it on video camera as fast as you can! Their laughter grows up so quickly and it's a sound you'll never want to forget.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

What a smiley baby! She reminds me of Angela. I think Susannah looks more like Daniel in each picture.

I'm jealous that you and Katie got to have all the fun doing peaches together.

Angie said... [Reply to comment]

It was nice to get to see an update. She has really grown! I don't get to surf blogs as much as I would like to anymore with working all the time, but I'm glad that I got to see this one. She's a cutie!

Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, has it been five months already?? Your baby has THE cutest smile I've ever seen!

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

Bloomers on the head reminded me of when I would but my daughter's diaper on her head and say you have a diaper bonnet on : )

Do you have any nicknames for Susannah? Thanks for sharing more pics of her!

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Rachel, I should have called you to see if you were available! That was the first time I've helped can peaches when I can REALLY help, not just put them in the jar when I was 3 years old. I learned a lot:)

Candi said... [Reply to comment]

She has the biggest smile ever! What a little blessing she is! I remember when we tried to feed Haylei the baby green beans, she spewed them all over me and her. I continued to try, but she never would eat them. Finally last year when she was 3-1/2 (I think it was last year and may have been earlier this year) she figured out green beans had beans inside and peels them apart to eat the beans and then will eat the green shell. I don't know why, but she never really cared for them. I can't complain about her eating habits, she loves everything else, including guacamole and black olives. :)

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Uh-oh. The second post under my name must have been written by Katie, not me!

down comforter said... [Reply to comment]

Awwww...Those are the cutest smile I have seen every, she's such a happy baby