Can you believe it? Our baby is already 5 months old. It seems like just yesterday that we were wondering when I ever would go into labor and were holding that tiny baby of only 6 lbs 7 oz. It's a distant memory when I pick up his now 17lb, chunky body that likes to be thrown in the air and turned upside down that he was ever so small and fragile. What was life like before Peyton? I know I have a hard time remembering. It feels like everything in my life has led up to this point. Goals and dreams that I had to travel and pursue, that almost prevented me from wanting children, now don't seem all that important. What is important is our little life here in Colorado and doing what is best for him everyday and introducing him to the world, for better or for worse. I feel blessed every day that I am able to stay at home with him 5 days of the week. I keep waiting to wake up from the happiness I feel every day when I look at him and play with him. It's too good to be true.
Peyton has such a great personality...most of the time. He's extremely happy...most of the time. It seems like every time we hang out with people from Zack's work he is fussy, but at home he's always laughing and smiling. He likes to watch Sesame Street and sports on TV. Rockie's games freak him out now, because he startles easy with the loud noise. We can still go, but we just know now that one person will have to be up walking with him out where it's not as noisy. He loves going hiking in the Bjorn and today we are going to take a trial run hiking in the backpack since he can sit independently for short periods of time now. The outdoors is still our pacifier. If he's crying, walk outside and he's a whole new child. He's become quite the Mama's boy lately, not wanting to be held by anyone but Mommy and Daddy and often only able to be comforted by Mommy. Now that the seasons are changing I will be interested to see how he is in the cold weather. He loves to not wear clothes which won't be an option once the weather turns.
We think he might really be teething now, but we've thought that before. His new passion is chewing on glass, ceramic, and electronics...I'm assuming because they are hard and cold, not because of a lack of silica in his diet. He has become fascinated by my food lately as well. Around 6 months we will begin introducing solid foods, which I am on the fence about. On the one hand, it will be nice to not be "exclusively breast feeding" anymore, but on the other hand, breastfeeding poop is so much better than solid food poop. Oh well, it has to happen someday. He also has started night waking again, which may mean teething as well.
He's getting much more mobile too, making me think we should start thinking about baby proofing sooner than later since it seems like we'll just wake up one day and he'll be crawling. That seems to be how it happens. One day he can't do something and the next day it's as natural as if he'd been doing it since birth. He does well moving from one end of the crib to the other by rolling around and turning on either his back or stomach. We had to put the bumpers on the crib because he kept rolling on his stomach and getting his legs stuck out the sides. He plays like crazy now too, loving a toy one day and not being interested at all in it the next. The general rule of thumb is that if it makes noise and it fits in his mouth, it's fun.
So anyway, that's the update on our little man. When I get my new Mac I will post more video. It's too hard on this slow computer. Take care.
Connie, Zack, and Peyton