I'm back! I had to take a hiatus while my brand new computer was being "fixed", which seemed like an unbearably LONG time.
Let's see....it's still raining here in Seattle so that's not really new news. The swans left Juanita Bay and flew to their summer nesting grounds (where, I don't know)...so our walks to the bay have been a little less uneventful. To be honest, I haven't really taken many walks because Zoie is getting too heavy to walk with in the pack, while pushing Harper in the stroller. We really need a double stroller and then we will continue our walks on a more frequent basis. Someday soon hopefully, and it'll be just in time for the weather to get warmer.
Harper your language has really taken off these past few weeks! You are using sentences more frequently, and you've increased your adjectives that you use to describe things. You noticed that your skin is "hot" the other day when I was dressing you - after putting your hands on your bare belly you looked at me with question in your eyebrows and said, "hot?" "belly hot?". I told you that you didn't need your pacifier one day and I took it and put it in my pocket. You said "no mama!", "I neet it.....for ma mouf". Not only do you want it, but you need it for your mouth! So astute you are. We have been playing on the floor with the farm house a lot, and you have taken to feeding all of the animals & your bears and dolls with a small spoon that you "cook" with (I've given you recycled yogurt, juice, and butter containers). You always offer Zoie a taste too, which is so cute. You also put your shoes on for the first time all by yourself the other day! I was so excited for you, and we clapped and cheered and did a little dance. You were so proud of yourself, I just love seeing the smile on your face when you know you've accomplished something big.
Zoie.... you're five months already! I remember 5 months being a great month with Harper, so much changes and grows during this particular month for some reason. You've started moving your arms and hands with aim and purpose, always reaching and grasping for things to feel and then put in your mouth. You are SUCH A HAPPY BABY (most days) and you laugh at your sister and me all day long. You love the "excer-saucer" that you can stand/sit in and cruise around a circle of toys on your own. You squeal and talk and coo, it is truly hilarious to watch your eyes "as big as saucers" every time something makes noise or moves. You are SO close to rolling over from your back to your tummy, but not quite as of today. I'll bet that by the end of the month you'll be rolling all over the place. You are also almost able to sit up on your own, not quite, but also very, very close. We've started feeding you rice cereal every day which you are starting to like quite a bit. Harper also likes your feeding time, as she comes over and sneaks bites of your baby gruel, which she approves and shakes her head "yeah" after each bite. Crazy girl. Yesterday she wanted to jump on the bed and then shouted at me "Soie, Soie!" and insisted that I put you up on the bed to "jump" with her. (I hold you under your arms and pretend to jump you on the bed).....Harper then runs out to the living room, demands music, and starts to dance, and then repeats "Soie, Soie!" because she wants you to dance with her. I do the same thing, pretend to dance you around the living room, both of you cracking up and Harper jumping and then landing on the floor on her butt. You have the widest toothless grin on your face, reaching out to hold Harper's hand and her grabbing yours in return. It gave me the best vision of about 6-7 months from now, when you will be able to walk and dance around the living room with her. Sisters giggling and playing together. I can't wait to see it! But I know I need to enjoy my baby snuggles with you while you are still so soft and tiny. I love kissing your little cheeks and neck just to get you to giggle. Such a sweet sound those baby laughs so hearty and uninhibited.
Alright, nap time is just about over...so I'm signing off so I can enjoy my last few minutes of silence with a good book.
Your mama loves you two.