Where did the last month go? I could've sworn that PK had turned six months old just yesterday! And that I first fed her solids just yesterday! I can't believe that it has been about 4 weeks of solids already. Crazy! Some highlights:
PK has gotten REALLY good at standing, and it's her favorite thing in the world.
2. Tummy Time
Still no dice here, though lately we've managed to get her to spend a teeny amount of time on her tummy. The good news is that she definitely has the upper-body strength to push herself up. She just chooses not to. I'm still pretty sure that she'll walk before she crawls, but she may surprise me yet. Sometimes while we practice standing, she spots a toy on the floor that she really wants, and almost gets into a crawling position. Except that she doesn't realize that she needs to support herself when she dives for a toy and ends up splat on her face (on a soft surface, so not so bad).
PK has gotten really good at rolling onto both sides from her back. Usually the motivator for rolling over is when she spots her soother or a favorite toy. She sometimes even rolls onto her front, though there's always an arm in the way when she does that and she still hasn't quite figured out how to move it out of the way. One time, I went up to her room to check in on her while she napped, and was surprised to find her sleeping on her left side, with her right arm flung behind her back. I ended up moving the arm to her front so that it didn't end up falling asleep. I didn't want her to wake up freaked out over it or anything.
She is still a fussy napper, but if I'm lucky, she gets in a 2-hour nap, which means that I can retreat to basement to work out, or read a book. I've started putting her down in her crib in her grobag and her Baby Einstein aquarium going to help her fall asleep, and just leave the room. I find that she gets better (and longer) sleeps when she's in her grobag. She's not always happy to be left in her room alone to fall asleep, but she does eventually fall asleep. It's easy to tell that she's tired - she rubs her eyes - so it's only a matter of time before she's overcome with fatigue. We still haven't managed to get her to fall asleep in her crib by herself, but we're getting close. I think part of the problem is that the hubby - who is in charge of putting her to bed - likes to have her fall asleep in his lap. I can't blame him - she's a very cuddly baby!
PK is still not into the "bababa" or "mamama" babbling that I keep reading about in baby books, but I think it's okay. I don't think that all babies do that quite yet anyway. She IS experimenting with different sounds. Her favorite thing in the world is to squeal. And I think that the squealing has gotten more high-pitched over time. It does a number on my ears! I do enjoy her squeals, though, because it means that she's happy. She's also really into sticking out her tongue and buzzing her lips. It's one of her favorite things to do while she stands. I find it just hillarous to watch. She also experiments with a few vowel sounds here and there. Mostly she just makes whatever sound she feels like making, and sticks to ones she finds to be fun.
No sign of teeth yet. That's fine by me. I like that gummy old woman smile anyway. I find that teeth on babies actually look creepy! At the same time, I do look forward to her first teeth coming out.
I guess we're past the halfway mark now before I have to be at work full-time. And right now I'm pondering whether or not I even want to return to work part-time from May until August. Right now I'm leaning towards no. I rather enjoy this time off! Alas, that's a pondering for another day.