i already announced it to the world but you started rolling this month! momma and poppa are so proud of you. i think the whole time i thought you were trying to sit up you were actually just practicing crunches to swing yourself over. those were your 'rolling' crunches, not your 'sit-ups'.
|notice scissors right off of the mat as i say she rolls and grabs things :)|
along with all your fantastic toys that you've learned how to use and your christmas goodies that you're breaking in, you've also been getting all kinds of use out of your jumperoo. the two sweetest things about the jumperoo, besides watching you discovering new things, is to see you kick your legs up and down in delight and hearing you 'sing' along with the music in it.
a big adjustment this month is that you've transitioned out of a swaddle. after you learned to roll on your belly we decided that it was safest to leave you unswaddled to sleep. the first night you cried on and off from 8 to 10 pm. it was breaking momma's heart and i was prepared for hell week of 'crying it out'. it was christmas week, which included lots of travel and sleeping away from home. i imagined sleepless nights and full days. i imagined the stress of knowing our kid was keeping everyone up at all hours but a christmas miracle happened. you learned to suck your thumb in a day and after that two hour bout of crying on night 1, it's never happened again. you sleep harder and longer than ever before. it's even better than when she was in the swaddle because even then she was wiggling her way out and smacking herself in the face until she woke up. it has been such a blessing.
|this is mid-airplane noise|
i have a whole post for your first christmas but it can't go without mentioning that you just experienced your first christmas season. it has been so fun for me and your poppa to think intentionally about how we're going to talk to you about Jesus [all the time] and especially when there's so much competing for our attention during the holidays.
my sweet little bean, you are so fun. you bring all kinds of joy into our lives. each day we can't wait to play with you and see what new thing you'll learn or do. your poppa can't wait until he can dance with you and he thinks you're awfully pretty. i especially like your cheerful disposition and your tiny little chin. i showed you snow through the window a few times but i can't wait until we can bundle you up and take you outside to play in it. snowmen here we come! being a momma has made me more prayerful. i pray moment by moment that God will help me to become a woman that reflects Jesus to you. i pray that He would be at work in your heart, mold it to look like His. love you little bit!
here are some extra fun pics from the month:
|em covered in cats|
|trying to get a 4.5 month pic but couldn't do a very good job. look how big though!|
|having girl time|
|baby feet :: sitting in momma's lap|
|squishing her squish - i see a pattern|
|momma's little helper|
|just being a doll baby|