Oh, this cutie-pie baby makes me melt! Lily is five months old now. She had her check up and shots at 4 1/2 months, and she was 13 lbs. 8oz, and 24" long. I assumed she was a big baby, because she's about a pound and a half more than Audrey at that age, but when I plugged the numbers into the growth chart on line I found that she is in the 25-50% in both categories. So there, Lily-Belle, you are perfectly formed!
Lily is starting to like cereal, although her tongue tends to get in the way of it getting down her throat. She is a champ at tummy time (until she gets bored), and she is really getting into playing with the toys on her exersaucer. This has really just happened in the last two weeks. Lily still adores her big sister, and loves to sit next to her on the couch. "Look at me!" she seems to say, "I'm a big girl, too!". She is a world class snuggler, which all the relatives enjoyed over Christmas. There will be a whole new batch of potential Lily snugglers when we get to Vancouver on Wednesday. Lily chews on her fingers a lot and says, "Da-da-da-da-da", which is different from her sister's favourite syllable at that age, "Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya"!
I can't believe how fast she is growing... I know I keep saying this, but I already miss that teeny little baby phase. However, my favourite phase it just beginning: the "can-sit-up-and-play-but-can't-get-away" phase.
On a side note, I had a great day with Audrey. I read an article in Parents magazine about setting your toddlers up to succeed, not expecting too much and therefore setting them up for failure. Before we went out today I told her what we would do, and how I wanted her to behave. She did a bang up job and I heaped praise and kisses on her. The article said that praise for good behaviour is worth ten time-outs for bad behaviour. Time outs stop the bad behaviour in the moment, but don't affect whether or not they do it again. Good behaviour (and praise for it) begets good behaviour! So, that's what I'm trying this week, lol!
I'll be updating this blog from Vancouver and Hawaii with photos and such. A friend is staying at our house and looking after Millie. Peter just adores Millie...he thinks she's the re-incarnation of his old Lab Retriever. Millie will be elated to receive the attention that Peter heaps on her... last time he let her sleep on his head. We've since had a talk about how dogs need boundaries, especially impudent Black Labs named Millie who like to push the envelope!
Okay, chatty me! I will end with a layout I am sending off to Creative Memories this week. It's one of my favourite photos from our wedding. That's a lady in love, I'd say!