Motherhood turned a corner as Bray hit the five-month mark. If I am entirely honest, I discovered I am not the mom who loves the first three months of babyhood. I love my daughter, I love growing into this role as her mother, but the first three months were, simply put, hard. Today, motherhood feels entirely different to me. I have this sweet, beautiful, silly, bright daughter who I cannot wait to greet each morning regardless the time of day. I want to bottle up every moment of her life or at the very least press pause and enjoy it for a just a bit longer, while simultaneously encouraging and cheering her on as she discovers, explores, and develops. Five-months old is a wonderful age!
Bray had her first experience with solids this month, oats and squash, both have been a hit. I can't wait for her to explore new foods in the coming months and secretly hope she'll be as fond of fruits and vegetables as her mama. Solid food is just for fun right now and my goal is for her to enjoy exploring new tastes, learning how to chew/swallow, and allow her to get as messy as she'd like in the process. Bray's leading the way and what a blast it is to learn her cues.
While there is still little interest in rolling or standing, Bray's found her own way to get around, often by scooting on the backs of her heels and shoulders, moving herself in circles around the living room. She discovered her feet and removes her socks every chance she gets or is putting them in her mouth. Her dragonfly continues to be the one and only toy she can play with for unlimited time and her walker is the newest gadget she's taken to enjoying spending time in throughout the day.
My favorite moments of this past month are the extra snuggles Bray has given both her dad and I. For a while there, she wanted to be independent and put a stop to all the newborn snuggles we so loved, but just within the past month, she's taken to snuggling into our arms throughout the day. There's nothing quite as sweet as cuddling in with your baby and watching her melt to sleep in your arms. I admit to letting a structured naptime or two go by in favor of letting her sleep in my arms just a little bit longer. These moments are fleeting and I just wish I could freeze time and enjoy them for more time than we have.
We couldn't be more in love with our Bray Ruby.