All About Olivia - 5 1/2 Months

*Being sung to - especially the Alphabet Song
*Having her ribs tickled and kissed
*Diaper changes
*Watching the dog run around the house
*Being independent in her exersaucer
*Grabbing her feet and trying to get her toes into her mouth.

*The 5 to 10 minutes before she finally falls asleep
*Getting her fingernails clipped. (Mama has resorted to biting them - it may be gross but totally effective!)

*Baby food - especially apples. She much prefers sweet potatoes at the moment.

Status Update

It is so amazing that Olivia will be halfway to her first birthday in just a matter of weeks! Unbelievable!!!

She is a sweet, happy baby and a total joy to be around 99% of the time. She is still not a great sleeper - taking an average of 2 short naps during the day and only sleeping 3 to 3.5 hours in a stretch at night. Her refux has really seemed to be much better. She still throws up sometime - but more and more it's just a normal amount of spit up rather than the huge projectile pukes we used to get.

She rolls quite a bit now but still has a preference of which way she rolls. I don't know what constitutes "sitting up" for a baby, but she can prop herself up without tumping over for about 10 seconds. I wouldn't say she's upright so much but we're on our way there! :)

We've started a little baby food - some sweet potatoes and most recently apples. We'll try some oatmeal cereal mixed with breastmilk next. I'm also excited about making pureed avocado for her to try. I read here that the LLL recommends it as a good food choice for breastfed babies.

We've settled into our new house and it's wonderful. About 20 minutes from where we previously lived but close enough to everyone and everything in our daily lives. When the school year begins again, it will be the first time that I've had a commute longer than 5 minutes! I know, I've been spoiled.

I've been researching and visiting daycare centers. Since I work 2.5 days a week, I'll be putting Olivia somewhere for 3 days each week. The fact that someone else will be caring for your child certainly seems more real when you visit the centers and see all the babies there! I'm doing o-kay with the idea at this point but I'm most worried about the fact that Olivia still isn't taking a bottle right now. I've bought the Breastflow bottles available at Target but we really haven't tried it yet. Since I'm home with her all day it's so easy and convenient for me to just nurse her. I really don't have a plan to make this work, y'all - have any of you mommies out there dealt with this? Help!