I'm a day late. I blame it on the bathroom. I can pretty much blame everything on the bathroom these days. Anyway, on to the subject at hand.
Stella is five months old. I can't believe how fast the time goes by. Last time she went to the doctor, he said we could start giving her solids between 5 and 6 months. She's gotten very curious about what we eat now and will even reach for food as we put it in our mouths, so I think she's ready. I'm planning to start her on some solids next week. We'll see how it goes.
So what is the little one up to now? Well, last time I blogged, she had rolled over a few times and had then given it up. I would venture to say she's an expert roller now. At least from her back to her front. Just a couple days after my last Stella post, she started rolling over again and has never looked back. She almost always rolls over to her tummy if I set her down on her back. She can roll from her tummy to her back, but it's usually by accident. I think she realizes she should be able to and she tries to all the time, but she hasn't figured out that she needs to get her arm out of the way. So, if her arm happens to be out of the way, over she goes. If not, she tries and tries and then gets frustrated that she doesn't get anywhere. For awhile, she could only roll in one direction - to the right. She was not an ambi-roller. But, this last week she's started to roll in the other direction and has been working on that and doing well.
She still gets comments on her hair everywhere we go. It is not falling out and, in fact, just keeps getting longer. It's to the point that it's always in her eyes and I'm wondering if we should try to get it trimmed. I know it seems ludicrous that I would even consider having it cut, but really, we're constantly brushing it out of her eyes. She likes to play with it, though. It's really cute. While I'm feeding her or when she's going to sleep, she'll often reach up and play with her hair a little bit. Mostly just rubbing it because it's soft. Once, I put her down for a nap and when I went in to check on her, she had fallen asleep with her fingers in her hair.
She seems to like music. I'm trying to start her early on the good stuff: The Beatles, Johnny Cash, The Killers, etc, etc. One of her current favorite songs is She's A Rainbow by the Rolling Stones. She also likes to dance. And by dance, I mean I hold her and dance around. Because she doesn't have the motor control to be dancing around by herself yet. But that will come.
Stella and Scout have quite the budding friendship. They have a mutually beneficial relationship. Scout is the source of endless entertainment for Stella and Stella is the source of endless spit up for Scout. Yes, Scout still enjoys the spit up. So much so that it's gotten to the point that if Stella spits up and I'm not in the room, Scout will come get me so I will move the baby and she can lick up the spit up. It's still disgusting and still very convenient.
It just amazes me how quickly Stella develops from one day to the next. Like how today, she all of a sudden seemed to realize that she should be able to get places. So, she started pulling her legs up and moving as if she were going to crawl. If only her arms weren't lagging behind in the process, she might actually do it. One thing's for sure, this girl wants to go places. She is ready to get moving! She's also sitting now. She's still pretty unsteady, but she can sit long enough for me to let go and take a picture.
She's definitely a mama's girl and when she's tired, no one else will do. Although, she is getting better with her daddy. She's usually pretty happy and very social, but when she's tired, she just wants me. She is enthralled with any new environment and loves to go for walks where she can look around and take in her surroundings.
And, you might notice a few more smiles in these pictures. She's a little more accepting of the camera now. And she's very curious about my phone. She usually reaches for it if I'm doing anything on it. I fear the future when she will actually be able to get my phone and do things on it like play games or watch videos.
She pretty much has both of us wrapped around her little finger and we're excited to see what she does this coming month.