Holla, five months!
This kid is at such a fun stage. I think I say that every month but I just can't help it. I love watching the big personality emerge from this guy. He's tremendously alert, determined and stubborn but all around a pretty happy and smiley guy. He's finding his high pitched screaming voice along with the 'mmmmm's and 'blrblblblbs' that regularly bless our ears.
Toes make for a great snack and Ben can't get enough of them. One finger won't do anymore either; he's usually chomping down on two or three at a time. We let him suck on a wedge of watermelon this month which he absolutely loved. Not ready for solids yet but I know he's very curious about food. What goes into his mouth, however, doesn't even come close to what's coming out. This kid is a fountain of drool! I knew we'd hit this stage but I don't think I even realized how soppy everything would be. Bibs are soaked in a matter of minutes and there are only so many shirts one can pack in a diaper bag. I'm pretty sure Ben makes a game out of it as he'll purposefully spit up on us -- or anyone offering to hold him for that matter. No teeth yet but it wouldn't surprise me if they were on their way.
Nowadays we're always on the move. Ben is a 'walking' machine. He supports his full weight and will easily walk from one end of the condo to the other while holding on to our hands for balance. Perhaps he'll skip crawling as he absolutely hates tummy time and prefers to bounce and kick any day. He'll sit up for a few seconds but still tumbles over onto his side. Bath time is still one of his favourite activities and now he has the whole tub to splash and kick around in. Even while sleeping he'll flail around or hold his feet straight up in the air. I have to hold back the laughs so as not to wake him up.
This past month was very eventful for us as we made a trip back West to prep for our upcoming move. It was Ben's first ever airplane ride and he handled it so well much to the relief of his very nervous parents. We were able to visit with both sides of the family and introduce Ben to a few new friends. He even got his first 'kiss' from Miss Isla Rose, a sweet little girl just three weeks older than him. I'm anticipating a lot of dates in the coming months. We also made a trip to the harbour front for a free circus, enjoyed some backyard barbecues and went on stroller convoy walk with new friends.
We're wrapping up our time in Toronto which means a lot of change and transition ahead. It is somewhat bittersweet but we plan to spend the next few weeks taking in as much as we can!