Yesterday Little Pumpkin turned five months old. I realize that I don’t often enough blog about being a dad and what these changes all mean. Little Pumpkin has been sitting up now for the past week and really taking it to heart! She is able to sit on her own if we put her in that position; she can hold it for quite some time before tipping over because she’s interested in something to her side. It’s quite a challenge now to leave her alone — even if she’s on her back — because within a matter of seconds, she’s rolled over and into something else. Crawling is the next big step, and I’m certain she’ll be there soon. She’s really been high-energy lately, jumping up and down and getting very excited by lots of things. Even something as simple as looking out the window is a lot of fun for her. Jasper the Cat and her have even become quick friends! She likes to pet his soft fur, grabbing at him and touching his whiskers. Surprisingly, he is not bothered by this and instead realizes that she’s just a baby. She grabs his fur in big clumps sometimes and while I’m nervous that perhaps he’ll bite her (he’s declawed), he hasn’t even come close to doing so yet. He generally just moves his head away if he’s being bothered and moves elsewhere. But she loves to touch his soft fur!
The big challenge has always been being mindful of her being distracted by watching the television. I’m a fan of the idiot box, but in a…cultural perspective. Okay, I enjoy mindless entertainment as well (The Soup). That doesn’t mean I have to instill these bad habits in her though! I do not look forward to having her peers being mindless boob tube zombies, but I’m feeling better that she’ll have others in this area who have like-minded parents.
Her exer-saucer is a constant source of fun, however she does want routine and constant attention from us when she’s in it. Typically we can put her in it and then sit and have dinner while we talk to her and she entertains herself. Solid foods are coming soon — before the holidays she’ll probably have her first mushed foods. I hear babies like sweet potatoes!