today, grayson is five months old. he still rolls from his back to his tummy, but no tummy to back yet. swaddling is still essential. he changes noises every so often, and still loves to hear his voice. we continue to live with thrush, but every wince of pain is redeemed 100-fold by the time i get to cuddle my baby son against me. no sleeping through the night except for randomly now and then. he's still at his happiest in the arms of those who love him.
new this month were his first tastes of rice cereal and baby applesauce, constant finger sucking and very...very...concentrated...grabbing of toys, fingers, pacifiers, etc. he and ellie love to play a game in which she says, "boo!" over and over and he smiles like she is the greatest comedian of all time. he had his first christmas. he was completely oblivious to the excitement, but his mama had much fun buying him handmade greatness on etsy. he'll appreciate it someday, right? super exciting this month was the announcement that his (and ellie's) very first cousin is cooking! also this month, grayson caught rsv. he continues to battle it on his five-month birthday with wheezing, coughing, fewer giggles and a little bit of heart-breaking dull in those usually-sparkling baby blues. but he's getting better slowly. fussing is decreasing. smiles are increasing. i'm super pumped for month six during which he will be completely healed.
gray-day/dc/smokey: if my love for you continues to increase at this rate, i will surely explode before your first birthday. i have to be careful not to squeeze you as hard as i want to because it would probably hurt you! the excitement i feel when i imagine being your mama for your whole life is indescribable. i thank God for you 1 million times over. i love you so. adoringly: mommy.