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Selah's 5th and 6th months

In the busy-ness of the season, I didn't ever get Selah's 5th month written up. And I'll be honest--I don't even remember now what I would have written. The biggest news was that shortly before she turned 5 months old, she began to roll over...and over, and over, and over. She loves to roll! She will roll across a room until she gets stuck up against something. She prefers to roll to the left, so that's why she ends up getting stuck. But she can roll to the right, as she proved promptly after I said to someone that she couldn't do it. Keep on reading for more pictures and updates about the past 2 months.

Here are some pictures from just after Selah turned 4 months, up until 5 months:

 Mitch is pretty good at getting Selah to sleep. It's always nice to have an extra set of hands for that!

 Selah seems to have just the right amount of chub. ::squish:: At her 4-month checkup (when she was actually 4.5 months old), she weighed 15 lb 9 oz and was 26" long.

 Most of Selah's 3-6 month clothes are getting way too small. This was one of my favorite outfits.

 Selah didn't eat any turkey on Thanksgiving, but we were happy to have Eden, Caleb, and Eden's boyfriend Caleb up to camp for the day. (And yeah, the second Caleb adds a dimension of confusion!)

 Genna is a proud big sister and loves to hold Selah.

Selah is becoming more aware of the animals (and they are wary of her). She giggles and reaches for them when they get near her.

Selah smiles a lot and has a sweet disposition. She is calm and friendly. She isn't usually afraid of strangers and will let just about anyone hold her.

Here she is modeling a hat I made for my friend's sweet baby Hezekiah. 

I call this her "excited pose." 

She still does fairly well on our long-ish car rides.
5 months old!
She is also much more interested in what her siblings are doing. She seems to miss them if they're not around. Here Mercy and Genna brought some Little People upstairs to play, and I thought Selah would enjoy being near them since they aren't really small enough for her to choke on.

The next photos are from 5 months up to 6 months old.
 Selah loves to play with her feet up in the air. While I was working on a crochet project for her Christmas present, she rolled over and got into my yarn. She loved playing with it!

Just before Christmas I took out all of Selah's 3-6 months clothes and got out the 6-9 month stuff. I can't believe she's so big! She was especially too long for all of her footie jammies.

"A long winter's nap"
Long winter. Short nap.
In case you were inclined to misinterpret that.

And here's Selah with her Christmas present!
(You can find the free pattern here. I made it using one type of yarn, and it came out TINY. Then I found a skein of the Homespun Thick and Quick the original creator used, and what a difference!)

We celebrated our family Christmas on the 23rd. Then Eden, Caleb, Selah, and I left on the 24th to go to visit family in Virginia and Tennessee. Selah did really great on the car ride down. She is not quite mobile enough yet to hate being trapped in her car seat.

I was so, so happy to get to see my family. I haven't been home to Virginia since Mercy was 1 month old (5.5 years). It was fun to have Eden and Caleb along, and it was fun to have that "alone" time with them on the drive as well. (They did most of the driving, and we took Caleb's Prius so we only spent around $100 on gas!)
"Granny" Cindy
My mom has had some health issues over the past couple of years, so it eased my heart to see her in person. Also, my step-dad built them a new house last year, so it was really good for me to get to see their new house. Our time together was precious and there was not enough of it. I want to go back as soon as I can, and hopefully before another 5 years has gone by!

"Papaw" Lee
This guy was smitten with baby Selah. He would be pleased to have all the kids there climbing all over him and going out to feed the cows with him 100% of the time.

Aunt Jess
Cousin Caroline
Selah was a favorite of all the cousins. They loved making her laugh, and she loved having their attention.

"Mamaw" Janet
This beautiful woman fills my love bucket to overflowing every time I get to see her. I wish our time together would never end!

Mamaw and Poppy with three of their babies

Aunt Carrie

We got to see a few other family members even though I didn't include their pictures here. Once I got home I realized I didn't take as many pictures as I might have liked, but I was present...I focused on people and conversations and tried not to be too distracted by everything else.

While we were in VA/TN, Selah started learning how to blow raspberries. She often "talks" and her voice is so sweet. She has said "mama" a few times, which thrills her siblings.

Grandma Karen and Grandpa Marc came to Minnesota for Christmas and helped Mitch with the kids while I was gone. I only got to see them a little bit, but I'm so thankful they came. Unfortunately, our house got a throw-up virus while I was away, and that meant Grandma and Grandpa got it too. It was a sacrifice of love.

Selah has not started solid foods yet, but I've given her some bites of food from my plate. She doesn't quite understand the process and she isn't always enthused with the new tastes.

Selah is working hard on learning to sit up! She has got really good balance and strong tummy muscles.

Proud sisters

Selah loves to do "crunches". This is why she has good tummy muscles. She will do them when she's laying on her back on the floor too. It's so funny! One of these days I think she'll just do a full sit-up.

Today, at 6 months on the dot, Selah weighs 17 lbs 5 oz and is 26.5" long. That's the 75%ile for both. ;)

"excited pose" again :)

She's not just rolling over, but using her arms to spin in circles and reach for things. She also loves to suck on her fingers, blankets, tags, and toys. It is amazing to watch her grow and develop and become aware of her environment!

We all feel so blessed to have baby Selah.


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