This was a blog about my adventures with Joe. Then, along came Nia. Four years later, along came Stage 3 breast cancer. Fast forward two years, and I'm now caring for my dad while he fights his own cancer battle.
Nia's new skill is supported sitting, and sitting unsupported for short periods of time. It is so much fun to play with her this way because she can really interact with us and her toys and books, and let us know what interests her. I like to put her basket in front of her and let her choose what she wants to play with (rather, what she wants to eat).
I love this view of her, with her sweet little ears!
Stay tuned: Next week's new skill could be eating solid food!
Nia with her fellow 5-month-old friends Elliot, Jackson, Sage & Jonica in Pescadero last weekend. Part 2, which I'll hopefully post soon, will be a video of these pictures in the making. It is pretty hilarious trying to position infants on a couch. Next time we try this, though, some of them will surely be trying to crawl out of the picture!
Lately I've been getting a lot of compliments on Nia's travel changing pad/diaper bag so I thought I'd give a little product pitch here. The makers are a mom and daughter team in North Carolina, who call their company Ticklebug Baby. We absolutely LOVE this pad/bag as it meets all our needs and is stylish and compact to boot. (And I love that when Nia gets past diapers, she can use it for her own tote for pens, coloring books, etc!)
I know I say it each month, but I really can't believe Nia is already 5 months old! She's doing so well. She's a very happy girl who starts off each day with lots of smiles for everyone. She "talks" a lot and when she's really excited her whole body gets into it -- wiggling her legs, flapping her arms, shaking all over.
Lately, her favorite things to do are "reading" the newspaper, assisted standing, sitting (she can do it on her own for short amounts of time), playing in her jumper, being outside -- walks, going to the park to swing and to lie in the grass and look at the trees, taking baths, rolling from her back to her belly, staring at her baby friends (and sometimes touching them), being read to ("On the Day You Were Born" is her current favorite), studying Kalli Cat, and going anywhere where there are lots of people to look at and socialize with (like the Farmers' Market).
I'm super excited to begin posting some videos of Nia in additional to regular photo updates thanks to Nia's Grandaddy getting us a new video camera for Christmas (it came early in our house)! We've been busy recording her every move from playing with toes, to swinging, to getting a massage, to crawling attempts. And here she is sucking on her toes this afternoon! :)