Dearest Little DD* –
Wow – I can’t believe that you are 5 months old! The big news this month is that you have cut your first tooth! I can’t believe that either – your toothless grin will be no longer! And you did so in your own, laid back fashion – no fussing, no fever, no rashes, no weird poops – unlike your bro who had all the textbook / old wives tale symptoms. We had been noticing that you were drooling a lot and chewing on your hands – so I thought I should take a look in your little mouth… how surprised was I when I felt your little tooth in the middle of your gums!
You really are a remarkably good baby. Sometimes I marvel at how good you are! I guess I am really marveling at how lucky Dada and I are – the only time you cry is when you are hungry or tired. and you are much more quick to smile at this age than your brother was.
We’ve been working on sitting up this month and you are doing a great job! I am really going to enjoy the brief window when you can sit up on your own but not crawl yet. I think your brother will really think it is so neat when you are able to sit up alone!
Your schedule is pretty good these days – you usually get up between 715 – 8am, eat (bottle and solids!) and then are up for around 1.5 hours. Then it is your first nap – with the addition of solids, you have been taking a great morning nap – usually around 2 hours. and we just started giving you solids at your 4th meal before bedtime and that has been helpful in eliminating night wakings and keeping you from getting up super early in the morning.
We took you to the pool for the first time the other week. You did not seem to mind the water at all – just chillaxed in your shaded float-y thing – never fussed or anything! But wow, it was a lot of work for such a little guy! J certainly thought it was really cool to have you there with him.
Here are 2 of your biggest fans (aside from JJ, Dada and me, of course) – you’ve gotten to see a lot of PoPo and Auntie Yarbs this month. Which is very good – it has been so long since you had seen PoPo that you were a little unsure when she first held you. But after a feeding or two, you guys were fast friends. She and Auntie Yarbs love you so so much!
Just like your brother, you love to get Dada’s nose! He thinks that we are twinks… looks wise and also you are much more vocal than J was at this age. So maybe you will be a talker like me. I love to hear your little voice! You sound so much like your brother, it is almost uncanny. Lately, after your 2 later meals, you’ve been talking up a storm! We love all your stories!
Your brother really loves you a lot! He is even willing to share Dog and his new red train with you – two of his most prized possessions! And he knows which toys are yours and always brings something over to you so you can have a toy to play with.
Little D, I love you so much. You are the perfect addition to our little family – every time I see you I have to smile. You are just perfect! and although having 2 babies is logistically a challenge, you make things as easy on Mama as possible. Thank you for being such a good baby!
* DD is what the Mandarin word for “little brother” sounds like – we all call you DD!