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A Five-Month-Old Fox

Even though I dread thinking of Fox getting older,
this kid just keeps getting more and more fun with each passing day.

He is now a master roller, which basically makes changing his diapers a blast (not really, but it is definitely more exciting). He is never on his his back for long anymore. It always cracks me up when we'll put him down for bed or a nap on his back, and then check on him like half an hour later, only to find him curled up in a ball on the opposite side of his crib. Oh, that reminds me, he also prefers to now sleep on his tummy with his bum in the air, feet tucked under, and hands clasped by his face. Camaron once described Fox's new sleeping position as "he fell asleep saying his prayers." It's now my most favorite thing ever to find him all curled up like that. Ok, back to the rolling. Seriously, this kid loves to practice this his newly-found skill. Even while I was taking these photos, he decided to show off by rolling over three times in a row
(and would have rolled right off the bed had I let him).
Even in that second picture, you can see he's mid-roll -and looking mischievous as ever.

Another skill he loves showing off is how he can now lock his joints. He loves to saves up this one for when we are changing his clothes. Oh my goodness, getting this kid's legs out of his onesie jammies when he locks his legs is quite the feat. But, the most fun part of him learning to lock his legs is that now he rocks at standing up. Of course he needs mine or Camaron's help for balance, but Fox really cannot get enough of standing on my lap and looking around at what's going on. He was able to share his news skills with his great grandma for the first time last week. I think he really enjoyed finally meeting her, and she him
(even though I'm pretty sure she still doesn't believe his name really is Fox).
He loved standing on her bed and looking around her room. Sitting down is so last month.

Also, at five months, Fox is:

//Teething. No teeth yet, but he chews on anything he can get his hands on and hasn't kept the front of a shirt dry in weeks.

//Grabbing. He pick up objects, squeezes his burp cloths, and pulls out and puts back his pacifier over and over.

//Prepping for solid foods. We're waiting to start solids until next month, but we've been adding rice cereal to his pumped bottles to help with the reflux he gets every once in a while. The doctor recommended it, but I'm not sure how much it has been helping so far.

//Sleeping a lot. I know this should thrill me (it kind of does), but it mostly worries me. He must be going through a growth spurt or something, because this kid has been sleeping in and then taking fatty naps almost every day now.

//Getting loud. I knew this one was coming. He had been a pretty quiet baby from the start, but I always had a feeling it was too good to be true. Fox now knows he has pipes, and he loves testing them out.

//Growing hair. The bald spot he acquired early on from rubbing the back of his head on everything is finally disappearing. This is good.

//Tolerating tummy time. Five minutes tops was all Fox would give to being placed on his stomach before. Then, out of no where, he began the tummy-sleeping thing, and now he can't get enough of being in this position. I have a feeling crawling will be here quicker than we anticipated.

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