Ava @ 5 Months

Me & My Bumbo!

We’ve just come back from the baby clinic, my little sausage is now weighing in at a healthy 7.2kg’s. She’s still tall, very tall, taller than average, she sits in the 85% – 90% in terms of her height, but is between 45% – 50% for her weight. This translates to a tall but petite baby.  People comment on how big she is, but I think they refer to her height, she’s noticeably tall but she doesn’t have the usual rolls and folds that most babies have in their legs and arms, especially around the wrists. A colleague of mine had a baby 3 weeks before Ava was born, a boy, who now weighs in at a whopping 10kg’s. Now that’s a seriously big baby boy and I’m guessing that’s also one of the fundamental differences between boys and girls, most of the boys born around the same time as Ava are noticeably larger.

What’s really amazing is how rapidly they start developing and hitting milestones from 12 weeks and that definitely seems to speed up between 4 & 5 months, Ava’s development in the last month has been pheno

menal. She’s figured out how to take her own dummy in and out of her mouth, she’s started sitting by herself, unsupported, she’s figured out the different tones to her voice and thinks that screaming at a very high pitch is truly hilarious, she’s figured out banging stuff, I knew that day would come and boy it has. Amazing how you learn to watch TV or have a conversation without even noticing the sound of a toy being repeatedly slammed against a hard surface. She’s also very observant and notices everything and now recognizes her own name and turns to look at you if you say her name or any of her nicknames (Gorgie, Sausage, Saus, Bootiful). When you hold her upright now she drops her legs down and immediately  puts pressure on her feet in an attempt to stand, she hates being made to lie down and immediately tries to sit up and now when I sit her up right she wants to try and stand.

A bit blurry but check me sitting!

She’s also loving experimenting with different foods, is crazy about her rice porridge, fruit and veg. Her favorites are banana’s, peaches, carrots and sweet potatoes.

She really has turned out to be the dream baby, has no tactile problems, eats well, sleeps well, hits all her milestones and is very very sweet natured and I really hope that it lasts! Although every parent out there I tell this seems to take pleasure in telling me that it won’t last and I can’t help wondering if they’re trying to bring me down or if she is going to go from this sweet, angel child into a complete nightmare at some point?


  • tanyakov

    May 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Great to hear she’s progressing so well and developing so quickly! People also warn me that my chilled baby will change – I also don’t know what to make of it (funny – it’s the moms of challenging babies who were like that from day one who tell me that).

    All the best for Ava’s dedication ceremony!

  • mayflowerladybugs

    May 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hi! What a cute nunu! I must say, all 3 my babies were fairly easy and good, and although people also came up with the ‘wait and see’ comments, the truth is, they never really change their basic nature, but it is a fact that they do become more time consuming and more ‘trouble’ as they grow up. Especially when the walking starts. I dreaded it with the twins, having seen what change that made with miss D, and boy. I hardly ever sit, what with the running in different directions, never sitting still ect. That is the challenge, the constant movement. For instance, once they become mobile, eating out with a baby is a whole new ball game. Hello Spur… But good news. By the age of 3 to 4, they settle down again. Something to look forward too… Ag don’t get me wrong, I love all their little ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ games, crawling up the stairs is such a giggle, ect, but the sitting still phase is just easier on the back! Have I told you how I dislocated (!!) a rib looking after the twins?? Good times! (Tongue in cheek, mind! 🙂 )

  • niseysmusings

    May 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    My friends baby was just like ava, had zero problems sleeping, eating hit all her milestones, started gabbling away earlier than most and is still a little angel at 2.5yrs. i guess some babies are just easy peasy? bask in it, don’t be put off by us moms with more challenging tots…

  • marina1605

    May 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    She’s so cute, love the pink tracksuit!! And so clever. Claudio only started sitting on his own at 6 months. He is also an easy baby and am enjoying him so much. I also keep getting told that it changes once they can start crawling. I can’t wait!!

  • charnetrollip

    May 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    so awesome that she is dong well!

    and bugger people that say that.. how do they know it wont last!

    you a awesome mommy my friend keep up the good work

    love to Ava

  • jahni

    May 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Too cute! O please, as mommy to an absolute angel (though she is a teensy bit late with the walking – WHO CARES), I used to giggle inwardly at every fool who told me things would change. One year down, and they haven’t. Enjoy your precious!

  • Mash

    May 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    She’s absolutely gorgeous Sharon, really too sweet for words. My sister’s little girl was an absolute pleasure, I mean, she actually never cried! She used to just make sucking sounds when she was hungry. I think everyone is referring to the terrible twos, that’s when super demanding sets in. But why stress about that now??? Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!

  • antigone1022

    May 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I can really understand this….my eldest was such a sweetie from birth, so lovely, so sunny natured and really “good” as if a baby could be anything else! and everyone would tell me, wait till she gets to the terrible 2’s, wait till she starts school, wait until shes a TEEN. Shes 16 now and shes every bit as lovely and good and oh so gorgeous as she was as a tiny one. She hasn’t changed a bit. I hope she never does. enjoy all of it with Ava. I know all mothers think their child is just wonderful…and you have every right to say Ava is a darling and beautiful but she is really…..she is absolutely gorgeous…just beautiful.

  • Yvonne

    May 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Awwww what a lovely post Shaz.
    They do get their nightmarish moments but they are drops in an ocean of angel-ness and awesome-ness, honestly!
    She’s gorgeous, and so very clever 🙂


  • suestuart

    May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Its just so annoying when people say that! She’s lovely, I’m sure you are going to love every stage. My sister’s LO is a year old now, and she says she prefers this more mobile stage! (He’s not walking yet but she says he crawls at the speed of light!)

  • orbit365

    May 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Gosh…she is growing so nicely!
    I guess each child is different. My older boy was like your Ava. A dream baby. He is still a fabulous sweet-natured, chilled boy. My youngest baby on the other hand was born a troublesome teenager come terrible toddler. But he is still a lovely, lovely boy and is definitely becoming easier as he gets older.
    Just continue to enjoy her. I love that you dress her like a baby girl and not a big girl.

    ps…all the best for the dedication ceremony. Can’t wait to see pics..x

  • darylfaure

    May 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Sharon, Dylan has been a pretty easy child from the word go, and now at one years old, continues to be an easy child, so just enjoy Ava.

    May your dedication tomorrow be blessed. I will say a special prayer for you all tomorrow at Church. Can’t wait to see the photo’s.


  • coachmarcia

    May 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    She is seriously advanced 🙂

    But I’m very curious about something – do these doctors work off different charts? Do you know?

    Connor was 7,1 kg at 5 months and they said he was on 50th percentile for weight. Your Ava is 100g heavier and at 45 – 50th?

    Oh well, does it matter?

    She is clearly advanced – sitting! Eating! and the dummy! (that’s seriously the best)

    Sharon, she’s tall like you are 🙂

  • pandoragelb

    May 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    My LG has been easy from the moment we picked her up, and now at nearly 14 months, she is still sweet and sunny, sleeps 12 hours a night, eats anything we give her, loves creche,and is generally happy. So what if we have the odd tantrum when things don’t go her way? It’s part of learning and growing up. But since she became mobile, it has been much harder work. They have an absolute attraction to anything dangerous. Even things you never considered dangerous before. They will bypass a heap of toys and go straight for the electric plug!
    Enjoy, I agree wit the others, I don’t think the basic nature of a baby will change that much as they get older.

    PS thanks for adding me to your blog!


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