ALL ABOUT SUMMER

6:32 PM

I wrote an update about our little miss Viktoria Summer almost five months ago. After such a long break, here I am trying to recall what has happened since May. I am sure a lot has happened but everything seemed to have happened really quickly and it's all just a blur now. And boy, babies can change a lot in a month, even in a week's time. Since the last update, she has learned to crawl, laugh, bite, stand on her cot, high five, eat, and baby talk. She is undoubtedly very curious and active too.


SUMMER LOVES TO GROWL
She loves to growl (in a very sweet way) - with a smile on her eyes and lips. She loves it even more if you try to growl back. She thinks you are playing with her and she would repeatedly do it and then giggle. Sometimes I feel like it's her way to catch my attention.





SUMMER LOVES YOGA
Aside from cruising from one furniture to another with ease, she loves doing her version of a downward dog too. She also loves to stretch her arms and legs. There are also times when she would be on all fours and would drink her milk in that position. She loves her own style of "baby yoga".

SUMMER LOVES TO EAT
We started giving her pureed vegetables on her sixth month. She has tried zucchini, carrots, leeks, peas, sweet potato, potato, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, avocado, haricot verts, chicken and salmon. We also made a huge mistake by feeding her bottled baby food. I know we should't really be feeding her with this because of the sugar content and other artificial flavors but what made me decide not to feed her even again from the bottle was when I washed her bib and the color of the "fake carrot" just won't budge from the fabric. Since then, I have been religiously making baby food from scratch at home. It is easy to make and we can feed her fresh puree - way better than commercially packaged food for sure.

SUMMER LOVES BATH TIME
Summer loves bath time so much she would start giggling even before she dips her toe in the water. She likes playing with the water but she has not learned how to play with bubbles yet. I don't know if I should teach her this early or if I should have taught her earlier or if I needed to teach her at all. Mommies?

SUMMER LOVES TO WATCH CARTOONS
When the laptop is on, she would try to tap on the letters or press whatever key she could get her little baby fingers on unless you show her HooplaKidzTV. Once it's on her favorite show, she would settle and just stare at the screen. I caught her several times smiling and giggling while watching. She has no patience for buffering though because once the video stops, she would start banging on the keys again. Impatient little miss we have here!

SUMMER IS NOT SCARED OF STRANGERS
Summer has not developed stranger anxiety yet (although I am not looking forward to it). She would stare at any new face and after a few minutes, she would be smiling already. She's so easy to please.

SUMMER LOVES CO-SLEEPING
She prefers to sleep between Daddy and Mommy. She can sleep in her cot but she would wake up in the  middle of the night and cry. She, however, sleeps better when she knows that someone is beside her.

SUMMER LOVES TO MOVE
She loves to crawl. She loves to stand by holding on to the legs of a table or side of the couch or the legs of a chair or her own chair. She loves to dance and wiggle her baby bottom especially to her favorite song. She claps when she's happy. She shrieks just to hear her voice. She loves to bite and chew on anything she can get her hands on (her current favorite: any piece of paper). She's a handful now but I am enjoying every milestone that I witness. I feel so lucky that I am always with her - one of the perks of a stay-at-home mommy.

Current Weight: 8.645 kilos (19.06 pounds)
Current Height: 69 centimeters (27.16 inches)

There are still many milestones that I have not shared but I will stop here for now. I will write another post about an update on her growth so I can document as much information as I can. The one thing though that I learned thus far about  being a mom - I have realized that no one has the right to make me feel guilty over the choices that I have made in raring my daughter. The most important is that Summer is growing up happy, fed on time and on-demand, safe, and showered with unconditional love.

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