Baby Benjamin has come a long way in the last 5 months — from a bright-eyed newborn (stuck in a hip dysplasia brace for 23 hours each day) to an alert and responsive baby who smiles when he sees your face.
Now he’s hitting the 5-month milestone, which I remember as being a huge developmental leap for Noah. And it’s been a pretty significant change for Ben, as well:
Recognizing Familiar Faces
I see Benjamin pretty much every day, and I’m always greeted with wide eyes and a big smile — a knowing smile, as if he remembers me. My mom (Ben’s Grandma) was away for a few days, and their reunion was just the sweetest — with him patting her face with the the biggest smile, as if to say “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?”
He’s in the beginning stages of sitting up all on his own! Like a real baby!
...Except Not Quite
He practically face planted after this picture was taken — so those little abs need a little more strengthening. We’ve all been so impressed at how Ben’s been hitting his milestones despite being braced for the first four months of his life.
The drooling and the mouthing? Such classic 5-month-old behavior. That first tooth can’t be too far away.
Changes in Sleep Habits
Maybe it’s because of the teething, but he’s been waking up more frequently and having a harder time getting down to sleep. He sure does love sleeping in his Boba baby carrier, though. (My sister hasn’t made the move to the crib yet.)
Finding His Voice
Ben’s been playing with his newfound voice, occasionally coming out with these high-pitched squeals.
Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Personality
It’s incredible how early we can see solid personality characteristics — especially in their expressions and demeanor. I can’t wait to watch it to develop throughout the next few months.
Gosh, isn’t he just the CUTEST?
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