Yet another month has passed! On Monday, Allie was five months old. She is growing into her own little person, smiling and reaching out for a favorite toy, and able to spend more and more time amusing herself. She has a bedtime and a daily routine. She listens to short stories by Ambrose Bierce at nights and seems to enjoy watching football (American football) on TV (oh no!!!). She giggles and squeals and sings and is generally a good-humored baby. She is getting quite good at manipulating things with her hands, including picking up and sucking on the rubber ducky at bathtime. She finds it amusing to drop a succession of toys onto the floor when she sits in the stroller, and watch us pick them up and hand them back to her. In short, she is a total joy.
And of course, pictures!
* Mouse over the pictures for captions
[[image:allie123a.jpg:Smiles with Daddy:center:0]]
In the morning we spent some time on the sofa, with Allie propped up in the crack between the sofa cushions.
[[image:allie124a.jpg:Kiss for the good girl:center:0]]
[[image:allie125a.jpg:Looking up into the camera:center:0]]
[[image:allie126a.jpg:Reading with Daddy:center:0]]
[[image:allie127a.jpg:Engrossed in her book:center:0]]
[[image:allie128a.jpg:Attempting to take a self portrait?:center:0]]
She then came into the library to hang out while Mak and Daddy worked.
[[image:allie131a.jpg:Hanging out on Daddy’s lap:center:0]]
[[image:allie129a.jpg:Singing in the swing:center:0]]
In the afternoon, we hung out in the living room while Mak read reams of documents for work.
[[image:allie132a.jpg:Who’s going to blink first?:center:0]]
[[image:allie134a.jpg:Napping on Mak:center:0]]
[[image:allie135a.jpg:Still mamun (zoned out) after her nap:center:0]]
She hung out in the stroller while Mak cooked dinner:
[[image:allie137a.jpg:In high spirits:center:0]]
[[image:allie139a.jpg:Giving Kiki the Koala the boot:center:0]]
[[image:allie140a.jpg:Reaching out for Mak’s face:center:0]]
[[image:allie141a.jpg:Whispering secrets to each other:center:0]]
You would think that we stopped taking pictures, but no…
[[image:allie136a.jpg:Stop it, Daddy! Do I need to take out a court order?:center:0]]
Oh, and, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year everyone!
[[image:allie138a.jpg:Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la laaa…:center:0]]
And to end the entry, a picture of the birthday girl and her Daddy. Wishing all the best to you and yours in the upcoming year!
[[image:allie130a.jpg:Daddy and Allie:center:0]]