I was just sitting here realizing how much Peyton has changed just in the past month and how much our life has, and continues, to change.
Peyton is 5 1/2 months now and it seems like over night she has grown and learned so much. Like I've said before, she's rolling both ways all. the. time now. We can't keep the child still. She loves me to hold her hands so she can stand up like a big girl or pull her up from laying on her back to standing up. She gets this huge grin on her face like she's saying "Look what I did, Mommy! I'm so grown up". She's sitting up for longer and longer periods now. She can go several minutes on her own now and she's figured out how to lean forward, put her hands down, get on 1 knee....then as she pulls the other knee under her she collapses and starts to do the worm (as we like to call it) and scoots across the floor. I have a very strong feeling we will have an early crawler on our hands. She's been sitting front facing in her stroller for a while now and can now sit in a shopping cart on her own. When did all this happen?! In the past few weeks she has learned how to scrunch her nose up, and she does it constantly. She's such a talker (wonder where she got that from) and must be in the middle of everything. She's so active and gets bored easily. We try to make sure we have things planned to do every weekend, or save all of our errands for the weekend, so she can get out of the house and experience as much as possible.
Monday evening I spent packing away more of Peyton's clothes and a few other things like her bouncy seat and infant swing. I have no idea why it's always so emotional for me when I have to pack away another size, it's almost embarrassing! I guess it hits me that she'll NEVER be able to wear those clothes ever again and I realize how fast she's growing. I packed away pretty much all of her 3 month clothes and all of her Summer clothes...and let me tell you, she had a LOT of 3 month clothes! She has a good selection of 6 month fall/winter clothes and pj's but when I got to her 9 month clothes....nothing! I'm not exactly sure how this happened?! She has a few 6-12 month things, but very few, and 3 sets of pj's that are 6-9 month. That's it. I guess I was too busy concentrating on 6 months when I went shopping for fall/winter clothes. 9 months seemed so far away at the time! So I'm going to try and hit some sales in the next few weeks, and definitely put 9 month clothes on Peyton's Christmas list!
Another huge change is that we're moving in about 6 weeks. I've done absolutely nothing to prepare for the move. I'm not sure why, since I have so much free time these days (riiiight). I couldn't be more excited about moving into a bigger and nicer house. We'll have so much more space and tons of storage space, not to mention a good chunk of land for Peyton to run around and play when she's a little older. We'll be right next to my parents, perfect since my Mom keeps Peyton , and across the street from some good friends of ours. But I can't help feeling some sadness. We've been in this house for almost 5 years. It was our first home together after we got married. We spent so much time doing our own home renovations and upgrades, saving every penny so we could do things on our own. We spent months working on Peyton's nursery and getting everything just perfect. This was Peyton's first home, the place we brought her home from the hospital to...I tear up just thinking about it. BUT then I think about our little hole in the wall bathroom that only 1person can fit it, the fact that you can't run ANY water if you're taking a shower, the minuscule amount of storage space, the AWESOME master suite we're about to have, no more city taxes, and the list goes on. It's a huge life change for us, but a great one. We'll always cherish the time we spent in this house and the memories that we made there.
Sorry for droning on and on, I promise not to bore you (as much) next time!