Despite my best efforts to stop the clock, or at least make it tick a little slower, Sebastian turned 5 months old yesterday! Hard to believe! And even harder to comprehend all that has happened in his short life so far and how much he has changed our lives and brought us JOY in the midst of shorter nights, lots of spit-up, rare fussiness and scares of croup.
Not only is he growing in size, but he's also developing more and more motor skills, vocal skills and social skills every day. He likes to try to sit up on his own these days even though he just can't quite support himself for more than a second. He also rolled over from back to belly last weekend while my friend Tricia was here visiting. She brought him this toy, and he gleefully chased after it right into a roll. And then he did it again. He's also singing and talking lots and loves to laugh his head off when Tim blows bubbles on his belly. And he really enjoys meeting new people. He doesn't seem to have fear or inhibitions about strangers, which makes him a lot of friends and I think will be part of his personality as he grows older... just trusting that God will protect him as we teach him good judgment. We just got him an exersaucer from Craig's List, which he is thrilled about. He gets to sit up AND play with toys... both of which make him very happy. It seems ginormous, but at least doesn't seem to have the footprint that I've seen some have.
Being outside or looking in a mirror or glass seem to be his favorite things to do, especially when he's fussy. We'll see how it goes with the weather getting colder, because anytime we can't calm him down these days, we walk outside with him and he immediately chills out. I know I've mentioned this before, but it's an amazing thing to watch. Just cross over the threshold and instantaneously you have a whole new baby on your hands!
I had wanted to take Sebastian to a pumpkin patch for some Fall pictures for quite some time now, but we hadn't gotten the chance. We were hoping to do it this weekend (yesterday), but the forecast was rain, rain, rain. So, I took advantage of my Thursday afternoon off and tried to take him then, which meant that Tim missed out on the deal, but I had my mom along for some help. We got to the pumpkin patch and were told that it was closed - only open on weekends - and we could come back on Saturday if it wasn't pouring. But, I didn't trust the weather report... so for lack of a better option, I took him to Stauffers of Kissel Hill, a local grocery store and garden center, and plopped him down in the middle of one of their displays and did my long awaited photo shoot. Take a peek at the cutest lil' pumpkin around: