Julianne - 5 months

The last month has been filled with many joys and also much sadness. On January 4 my dad (Julianne’s Grandpa Bryant) passed away after a two and a half month battle with lung cancer. The suddenness of his death came as a shock to us, but we are comforted with the realization that he is now experiencing the presence and the glory of his Lord and Savior. Grandpa Bryant adored Julianne and we will make sure that she knows this as she gets a little older. Stephen and I want to thank all of you who prayed for my dad through his illness and continue to pray for our family as we learn to live without him.

Throughout these months of trial God has used Julianne as a source of encouragement and joy for our family. She continues to give many smiles and is a very happy baby. We have decided that Julianne will most likely have her father’s love of speaking, as she is continually babbling. She can “talk” on and on for twenty to thirty minutes and really seems to know exactly what she’s saying, although we aren’t able to decipher it yet. Julianne loves to play in her exersaucer and roll around on the floor. She rolled over from her back to her stomach for the first time while we were in St. Louis for the funeral. Since then I have come to expect if I leave her on her back she will soon be on her stomach. She enjoys “tummy time” much more and has learned to push her torso up while on her stomach. She is at the stage where everything goes into her mouth. She enjoys gnawing on her fingers, the shoulders of those holding her, mom’s hair, toys, and her own clothes (socks seem to be the most tasty). She has begun noticing her feet and tries very hard to get them into her mouth too. Julianne has also begun sitting with some support. She really does well except falling over from side to side. She still is a wonderful sleeper (9-10 hours at night and a 1-2 hour nap during the day). This past week Julianne has had her first experiences with rice cereal. She is a bit messy and wants to stick her hands in it, but seems to really enjoy eating her first solid food. I could probably keep going on and on about our precious little girl, but I’ll stop for now and leave you with these pictures. Enjoy!