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6 months in.

Dear baby girl,

And just like that, it has been six months since you came into this world and made me a mom of two beautiful girls.

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It has been long, and yet it has flown by. A year ago at this time, I was a few months pregnant, and I didn’t even know yet that you were a little girl forming in my belly.

And now, your 3-year-old sister is asking me if there’s another baby in my belly because I still haven’t lost my post-baby gut. 🙂 I digress.

My favorite part of being a mom of two girls is seeing the two of you together. Your big sister, Hannah, just loves playing with you. Whether trying to make you laugh, read you stories or just plain being silly and playful, she adores being with you. And you eat it up. You give her the biggest gummy grins and belly laughs. It just melts my heart to see the two of you love one another.

A lot has changed in the first six months of your life, and it’s so much fun to see your personality shine as you become your own person. Here are a few updates on life lately:

You’re a great eater. We’ve been nursing since day one, but just past your 6 month birthday we introduced solid food. You’ve always nursed like a champ, so I knew you would enjoy solid foods. Sure enough, the first time I fed you oatmeal you were ready to do it all by yourself! Since then we’ve also tried pears and apples, which you’ve gobbled up. I don’t imagine you’ll be too picky of an eater. 🙂

You’re not such a great sleeper. I knew it was too good to be true when you started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old, but I certainly enjoyed it while it lasted (until you were about 16 weeks old. The four month sleep regression is very real.) It has gotten better from the four-times-a-night wake-up sessions, but I am still up typically once in the middle of the night and again around 4:30 am. During the week this usually means I start my day reeeallly early. It’s hard. And exhausting. But I am enjoying the snuggles and the time just the two of us while I can.

You love bath time. Oh my how you love the water. You are not quite sitting up by yourself yet (you last about 5-10 seconds before starting to tip over), but you love to lean forward and drink the water as it comes out of the sink faucet. Or stick your hand up to it and make a big mess. 🙂

You’re working on getting teeth. It looks like your two front teeth could break through any day now, which has made you a little more fussy lately. To distract you and cheer you up, I’ve been bringing you outside. You love to go on walks and look at everything around you. And you just tried sitting in the grass today and enjoyed pulling it out by the fistful.

You are trying so hard to crawl. You have such a fierce determination to move. You’ll do a little mini push up and pull your legs under you, but you just can’t seem to figure out how to propel yourself forward. But you have figured out how to go backwards and sideways. You almost ended up under the coffee table the other day. 🙂 You get frustrated when you can’t go the way you want to. I wish so badly I could help you! Your sister likes to show you how it’s done and will crawl and scoot on the floor by you. It’s pretty adorable.

There are so many things happening in your world right now. I’m sure your little brain is overwhelmed by it all, which is why you’ve been a little extra clingy to Momma lately. While it can be exhausting, I’m not complaining. I actually kind of love it. I love being able to be there for you. Provide for you. Love you more than anything.

The past 6 months have been some of the most exhausting, but also the most beautiful and rewarding of my life. I love you and our family so much.

With love,

Momma

 

 

 

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Not-so-new momma.

Dear baby girl,

I’ve been at this gig for over half a year now, so I feel like I can’t pull the “I’m new at this” excuse quite as much as I did before. It took a while to get to the point where I was like “I’ve got this” (and some days I still wonder!), but I’ve got to admit, I’m starting to feel like I know what I’m doing. You’re probably glad to hear that!

Being your momma is both the best and most challenging job I’ve ever had – no matter what each day brings, all of it is worth the joy of seeing you grow and thrive. Six months is a big milestone, and I am loving this stage. Every age has been fun: from tiny, snuggly newborn to chatty and newly mobile baby to 6 months and ready to be on the move, it has been an adventure to see you grow.

Here are some of the highlights of life lately:

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Sitting up like a big girl and enjoying the fresh air

Baby on the move. One of your favorite activities is to roll over, back and forth, every which way imaginable. I have found you in every corner and position in your crib, and you always manage to roll off of the giant blanket we have spread across the living room floor. Once you figure out crawling, we’re in trouble! I can tell you’re already starting to work on it, as you’re bringing your legs underneath you and are getting up on your knees.

Sitting up. You’re not quite sitting up on your own yet, but with practice we are getting closer. I think it will be just a matter of weeks until you’ll be sitting up by yourself like a big girl. You like practicing in your bumbo chair and with a little assistance from me or your daddy.

Eating solids. We haven’t given you solid food yet, as we want to wait until you are sitting up on your own. When we took you to your six-month checkup last week, your doctor said he agreed and encouraged us to feed you solids when we think you’re ready. For now you are still only eating breastmilk and seem perfectly content continuing to do so. I am excited to try solid foods but want to wait until I know you are ready.

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Enjoying a babywearing walk!

Big girl. You’ve more than doubled your birth weight and now tip the scales at a whopping 13.5 lbs. You’re in the 7th percentile for weight and 69th percentile for height at 26.5 inches long. You’re a healthy, tall and skinny baby girl!

Sleeping soundly. It was a rough past couple months of waking up more frequently than what we were used to (which was still only 1-2 times a night) after going swaddle free, but all of a sudden this week you started sleeping through the night again with stretches of 8 to almost 11 hours. I am enjoying this while it lasts!

Walking it out. One of your favorite things to do lately is be outside. The increase of sleep this week has also brought with it an increase in fussiness (I think we’ve hit a growth spurt!), but what has calmed you down the most is going outside and exploring. You especially love babywearing walks with Momma as we walk around the neighborhood. Tonight you met a few neighbor doggies, and you were just fascinated by them!

The best part of this age is being able to interact with you and see your personality shine. You are becoming one strong and determined baby girl, just like your momma. 🙂 It has been an amazing six months – time has gone so fast! I look forward to celebrating many more milestones and seeing you continue to grow and change each day.

With love,

Momma