Eliana, you’re 6 months old!!
By the numbers: 6 months old. 5-6 daytime feedings and an occasional MOTN feeding. 2-3 naps per day. size 3 diapers. size 6-9 month clothes. 16 lbs, 24.5 inches.
I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown past and how much you have changed! You hit a number of milestones this month, including moving from your bassinet to a pack ‘n’ play, scooting distances, sitting alone, standing alone (well, leaning up against the coffee table), and introducing solids. You are still as happy and content as ever, filling our home with giggles, smiles, and an abundance of joy. I especially love how much your big brother adores you. When he is grumpy, just one smile from you will instantly change his sour mood into delighted laughter as he joins you wherever you are playing. He especially loves to share his tractors with you and watch you clumsily play with them.
This month, I buckled down on both routines and potty training. I re-instituted your eat/wake/sleep routines, as well as your bedtime routine. As usual, you responded instantly to the new routine with as much contentment as ever. A typical day looks a little something like this:
5:30am – Nurse and right back to sleep
7:00am – Awake! Nurse, potty, dressed for the day
8:00am – Potty, Nap
10:30am – Nurse, potty, awake
12:00pm – Potty, Nap
3:30pm – Nurse, potty, awake
5:00pm – Potty, Nap
5:45pm – Nurse, potty, awake
7:30pm – Potty, Nighttime routine, nurse
You still occasionally randomly wake up in the night, and I either give you your paci or nurse you if you are inconsolable. Every time you wake from a nap, you nurse, and then I take you to the potty. You fit perfectly on Shuah’s little potty seat and coo and laugh the whole time you’re pooing and peeing, reaching for your toes and attempting to pull them into your mouth. If we aren’t heading out any place, I just keep you diaperless during your whole awake time and take you potty when you either give me a sign that you need to go, or once 30-45 minutes have elapsed since you last went. You go nearly every time I take you, and I am really enjoying the lack of poopy diapers to clean!
You have been growing in leaps and bounds this month! When you see something you really want (which is nearly everything placed in front of you), your eyes grow large, and you do whatever you can to reach the object of your affection. You roll and scoot and slide across the floor. You love playing with your brother’s toys and will stand up all by yourself at the coffee table, turning his toy tractors over and over in your pudgy hands and shoving them in your mouth. Just a couple of days ago, we sat you up to see if you could sit by yourself. You quickly took to the new position, self-correcting to the right and left as you began to lean. You enjoy the new view of the world, but you still would rather stand up!
You have been eyeing food a lot lately, watching us intently as we eat our lunch or dinner, so last week we decided to sit you in the high chair and give you a cooked carrot to experiment with (since we do Baby Led Weaning, we skip purrees altogether and go straight to table food).
You rolled it around your tray for a bit, grasping it with your little fingers and pulling it to your mouth.
Once you got it in there, you weren’t so sure about it!
Whenever you are awake during a meal now, we let you sit in your high chair with us, put some food on your tray, and you explore the texture and taste.
You are growing and changing so quickly now, it is hard to not want you to just stay little. But I know with each new day, you grow more into the person God has created you to be, and I rejoice in that. You are our Sweetie Punkin Pie, our Little Princess Piglet, and we love you more every day.