Happy 6 months to our sweet, little blue-eyed babe! She might have a modeling career in her future. ;)
My how the moments pass by so quickly! Before Peyton I thought babies at 6 months were still so small, so fragile, still considered newborns. But our baby girl is the opposite (which I assume is true for all babies her age). She’s getting so big, moving so much, talking and laughing and starting to sit up! This is such a fun age (I say that every month)!
- At the beginning of the month she loved chewing on her tongue.
- Grunting, talking, screaming. Just generally making noise.
- She loves to fly through the air but not too fast or too high.
- Daddy’s hoodie strings.
- Touching things. Everything.
- Laying down
THINGS WE DON’T WANT TO FORGET:
- We were practicing sitting up in the pack-n-play at the beginning of the month. She does pretty good for 5-10 seconds on her own! We still do this pretty often. She’s always preferred to be sitting up so she can see everything that’s going on so I’m sure she’ll be sitting on her own before too long.
- So many changes happened in a month! At the beginning of the month she started pulling on her pant legs and just a few weeks later she had found her toes! I was changing her diaper on the changing pad and she pulled on both feet! Now she’s always playing with them and trying to chew them anytime she’s laying on her back. Except while I’m trying to take a picture of her doing it and then she prefers to just stare blankly at the camera.
- We tried baby cereal for the first time Nov. 14th. She wasn’t a huge fan. She wouldn’t even open her mouth for the spoon to go in. We just kept putting it on her lips so she would lick it off. After 20-30 minutes of trying to convince her to open her mouth we called it quits. We tried again on 11/21 (the next weekend) and she seemed more willing to try. She ate about half. Half of that ended up on her bib or on the high-chair tray but she was opening her mouth! By Monday 11/23 she was leaning into each spoonful of cereal! She loves her cereal now! I would say about 75% of the food ends up in her mouth because she’s still figuring out how to get all of it off of the spoon and moving it around in her mouth. It’s another think we have to pack for daycare every morning but the teachers say she’s been eating all of it!
- During my lunch visit on Nov 18th she was really gnawing on my finger and I felt a few pokes! Teeth were definitely on their way! Sure enough, we saw the tops of two bottom teeth just a few days later! She’s been teething like crazy, gnawing and chewing on everything in sight. Her favorite things are a giraffe teething ring (it’s a good size for her to hold onto and the knobs are good for chewing) and anything fabric. Her bib, the tags on her bibs, mommy & daddy’s clothes, etc. She loves chewing on Forest’s hoodie strings especially. I think it’s a mix between keeping her occupied and helping the pain but she enjoys it and he doesn’t mind! It’s the cutest thing to see those two little teeth every time she grins and laughs!
- Forest and I have been surprised at how well she’s been while she’s teething. She has had moments during the day that she’s fussy or upset but so far she’s handling it like a little rock star. The evenings have proven a little more difficult the past few weeks. She was on a streak of waking up at 4:30 am for several days in a row then she slept through the night just fine and then hardly slept at all one night and now she’s back to waking up at 4:30 am again. I’ve given her baby oragel and soothed her back to sleep the past two mornings. Baby oragel has been our best friend. We tried Tylenol a handful of times at night when she was really struggling to calm down and sleep but it hardly seemed to help.
- We celebrated her first Thanksgiving this month! She enjoyed baby cereal in the morning and then chatted with us while we had Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I bought her a “My First Thanksgiving” onesie that she wore all day but she looked absolutely adorable in the turkey bib and hat Uncle Rusty got her! Grandpa & Grandma J were here and we made sure to Facetime with Grampa & Gramma S and Aunt Amanda. The weather was beautiful so we enjoyed a nice afternoon walk around the neighborhood before the sun set.
- She loves to touch.everything. Our clothes, the wall while she’s on the changing pad, my hair, Forest’s beard, her toys, her toes, Indie (poor Indie has had her hair, ears & cheeks pulled and pinched several times recently). Her hands find their way into our mouths too because she loves to touch our faces and lips while we hold her.
- The week of Thanksgiving she really started moving her arms and legs a lot. She loves to swing her arms, especially while she’s nursing or when she’s just sitting. She likes trying to touch anything around her while she does it too. And while she’s eating her cereal sitting in the high chair she swings and kicks her legs. She really likes hanging out in the jumper too. She’s kicking and bouncing more in it every day. And she reaches for, plays with and spins all of the toys on it. It’s so fun to watch her! And Indie loves to give her kisses while she’s there.
- Visitors- Grandpa & Grandma J for Thanksgiving.
We are blessed beyond measure!
UPDATE- as of Peyton’s 6 month appointment on 12/15/15, she weighs 15 lbs 12 oz.
Until next time — Cindy
*All images are original to A View from the Shore