We made it. I don’t know if this is more of a celebration for mom and dad, or Lottie Rose.
I’m sure almost every new parent says this… but now it’s my turn. The last 6 months flew by. I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months, but I also can’t imagine life without her – so I guess it goes both ways. This girl at 6 months of age has pushed me to every emotional extreme. She makes me laugh in the same second she is screaming and making me cry. Her personality is showing through so much already, I stop and have to remember she’s only been in this world for half a year.
At 6 months she is sleeping through the night (7 pm – 6:30 am) and up on all fours rocking most of the day. J and I sit, waiting for her to move those little hands and be on the go. She does this funny jump move where she ends up in a bear crawl, downward dog position and doesn’t know what to do with herself, so she then swings her foot under and returns to a sitting position.
Although she has her ‘night sleeping’ down, she is horrible at napping, I’ve read the books and tried almost everything. Any tips to create good nappers? I am very interested, so please leave those in the comments!
As a new mom there is a part of me that loves watching her reach these new milestones and can’t wait for her to start crawling, but the other part of me is terrified when she starts being mobile. I’ve mentioned before, our apartment isn’t even adult proof, so there is a lot we need to do ASAP to make this place safe for Lottie. Our apartment never felt small to me until now. She’s still tiny and really has plenty of room to move around, but the bigger she gets and more she scoots, the more I am ready to move into a bigger place to let her have space.
Have I mentioned this girl is full of personality. Her facial expressions are all over the place from cheesy smiles to dramatic frowns, with her eye brows raised and lips pursed, I know I am in for a roller coaster as this little babe grows older.
Lottie had an extremely social month! There are lots of babies her age in her life, and we loved scheduling plenty of playdates this month. Since she is with me all day most days, I am trying to get her out and let her interact with other babies. I don’t know how important this is developmentally, but I do know when she sees other babies her size, her eyes light up. She wants to explore and play, and I want to give her the opportunity to do this! And… let’s be honest I love cuddling with all the other cute babies too!
We still don’t have a lot of toys in the apartment, there isn’t any room. We did get a Jumparoo when Lottie was younger and she loves playing in that. Now whenever you stand her up on two feet she thinks she is in a jumparoo and starts jumping like crazy in your hands. We have been getting out more books to read her, but she is still mostly just eating them. She loves things that crinkle, make noise or light up… Especially our computers and iPhones. We never let her play with our iPhone (she’s only 6 months it’s not like she could do anything with it anyways), but when our phones are out she goes CRAZY for them. She wants to hold, eat, play and look at them all day.
One thing that happened this month was she started recognizing herself. She’s always loved looking at herself in the mirror, but now if we show her a picture or video or herself she gets this huge cheesy grin on her face and is instantly smitten.
At 6 months, she’s 16.2 lbs. and 27.25 inches. 94% height and 51% weight. Tall and Skinny. Through 6 months I only breastfed her and am excited to start introducing foods. Once she could sit up on her own we started sitting her in her high chair during our meals and letting her play with her spoon while we ate. I plan on doing baby led weaning, no purees, just giving her real food to explore the texture and taste so she can feed herself.
Thanksgiving was interesting this year, we are learning how to manage hosting events, cooking, prepping, cleaning while still managing nap time, feeding schedules and bedtime. Overall she did good, she got fussy but I don’t blame her, I feel fussy on big holidays too 🙂 Next year she will get to indulge in the delicious food and gain a better appreciation for the holiday.
We did 6 month photos with my favorite photographer Krista Robinson at Leigh and Kay Photography, I can’t wait to post the photos up, she’s given me a few sneak peaks, but I’m going to save those until I get all of them to share! They are going to be good!
I feel good. At our 6 month appointment I finally felt I was going in confident, thinking ‘I got this’! The first few months were tough filled with doubt and exhaustion and hormones, but everything is starting to level off and feel normal again.
As far as exercise goes, I feel most of my workout is picking her up, carrying her around (she’s basically a 15 lb kettlebell on my side 24/7). I try to run or lift a few times a week, but I am still working on making the time (finding someone to watch her) while I workout. Ideally once we get a house next year and I build a home gym, I will start a regular schedule during her nap time. I miss my daily exercise, but as far as my post baby body and weight, I feel good. I truly believe because I was so active during my pregnancy it helped me jump back so much quicker!
Mentally the first few months were hard, with every month getting easier than the ones before. She continues to change and challenge us, but there is definitely a change of attitude, now knowing I can handle whatever she is going to throw at me. I have tremendous support and love from both side of grandparents and don’t know what I would do without them!
Lottie and I are regulars at the local fitness center. I bring our lillebaby Carrier and we usually walk around 3 miles, and she smiles at everyone else walking that day. Before I got this new carrier, she disliked being carried the older she got. Now that she can face out it’s one of her favorite things to do!
She is growing so much! I love capturing these monthly photos to watch her grow!Did you see Lottie Rose’s 5 month update?