Six Months

7 Mar

Dear Charlie Bear,

You’re now 1/2 a year old. Seriously, stop growing up so quickly. I just can’t take it!

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Momma really started to develop and concentrate on her photography business, and it’s so helpful to have a little subject around all the time. We are really hoping that the photography biz takes off so I can contribute to the family income but still be able to be a “stay at home Mom”.

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This month we celebrated your first Valentine’s Day. Because the holiday fell on a Tuesday, we didn’t plan for much. I made a nice dinner for your Daddy, and we exchanged gifts. He got an amazing new garlic press and a game called Bananagrams, and I got an external flash for my camera. Momma like!

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Oma came through town for a couple of days and was so happy to see you. She’ll be on her way back through in a week, and I’m sure she’ll be happy to see you then as well.

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Over one weekend we went up to Broomfield to see the place where your Daddy will probably be working soon. Wazee is moving to a much bigger, nicer facility in a much better neighborhood. We’ll be going up there often for lunches, and it will be nice to head to a nice area with great restaurants.

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Two very big things happened on 2/18/12 – you ate your first solid food (a banana and some whole wheat rice cereal) and you got your first bottle of formula. I was trying to hold out until 6 months, but truthfully, Momma needed a break. It was a bit hard for me emotionally, but I know I made the right decision for you and our family. You’ll still absolutely be breastfed for the majority of your meals. As far as solids, you seemed to enjoy your banana. It mostly ended up destroyed on your highchair tray, but I’m pretty sure you ate a little bit of it. The rice cereal wasn’t to your liking, but I think that might be because I made it with water instead of breast milk or formula. We’ll try that one again soon.

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On the night of February 20th, your Dad and I both got very sick with the flu. We ended up staying in bed for most of the next day, and you joined us for most of that – when you weren’t breastfeeding, you were napping in the “nook”. While it was really nice to snuggle with you all day, I’d rather not repeat the illness portion. That was just plain miserable. Luckily you did not come down with whatever it was, and things started to get back to normal on the 23rd.

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On 2/25/12, you spent most of the morning with Nana and Gramps while your Dad and I helped a friend move. When we came to get you, your face broke out into a huge grin and you were just so excited to see us. When we got home, you officially sat up by yourself for the first time ever! The next day we Skyped with Aunt Chris and you sat by yourself pretty much the whole time, showing that this whole sitting thing is just so easy. You smart girl, you.

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One random Thursday we headed downtown to pick up your Daddy and Gramps, and we all went to Red Robin for lunch. While sitting at the table, we gave you a lemon to suck on and you LOVED it. It was hilarious to watch you make sour faces but keep on grabbing for the lemon. The next day I gave you a pickle to suck on and you loved that as well. You’re really starting to get the hang of solid foods! I got a packet of apples to see if you liked those before making them myself, and you love apples. It’s much more fun to feed you now that I’m getting the hang of knowing what you like.

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To round out the month, we went to the Denver Zoo with Laura and Clare on a beautiful March day. It was a lot of fun seeing you react to the people and things around you. Eventually you conked out in the carrier and napped through the second half of the day. I can’t wait until you’re old enough to understand what’s going on and enjoy seeing the animals!

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Six Months:

Words: Mamamamamamamama. What, it totally counts.

Movement: Rolling, rolling, rolling. You make motions like you are trying to crawl, but haven’t quite figured out that you need to get on your knees before that will work.

Teeth: Still nada. Which is still juuuuuuuust fine by Momma.

Firsts: Sat up by yourself on 2/25/12. Went for a swing at the park on 3/4/12.

Loves: Grabbing faces and pulling on lips, bathtime, when Daddy gets home from work, bathtime, playing with your feet, and bathtime.

Food-based likes: Breastmilk and formula. As far as solids go, you seem to like apples and pears, and you LOVE pickles. Strange child.

Music-based likes: The ABC song is like a revelation. WHOA, letters.

Hates: Being hungry (can’t blame you on that one), sitting in one place for too long, being bored, getting strapped into your car seat.

Annoying features: You’ve started to take handfuls of boob in your hand while breastfeeding and squeezing as hard as you possibly can. Ouch.

Weird-ass features: Lunges after any sort of food or drink in our hands. Like, “forget that banana crap, I WANT A BURRITO”.

Finds hilarious: Fart noises, being thrown into the air by your Dad, hanging upside down, when we pretend to eat your tummy.

Finds terrifying: Dad sneezing or coughing. Can’t say I blame you though, he’s LOUD!

Sleeping: Champion sleeper baby of the world! Two solid naps per day, and 10-11 hours in a row at night. I’m now knocking on wood vigourously in case typing that will possibly jinx our superb sleeping situation.

Diapers: Smallest setting on cloth. Size 2 disposables when we’re lazy and/or out and about for the day.

Measurements: 13 pounds even (5th percentile), 24.75 inches long (15th percentile). You are a wee little sprite, but your pediatrician isn’t too concerned at this point. We’ll see what happens at your 9 month appointment and take it from there.

Nicknames: Charlie, Charlie Bear, Pumpkin, Poopypants, Boogerface, Boobooface.

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We love you to the moon and back, baby girl.
-Mommy

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