Wow! A whole lot of exciting things have happened in your little life this month so let’s get going!
We started you on solids this month! Your first bite of food was a banana and it was the cutest. Since then you’ve also had avocado, squash, zucchini, sweet potato, peaches, carrots, cucumber, watermelon, broccoli, kiwi, grapes in a mesh feeder, and you’ve sucked on an apple slice! When I started looking into making baby food for you as we approached your 6 month birthday, I came across baby-led weaning, also commonly called baby-led solids. Most people tend to hear the word “wean” and assume that means from breastfeeding so I prefer to call it baby-led solids because we are in no way weaning you from mama’s milk anytime soon! According to current research, babies up to age one should get the majority of their nutrition from breast milk so that’s our goal.I knew I wanted to try a more natural approach when it came to introducing you to solid foods so when I came across this it just made so much sense. I have complete trust in the way God designed my body to nourish you and in the way God designed you to learn to nourish your own body. We have only introduced you to fruits and veggies so far but this next month I plan to let you explore even more! We cut most everything into 1-2 inch strips which gives you something to hold on to and you just go to town on the other end! You have done so well and have seemed to like everything so far.
Your last visit to the doctor – at 6.5 months you weighed 17lbs 3oz which is the 60th percentile for weight, and you are approximately 26 inches tall which is the 50th percentile. My perfect little baby girl! You are quickly growing out of your 6 month clothes, so pretty soon you’ll have a whole new wardrobe. Enjoy that now because when you get my age, you don’t get new clothes quite as often!
You’ve gotten your two bottom teeth in! I knew they had to be coming soon with all that drooling and chewing you had been doing. We got you a baltic amber teething necklace and I’m hoping it helps with the pain that those little teeth can bring. I thought I might be sad when you got your first tooth because your gummy smile was the best but you are still just as precious with those sweet little teeth! Each new phase is amazing in it’s own way.
You started waving bye-bye! At first I wasn’t sure if you even realized what you were doing but after a while you started doing in when somebody came up and said hi to you. You know exactly what it is! It’s a backwards wave but you get your point across and it’s so cute.
You babble so much and are constantly screeching! You’ve discovered your voice big time this month. Your brother likes to copy when you screech so needless to say our house is always LOUD! I love it – except when I have a headache or am trying to sleep!
I had my fifth breast infection which knocked me out for a couple of days. I thought since you no longer use the nipple shield to nurse that we were past this whole mastitis thing, but I guess not. We’ve made it this long though. . . what’s 5 more months? Maybe we’ll make it even longer! Breastfeeding has been one of the hardest commitments I’ve ever made but also the most rewarding. I hope when you have a baby one day you can look back at these letters and decide to make the same commitment. I’m sure you won’t have near the problems we’ve had though so don’t let it scare you!
You took a bottle for the first time about 2 weeks ago and you absolutely love it! You like to hold it yourself and you get upset when it’s gone and we take it away. It’s nice to know I can leave you with daddy or your grandparents for a little while and you won’t starve. I knew you’d come around – in your own time.
You started crawling this month and you haven’t slowed down since! You aren’t really up on your knees crawling yet but you can still manage to make your way around the room. You use your upper body strength and get your right leg up under you and kick off. You go from the sitting position down forward to your stomach which turns out okay if you are on the carpet or a blanket but not so well on the wood floor!
We celebrated Easter for the first time together! You were the cutest little bunny around. We took you and your brother to a huge Easter egg hunt the day before Easter where you held a plastic egg and watched him run all around chasing after eggs. Easter morning we went to church and then spent the afternoon with mama’s family and the evening with daddy’s. You love to observe everyone but when there are too many people and you can’t see me you easily get overwhelmed. You handled everything so well though.
You have such a sweet spirit about you and melt hearts with that precious smile of yours. It’s a joy to spend my days with you, Nola Penelope.
Love you more than you’ll ever know.