Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day! May Day! My Daughter is growing up too Fast

May day…as in the term used to signal distress…My baby girl is Six months old.

Time is a puzzling thing…I can’t believe only six months ago, we were laboring (oh, and how we were laboring), but how the heck did this child get to be six months old? It seems like a dream that she was once a little nugget incubating in my belly. Goodness knows she wouldn’t fit now.


After the last doctor's appointment, the doctor had indicated that the munchkin didn’t put on as much weight as he’d like. Today, he said she’s back on track. Right up in the top percentiles for everything…that’s my big girl.


So a recap of our first six months of parenting:

Feeding: My goal was to nurse six months. And six month I nursed. We hit this mark kicking and screaming with it being only twice a day by the end. But I think we’re done. The munchkin is no longer interested it seems. I like my pediatrician—he says she got the protection she needed in these past six month with no guilt trip attached. Now we’re on to bigger and better things—can carrots really be considered better?


Diapering: Well, it’s been six months and we’re still holding strong in the cloth diaper department. We’re not crazy must-cloth-diaper-all-the-time people. The sitters have a stash of disposables to use. And when we leave the house we put on a disposable—although I have been known to forget and then have a surprise to deal with at diaper change time. Even the husband is game. Granted diaper changes aren’t his favorite, but he’ll change them. I’m still content with my decision.  Prefolds and flats make up our stash…cheaper than many other options and much much easier to wash. We use a snappi instead of pins for my husband’s peace of mind. I’m solely responsible for the getting them from the pail to washer…lol. But the fact that Marc doesn’t complain about them makes up for it. And after some of the craziness from disposables, he’ll deal with the cloth to avoid the larger explosion.

Growth: Big from the beginning—9 lbs 9 oz…phew. The munchkin stays right on target for top percentiles. She weighs in today at 17 lbs 6 oz with a length of 27.5 inches. Where she gets her height from is a mystery, but she is wearing size 12 month clothes…


Milestones: We’ve started rolling from front to back. Back to front will have to wait for the toes to taste less yummy—as that is currently munchkin's favorite thing to do when laying on her back. “Mamamamama” is frequently heard throughout the house (daddy’s working on getting some “dadadada”) but I know she associates nothing with the noise, besides sheer fun. We’ve been sitting alone for a month now and boy do we love books. To eat that is…in church my biggest challenge is to keep her from trying to swipe my book or that of someone near me.

Temperament: Mad baby banished.  Smiles and giggles abound in this house—with tears reserved only for tired times (and informing mom and dad that “shots hurt”). That being said, I have a very serious child. Unknown elements and even sometimes the known have to earn their smiles. But once that smile comes out to play, it’s all uphill from there.


Sleep: My child, you spoil us. You’ve been putting in 4-5 hours at a time since birth and sleeping soundly through the night since six weeks. Your next sibling (God willing) is going to make up for it I fear. You nap every two hours. When we are home it’s clockwork. When we are not—if we don’t have somewhere to lay you, you forego the nap. And then are a cranky pants sometimes—but not mad baby, just cranky—there is too much to see, do and miss out on. Today for instance. We didn’t nap—until around 5:30. We went to the doctor (although we didn’t wake up for the day until 9:45 am), went to see Memere and some aunts and uncles, and then Noni came over. No time to sleep.


That’s all I can think of for the time being. I look forward to see what awaits us in the next six months. The next six months that will take their time passing so that we can savor every great and wonderful moment with our munchkin.


Happy Six Months Baby Girl Smile



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