on monday, we celebrated your six month birthday...you're half way to being a year old my darling girl and words escape me (can you believe it?). i am so excited for this milestone and the fact that we have made it this far-quite successfully if i do say so myself, yet my heart aches because you're growing each and every day and i want time to stand still a bit so i can keep you small and spend countless hours holding you in my arms again. other than a few late night calls to the doctor, a few clinic trips to make sure you weren't sickly, and loads of googling things at random points throughout the day, i'd say we have you pretty well figured out my little monkey.
let's start with the basics...food/eating. you're still downing 6 bottles a day, and for two of your feedings (mid-morning and dinnertime), we are feeding you oatmeal and baby food...a girl has gotta have some variety, right? you still love your veggies, especially squash and green beans. other hits include sweet potatoes and bananas, but we've had a few misses too-carrots and peas aren't your favorites whatsoever, but mommy tries to sneak them in from time to time. this next month, i am going to start elements of baby led weaning (BLW) and give you actual real food, so fingers crossed this goes well. first up will be avocado and sweet potato! you've gotten a bit annoyed with the bottle as of late so we'll be trying out a few sippy cups in the effort to keep you entertained. if anyone has any advice on which cups to grab and which to avoid, i'd certainly appreciate it!
the clothes situation. i'm going to be the lady walking around in the mall with literally no clothes on since i can't find clothes i want to buy myself anymore. rather, i venture into janie and jack, gap kids, gymboree, and old navy because i can't fathom venturing out for a shopping trip and not picking at least a few things up for you. dressing you is absolutely too much fun and ive been going nuts stocking up for fall and winter baby attire. we're still in 3-6 month clothing, though some pieces are getting a bit snug, so we're working our way into the bigger sizes as we speak. with the fall weather fast approaching, we will be whipping out your jackets, sweaters, leggings, and moccassins in no time. you're still in size 2 diapers as well and because your hair has been growing a lot lately, mommy can now put bows on you...ahhh, i have waited for this for a long time ;).
a girl on the go. activity time that is. you're still in love with the neglect-o-saucer and so am i. constant amusement so i can get chores done around the house and you can exercise those oh-so-cute and chubby legs of yours. you like your morning television time and we rotate between sesame street, mickey mouse club, and yo gabba gabba on most days with a bit of mommy's favorite reality shows, too. you're not sitting up on your own quite yet, and when i attempt to sit you up, you squirm and start flipping over and "swimming" like you'd rather crawl. i just took you for your first big girl stroller ride the other day (sitting in the toddler seat rather than the carseat) and you loved every minute of it...it was like you were seeing things for the first time and smiled from ear to ear as we walked to the local produce shop.
items worth noting.
first football tailgate/trip to knoxville: september 15-UT vs. FL
nicknames: CC, baby C, tuttie, peanut, monkey, sweet pea
milestones: first tooth cut on september 14, first stroller ride in the big seat on september 12
of course, the checkup ended with those dreaded shots we all despise, but mommy immediately scooped you up and took you home to rest, relax, and sleep! some other fun items to mention are that we now get to experiment with yogurt (plain), juice (dilluted with water if and when i decide to let you have some), and incorporating more food in your diet, too!
and of course, i just had to do a little picture montage...from 1 month until now, just so i could make sure to capture just how much you are changing (and notice the last picture i couldn't manage to get a shot without you eating the number 6--hehe)