Friday, November 2, 2012

Mollie 6 months

Mollie Lynn you are 6 months old!

What have you been up to these days?

You weigh 15 pounds 11 ounces (50th percentile)
You are 26 3/4 inches tall (88th percentile)
Your head is 43.5 cm (77th percentile)
You wear 3-6 or 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers 

Your hair is finally starting to grow. I say "grow" very cautiously because you hardly have any hair, but I can tell that after 6 months, it seems like it might be ready to come in. I can't wait for pigtails and braids! 

You sleep at night from 7 or 7:30 to 6 or 6:30. You are early to bed and early to rise! You still take about an hour morning nap, and a 2-3 hour afternoon nap. You have only been taking about a 20-30 minute evening nap, so come bedtime you are exhausted and ready to sleep. 

You aren't bundled anymore to sleep! We were really struggling with sleep for a couple of weeks because you would roll over in the middle of the night while you were still bundled. You couldn't get your arms out to find your binkie, and you let us know just how upset you were to be stuck face down, arms at your side, without a binkie. I was having to go in, flip you over and put your binkie back in a couple of times a night. I really wasn't sure how you would do if we didn't bundle you, since you had never slept unbundled, but I figured that we didn't have any choice but to try it. Thankfully, it is working out great!
We just wrap a blanket around your legs, give you your binkie, and lay you down in your crib. You roll over onto your side, and we give you an extra binkie to have in one of your hands and you put yourself to sleep! You usually sleep on your stomach or side. You roll all over your crib, but now when you wake up you can put your own binkie back in and put yourself back to sleep! Sometimes you fuss for a bit, but not very often. We are so thankful for a good little sleeper!

Speaking of rolling over, you are ALL over the place now. You are always getting stuck up against a wall, a bookshelf, a toy or the fireplace. One day I walked into the living room and you had rolled all the way across the room and was sucking on the leg of our bench.

You love your binkie. I swore I never would, but I've resorted to using a binkie clip so that we don't lose binkie after binkie. And so your big brother doesn't steal yours!

You are eating solids really well. For a couple of weeks, you weren't really interested in eating food, so I wasn't offering it to you very often. However, the past week you have decided that eating solids is really yummy! You are eating brown rice, avocados, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas, peas, pumpkin, peaches and applesauce.

Over the past month, I have noticed that my milk supply has decreased quite a bit. Because of that and a few other reasons, we have switched you to almost exclusively formula. I still nurse you about once a day but I'm sure that will stop soon. You love your bottles, tolerate the formula really well and have made the transition very easily. You get really excited when you see your bottle- sometimes I think you actually prefer bottles. You can hold the bottle all by yourself! I would have liked to nurse for 1 year but I've learned to be happy that I was able to get 6 months of breast milk in you!

You sit in your highchair to eat, and you look like such a big girl!

You love bath time, being naked and sucking on a wet washcloth or a rubber ducky. Matthew likes to pour water on you.

You discovered your toes, and LOVE playing with any and every toy we give you.
You have really good fine motor skills.

You can only sit up for a couple of seconds before toppling over.

You are very ticklish, and love kisses on your neck

Sissy, you absolutely love to watch TV.

When you were five and a half months you had your first fever. You had a low grade fever for about 24 hours. You were pretty lethargic, wanting lots of snuggles, and Daddy said you had 'tired eyes'.

Mollie, you love to jump and bounce! The more we bounce you or the higher you go, the more you giggle and squeal. You go crazy in your jumperoo.
You notice when we leave the room. When you are tired or hungry, you are sure to let us know that this doesn't make you very happy.

Mollie Lynn, you are a precious gift from God! Your infectious smile brightens our day, and you bring so much joy to our lives. We love you so much Sissy!

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