What a wild and emotional month it’s been! Six months has been particularly difficult for me so far, as I’m realizing how fast time is passing and feeling very helpless to it all. My sweet girl has been in the world half a year! How is that even possible?!
In the last week we’ve begun eating solids and Millie is really taking to them! It was my initial intention to start her on solids via BLW, but a concern for her low weight left us feeling like we’d like more control of how much she’s eating. No regrets, because she’s happy and eating like a champ! We’re hoping this bumps her up a bit on her growth chart. We’re still planning on nursing until the AAP recommended age, but I really love the bond that others get to have with her now that she’s exploring foods.
Em is pretty much sleep-trained after this last month I’d say (for now.) She’s in between 2-3 naps per day (depending on her wake time) and sleeping in her crib majority of the night (I usually pull her into bed with me around 3 am at her last feeding.) She’s a wonderful sleeper and goes down almost right away when you get her into bed at the right time. It was really difficult for me to transition from strictly co-sleeping with her, to the crib- but after seeing how much more sound she sleeps, it was undeniably the best decision we’ve made.
Her first Christmas was a hit. She gave us her very first wave while on Santa’s lap as we all waved and exclaimed to direct her attention towards the camera. I don’t quite know what she asked Santa for, but she got everything on mom’s list for her! Ha! She likely had no idea what was going on, but she definitely loved the wrapping paper and extra attention from her grandparents/aunts/uncles.
She’s now moved on from her preference to worm instead of crawl. I’m constantly picking her up and moving her away from things she shouldn't be in to, and it took about 400 tries to take our monthly photos this go-round. She’s babbling more than ever before, which is a relief because I’d had some concerns for her vocal development before (for no other reason than being a paranoid mom.)
We are FINALLY over the hatred for car rides which is the biggest relief of all, considering it’s an 11 hour drive home during holidays.
Thing's we've learned about Millie:
Hates bananas and avocados.
Loves music. Particularly fond of singing and Raffi’s Baby Beluga (which I’ve heard about 6,000 times now.)
Loves dolls and puppies.
Prefers toys that make noise.
Mill, Millie, Emmy, Monkey, Mildred (by my husband, despite my annoyance)
Crawling instead of scooting.
Pushes up off of things.
Eating solid foods.
Babbling and using hard consonant sounds.
In early stages of waving.
It’s a whirlwind, but it’s so worth it. I’ll never stop feeling like the luckiest mommy alive.