Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Felicity Marian: 6 Months

How in the world is that itty bitty baby that we brought home from the hospital already SIX MONTHS OLD!? Oh boy, life is going to fly by (insert one third life crisis here). Felicity's personality has really peaked in the last month or two and we've been having so much fun with our darling daughter. We were talking yesterday about how she just fits seamlessly into our family now. She's a part of us <3. It's been a wonderful month!

Weight: Our home scale says 16 lbs!!! I don't believe it! I mean, I do but... 16 lbs!

Height: I never attempt to measure her because she's wiggly and I'm lazy. I'm still going with the guesstimate of 25 inches and we'll see at her appointment next Monday.

Medical issues: Bad diaper rash this month. Hate it for her! Felicity also got sick for the first time and it was a doozy. Just a fever, but she felt so crappy from a Tuesday through a Sunday. Lots of cuddles and sleeping for our girl. And cabin fever for mommy. Luckily she bounced back quickly once the virus cleared her system. 

Sleep: Thanks to aforementioned sickness, Felicity has probably slept worse this month than any other except her first month. She has been up from 3-10 (!) times when normally she gets up 1-2 times. Not every night, luckily, but we have definitely had less sleep this month. She is going down easier though in general and she's developed a nap routine. It's cool to see her own routine emerge since we haven't put her on any type of schedule. She generally naps from 9-10, 12-1, 3-4 and goes to bed around 7 or 7:30. It's all a bit flexible but falls pretty close to that each day and makes planning things easier. 

Clothes/Diaper Size: She's in 3-6 mo/6 mo clothes and size 2 diapers in disposables. However, I just put on an outfit today that she won't be able to wear again so she is on her way to 9 mo clothes here soon! Her cloth diapers are still on the smallest rise, but I'm thinking soon they might go to the 2nd rise. 

Likes: Stacking cups, johnny jumper, vtech cube, the little wire maze thing with beads (just scored her a zany zoo cube for Christmas for $20!), patting our faces, stroller rides, the ring sling and FINALLY the ergo!, being able to sit up (me too!!!!), watching Buttercup, patty-cake, bath time, crinkling paper, watching other babies

Dislikes: sitting alone on the floor (baby girl likes mommy close by), tipping over when sitting, the baby swing (*cries*), staying home all day

Nicknames: Minky has been the most used and stuck around the longest (from Stinky Minky/Stinka Minka, both of which we still sometimes use). It'll be interesting to see if it sticks permanently. We also refer to her as "the boo" and "boo tickle". We are a strange set, I tell ya. 

Milestones: Felicity can sit for like 20+ minutes now! She sometimes tips over, but I'm really amazed at how long she can sit and play. Not only that, she can reach out to the front and both sides to get toys and often times keep her balance. Felicity is such a strong baby! She also had her first food today... avocado. She played around with it for a bit and then stuck her fingers in her mouth, and she seemed to enjoy it. She also drank from the sippy cup like a boss seeing as she's only ever had a bottle.

I don't want to forget this: Sooo many this month! We really just had such a great month with her!
1) 8/8 was her first time sitting in a shopping cart. I needed to get a bunch of cat food, so I thought I'd see if she was sturdy enough for the pet store cart. It's a smaller cart and was just perfect for her! She was SO in her element riding around the store sitting up!!! She looked at fish and rabbits, and had a blast taking it all in. She was so darn cute sitting there and I reached for my phone for  picture, but it was in the car. This memory will have to stay in my head :). 

2) We went to the NC history museum two weeks ago for a 'family date day'. Felicity was so happy there! The only time she fussed was when she was hungry. I had her in the ring sling, so I just fed her while wearing her around the museum. We saw about half of the NC exhibit and can't wait to go back again since she was so agreeable to being there. 

3) Yesterday we celebrated her half birthday (a day early but Steven was off). It was an amazing day together. We started out with lunch at Pie Bird where the main course is savory pie and dessert is, of course, dessert pie. She sat in the most precious high chair and played until the end when she needed to be held by mommy as we finished up because she was sleepy. Then Steven and I rode around some of our old haunts while she napped, and then we took a trip to the mall for some walking and shopping. We ended the day with play time and stories. The only downside to the day was that it took TWO HOURS to get her down for bed. Apparently we were just having too much fun for her to want to sleep! 

4) On 8/17 Felicity initiated nursing. Now you might be like ok.... she's 6 mo old... of course she initiated nursing. But I kid you not when I tell you she's NEVER done that. When she nursed the first few days of life, I offered but she never rooted or anything. Then she didn't nurse for about 2 months. And then when she did start nursing again (which has turned into before naps and bed), she just nurses when I offer. It took me a bit to figure out what she was doing, but she'll scoot close to me and plant her mouth on my arm, and doesn't give up until I let her nurse. And it's not before bed/nap; it's just because she wants to! Made my heart so happy :).

She got both water and avocado in her mouth at her very first meal! We were so excited!

Stay tuned for 7 months! 

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