Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Half

I am not quite sure if I feel excited, or sad about this "half". When the kids school year is half over, there is excitment...they know that the rest of the school year will be fast until it is summer vacation. However, when you are on vacation and it's half over, you are a little sad and try to savor every minute until it's time to go home.

For this half, I am a little sad.

Leah is 6 months old. Half way through her first year! Now don't get me wrong. There is some relief that the first half is over. I mean, come on, what's not to enjoy about the first six months? The sleepless nights, the crying, the constant feedings, little interaction. There is definite relief that we have made it through! But to know that the next six months will go just as fast makes me want to slow time down, or even just freeze time, so I can savor these moments with Leah as a baby. Because I know all too well that in the blink of an eye I will be posting about her first birthday!

But, Leah at six months is so much fun! She has added so much to our family in such a little amount of time. Just ask the big kids...who can't stand to leave her when they get on the bus for school. Forget Mommy...they are having separation anxiety with their baby sis! And when they get home from school and she is sleeping they get mad and want to go wake her up! Leah is such a smily, snuggly, happy little baby. She loves to interact with others, and even seems a little shy (not something she got from her mommy!), but is always up for a good game of peek-a-boo. She loves to snuggle with her blankie and her pacifier, and goes to sleep beautifully with them! She sleeps 11 hours at night and takes 2 good naps each day. Not only has her weight gone up to 15 lbs, 12 oz, she has learned so much! Here are some things that she is up to, now that she is 6 months old....


She joined us at the kitchen table. Look how small she looks! This is the first baby we decided not to use a highchair with, and instead went straight for the booster seat!


Every night while we ate dinner, she would cry. We finally realized that she just wanted to be a part of the action! She loves sitting at the table, and the big kids love her being there with us.




Soon after she joined us at the table, we started feeding her cereal! What fun this was!


She really likes it,


But was pretty messy at first!


Soon she became a pro and wanted to try to feed herself (she is pretty advanced for her age!)
I think she likes her new adventures in food!!

She learned how to sit and perfected it quickly.

And she is learning how to crawl! I am sure it won't be long before she gets away from me quickly!

She still loves that other baby in the mirror! I think I will be sad when we move her changing pad into her new room. She will miss that cute baby!

I just wonder what she is thinking!
And she finally got 2 new teeth! Those were a lot of work.


In 6 months we have become totally, utterly head-over heals in love with the newest addition to our family! I mean, really, how could you not love this bald-headed, blue-eyed, two-teeth, chubby-cheek sweet little 6 month old?
I have a feeling the next 6 months are going to be just as fun as these first 6...if not more! Although, don't blame me for trying to slow down Father Time...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hard work.

She worked....

And she worked....

And she worked ...



And she worked some more...


And finally...


SWEET SUCCESS!!!