Saturday, July 19, 2014

6 months

Monthly installments for the third child have proven themselves to be less of a mandatory memoir and more of a discretionary reflection. 

I love this girl something fierce. Her personality is relaxed, engaging, and pleasant. A fuss from her lips signals hunger or the need for a nap, no discernment of pitch of cry is necessary. Most days are spent on my hip as I’m mothering the rest of my brood, and her placement in the thick of it all feels all too familiar, as if there was never a time without her.  

Time has elapsed in the most expeditious manner, requiring me to daily, even hourly, recount the things she has managed to effortlessly achieve in the name of “milestones reached.”

Moxie Wren at 6 months old you are:

-          Wearing 6 months clothes and some 9 month pajamas
-          Wearing size 2 diapers during the day and size 3 at night
-          Rolling absolutely everywhere. I had to set up the pack & play to contain you as you were literally attempting to roll out the door
-          Eager to stand and walk around while we hold your arms
-          Loving your exersaucer and the baby toys, particularly the deer teether and giraffe
-          Blowing raspberries and trying to talk to us
-          Sitting in your highchair for all of your meals
-          A great stroller companion, unlike your brother at this age
-          Sitting up unsupported, but not without me close by to catch you when you topple over

          Around 4 months old we stopped nursing. There were some family stresses and a trip out of town for mom that together made this decision for us. You have never missed a beat and similar to Scout, seemed to be overall more content and full after a bottle feeding. It was a good transition for us to make. Currently you take 4-5 7-oz bottles a day, and have started solids. You have tried oatmeal, rice cereal (we started on that), butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and bananas. You eat 3 meals a day of some combination of the above, with the 3 bottles and then one at bedtime. The fifth bottle is usually around 4-5 am. Which brings us to sleeping.

      You are a dream. Your schedule remains similar to that of your three month installment. You have a bottle, hang out with the kids while we all get ready for bed, and then when it’s bedtime for everyone, you lay down in your crib with your bunny and the sound machine on. Most nights you will not wake up again until 4 or 5 am, have a bottle and go back to sleep until 8 or 9 am. This is new for me. Both kids prior were regularly awake for the day between 6 and 7 am. I won’t lie, I’ve been enjoying the slower morning routine of summer with them, and then once you are up we are ready to go for the day. You will take one little, little catnap around 11 or 11:30. Then you take a nap with Scout at 12:30 and will nap for around 2-2 1/2 hours. I’ll feed you and then an hour later put you back down and you will take an hour nap, and then you’re up until bedtime. This has been nothing short of amazing as we have been able to continue to have playdates, be out, and overall you have adapted to whatever I have thrown your way. A mother’s dream.

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