Six months? How can it be!? You are growing into such a precious little girl, and I cannot believe we are to the six-month mark! I think it is so special that you celebrated your two-month birthday on Christmas Eve and now you are celebrating six months on Easter! You give us another reason to celebrate these special holidays that are such an important part of our faith.
After a busy start to your sixth month, we didn't really slow down much...well at least you didn't! You continue to amaze us with your developments. You are learning how to use your mouth for many things - spitting, blowing raspberries, "talking," laughing, squealing, chewing, exploring toys and whatever else you can put in there, and you are finally learning to swallow well. You have two little teeth that have cut through your gums, and boy did we hear about it. This is a picture of when they first broke through.
And here you are eating a yummy combo of sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apples and blueberries. This month has been challenging with your daytime sleeping, or lack thereof, as well. You have continued to sleep well from 8ish-8ish, more or less, so most everyone would say we have no reason to complain. Complain we don't, we just want to help you with your NAPS - we know you need them! A four-letter word in our house this month, they were a cause of constant consternation for you and for your parents. We did get some reflux medicine about halfway through the month that has really helped you sleep longer than 45 minutes at a time. Unfortunately you still fight your naps, and you've given up your thumb, so you've been crying yourself to sleep - sometimes for 45 min-1 hr! I have tried to reintroduce the paci to no avail, but I have about six different kinds in your crib in case the Spirit moves. :) I am happy to report that this is getting better, but oh how this tried my patience! You are a great on-the-go napper, falling asleep easily in your carseat and oftentimes sleeping through several stops, getting in and out of the stroller. Last Monday you didn't take a nap until 4pm. Yes. 4. pm. and that was only because I put you in the jogging stroller. You cried through your morning and afternoon nap that day. Gracious! This pic was a Sunday afternoon after church - just a little catnap after one of your feedings. See? Naps are awesome. On these days when we were just trying to make it through, this was our theme song.
I saw it on a Chase commercial and it got stuck in my head. So many times I'd walk you around the house singing the chorus and adapting it to us. "Keep on, keepin' on, Madeleine and mom are keepin' on..." It was just a good reminder that we are in this together, on the same team, and we are both figuring things out! Aside from naptime, you have been a champ - typically in a good mood (despite not sleeping well some days) and now you seem to have figured out how to take a morning nap of about an hour and an afternoon nap of about two hours.
Your increased coordination has been a game-changer too. You physically could roll back to front and front to back for awhile now, but now you are using it to your advantage. Just in the past few days you have started rolling back to tummy alllll the time. To reach a toy, as in this video:
Rolling with a purpose from Allison White on Vimeo.
If I pull on the plastic chain, I can get it down from the arch over my play mat.
If I put my lambie love over my eyes, it blocks out the light.
If I bat away the snot sucker, Mommy has a hard time getting it to my nose.
If I kick my legs in the tub, I have fun splashing.
If I bang this cup on another cup, it makes a noise.
If Mommy throws a shirt of a burp cloth on my head, I can pull it off and play peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-Boo from Allison White on Vimeo.
The Moby continues to be a life-saver for quick errands. You can sit up but not very well, so I still can't put you in a shopping cart. You always look so cute, just bouncing on the front of me. We get lots of smiles when we are out and about. You continue to love being outside. The weather is slowly getting warmer, so we have really taken advantage of these gorgeous spring days. You love the trees and birds, and the breeze really soothes you.
You continue to be more and more fun to interact with, and we have loved watching yout personality develop. We are so thankful for you on this Easter, Madeleine, and God's sacrifice of His son takes on a deeper meaning for us as well.
Here are a few more sweet pictures from your sixth month! Some time in Waco, playing with Kellen and a weekend with Granna and Grandad!
We are so in love with you, sweetheart! Thanks for bringing more joy to our lives than we could ever imagine.