Weight: don't know...16+ pounds
Height: won't know until our 6-mo pediatrician appointment
Size Clothes: 6 month clothes, almost exclusively
I'm going to try a different format for these monthly updates, which I hope will better capture some of the day-to-day sweetness. Here are a few sweet moments I wrote down this month:
7/15: We had the most tender moment together this evening after work. I was sitting in bed, holding you in the air. You leaned forward until your face was close to mine. You cupped my cheek with your hand and studied my face so intently. While my heart surged with love, I looked deep in your eyes and thought how lucky that our souls reunited in this lifetime. I can't wait to see what you'll teach me.
7/20: Our bedtime routine is so sweet. I think I look forward to it as much as you do (minus the sometimes fussing and crying to get mommy to move faster.) Once we are in bed you are just frantic to nurse right away, even though often you're not that hungry. After you drink for awhile, on the nights when it's 6:30pm instead of 7pm, you start to softly coo in the dark and just seem to enjoy the quiet snuggle time. Tonight I softly sang some SRF chants to you, which you enjoyed. It's sweet how much you love my singing (must be unconditional love!)
7/20: Yesterday you wanted to hold my hands so you could pull yourself from the lying down position to sitting up. From there, you wanted to pull yourself into a standing position. I'd never seen you do this before. Today, it's like your new thing. I'm amazed how one day something is new, and the next it's like you have it mastered. You're getting so strong and coordinated and aware of your body. I love watching you grow and learn and am truly in awe of you.
7/20: Just when I start to question your nighttime feedings and wonder if I should be sleep training you, I read a couple chapters of "Sweet Sleep" and was reminded how normal it is....how you get 1/3 of your calories overnight...how it's our important bonding time after a full day away from each other...and how lucky I am that I get to snuggle you all night and meet all your needs for food and comfort. What a gift! Yes, I've had some nights of very interrupted sleep...but we manage and always seem to find time to sneak in a nap together or sleep in on the weekend to make up for it.
Since writing the last paragraph about sleep--two things have happened that are making our nights much more enjoyable. 1) I stopped looking at the clock and tracking how many times we are up. 2) We have mastered side-by-side nursing. Now I'm not spending much time awake at all and not analyzing whether you're hungry or how long it's been or how long before we get up for the day....I just pull you close and you nurse. I fall back asleep and we are both happy :)
Your physical capabilities have advanced so much this month! You grab everything in sight...my hair, my face, toys, carseat straps, your pacifier clip, your clothes, your feet...the list goes on! You play with your pacifier now as much as you actually suck on it. Everything goes in the mouth and we cannot seem to keep your chin dry because there's constant drool from you licking and sucking on everything.
You grew into your bouncer this month. At first it was very over-stimulating to you and it was only fun for a few minutes at a time. Now you're like an old pro and you love spending time in there. We laugh and laugh at how much time is spent with your face pressed against the rolling cylinder. You just spin it and lick it until your nose turns pink from being smooshed for so long!
You used to hate tummy time...now you will only spend time on your tummy. If we lay you on your back, you roll right over. Katie learned the hard way when you rolled off the couch at her house! But you're tough and only cried for a minute. You really want to crawl, and truth be told, you can. You've got the 360 movements down and you can backward crawl. You don't seem to know it yet though...probably because you're wishing you could go forward toward the things you see. Nonetheless, after five or ten minutes on the floor, you end up in a very different spot than you started. The days are numbered before we'll have to baby proof the house and keep a very close eye on you!
This past month has been a great one for the whole family. We've really settled into a routine with work, household duties, and spending quality time with you. You get to stay home with Daddy on Friday's and that's been a huge blessing for all of us. You two have bonded so much during that time and it's been a joy to observe. Also, your dad's confidence as a parent has grown tremendously and he's even washing & stuffing cloth diapers now! We are pretty lucky.
I've figured out a pretty good work-life balance and am no longer feeling much "mommy guilt." One day I had a late evening event for work, so we went to a Mommy & Me Music class (pictured above) before I dropped you at daycare in the morning. While I don't love the occasional late night at work, I am thankful for the flexibility in my schedule and I think we get a lot more time together than many other moms who work full-time.
Every day with you gets better and better. I cannot wait to see what the next month brings. Love you baby girl!