Half a year! I can't believe it!
I have SO much to write about, and I am behind in what seems like everything lately, but today I am focusing on this jelly roll - Nora Truth, 6 months old.
You have no teeth yet, and still 100% breastfed. I have tried to give you bits of food while I'm cooking or whatever, but as you start gagging on it, Dad picks you up, pats you hard on the back, and gives me the stink eye. And then I remember "oh yeah, she's 6 months" Sorry, Nor Nor.
Speaking of Dad, he continues his reputation of magic-strength arms that allow him and him alone to be able to get our babies to sleep. The only sleep trick I can bring to the table is breast milk, which IS a hit, but sometimes you like you be swaddled and swayed and these weak bird arms just can't handle your girth, darlin'.
You spent your first night in the crib last night and it was WONDERFUL! I slept better, and I know you did, too. We moved Ruby over at 6 months as well. Ruby is an awesome and heavy sleeper and sleeps right through your cries. (Bless you, R!)
You woke up 3 times to nurse. Down at 8:30pm, woke at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30, then up for the day at 7:00am. Not bad considering you nursed like all the time when you slept with us. I would eat more often if I slept directly next to my food source, as well. Eventually I'll cut out the 2:30 feeding and slowly the others. I have to pick my jaw up off the ground when people tell me their babies are sleeping through the night at 4 months. Not my chunks.
You are HILARIOUSLY passionate. You "snap". Like, instead of a little bit of a frustrated cry, you cry like the worst thing ever just happened to you. I particularly love your "double time" cry as we call it. You'll be normal crying, normal crying, and then - you've had enough and you pick up the rhythm/pace and it's double time. That's when your problem always gets solved by a mommy or daddy, quickly.
You are sooo snuggly and so, so sweet. I have said before what a hard time I have with the whole dynamic of first borns vs. second and subsequent children. It's just so sad to me that so much gets forgotten about you! I have forgotten SO MUCH about newborns and sleep patterns and needs of babies because I've been in toddler world for so long. (Remember? I fed you sourdough pizza...) With Ruby I felt so much more purposeful and educated. With you, I feel like each day I'm being swallowed by tidal waves of things that need me that I can't get to or handle. I didn't drink caffeine while I was nursing Ruby and with you? Every single day. So sad! I know it's my own choice...I'm working on it. I had a big talk with Daddy and we're really working on getting our mind wrapped around your schedule. Today we were purposeful about nap times, watching your cues for hunger and sleep, etc. and it's been so much better. I know that you sleeping in your crib will help too.
I think you're beautiful. I think you're eyelashes and eyes are the prettiest I've ever seen. I think you are HILARIOUS because most things with rolls of fat and a big innocent grin like yours is hilarious.
You have a hearty, contagious chuckle and we all desperately take turns trying to make it come out. I think you laugh more than Ruby did. Probably because there are many more things to laugh at now than when it was just us three. Although things are kinda sloppy and imperfect, Nora, I know you know we love you so, so much. You think your life is perfect and that's all that matters. Momma will get the hang of this two-kid thing soon, honey:)
I think you fit so perfectly in to our family. Thanks for joining us, sugar booger.
-And just for fun...our beautiful girls at 6 months old -
|same wonderful, wispy, used-car-salesman combover hair! love!!|
wearing size 6-9 and 12 month clothes
size 3 diapers