Well, baby girl, we’re officially halfway through your first year! Time is totally flying by, and I’m so thankful that I get to be home to experience every new thing you do. Otherwise, the speed at which things are moving right now would be totally overwhelming to me.
I would say that the biggest thing that defines you right now is — well, me. You are a Mama’s girl through and through. I can’t get anything done when you’re awake because you want me to hold you. I’m the only one that can get you to laugh easily at this point. And I’m the only one you’ll really snuggle with. I know that in time, this will change (and that I won’t really be living in your college dorm with you as I sometimes joke), and I try to remind myself often that you won’t always be my baby girl that loves to lay her head on my shoulder. So I just need to soak up the Mommy, needy phase.
You love your Daddy and sister too. Thankfully, you will go to your Dad anytime and are content to let him hold you, play with you and walk with you around the backyard. When Charlotte is around, it’s apparent that you’re itching to join her! You smile at her, talk to her and try to grab her anytime she’s close enough to let you.
In addition to loving us, you love Darcy, making lots of noise and sleeping. You also seem to enjoy being outside and going anywhere that’s different from what you’re used to. I get comments all of the time about how huge your eyes are and how observant you seem to be. You definitely love to experience and watch the world around you.
Developmentally, you are getting heavier every day — but not too heavy! You are rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy, almost sitting up independently and starting to eat solid foods.
We know that the next six months are going to fly by even faster, and we can’t wait to experience it all with you. We love you so much, Amelia Rose — we wouldn’t be us without you!
Mom and Dad
Weight: 15 lbs, 1 oz (obviously, our at-home scale is a little off — 27th percentile)
Height: 25 3/4 in (39th percentile)
Clothing size: 6 – 9 month clothes mostly but she can still wear a lot of her 3 – 6 month clothes.
Amelia Likes: BEING HELD, Mama, Daddy, Charlotte, being outside, riding in the car/stroller, swinging, grabbing everything, trying real foods and playing with her toys.
Amelia Dislikes: BEING PUT DOWN. Also, she still doesn’t love baby food — in fact, she wants our food instead. Finally, she was pretty sick for the first time around Mother’s Day, and it.was.awful. She did not like it; we did not like it. Ugh.
Firsts: Rolling from back to tummy, swing at the park and real cold.
Diapers: Still doing medium cloth diapers at home, and she’s moved up to size 3 disposable diapers.
Sleep: Amelia is still doing well in the sleep department. Most nights, I feed her and have her in bed by 8:30 p.m. She is waking up at around 5 or 6 a.m. (which Babywise says happens around this time) and just talking. We just go in her room and turn her sound machine on. She falls back asleep within minutes and then wakes up officially at around 7 a.m. She’s currently taking three naps a day. Sometimes, she shows signs of being able to extend her schedule to four hours between feedings, but other times she doesn’t. So we’re kind of in this awkward time where most days she’ll nap three times, and I’ll feed her five times throughout the day. On rare occasions though, she’ll go four hours between feedings, nap twice and nurse four times.
Feed: Like I mentioned, Amelia started baby food. She doesn’t love it, but I know she’ll learn to. At her six month appointment, I told the doctor that she still won’t take a bottle. Our doctor said that if she’s not taking a bottle now, she likely won’t ever. So looks like we’re doing this whole breastfeeding thing for the long haul! It’s ok, kid — you’re worth it!