Pshhhhh...it ain't nothing...
Here I am playing it all cool, and my parents are on the verge of an emotional breakdown over the fact that I am "growing up so fast." Growing up? Dude, I'm still sucking on a bottle and pooping in a diaper. But, I understand why they feel this way. They love me. They really love me!! I'm now truly old enough to understand that they are MY mommy and daddy and that they aren't going anywhere. In fact, they really don't go anywhere. At least one of them is all up in my face every waking moment of the day. But it's all good. My Mommy sings funny songs to me that make me smile and high up on my daddy's shoulder is still one of my fave places. However, lately I like being held almost "sitting up" up style in their arms. That way I can see everything that's going on.
A lot has happened in the past month. I started rolling over! Only belly to back a few times. I'm still not feeling gutsy enough to try back to belly. I try to do it (and I almostttt have it!) but it still seems a bit scary. It's like a gymnastics move this back to belly thing. Maybe if Mom got me some sparkly spandex and let me do a few warm up stretches I might give it a real go! We'll see. Lots of things make me smile these days. I'm at my best in the early morning when I first get up! All is right with the world in the morning. When Mommy comes in to get me (after I've been talking into the monitor for awhile) I smile real big and squirm all around. I'm just so excited to see her! Mom loves this. So I tend to be a little more dramatic about it to make her feel good. But shhhhh, don't tell her that.
Food. "Tina, eat the FOOD!" Napoleon Dynamite reference? Anyone? No? Okay. I've been on rice cereal in my bottle for awhile now to help with my reflux. And in the past two weeks or so I'm been having some oatmeal and bananas (or applesauce!) for lunch. For dinner I usually have sweet potatoes! Yum! I don't know how my mom does it but she manages to turn my spoon into a train! It's so cool! And the train comes right up to my mouth with a loud "Choo choo!" and I eat it right up with a smile! The docs changed my formula again from Neocate to Gerber Goodstart. And I am now taking a probiotic. This just started a few days ago and it seems be making a difference! My tummy isn't so angry anymore. They are taking me to see a GI doctor in a few weeks just to get my belly checked out. The last time I was at the doctor's office (about two weeks ago) I weighed in at 12 pounds!! Still a lightweight at 6 months! Although, you wouldn't think so at how heavy my car seat is while I am in it. My parents should thank me. I'm saving them from having to pay for a gym membership.
I pretty much love putting everything and anything in my mouth these days. Toys, hands, bibs. Pretty much anything I can get in my hands. What??? It tastes good. And this is how I'm learning about my surroundings right now, by eating them. I also love love love my sing-a-long videos. Elmo is just an awesome little guy. I'm super active all the time. I love to kick my legs and look around at everything. And when my Mom or Dad holds me under my arms to help me stand up? Well...let...me...just...tell...YOU. I rock at standing up. In fact, I mightttt just surprise everyone by crawling and walking within a week of each other. But we'll see. I might not be ready, since technically I am 4 months adjusted age. But ohhhh boy! You should see my little strong legs!! I've been trying out the exersaucer but I'm still a bit too tiny for it. They put towels all around me, but it still isn't all that fantastic. I think in another month I'll be on that thing like white on rice. Bath time is a GOOD time. I love it. Again, Mommy makes up silly songs about taking a bath too. Sometimes I give her an eye roll but most of time I just jam along!
Sleep. I'm still not really down with taking a long nap during the day. I prefer to nap like a cat. A cat says "Meowwwww." Although, just recently I've been napping around the same time of day in my swing for a bit. Once in the late morning and once in the late afternoon. At night, I go into my crib around 7:30 and I sleep until about 2ish. That's when I start stirring and I don't even need to cry because my Mom is weirdly tuned into to me and wakes up right before I start stirring. We then cuddle. She does a quick diaper change and I get a baba! To which I usually end up not making it all the way through, because I fall back to sleep while drinking it. I then go back down till about 7am give or take. My parents put me in a Halo sleepsack which we all love. No blankets getting all loose and tangled up! I've also found my voice this past month! I may be a little but I have a BIG voice! Been quite the "talker" lately which my parents pretty much think is the cutest thing ever. So I'll keep it up I guess.
Hattie the Hemangioma on my neck is getting preeeeeeeety annoying, lemme tell ya. I guess we are going on a long car ride to Boston in November to have a smarty pants look at it. Uh oh, a long car ride. I pretty much give a thumbs down to car rides. Most of the time I'll voice my opinion about this by screaming at them from the backseat. But I don't think they get it, because they still put me in the car all the time. What gives?
I am a lucky little girl because I have lots of fun Grandparents! There's the Nana/Papa combo...the Mema/Poppy combo...the Grammy/Poppy combo and an Avo (Portuguese for Grandpa). I also have a Great-Grammy and a Nanny! They love me lots and do so much for me!
I can't wait because by early next week my Auntie Kristen will be having her baby (my future BFF). We are gonna have so much fun playing and growing together!! We are gonna be like cookies n' milk...or like cake n' ice cream...or like the moon n' the stars...you get my point....:)
I overheard my Mom talking about something called "Fall." She's pretty pumped up about it. Apparently, we are going to be doing lots of apple and pumpkin picking! Which will be accompanied by lots of picture taking. And Halloween? What's that? I heard through the grapevine that she's planning on dressing me up in something silly or sickeningly sweet. But that's okay. I'll let her. I know she's waited a long time to do this :)
Overall, my first 6 months out in this world have been pretty great. I can't complain. It was a rough start, but things are getting better. Before you know it, I'll be (in no particular order):
-On the move!
-Popping up some teeth!
-Thinking Cheerios is a delicacy!
-Saying MaMa and DaDa!! Hmmm, which one will I say first?? Maybe I'll throw a wrench in the whole thing and say "Justin Bieber" or something....
-Celebrating my first Halloween, Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS! Gotta meet this "Santa" guy all the other kids speak so highly of...
-Reading Harry Potter (Eh, well that's pushing it I guess)
There's so much to be done in the next 6 months! I better get moving on those...
My Mommy went a little crazy with the photo shoot. I was ready for a (cat) nap afterwards! Check 'em out below. Does Mommy have a polka dot obsession? I think so...
Until next time,
|Check out my belly! I just ate up some Oatmeal and Ba-nay-nays!|
|I'm smiling because in 6 more months I get to eat CAKE!|
|Baby got back. Everyone should have their name embroidered on their underwear!|
|Whoa, what's this thing in my lap?|
|Oh hey, it's the number 6! I've seen the Count from Sesame Street talk about this number...|
|I wonder if I can eat it...|
|Do you think my Mom will notice if I just have a little taste?|
|Eh, she took it away from me. Guess I'll just chew on this bib...|
|All these polka dots are making me dizzy...|
|See the blur?? Guess they did make me dizzy!|
See you all next month!!