Vivian Pearl: You are 6 months old!
As of yesterday, my little angel girl, you are half of a year old. Half of a year. Hold the phone. Stop everything. Slow your roll. I literally remember shaking with nerves on a hospital bed exactly six months ago, when they told us that we would be having a baby that very night (which we really didn't expect). And now, well...now you're here. And you're beautiful. And you're perfect. And you're so big. That night seems like it was forever ago, and yet it could have been just last night. Funny how time does that.
At six months old, you, my sweet Vivian, are just the most precious little muffin ever. You are constantly smiling, squealing and burbling. For the most part, you are still a calm, go-with-the-flow kind of gal, content to hang out wherever we are. Everyone just loves you, and are always commenting on how absolutely beautiful you are with your big blue eyes and dainty little features. Your daddy and I think you are the most gorgeous baby girl in the world...but, we may be a bit biased;)
You haven't had a doctor's appointment in a couple of months now, but on a visit for a cold you had about three weeks ago, you weighed in at 14.9 pounds. So my guess would be somewhere in the 15 pound range now? You have your 6 month well-check tomorrow, so I guess we will see then! You've definitely grown a bit, as the 3-6 month clothing you were wearing perfectly just a couple of weeks ago is already getting more fitted. Your 6 month clothing is still a bit roomy, but I know it won't be long before it fits you perfectly. You are still in a size 2 diaper, but we will likely be moving you up to a size 3 soon, as they seem to be getting a bit small too. Your cheeks have filled out a bit, and your little thigh rolls are just the most scrumptious things ever!
*Update: As of your 6 month well-check on October 13, 2015, you are 16 pounds on the dot (50th percentile), 26.5 inches long (50th percentile), and your head circumference - which I can't remember right now - was also 50th percentile. Right on target for normal growth, sweet girl!
Despite my best efforts, sweet girl, there has not been a significant improvement in my milk supply over the last month. I still bring you to my breast to nurse several times a day, but each time, you finish both and cry for more, so we end up preparing a bottle. I still try to pump at night, but only get a couple of ounces, so I can't even keep enough bottles prepared to do a bottle a day of breastmilk anymore. I will keep nursing for as long as you will let me, and am hoping that we can keep going with the mixture of breastmilk and formula throughout the day for at least a couple more months. After nursing, you take a 5-6 ounce bottle of Similac Alimentum. We tried to move you to Similac Sensitive to see how you handled it, but you broke out in bumps and eczema, and cried like your tummy hurt, so it looks like your protein sensitivity is still going strong. I am still going easy on dairy - though I don't totally avoid it anymore - to avoid upsetting your little system after you nurse. Starting to wonder if this is going to be a lifelong thing for you.
After the go ahead from your doctor tomorrow, we will start introducing some solids into your diet. And I have a feeling you are going to love it. You are always trying to reach for our plates and cups during meals (and have SUCH a strong little grip!), so we are excited to see how you react to your first taste of "real" food. Wondering if you will be a fruit lover like your brother, or if you will like veggies and meats too?
Speaking of your brother, sometimes I feel like you look just like him - albeit it a girlier version of him. Your faces really resemble, and of course, your big blue eyes look a lot like his.
But then, there are other times when I feel like you look so different. Your little features are smaller than his were, and so is your body (which has been smaller since birth, actually). Your forehead is shorter than Caleb's, your fingers are long, dainty and tapered while his are big and wide, and your feet are super narrow with long toes, while his are very wide with average toes. Your hair is still darker than his ever was, and so are your little eyebrows, so I don't know what to expect. You may still lighten up, or I guess you may just always be a couple of shades darker than your brother. Time will tell!
You are still not the best napper, although, this month we've seen you get a bit more regular about naptimes. You like to take a good morning nap, but don't always get to with all of the activities that we have going on with your brother every day. When we are at home, you nap in your crib in the morning, and if I am lucky, I can get an hour out of you. Then, in the afternoons, I can usually get a two little cat naps at some point, although that seems to be quickly disappearing. I know soon you will probably do just one little nap and then eventually go to one nap a day like your brother. You are STILL sleeping in our room, Little Bit. And in our bed on most nights! Eeek! I've loved having you so close, and with your reflux and spit up issues, I've felt more comfortable having you close by and knowing that I will hear you if you spit up or aspirate. But now that you are getting to be a big girl, we are trying to transition you to the crib at night. I know it won't be easy, as we went through this with your brother. But that's ok. I know it will happen eventually, so I am trying not to stress out about it.
You've continued to become more and more interactive this month - as you have every month in the past. You love to sit and play with your toys, and whichever of his toys your brother feels like sharing at the moment. You love your little pop-up infant toy, your soft rattles and dolls (which you gnaw on), and any and all small little trinkets - which is terrifying, because they all go straight to your mouth. Another thing that's in your mouth a lot lately? Your feet! You found your feet on 9/11/15, and have been grabbing them and munching on them ever since.
You love to roll all around, and if I leave you on your tummy for just a minute, I can come back and find you all the way across the room. You try desperately to crawl, and will cling to the carpet and attempt to pull yourself forward to get to what you want. I know it won't be too long before you'll figure out what you need to do to start scooting forward.
You still play in the exercauser quite a bit, and have loved the Johnny Jumper, which we pulled out of the attic a couple of weeks ago. Your little legs just go, go, go in that thing - it's so stinkin' cute. You also still sit in your swing and your bouncer, but neither of those will be around much longer, as you've about outgrown them both. Sad mama. You also still hang out in your Bumbo seat, which goes wherever we go. We load it up with toys, and it takes you approximately .7 seconds to throw them all on the floor:) You love being outside, and are still a great car rider, which we are so thankful for, seeing as how we do a lot of running around with your older brother to school, play dates and such. Mommy is very thankful that you are so easygoing in that respect!
Lately, you have been all about Mommy. I remember Caleb going through a similar stage, so this is not totally unexpected. And I'll admit - I love it. Love. Every. Bit. Of. It. At night, Daddy tries to put you down to sleep, and most nights, you will just NOT be satisfied until Mommy comes in to lay down next to you or hold you. And then, you are out in five minutes or less. I know how fleeting this stage is, so I am soaking it up while it lasts. It's nice to feel so needed.
Likes: Playing peek-a-boo, being outside, playing with brother, being held, sleeping in mommy and daddy's bed, riding in the car, eating, listening to mommy sing, bathtime
Dislikes: Having your nose cleaned, being hungry, being tired, being hurt by big brother
Nicknames: Vivi, Viv, Vivvers, Baby Pearl, Pearl Girl, Baby Girl, Sweet Baby, Muffin Girl, Pooter Scooter, Sissy Girl, Sissy, Mimi (by Caleb), Sis....obviously, you have a ton of nicknames. Hopefully you'll know what your real name is one day;)
This month you:
-Found your toes (9/11/15)
-Started holding your own bottle (9/13/15)
-Tried to sit up unassisted, a bit shakily (9/14/15)
-Laughed out loud while playing peekaboo for the first time (9/15/15)
-Had your first cold and fever of over 102 degrees (9/17/15)
-Fell of the coffee table in your Bumbo after Caleb pulled you off (you were scared and crying, but you were fine, thank God!) (9/18/15)
-Visited the Atlanta Zoo for the first time with Mommy, Daddy, Caleb, Mimi, Poppy, Aunt Jen and Uncle Chris (9/26/15)
-Sat up for the first time unassisted, and not shakily! (9/27/15)
-Fell off your Boppy on the couch; you flipped yourself right over it! (and again, were fine) (10/6/15)
Lesson from this month: never leaving you alone again! Even for 2 seconds!
We love you so, so much. Our world feels more complete with you in it, and we can't imagine our lives without your sweet face and precious presence. You're growing so fast, as evidenced by the fact that you are already 6 months old! And though Mama is loving watching you grow and change, it makes me sad too. Because, as I've said before, it means you are no longer my tiny newborn and never will be again. I hope you'll always let me hold you and cuddle you, and just wish I could keep you small for longer. My hip will always long for your weight resting on it, and my arms will always wish to cuddle you within them. We love you so much, sweet muffin!
Happy 6 months!