Tuesday, May 8, 2012

6 Months

Daisy is 6 months old! She is just so much fun. Here are some updates on how she is growing:

17 pounds! She has gained 10 pounds since birth. Since starting solids, she has had a major growth spurt. Must be all those mangoes, bananas, and pumpkin (her favorites). 

We have started sleep training. Before I get into it, let me say that let this not be a place for debate as to what method of sleep training will scar your baby more. I welcome tales of what works for you though, I could use all the help I can get! Anyways, we have completed a week and a half of the Ferber method and I have decided that we need to try something else. Our experience went like this: We were in a three night cycle. The first night would be just awful. Lots of crying (from mom and baby), and eventual sleep, with just as much waking up in the night. The second night would be a little better, crying but not as much, but still just as much midnight wakings. The third night, there would be little to no crying, but all the nighttime wakings. Then it would start all over again, even though we were doing the same thing each night. At the same time, her naps were getting worst. They went from 40-60 minutes to 20. No good. Obviously, this hasn't been working. Right now I am doing what we did before I started sleep training-putting her through her bedtime routine, then rocking her to the point of intense drowsiness, and putting her in her crib. I don't mind that method of getting her to sleep at all-I love cuddling her. I started looking into different methods because she wakes up a lot in the night, and I would like for her to start sleeping more consistently through the night. I realized the other day that with pregnancy and having a baby, I haven't had more than 4 hours of sleep at a time in about a year. I am really ready to sleep through the night, and I hope daisy is too. Moms of the internet, what worked for you?

Daisy LOVES solid food. She loves trying new things, and she is just so fascinated with what we eat. She really seems to enjoy sitting in her little chair with us at the dinner table, eating food like us. I look forward to when she gets teeth, so we can start giving her little pieces of our food. 

Daisy has a new game, where she just HAS to get our hair in her mouth. She loves it. She lets out a screech, opens her mouth, and lunges forward until she has two fists and a mouth full of my hair or Jordan's beard. It's pretty funny, as long as her nails are trimmed and she doesn't get the tender temple hairs.

Case in point

Unfortunately with solids come lots of poop. The next picture contains poop, so beware.

(There are a lot more pictures after the poopy one, so maybe scroll fast if you have a weaker constitution?)

That is her worst blow out to date, after I had rinsed most of it off. I just had to document how high it got up her body. We have many baths and wardrobe changes in our home. She also has started to try to escape diaper changes...so I clean her changing table a lot these days.

Daisy is a pro at sitting up now, and she loves it. PHOTOBOMB:

Daisy also LOVES her dad. I am so so glad. I was worried that Daisy would be anxious around Jordan because he travels so much and works such long hours, but nope. She loves him. She is always excited to see him when he comes home, and I love seeing that. Our daily routine usually ends with me making dinner while Jordan plays with Daisy, and then while I clean up, he gets her ready for bed. I don't mind cooking and cleaning the kitchen each night because it gives Jordan a little more time to spend with his baby girl. 

Daisy also has become increasingly interested in my phone. Here she is trying to get her mouth on it. 

Daisy also enjoys running errands with me, especially since she is now being carted around in her stroller, or as I am sure she refers to it, her chariot. 

Daisy remains, as ever, our happy, delightful baby girl. She always has a smile and a laugh for her momma and poppa, and we love her so much. Being a mom just keeps getting better and better, even with the lack of sleep and perpetually stained clothing.