Sunday, December 7, 2014

Six Months: A Letter

November 28, 2014

Wow!  Half a year has gone by since you came into our lives!  We cannot believe how fast it's gone.  I so wish I could slow it down.  I love the lyrics to this Lady Antebellum song, "Time is a thief I would rob".  I couldn't agree more.  I just constantly think, "I wish we had more time".  But since this time is all we get, I cherish every little bit.  I try to savor even the crazy because I'll never get it back.  So, I love crazy!  And that's what this month has been.

You had two holidays this month...Halloween and Thanksgiving and there were some big events that surrounded these and filled the time in between.

We started the month with your very first trip to the pumpkin patch.  You weren't all that excited about it, but you looked so cute in your sunglasses and you sat in your umbrella stroller for the first time!

A few days later was your first Halloween!  You were the cutest little strawberry.  It was pretty chilly, so we didn't stay out for very long, but you had fun going to a few houses with brother while he got candy:)

You then became mobile!!  You started rolling from belly to back.  And it wasn't long until you'd roll all over the room.  It was so cute, but we all had to be more aware of where you were in relation to other things in the house...Lucas' toys mainly!

You also started sitting up this month.  You still can't push yourself into the sitting position but when we sit you up, you will sit for a really long time .  When you fall forward, you just transition to your belly, but you fell backward one time and it was not good.  You hit your head and cried pretty good.  So sad:(

Another major event this month was your dedication at church.  All your grandparents were there, along with Uncle Cal, Aunt Cassie and cousin Boston.  It was such a precious time.  We made a promise before our family and God that we would pray for you, raise you up in a Godly home, teach you the Word, and encourage you to be a part of a body of believers so you would grow and mature.  We love you and we want you to be with us for all eternity in Heaven.  This is our greatest prayer.

You also started eating solid food this month, for real!  We started you off about 2 weeks ago with oatmeal with banana and you love it!  You open your mouth like a little birdie and eat every bite.  At first, you didn't really know what to do with your tongue, but it didn't take you long to get the hang of it:)  After about a week of oatmeal, we started on sweet potatoes and you loved those too!  You lean forward and I can't hardly feed you fast enough.  Love it!  We'll try green beans next week.

You eat 2 oz of oatmeal and about 3 oz of formula for breakfast, 7 oz of formula mid-morning, 7 oz of formula mid-afternoon, sweet potatoes and 4 oz of formula for dinner, and about 2-3 oz of formula right before bed.  You go down about 7:15p and we wake you up at 6:30a.  You take 2 really good naps during the day and a short catnap in the early evening; usually on our way home from Ms. Kelly's.

You are still wearing 3-6 month clothes and jammies, but I predict we will be moving to 6-9 month right after Christmas.  You are in size 2 diapers, but I think we'll be moving to size 3 as soon as this box is out!  You also now sleep in a sleep sack.  You were kicking out of your swaddle.

You love your jumparoo and will spend a lot of time in it.  You get bouncing pretty fast and high sometimes and you just squeal!

When you're not in there or watching Lucas, you are pretty quiet.  It takes a lot to get you to laugh!  You smile a bunch and squeal, but you don't belly laugh very often and you don't talk a lot.  I guess Lucas talks enough for the both of you:)

Your last major event the day before your 6-month birthday was Thanksgiving/Mama's birthday.  We had many celebrations...Mimi's, Grammy's and Papa's.  You were a great traveler and everyone loved seeing you.  You met lots of new family and friends...Graham (our friend's son who is 1 month older than you), your Great-aunt Linda and Great-uncle John (daddy's aunt and uncle), your Great-aunt Joyce (daddy's other aunt) and lots of Daddy's cousins and their kids!  We had a great time getting together with everyone.

Well, sister...time is about to get even crazier with Christmas coming up.  I want to make some great memories with you and teach you the true meaning of the season...Jesus coming to earth as a baby to save us from our sins so we can live with Him forever.  I love you and look forward to all these new moments we get to share with you!

We love you so much!

Mama and Daddy