Good afternoon! I am writing from a very exhausted state of mind. Let’s hope I can piece together cohesive sentences! We have been out of town for a full nine days now, eight of those solo with the girls. Alex just arrived late last night but his Thursday and Friday are still full workdays. He is working remote from his dad’s house while I entertain the girls with long walks, trips to the park and books (and more TV than I care to admit). But that whole post is for another day…today we celebrate Ruthie! She is six months (and a lot of days) old. I had the photos taken on time, but then left town and haven’t had a chance to sit down and write. So here goes…
At six months old we have hit our sweet spot. Ruthie is finally sleeping through the night after gruesome sleep training. Her typical day looks like this:
- 6:30am: wake, nurse
- 8:00-9:15am: nap
- 9:30: nurse, activity
- Noon-1:30pm: nap
- 1:30pm: nurse, play
- 4:00-5:00pm: nap
- 5:00pm: nurse, dinner
- 6:00pm: bath, bedtime routine
- 6:30 or 7:00pm: bedtime
That is pretty typical, but occasionally she will shorten one nap and lengthen another. She sleeps about 12 hours at night and will sometimes wake up once or twice but is easily soothed by her pacifier…always by Alex. I am too scared to go in at night. I am afraid I won’t be able to soothe her and will give in and nurse her instead. So I always send Alex.
Once Ruthie wakes up from her first nap we fill our mornings with outings and activities. Play group, park and library are our typical outings. On days we stay home I entertain the girls with lots of reading.
Ruthie is so playful and focused on reaching many new milestones. She can now sit up completely unassisted. She has great balance and strength. She will occasionally make her way to her belly from sitting but cannot yet sit up on her own from laying down. She is also starting to get up on her hands and knees. She works so hard but still struggles getting her head and bottom up at the same time. It’s like a see-saw, when her head goes up, her bottom goes down and when her bottom goes up her head goes down.
Ruthie rolls all over the floor and is really entertained just hanging out playing with her toys. When she does tire of being on the floor we rotate between the excersaucer and the high chair. We are starting Baby Led Weaning. She has already tried so many foods. Ruthie definitely loves sweet potatoes and bananas. She is a little hesitant with avocado but will munch on it anyway. We have been zipping right through solids and mixing in purees when it is convenient. At publishing Ruthie has tried all of these foods: apples, applesauce, blueberries, broccoli, red and green peppers, salmon, turkey, bacon, avocado, banana, sweet potato, peaches, mango, coconut, whole wheat toast, zucchini and summer squash, scrambled eggs and probably many many more. We are cautious about high-allergens but not avoiding them. I just make sure to introduce slowly and not with other new foods so we know if she has a reaction. So far she has been able to eat everything she has tried.
Ruthie sticks every single thing in her mouth. It helps with getting her to try new foods, but can be inconvenient when stuffing fistfuls of sand and dirt into her mouth. She is definitely exploring her world around her by tasting everything!
For the most part Ruthie is a very happy girl. She is content to play for long periods of time. Her face lights up when we smile at her and her expressions are entertaining. I just love her big, gummy grin! Meanwhile, when she does get upset, she really let’s us have it!
Occasionally she lets out this terrified scream-cry, mostly only to strangers who stick their face in her’s, but sometimes when she is tired too. It is so sad to hear because she rarely cries unless we are trying to get her to sleep. And on that note, I am so thankful we are over sleep-training! She will still cry when we put her down, but typically not for too long. Sometimes when she is really over-tired she will scream in her crib for a long time before falling asleep. We still go in and soothe every ten minutes and it never lasts more than a few intervals.
Ruthie and Eleanor share a room now. Both nap and sleep in the room. We use white noise to help diminish the sounds between the two and so far it is working really well. It was daunting at first. I was always nervous we would wake the other one, but so far it’s been a pretty smooth transition.
It has been a really fun month. Ruthie continues to bring so much joy into our world. She is so funny and makes me laugh every day. My favorite thing she does is raise her hands up to my face and grab me from either side and look straight into my eyes. She will also try to give me giant open-mouth kisses. I cannot get enough of this girl and keep her close to me in the carrier whenever we are out and about. I can tell she loves me so much and that just makes my heart flutter. She also loves her daddy and gets so excited when he comes home and is around. Ruthie is still trying to figure out her big sister. At times they keep each other cracking up, and at other times she just watches her intently. I can’t wait for them to start playing together!
I mean this statement with every ounce of truth: I love this age! I am so happy to be out of the newborn stage. We have a good schedule, one I can work with. Ruthie is happy and pleasant most of the time. She is impressing us with all of her new milestones. In general life is really good right now. I am so happy I am home with the girls and get to watch their personalities unfold and help shape the people they will become. We focus our days on reading a ton, independent play and getting outside for some fun. Some days are harder than others. But most are wonderful. I love being a mommy to two beautiful girls!
Happy Six Months Pretty Baby!