Tuesday, June 10, 2014

6 Month Update

Just running a little behind on Stella's monthly update!  Not too much to update on this month, it looked pretty similar to last!  Long days of work for Mark, lots of sunshine, and plenty of snuggle time with Stella.  I really do love being able to stay home with her.  I take time to be thankful for that every day.  I know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me!  This month Stella finally had her first Wal Mart trip at 24 weeks old...I know it's insane I made it that long, it's just so much easier to run errands without her, plus the winter was so cruel and my back was completely out of whack, so it just wasn't worth it until now! 

My Little Cupcake

Go Cards!
My favorite toy this month...shake shake the tambourine!
This month we also celebrated cousin Ryder's birthday.  My sister Abby and her son Ryder recently moved back to our hometown, and Stella and I are loving having them nearby!  I see lots of play dates in the future!

Sitting with Grandma before Ryder's birthday party and all tuckered out from Ryder's party at The Discovery Depot
Cousin Love
Ready to head up to Howes Park with Ryder & Parker!

Stella also received her first May Day Basket from Great Grandma Norton.  She was so excited!

As a little girl I used to dress up as Dorthy.  My grandma made Stella a May Day Basket setting her up to do the same :-)
Stella also had her first runny nose this month.  It wasn't too bad, she never got a fever and she LOVES having her nose sucked out.  She laughs and waves her arms when she sees the nose sucker.  I just think that's so strange!

The Routine:
Bottle feedings remain the same as last month, but we introduced some solid foods this month.  Every parent is different, but we opted to wait until 6 months to start her on solids.  I made the decision to wait hoping to keep any potential allergies at bay, and also because she isn't sitting up on her own yet.  At 24 weeks (about a week before she turned 6 months) we introduced her to cereal.  We started with rice cereal, super bland but a great way to introduce her to eating and sitting in her new high chair.  She didn't know what to think at first, but finished about half the bowl.  Not bad for the first shot!  A few days later we introduced multi-grain cereal, which she like a lot better!  On her "6 month birthday" we introduced apples (homemade, of course, you know me).  She wasn't too sure about the first couple bites, but ended up polishing off the entire bowl!  I plan to introduce one food at a time, for about 3-4 days at a time.  This allows you to see which (if any) foods your baby doesn't agree with.  After introducing plenty of fruits and veggies I plan to do a big batch cooking day and post on how I make her food.  I didn't want to make a ton of food in case there's something she can't tolerate.  I don't think it's necessary to buy special "baby food makers", I am using what I have in my kitchen and it's working beautifully!  So stay tuned for that post.  Stella's eating is treating her well, she weighed in at 17 pounds and was 25 1/2 inches long at her 6 month checkup!  The Spring Cleaning and moving Stella to her crib didn't happen this month, but I did start her on a regular nap schedule in her rocky bed at 24 weeks.  She currently goes to bed around 7:00 and wakes up around 7:00.  I get her out of bed between 7:30 and 8:00 (yes, she lays there and plays for that long.  we're lucky!), and she goes down for her morning nap from about 10-11, give or take.  She also takes an afternoon nap from about 2:00-4:00.  This nap schedule allows for regular feedings.  The schedule works so well at home and allows me to be very productive, but it makes us work a little harder at adapting when we're on the go.  That's OK though, I'll take it!  Stella is still in her cloth diapers, they are working very well!  After our family vacation I plan to adjust to using them on the go as well now that I know they only leak every once and a great while (no more than disposable).  Still wearing a size 2 this month!
Excited to start solid foods!
Napping with her bedtime buddies from her grandmas!

Loves sitting outside with mommy late afternoon!

A few of Stella's favorite things:
  • Meeting more milestones!  Stella is taking an interest in what we are doing and holding...starting with the remote!  She also FINALLY rolled all the way over from her back to her tummy at 22 weeks.  She can't get back over yet, but we're working on it!
  • Her toes!  She is constantly holding her feet and hooking them on the rings of her play mat.  She has even figured out how to get a ring on her foot and rip it down!
  • Waving her left arm up and down all day long.  Could she be a lefty???
  • Fake coughing!  Once she discovered out how to do that it quickly became a favorite.  I always have to run and check on her but she's usually crying wolf!
  • Helping mommy and daddy turn the pages of her books at story time.  She's really taking an interest in them, her teacher mommy is so proud!
  • Babbling and laughing when she is tired before bed.  It's a fun time to play with her and tire her out!
  • Getting her hair combed.  As you can tell from the pictures, Stella has very long, thick, crazy hair.  When she wakes up it is in knots so I started combing it every morning.  This also helps with the terrible cradle cap she has going on (although her long hair hides it nicely!)
  • Scooting!  When laying on her back, Stella can use her feet to push herself backwards.  She can get pretty far!
My first time rolling all the way over!
On the move...started out on the play mat and didn't stop until she hit the wall!

Determined little thing!

Around the house: 
  • Having a routine and a healed back has made for a much happier month!  However, it has still been challenging having Mark gone all day.  I really sympathise with moms who live alone and those with traveling husbands.  That is me in the busy seasons and it can be trying!  I just take small breaks throughout the day, simplify the house chores when I need to, and remember to make time just to sit and snuggle Stella and Kaiser several times a day, even if it's only a few minutes.  Gotta stay sane somehow! 
  • I got a clean bill of health at my doctor appointment.  She said my incision is healing fine, and some women just have more pain than others depending on your body.  I must say it's gotten a lot better over the last few weeks.  After vacation I promise to do a health & fitness post.  

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