Our baby is officially half a year old! How can it be?
I know I’m biased, but isn’t she the cutest little girl you’ve ever seen???
Six.months.old. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed, so quickly, but here we are with this precious little baby girl who seems so grown up these days. This months was all about Charlotte becoming more aware of what her body can do, and in turn, becoming more mobile. She can now roll from back to tummy on both sides, and from tummy to back. She doesn’t roll from tummy to back very much outside her crib, but when she’s in her crib she does it a lot.
In addition to being mobile from rolling, she can also inch herself backwards. She raises herself up on her arms very high, and pushes back. She hasn’t figure out how to scoot forward yet, which seems to be a source of frustration for her. She will see a toy, reach for it, but she isn’t able to get to it. She just pushes herself farther away from it, and then she grunts in frustration. I know she’ll be able to figure it out soon, and when that happens she will be quite the handful.
Towards the end of this month she started lifting her hips and legs off the ground too. She can push her bottom way up in the air, and she is also starting to tuck her knees under her in true crawling form. She’ll stay in that position and rock back and forth, not sure what to do next. Once she coordinates moving her arms forward, she will be on her way! I predict we are going to have a crawler within the next six weeks!
Another large developmental milestone she reached this month was the ability to sit up by herself. It was one of those things that I hadn’t really been working on with her, I just sat her up one day, scooted away from her, and was amazed when she kept sitting there. She still needs some occasional support from the back and sides, but she can sit for 5 minutes (if her attention span lasts that long) and play. She really is into sitting up and knocking down these soft blocks because she has learned that when her hands hit something, something interesting happens!
Wow! Rolling, scooting, and sitting all in one month. She has been super busy!
A week before she turned six months, we decided to start introducing some solid foods to her. We weren’t planning on her actually ingesting much, just wanted to start getting used to the idea of having another taste in her mouth besides breast milk. We cut a banana in half, and trimmed the peel down at the top so she could taste the fruit.
It took a while before she even picked it up,
but after she did her faces were pretty priceless.
As you can tell, she wasn’t really crazy about it. After this I tried mashing some of the banana and feeding her with the spoon, but she still didn’t really like it. I’m not in a huge hurry to incorporate solids into her diet, so we’re just taking things at her pace for now.
Not only did Charlotte make huge developmental milestones this month, she also went on her first vacation…to the beach! There is a place called Kenting that is about 1 1/2 hours away, and we went there for three days with my parents and brother. (Dave had two weeks off of work due to summer vacation!) We stayed in a hotel that is walking distance from the beach, but only went to the beach for one day. The first day we went to an indoor water park because we thought it would be easier for Charlotte to nap there (she didn’t nap much on the car ride there and had been awake for 5 hours, which is very, very long for her). Even at the water park it took a portable bed, battery operated fan, and complete exhaustion to get her to finally sleep.
The second day of vacation we went to the beach and she felt the ocean for the very first time. She didn’t cry or fuss at all, which is not surprising since she loves baths so much.
We spent 5 hours at the beach, and she only napped a little, so while it was fun to see her at the beach it probably wasn’t too fun for her. Next year she’ll actually be old enough to play in the sand and enjoy the beach a little bit more. Here are some pictures from the trip:
A few random notes from this month:
Like each previous month, Charlotte continues to be a happy and healthy little girl. We praise God that she has never been sick, and continues to meet (and exceed!) all her developmental milestones. What a privilege and joy it is to watch her change and grow each and every day!
Here are some other things she has been up to this month:
We love our goofy girl!!!