Thursday, August 7, 2014

Six Months?!?

Everyone said Brayden would grow up "so fast." That's true. He is.

Everyone also said Elissa would grow up even faster. That's also true. For some reason, the second baby seems to grow up even quicker than the first. Maybe it's because I'm busy chasing a toddler around (and outnumbered during the day). Maybe it's because I've already been through it once and things don't take quite as much time. Who knows. But I really can't believe my little angel is six months old.

At six months, Elissa is still as sweet, determined and feisty as ever. Watching her try to crawl is just hilarious. She is so focused on the task, and once she decides she'd rather be facing a different direction (or move a couple feet away), she starts flailing her limbs and moving that little body as much as possible. She's pretty adept at moving in a circle (always clockwise though). She'll move her little hands to the right, then her feet to the left and continue alternating them. I'm truly amazed at how quickly she can do it. I'm sure it won't be long before she's full-on crawling. She's already figured out that her knees need to come under her body and has been busy learning other dynamics of the task (usually in the morning when she should be napping!).

I suppose what's interesting to one is boring to another.
She's sitting on her own more and more these days - though it always helps if there's an interesting toy in front of her. She's also loving meal times (to the point of "hurry-up-and-feed-me-more-or-I'll-cry"). I've been giving her big chunks of fruit and veggies and letting her just gnaw on them. Watermelon and cantaloupe slices, sweet potato fries, cucumber sticks, (pitted) peaches, plums or apricots. The only one she wasn't  crazy about was cucumber. We're also giving her oatmeal and some purees. She's loving every bit of it. And like Brayden at this age, she eats like a garbage-disposal but doesn't seem to put on any weight. Between 5-7 months, Brayden was super healthy in every way, but had nearly dropped off the charts for weight (he was down to the 2nd percentile for a bit). This was despite how much he was eating - breastfeeding 5-7 times a day plus three (rather large) solid meals (my sister once remarked he ate more than her five-year-old). We chalked it up to his activity level and metabolism. Elissa is certainly following suit. She eats like a champ but is hanging out around the 5th percentile for weight. I think I've come to the conclusion that it's just something about my kids biological make-up that during this time their metabolisms kick into high gear.

Everything else is going wonderfully. Elissa is great on the sleep front, is fairly low-maintenance, doesn't cry much and is just the sweetest little girl ever. She's curious, lovably stubborn, and reliably smiley. She loves her brother dearly (when he is in the room, he captures her full attention), has an insane death grip when she doesn't want to let go of something, gets a huge grin on her face when she hears daddy's voice, and is happiest when someone is paying her attention.

In no time, she's going to be running around with her big brother. For now, I'm just enjoying the phase she's in. What a sweetheart. ♥

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