Leigh is 6 months old! It has been such an amazing half a year and one that went by so fast. I can’t believe my baby is getting so big and is doing so much. We have already made so many awesome memories with our sweet girl since she has been with us and I really can’t imagine life without her.
Leigh Stella continues to be such a good, happy baby who is always smiling, moving and playing. She is mobile which began when she turned five month or so. She looks like she is so close to crawling and does the back and forth rocking on all fours; however she makes her way to what she needs by scooting herself around and makes tracks! We are excited to see if she is content with the scooting or if she will decide to pick up and start crawling. Her big sister started crawling at 8 months and began walking at 11 months, we’ll see what Leigh decides to do. All we know is she is one busy little lady! We just moved our family room furniture to be able to rope her in when she tries to escape :)…It is so nice that the house is already baby-proofed this time around – we just need to put up some of the gates downstairs again.
She sits up so good (she has been sitting up since 4 months) and can last for a long time. She did a good 3o minutes this morning with no problem, her core is so strong now which makes it really nice to just be able to put her down and she can play with her toys contently for a period of time and see what is going on around her so well and be on big sis’s level too.
Leigh girl loves to play and can last a long, long time now. It makes life so much more fun and frankly way easier, especially with two. I love to watch both girls play together – they love each other so much. They are the sweetest of sisters and Livie is so good with her.
Leigh does the best just sitting up playing with toys on the floor, then in her seat sitting up playing with toys and lastly in the jumparoo. That is the circuit. Less jumparoo lately for sure and more floor time playing and scooting everywhere. The play mat is pretty much non-existent now and she just rolls over and scoots around. She is so much fun!
She continues to do doing really well with solids. I haven’t really pushed a lot of new things and we are taking things really slow especially since we started when she was 4.5 months. She typically has a little oatmeal, apple or banana at breakfast with breast milk and then sweet potato at lunch or dinner with breast milk. I give her the solids first and then she sucks down 5 ounces of milk right after. She loves her milk – going strong with breast milk. I just hope she becomes as good of an eater as her sister has been through the years, that’s all I can really ask for. We are doing the exact same thing we did with Liv for Leigh; purees when they are real young then move to feeding themselves. I have started giving her puffs that she puts in her mouth and also have the mesh feeder that I am trying to get her into.
Sleep really hasn’t changed that much since the last month’s update. She takes two good naps per day with a cat nap or two. She goes down around 7:30 pm and wakes up for the day around 5:30 am or so. Some nights it is a challenge to keep her up until 7:30 because she is so tired from playing and just wants to go to bed, sometimes as early at 6:30 so we really try to just keep her entertained and up a bit longer.
She has been sleeping in her crib now for some naps and went all night last night in her crib (until I pulled her into bed at 4 am…). The easy answer for us though is the swing – she loves her swing, but is way too strong and can easily flip out in it. I have walked in several times with her just about rolling out of it so I am always on pins and needles when she is in it. The only time I am not is at night when she is really tightly swaddled and in a deep sleep – then she doesn’t move and really can’t because her swaddle is so tight thanks to dad.
Another fun development is her sleeping on her side and on her tummy. We think it is great and just want her to be comfy – she is past the age and development of worrying about her sleeping on her tummy. Girl can get out of anything and does what she wants.
Leigh has been teething for a while now, for months actually, but no teeth yet. She has been doing the puckering sound with her month for over a month and they say that is a true sign that they are near…I have no idea. Liv had her two bottom center teeth come in just before six month. We feel every day for those little pups.
She also got her first ear infection, poor babe. We went to Wilbur this last weekend for a yearly family party and on the way home she was really whining and had a little green snot. We decided to take action and take her in the next day, Monday, even though she had her six month appointment that Friday. She had an ear infection in both ears, but the good news was that we did catch it really early on so she only had to be on amoxicillin for half the time and on her Friday appointment was checked and was just about back to normal.
Speaking of her six month appointment – she did awesome! She was smiley and moving everywhere for the doctor and just did the normal hesitant cry once she realized that she just got poked and then once I grabbed her and put her over my shoulder she smiled at the nurse. We have one tough little girl. The rest of the day was no problem; she ate right when we got home, played for a long time and entertained herself and then took a nice long nap. Pretty typical and it was a great day at home with both girls.
Leigh has always been a talker, babbling, but now she has really found her voice. She has been doing the screeching and loud screams – just testing out those vocal cords. It’s pretty funny to listen to.
FIRSTS & OUTINGS
Lots of fun first this last month for her too; first full weekend away from mom and dad (best friend’s wedding in Whistler) staying at Grandparent Petersen’s house for the first time, first trip to Lake Chelan / Wapato Point with family for the 4th of July, celebrated her first 4th of July, first time in the pool…
…first time to Hanson Harbor / Wilbur on Lake Roosevelt with family, meeting the Petersen side of her family, fun play dates, dinners with good friends and lots of other fun stuff with her parents and sis. Summer is just eventful in itself…we have lots to look forward to this next month too; birthday parties, meeting new baby buddies, Orcas Island / San Juan Island trip and get-togethers with family and friends.
Welp, you are pretty awesome Leigh – love my baby girl so much. You are truly amazing – can’t wait to watch you grow and see what the next six months has in store for us.
Leigh Stella – Random Facts at Six Month:
- Stats: 18 lbs, 2 oz (91%), 26″ long (62%-I don’t think they stretched her out fully though). 43.2 cm (74%) at her 6 month check-up on 7/25
- Diaper Size: size 5 at night and cloth Bumgenius 4.0s
- Clothing: 9 – 12 months and some 12-18 months
- Likes: being the center of attention, rolling around on the floor and scooting everywhere, sitting up, eating her solids and breast milk, talking, swaddled, held/snugged, eating, bubble (binky), play time, baths, watching big sister
- Dislikes: being hungry, tired, gas pains