Saturday, March 22, 2014

Amelie at 6 months

My sweet baby is growing up!
Amelie is now 6 months old! She had her check-up yesterday and is a very healthy happy girl.  She weighed in at 17 lbs. 10 oz. and was 26 and 3/4 inches long.  She was in the 85th percentile for height and weight and even head circumference. She has chunky thighs, bright eyes, and a smile that literally stops people in their tracks.  Everywhere we go, she turns strangers into friends... that kinda reminds me of my mom.

Amelie is VERY strong-willed and determined.  She wants to feed herself, and she does not like any of the baby foods that she has tried over the past month.  She likes to be held upright, never lying down, and she prefers the one who is holding her to stand.  Sitting down will likely cause an Alarmelie to sound.  She has gotten better about riding in the car, and seems to resign herself to being strapped into the carseat now, which is a huge improvement.

I can't decide whether she is right or left-handed, but I suspect she is another lefty.  That would mean 3 of our 4 kiddos are lefties.  Rob and I are both right-handed, as is Toby.  I think being a southpaw is cool!  Globally, roughly 12% of men and 10% of women are lefties.

Amelie likes to sleep on her tummy.  I generally nurse her before bedtime, but if she is very tired and already well-fed, we will just lie her down and turn on her seahorse which lights up and plays music for a little while and she will usually zonk out without too much fuss.  We have found with our kids, that it helps us to have portable bedtime routines and sleep cues so that when we travel we can still help the kids feel comfortable and "at home" in strange places.  She got this seahorse from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas and hopefully this will work for our Ami too.


Finally, our girl is plowing through milestones so fast it is hard to keep track.  She can roll tummy to back and back to tummy.  She is cutting her first two teeth right now.  She can sit up mostly by herself.  She is eating baby cereals and first foods and joins us for all meals in her high chair at the table. She has recently started "blowing raspberries" and experimenting with sounds her tongue makes.  (This involves an immense amount of slobber.) She can pick up small objects with her fingers and pass them from one hand to the other.  And sometimes, when she is really upset about not being picked up, she says "mmmamamama."

Sometimes I jokingly ask, "Whose idea was it to have all of these kids?!?"  But baby girl, there is no way our family would be the same without your sweet smiles and giggles. 
Happy Half Birthday Ameluska!

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