This little girl is growing too fast! I can’t believe that just six months ago I was in the hospital getting to know this sweet little girl that had come to rule our world. She has been such a joy to have around and I sometimes have to pinch myself because it all seems like a dream. A really awesome dream. We love every second we get to spend with Olivia, watching her grow and develop, seeing how she responds to us and from time to rime using her as an excuse to go to bed early. She’s always so happy and has a smile ready for anybody willing to make a funny face or sound. I simply love her.
She’s eating like a champ. Still 6 oz per bottle at daycare and 2-3 feedings at home. Every so often, she has a run of waking up at night to feed, like right now. Usually goes hand in hand with a cold or growth spurt. She’s a very active baby and needs the extra calories to keep her moving.
We also reached the six month mark! This almost brings me to tears because it definitely hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, but with a lot of effort and hard work I’ve managed to exclusively breastfeed Olivia for six months now. With help from the lactation consultants at the hospital and support from Ryan, I made it to this milestone which sometimes seemed impossible. Hopefully, we’ll keep on this path for a while.
Solid foods have been a hit with this little lady. She loves sweet potatoes, apples and pears. Still not sure about peas and hates green beans. We’re giving her about 2 tablespoons per feeding at night and she is getting pretty good at eating from the spoon. She mostly hates peas and green beans because they are a little grittier, so they’re a little more tolerable mixed in with some breast milk or sweet potatoes. Other than that, we’ll keep on trying new veggies and fruits to keep her meals varied. She does look forward to meal time and loves it when we get super excited when she eats. She’s a goof.
Thankfully, sleep is pretty much back to normal. This week, since she has a cold, she has been waking up every night to eat and for comfort. Other than that, she had been pretty good at sleeping through the night. We definitely have a tummy sleeper though. even if we lay her on her back, she doesn’t last long. Plus, she moves all over the place at night going from end of the crib to the other. She still mostly nurses to sleep, but Ryan has been able to lay her down a couple of times, which is a good sign. She’s also mastering the skill of self soothing, grabbing the pacifier herself when she needs it. On the other hand, she’s pretty good at letting us know that she needs us by grabbing said pacifier and chucking it out of the crib.
We almost have a crawler in our hands. She can roll all over the place with ease, scoots backwards or forwards, rocks on all fours and sometimes sticks her butt up in the air and balances herself for a while. She’s definitely at the stage where we need to keep an eye on her because she’ll can be in the other side of the room before you know it. This little girl want to move!
Her demeanor is always happy and very curious. She loves observing and taking everything in. Plus, the best thing in the world to her is one on one interaction. She loves attention.
She also started saying actual phonetic syllables this month. Depending on who you ask, it’s ta-ta-ta or da-da-da. Either way she goes on little rants every so often which are the cutest thing ever. Other fun developments? She giggles and blows raspberries. Love it!
Playtime involves changing toys every minute because she gets bored, plus she loves toys with sounds Her favorite though might be being held superman style, dropping a toy on the floor and being guided to pick it up only to start again.
I’m doing mostly good. The bad? Still having down days once or twice a months, Ryan has been a rock star in getting me to smile again and helping me out when I feel like I’m drowning in to-dos. Also, I had to go back to the doctor for some follow up on my incision care. Hopefully it all gets sorted out. The good? Everything else. Exercising, although scarce, feels pretty good. I’m still pretty active around the house and I think I’ve finally figured out a nightly routine that works for everybody while still giving me some time to relax before bed. I still have only painted my nails once since giving birth, but I rather spend the time hanging out with my little girl.
Had a visit from my little sister Tania and Olivia got to spend a whole weekend with her, plus more pool time!
Spent some time with Ryan’s family at the reunion.
Overall, she’s doing great. I mean, look at that face! Just adorable!