Caroline: 6 Months

Happy half-birthday to you
Happy half-birthday to you
Happy half-birthday my darling Caroline
Happy half-birthday to you!

Or if you prefer, the other song I’ve been singing all day

OMG HOW ARE YOU SIX MONTHS OLD ALREADY?
STOP GROWING! STOP TRYING TO CRAWL!
AND WHY WON’T YOU DRINK FROM THIS DAMN BOTTLE?

You are again (still) a delightful baby, who loves smiling and being smiling at. You’ve enjoyed both the aquarium and the seaport this week, plus Stroller Strides and knitting group – it is SO NICE that I can take you places without major meltdowns. Your teeth are still not through so I expect a few more crying fits before we’re through the woods but they don’t seem to be bothering you as much as this time last month. I could really do without the gnawing my nipple raw though. Not cool.

Although I was expecting you to be as chubby as your brother was, instead you’ve turned into a little munchkin, still fitting into your 3 month onesies most of the time. I’m thrilled, since all your cutest summer hand-me-downs are 6 month sized and I was afraid your leg chub would get so out of control I’d have to pack them all away. It’s kind of nice that you’re still small – it’s keeping me from feeling desperate for a teeny tiny baby again too soon. Also, it makes your already HUGE EYES look even huger in your itty bitty face.

You still don’t like bottles but you did eat some rice cereal so I’m hopeful you’ll like solids better than your brother did. The avocado didn’t go over very well – WHY don’t my babies like avocado?! – but I’ve got a bowl full of fruit to try out this week.

Some of your new favorite things include riding in the big girl seat of the stroller, being worn half on my hip in the Ergo (I should really figure out the RIGHT way to do a hip carry), stealing toys from your brother and play with the dog’s tail. You dislike the sun in your eyes, shoes, bottles, 7:30 pm and getting stuck under the couch.

Mobile baby is hard to keep in the picture

 

Look, I'm sitting up! Such a big girl!

Whoops. Fell down.

This picture is straight out of the camera, no touch ups at all

6 Month Milestones (from BabyCenter, as usually)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Turns toward sounds and voices – Sounds, voices, music, everything. And half the time she tries to take my nipple with her.
Imitates sounds – I guess? She babbles a lot but I’m not sure if I would say she’s IMITATING anything.
Rolls over in both directions – CAN roll over in both directions, but prefers to just hang out on her belly although JUST TODAY she started barrel rolling to get across the room

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Is ready for solid foods – I dunno. Maybe. She sort of gummed an animal cracker the other day. I’m going to start offering stuff this week.
Sits without support – Yes, although she’s still a little unpredictable with the falling over.
Mouths objects – HAHAHAHAHAHA Yes.
Passes objects from hand to hand – Yes, but I’m not sure it’s exactly on purpose.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Lunges forward or starts crawling – Lunges and faceplants, although she is getting SUPER close to crawling and can get both knees under herself for several seconds.
Jabbers or combines syllables – Coos like crazy but nothing that I would call syllables.
Drags objects toward himself – Yes, she spins herself around on her stomach then reaches for her toys. I can scatter them around the floor and it keeps her entertained for close to an hour.

Those skills seem sort of weird, right? How is “drags objects” a MORE advances skill that sitting up? Sitting up is HARD.

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20 Responses to “Caroline: 6 Months”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    What a gorgeous baby. I’m off to work with a smile on my face…

  2. Amanda says:

    The hair! The eyes! She is just gorgeous!

  3. Kimmie says:

    Soooooooooo cute!

    Love your blog design updates, too :)

  4. Audrey says:

    I love the pouty face in the first one. And I’m still amazed at the. Crawling.

  5. the grumbles says:

    too cute! wooooooo six months!

  6. Miranda says:

    She’s adorable! And I chuckled that getting stuck under the couch is something she dislikes. LOL.

  7. You’re pictures are looking awesome!!! And that baby of yours is SUPER cute!!! :)

  8. Jen F (from Robinson) says:

    She really is stunning! I love seeing her month updates so I know what I’m in for at this time next year (that’s right, I’m using your blog to announce my pregnancy!!! …since I still can’t post it on Facebook yet bc of work and I need to tell someone other than family, lol). I think we have the same due date you did, Christmas Day, poor kid.

    Hope my bebeh is half as smiley as Caroline!! Be prepared for me to bug you for advice. And may I suggest a “product reviews” link in the main navigation, now that you have your cool rebranding? I’ve been hunting through old posts to find the ones on car seats, cribs, registry items, etc. This stuff is overwhelming!

  9. Krista T says:

    I love the new design!! And I can’t stop giggling about how you went from Things She Doesn’t Like (such as getting stuck under the couch!!!??????? LMAO!) straight into cute bebeh pics, so we’d all forget to ask you about HOW DID SHE GET STUCK UNDER THE COUCH??? LOL!!!!!!!!

  10. Suz B says:

    She’s so cute Suzanne! I love the new blog look too.

  11. Alison says:

    She’s sooooo cute! I love her red hair. I want a red headed baby, although it’s doubtful since I don’t have red hair & neither does my husband. But I’m still holding out hope!

  12. Alison says:

    Oh! Also, your new blog design looks great! :)

  13. Joanna says:

    She is SO gorgeous.

  14. I love the second to last picture. And while it seems amazing that she is already 6 months old, at the same time, it seems like you have always had two kids.

  15. molly says:

    Such a sweetie. Two mobile kiddos is a parenting game changer, by the way!

  16. Stacy says:

    I cracked up laughing at the “getting stuck under the couch,” she’s absolutely precious Suzanne and even I can’t believe how much she’s grown so I can’t imagine how you feel!!!

  17. andrea says:

    BIG milestone!! 6 months. wow. Happy half birthday to your little lady!! She is looking gorgeous as always in her tutu. Also, your blog looks awesome! Love what you’ve done. Is there a way I can get all the posts on one page instead of having to click in each individual post? (I’d click until the end of the world to read your posts -aw-, but I’ve always wondered if this is an option or something that you can’t change when you get a new theme).
    Love you!

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