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Alice: Six Months

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Alice recently celebrated her half birthday, which means we have all survived the first six months as a family of four. I have lots to say about all the crazy that’s been associated with that (not to mention a few more grey hairs). I just wish I wasn’t too tired to write it all down.

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At six months old the only thing this girl seems to want to do is move! She’s surprisingly strong and has been working hard on getting all of her limbs coordinated enough to crawl. She can rock back and forth on all fours now and I’ve witnessed a few scoots here and there, so it’s only a matter of time until she’s off. She recently discovered that she likes to “stand” and play with her toys rather than sit on the floor with them.

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Those chubby little legs!

B wasn’t as curious of a baby as Alice is, so we’ll need to do some serious childproofing in the near future. Alice has plenty of intiative and already has a way of getting into everything! The minute we walk her into a room, she surveys the landscape for things to grab. Changing times have become quite the wrestling match, as she tries to pull the wipes, diapers and toys out of the bin next to the changing pad.

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She loves banging things together and could spend hours rifling through containers of toys and dumping them out onto the floor. She tries steal everything B is playing with. For the most part, B is pretty patient with this, and says “Okay, Alice, you can have a turn!” and makes sure that her baby sister doesn’t put small objects in her mouth. But, of course, we have some moments where B whines and says “No, Alice, your’re too little for that!,” while she wrenches the object away, leaving Alice in tears. At least it’s only blocks and stuffed animals now…before we know it, the battles over clothes and boys will start.

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BFFs

Last month, I said that Alice wasn’t really a snuggly baby. Well, I stand corrected, as she has become a champion snuggler as of late. I forgot how perfectly a baby’s head fits between my neck and shoulder. It’s the kind of thing that makes me want ten more of babies…but then B starts yelling at me and I come to my senses (also, did I mention that I’m tired?). Stranger danger has yet to set in for Alice. She chats, smiles and flirts with everyone she meets and will let just about anyone hold her.

At her six month doctor’s appointment, Alice tipped the scales at 18 pounds, 7 ounces and was 2 feet, 2.6 inches long. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to reuse a lot of B’s clothes because the seasons would be off. But, since Alice is already wearing B’s nine month sized summer items, that hasn’t really been an issue so far.

Her steady progress in the size department can probably be attributed to the fact that she eats everything we put in front of her (and if she could steal our food before it makes its way to our mouths, she probably would). Her appetitie wasn’t even dampened by the minor cold she caught from B recently, and she added peaches, prunes and squash to her repetorie this month, as well as a bit of protein in the form of pureed turkey (blech).

IMG_3810Alice loved her first ride on the swings, and B loved the company!

IMG_3869Partying it up for our friend Jack’s third birthday.

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Happy half-birthday, Alice Girl! I love you more than peanut butter!

Alice: Five Months


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No matter how hard I try, I can’t get those little wisps of hair on the side of her head to go down…and I don’t really want them to.

This has been a month full of milestones for Miss Alice! And, as usual, I’m late with this update, so let’s get right to it!

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Love that smile!

First and foremost, the transition from the Rock and Play to the crib was pretty painless. We put her down the first night, and she whined for about twenty minutes, before flipping over on to her side. She breathed a contented sign and snuggled in for the night. It’s been smooth sailing ever since.

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Second night in the crib!

Room sharing with B has gone pretty well so far, too. Sometimes, Alice wakes up super early and starts to babble in her crib, as if she is trying to talk to B. Generally, B just turns on her Glo-Worm, as if to say “I can’t even…” and they usually are both are lulled back to sleep by the music in a matter of minutes. If Alice is really vocal or starts to cry, we’ll bring her into our room or just head downstairs, depending on what time it is time. But, those occurances are pretty isolated and Alice has settled into a routine of waking up at a reasonable hour (generally, between 5:30 and 6 a.m.). Naps are also slowly getting better. There are still some days where she is wide awake after 15 minutes, but we also have more frequent instances of snoozes that are at least an hour (or sometimes two) long!

We started solid foods this month, which has been fun. I can’t say what her favorite thing is at the moment, because she has eaten everything with gusto. She has been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, with the occassional serving of oatmeal, and is already up to eating two small meals a day. I am hopeful that she won’t follow her sister’s lead and turn into a picky eater as she gets older.

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B cheered her little sister on as she tried her first food: sweet potatoes!

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At first she wasn’t quite sure what to do…

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…But in no time, she was trying to wrestle the spoon from my hand.

In terms of her personality, she is still our sensitive girl. My mom and B call her “Cry Baby Blue” for her ability to turn on the waterworks at the drop of a hat. Sometimes, it’s legitimate (as in the other day, when B whacked her in the face with a play telephone). Other times, it’s just because.  There are many times that I hear her sobbing in her crib only to look at the baby monitor to see that she is still sound asleep. I guess she is worried that we’ll forget about her since we still spend 98% of our time keeping up with Hurricane B.

I call Alice “Squirmy Worm.” Unless she is really sleepy, she doesn’t love to be cuddled. Instead, she prefers to roll around on the floor and practice her new skill of sitting up without support (It’s a good thing she doesn’t need the Bumbo seat anymore—her butt kept getting stuck on it!). Related to this near constant motion, she also seems to get bored pretty easily, often whining to ask us to help her change position, give her a different toy or take her to look out the window.

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Discoveries this month included her feet, Tracy and playing peek-a-boo. She now reaches for people, instead of just her toys. In her affectionate moments, she’ll grab both of my cheeks and pull me in for a slobbery kiss (I forgot how gross and adorable infant kisses can be!). She can blow raspberries now, and has been making a lot of new sounds during the past few weeks, including “ma” and “ba.”

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Next month will be Alice’s half birthday and B’s third, so there will be lots to celebrate in the coming weeks!

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