Greta turned 6 months old more than two weeks ago. Holy cow, does time fly. When did my baby get so big? We went to the doctor for her checkup and she weighs 20 lbs 1 oz and is 26 3/4 inches long. She currently wears mostly 12 month clothing. She has definitely slowed down on growing…from 2 to 4 months she gained 4 lbs and from 4 to 6 months she only gained 2.5 pounds, which is still plenty, but definitely a slow down.
This month has been a pretty busy and exciting month for little Greta. Sometime in the middle of the month she decided she was ready to try to roll from her belly to her back. She started by getting her leg in the air and tucking her head, but she kept her arm bent like a chicken wing and so couldn’t get over. We tried to show her that she needed to put her arm out straight and after a day or so of us showing her what to do, she got it and did it all on her own. Now she rolls on the floor and we should probably get busy with the baby proofing. She got herself stuck under the coffee table a few times and thought it was really funny. Greta has also really started trying to crawl. She can sometimes get her big hiney in the air for a few seconds, but not often. She is definitely swimming on the floor (moving arms and legs). She can move herself backwards and spin around in circles, but so far no forward motion. Greta can definitely sit up all on her own. She sometimes topples over if you don’t position her quite right, or when she decides to lunge for a toy, but she usually sits up for 20-30 minutes at a time with no problems. I think these days she likes sitting more than tummy time.
Greta makes lots of noise. She is definitely the noisiest baby at church. We often have to take her out because she is just so loud. Sure everyone loves cute little baby babbles, but you can hear her all over the entire church. I look around at the other kids her age and they are sitting there quietly. It isn’t like we can expect her to know when to be quiet just yet. Greta laughs a lot, especially at daddy. Daddy taught her a fun little trick. If you growl at her, she will growl back. It is pretty funny. I think I got a video of it, but I haven’t had time to convert any of the videos. One day there will be lots of videos posted.
This month she also started really snuggling. She rests her head and kind of snuggles in and she tries to give hugs. It is really just so sweet.
This month we went on two trips. First we went to Florida (Orlando and Tallahassee). She did well on the the trip and it was her first time traveling without Daddy. We also traveled to PA for Thanksgiving. While in PA, Greta started to have some separation anxiety. At the big family get together she wanted only mommy or daddy. In general she isn’t all that used to other people holding her, since we live far away from our families and we don’t have many friends who we see often, so I guess it is to be expected that she wants who she knows. We shall see how it goes next week when we head to Florida for Christmas. Greta also had her first trip to the park this month. She loved the swing. We would love to get an outdoor swing, but we have no place to hang it.
Two things Greta loves are being outside and animals. She and Albert continue to get along. Many times Albert comes up to her and sits by her. She continues to pull his hair and most of the time he doesn’t seem to mind that much.
Sleep is still an issue. After our trip to FL and my 9-hour absence, sleep has been even worse. Greta used to go down in her crib between 7 and 8 and sleep for a predictable 45 minutes. Typically we could get her back to sleep for another 45 minutes or longer. When we returned from FL she refused to go down in the crib and usually after an hour or two of trying I would give up and head to bed with her. I’m hoping after the Christmas holiday (when we don’t have any travel plans for about 3 months) we will be able to work on sleep a little and get her sleeping longer and better.
Greta continues to be a very sweet and happy baby. She adores her Daddy and gives him huge smiles when he comes home from work.