Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A half birthday

Half a year.
Where did half a year go?
It seems like yesterday we brought our sweet baby girl home from the hospital.

But in reality, yesterday she turned 6 months old!
We celebrated her half birthday at the pediatrician’s office for her well-check visit, which means she received three shots on her big day. I promised her that I wouldn’t be scheduling her one year well-check on her actual birthday! Poor baby, girl… She definitely doesn’t like shots, but who does? Of course, as always, she’s easily consoled, which makes it much easier than it could be…

At 6 months she’s:
- weighing in at 14 lbs, 8 oz. (50th percentile)
- measuring 25 ½ inches tall (25th percentile)
- “talking” more everyday. We are pretty convinced she has the sweetest baby
girl voice we’ve ever heard. Sometimes it’s soft and sweet, sometimes deep
and loud… but ALWAYS precious! Even at 1:00 in the morning.
- calling me from her crib every morning—I’ll hear, “maaaaa, maaaaa, ma” when
she’s READY to get up---she’s like her Momma and needs ‘a minute’ before she
gets out of bed in the mornings (Cooper was the same way, too)… she wakes up
and talks to herself and plays in her crib, then decides she’s ready to face
the day and calls for me… so sweet….

- Rolling everywhere. She loves a pallet on the floor and rolls from one end
to the other.

- “tri-pod” sitting, but not self-sitting just yet. It wont be long, though.
When she lays flat, she constantly holds her neck up, and has abs of steel.
At least one of the girls in this house will have a 6 pack… yesterday her
nurses couldn’t believe how strong her tummy muscles were. When they gave
her the shots, she literally pulled herself straight up to a sitting
position. They couldn’t believe it. Me either.
- Loving solid foods. We’ve been on them for a few weeks, and she’s loving it!
- On a bottle & formula full time. Those two teeth were just too much of a
temptation for her…

- chewing on everything…
- drooling on everything…

- Laughing out loud and snorts when she gets really excited
- Loving being tickled or “got”…if you tell her “I’m going to get you…” she
squeals and tries to climb up the person who’s holding her…
- Happiest when someone is talking to her.
- Recognizing her “people” and gets so excited to see them
- So much fun!!!!!

Some of her favorites at 6 months:
- Food: Yo’Baby yogurt. She’d eat it all day, if I let her.
- Toys: her baby doll, “Abby” – anything with “yarn hair”, a tag or something
to chew on…

- Being outside
- Riding in her stroller, facing FRONTward like a big girl…

- Her 2 favorite DVD’s are: “Praise Baby: Born to Worship” & Baby Einsteins: Day on the Farm. She also loves Little Einsteins on Disney. (These all happened to be favorites of her brother, too). I tried to introduce her to Sesame Street and some other different shows, but she wants nothing to do with any of them. I guess it’s just in their blood….If it’s not those three, then she’d rather just watch real TV, so she can watch the people. She will smile at them, and take in every word they say. Because, after all, everyone’s talking right to her. She’s funniest during the local news. She recognizes the news anchors and get so excited to see them. She also loves the Steven A. Bagen & Associates law firm commercials. She thinks she knows Steven, too. We’ve tried to figure out who he may look like that she really does know, but cant figure it out.
She gets really excited though, when his commercial comes on. She smiles and laughs and really does think he is talking straight to her.

There are no words for how much we love her, how proud we are of her, and how thankful we are that God chose us to be her parents.



Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh the hair bows... they make me (almost) want another baby girl... ha ha!

Life of a Savannah Bride said...

I just love all her facial expressions...and of course those cute outfits! So sweet!

LuLu said...

That last picture and the really up-close one are my favorites...although she is just precious in all of them!!!

Charon Benton said...

sweet angel girl! poor little thing and her shots...I remember the days of 4 and 5 in one visit....sniff, sniff.

Carrie said...

That last picture is my favorite! I love that look!!! She's going to be 'something' mama, prepare yourself. We love Annabelle and we're so happy that she's a big 6 month old! Also, glad those shots didn't get her down.

HeyHey said...

She is a DOLL!!! You better worn her that I am coming in just 3 weeks and I am going to eat her up!!!

Stephanie Heintz said...

That last picture is too much for me. I really miss her. Show her my picture everyday so she won't forget what I look like. I'll keep the same hair style (ha. like I would change it...its the same one i've had my whole stinking life) and all so I won't confuse her when she sees me next. Ah.

Heather said...

I just love all the pictures!! It goes by so fast, I am with you on the time!! Too fast!! I love that you had a bow on her head from day one! Love it!!I wish I would have done that! She's precious!!

Aunt B said...

I wish you had one of those web camera things, so we could see her in action. She is so cute in pictures, but golly she is absolutely precious in person. I told mom, Belle's personality is really getting stronger. I think she might just have a tidbit of Uncle Clyde mixed with alot of momma.

Becky said...

She is too cute & growing like a leaf. Shots for a birthday...poor baby:(I'm still laughing about the local news & Steven A Bagen.... I just hope she doesn't start liking the Mesothelioma commercials. Keep up the good work Annie!

Stephanie said...

Happy 1/2 birthday Belle! Annie I love all the pics that you took of her they are all so precious! I can't believe that she is already 6 months old she has grown so fast!!