Thursday, November 17, 2016

six months of mae

Well, it happened. Mae got fun.

She's cute and playful and giggly and wild! She is super curious and explores by army crawling everywhere (she hasn't figured out how to incorporate the legs yet). She is getting pretty good at "tripod" sitting, where she supports herself with her arms. Her hair is starting to come in thicker now, but the jury is still out on whether it'll be brown or red. And the eyes? We are pretty sure they're going to stay blue. I'm already preparing my speech for the day she comes home from science class crying that she's adopted because the Punnet Square says brown-eyed parents can't have a blue-eyed baby. (They can).

We are in the process of weaning her from nursing to sleep. Sometimes she falls asleep right away, and sometimes she screams until Dan goes to settle her down. She usually sleeps from 7:30 pm to 7:00 am with a couple feeds overnight. She is still sleeping in our room, but will soon be ready to move into her nursery! She's not a good napper at home, but received high marks in "sleeping" on her baby report card from the day care.

Her favorite toys right now are her wind-up radio, anything that rattles, and her brand new jumperoo. This girl has SO much energy!

Mae loves sitting in her high chair while we cook or eat dinner, as long as we don't attach the tray. Tray = screaming. She had her first taste of sweet potatoes on Monday and seemed pretty unsure about the whole experience (this photo makes it look like she was a lot more excited than she actually was). She's usually not very talkative, but for some reason loves to babble as soon as I get the food on her tongue. This sends little flecks of orange goo all over both of us! I was even using the spoon to wipe her face after each bite, and she still ended up looking like this.

She is still struggling to gain weight, only adding 6.5 ounces since her 4 month checkup. She has now fallen to the 5th percentile for weight (she started just above 50th). We will be adding hypoallergenic powdered formula to her breast milk bottles to sneak in some extra calories as well as introducing rice cereal, fruits, veggies, peanut butter, and eggs over the next few weeks. I think she's just burning too many calories since she never stops moving!

Lastly, here's some neat art that Mae created at day care. Enjoy!

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