Laura Rennie

Dear Chloe (6 months)

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Dear Chloe,

I read this on Instagram recently and thought it perfectly summed up how I felt during your sixth month of life: "A good mom has bad days and great days and normal days and overwhelming days and perfect days and supermom days and just being a mom days and a whole lot of love and real and crazy motherhood days."

(Let's be honest, I feel this way all of the time.)

Month 6 has held a lot of changes and new experiences.

Sleep: As most parents will tell you, as soon as you get on a good schedule, your baby decides to change it! A month and a half ago you went to bed between 8:30 and 9. Now you go to bed around 7 and wake up at 7! You go to bed so early that by 8 or 9 p.m. I'm already missing you tons. Sometimes your dad and I sneak in your room at night and pick you up for a snuggle. We can't help ourselves. :) You now take your naps in your crib, and you usually take three naps a day... though your last nap is usually only 30-45 minutes long. You sleep more than what I read is "normal," but I'd rather have a baby who sleeps than one who doesn't! Plus, it's no wonder you're tired — you're growing SO much!

Eating: You've always been a great eater. You make excited noises when you see me get your spoon out, and you almost always burst into tears the second you realize you've sucked all the milk out of your bottle. You currently eat peas, unsweetened applesauce, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pureed meat and veg, pureed meat and rice, pears and mangos. I recently started giving you two or three Cheerios on your tray to keep you occupied while I cook and you love to pinch them and push them around. Sometimes you get one in your mouth, but you mostly drop them on the floor for the dog to gobble up.

Playing: One of my favorite things to do with you this month has been sitting out on the stoop and enjoying the fall weather. You sit in your bouncer and play with your feet and I read my book, and it's absolute bliss. EXCEPT, you recently started leaning forward and almost tipping out, so bye bye bouncer. We've also removed your play mat, which no longer kept you contained. We have three main areas of play for you: your room - where we keep most of your books along with a stacking toy and rattle, the living room - where we keep your ball and crinkly book and a few board books and the den - which has your beloved jumperoo. We recently added a johnny-jump-up to the main floor, and while it's a huge pain to get you in and out of, it's worth it because you love it so much! 

Growing: You are now 16 pounds 12 ounces and 26.38 inches long! I can't believe you haven't cut a top tooth yet because you have been teething CONSTANTLY! You started sitting up on your own right at the six month mark. Being able to plop you down wherever is fantastic. You aren't crawling quite yet, but you scoot yourself around and end up in the craziest places. I've found you under your crib, under the living room chair and under a table. You recently worked your way completely around the couch by scooting backwards. Oh, and speaking of growing — you've had two haircuts this month! TWO!

Saying: The day before you turned seven months you said "dadadada" multiple times. I thought your daddy was going to burst with pride! You continue to chat, grunt, razz and squeal, and you've been experimenting with volume — so much so that your grandma and I found ourselves shouting to each other in the car once just to hear each other over the sound of your loud babble. It isn't hard to make you laugh, and you often wrinkle your nose when you think something is funny. 

Firsts: One of my favorite parts of parenthood has been enjoying all of your "firsts." This month you went to the pumpkin patch, experienced swinging and going down a slide, wore your first Halloween costume, sat in a restaurant high chair, sat in the front of a shopping cart and sat in your stroller (instead of carseat).

You bring us joy every day. You light up our life, baby girl!