My darling Mabel,
You are 6 months old! Halfway to your first birthday! It feels like time is flying by, even though you are still just a little peanut. At your 6 month check up, you were 12lb12oz, just 11 oz shy of tripling your birth weight! This puts you in the 2nd percentile for weight. You were 25 inches long (up from 17 at birth), putting you in the 10th percentile for length. Your head, just like your sisters is big, in the 50th percentile. (technically thats totally average, but on a little body it seems huge!)
You are desperately trying to roll over, but are unsuccessful so far. You pull your legs up and over, but you can't figure out what to do with your arms! You'll get there in no time, I'm sure. You ae doing really well with tummy time, tho pushing up on your arms is still tough. Every day you get stronger, and you want to MOVE so I suspect you'll be trying to crawl as soon as you can.
You love laughing! Your sisters love making you laugh and attempt it every chance they get. You laugh deep belly laughs and sweet tiny giggles. Your smile could melt a thousand glaciers. You are attempting to mimic sounds and are starting to make consonant sounds like gggg and bbbb. You also have mastered the raspberry! Combine that with your epic spit up and, well… its a lot of laundry.
You've figured out where your hands are and chew on them every chance you get. You also put every toy you can reach in your mouth. And my hands, and paper, and and and. I think you're teething.
Developmentally you're almost completely caught up. We were told not to expect it till at least 1 year, possibly 2, so this is AWESOME. You are so so so mighty! The only thing you're still lacking is the rolling over and some other motor skills. But like I said, you're working hard to catch up on those too.
Ruby got a chance to give you a bottle! I was putting pumped milk in the freezer and she wanted to feed you, but neither of you were super interested by the time the milk was warm. I think she prefers to just play with you.
Lucy still constantly wants to hold and snuggle and kiss you. Sometimes you are not interested.
Ruby dressed you up one day. She was Queen Elsa, and you were Princess Anna.
I'm not sure you enjoyed being the subordinate.
You enjoy meeting new people, especially other kids. This is Elsa (not the queen), she's going to be at preschool with Lucy in September. We're all pretty excited!
Your sisters were sick. SO SICK! with Norovirus (which means lots of barf and poop and laundry) so there were a lot of pj days, and TV days and sad, non eating kids. But once they started to feel better we were able to enjoy the outside for a few minutes at a time.
Lu did her best to pass the virus on to you, but thanks to the magic of milk, you stayed well.
They love to snuggle you first thing in the morning, it's a good thing we have a big bed.
Ruby had an art show at school, so I took the three of you out to dinner (all by myself). Not only did we all eat, and you slept, but I even had a grown up cider and everyone had fun.
I absolutely love watching you sleep. Your sweet face is just *so perfect*. I could not love you more. Your cheeks are so soft and your lips so kissable.
You are working hard in tummy time, and are so proud of yourself when you push your chest up. It's a whole new world that way!
You're also mastering the photo bomb. Nice, Mabel, really nice.
We've started a new Tuesday night dinner club called Taco Tuesdays. We meet with one or two families and eat tacos and let the kids play till bedtime. You tried to eat Flannery, but since she's bigger than you, she just rolled away.
My sweet Mighty Mabel, I cannot believe you are 6 months old! It feels like just yesterday you were *so* tiny and helpless, and now you are itching to roll over and MOVE. Those first days in the NICU felt like a lifetime, and yet they were the blink of an eye when compared to the rest of your life. I am so thankful you are such a healthy and strong baby.
Since you are my last baby, I find myself cherishing these moments even more than I did with your sisters. Every first is a last first, every milestone is the last time I will watch one of *my* babies do something for the first time. I am so filled with love for you that I honestly feel like I might explode on the regular. I never thought I could hold this much love for three completely different and completely amazing little people. You have certainly pushed this love to a new limit, and I could never thank you enough for coming in to our little family and blessing us with your joy.
I love you to the moon,