Our little nugget is six months old. Half a year! How on earth did that happen? It's not just the sleep-deprivation, I'm sure, that makes this time feel as though it passed in the blink of an eye.
We will get 'official' numbers at Tuesday's doctor's appointment, but Miss Kate has unofficially reached her goal milestone for weight (twice her birth weight) and loves playing with solid food which we started introducing a couple weeks ago. J and I are using a method called Baby-Led Weaning, which is really more about baby self-feeding rather than any kind of weaning. For now and the foreseeable future, Kate will continue to receive the majority of her nutrients through breast milk. The motto we've adopted is that food is for fun until baby is one. In other words, we give Kate what we're eating, or even order her own plate of food at restaurants. She plays with the food, figuring out how to feed herself and if anything goes down, that's great. If not, it's no big deal--she still relies on mama for her nutrition and I'm okay with that. At some point we'll introduce utensils and let her figure those out, too.
I'm almost surprised to report that Kate is a scooter, but not yet a crawler. She has been on the verge of crawling for two weeks now, slowly figuring out the different parts of crawling, but not having put those parts together. I don't suspect we will make it another month without reaching that milestone. She does roll over almost immediately when laid on her back, which led to a rather interesting photo-shoot this month. In fact, the big picture below happened right after I laid her on her back for our standard photo. There were no back pictures to be had this month. Every shot I tried resulted in her rolling over before I could sit down to snap the picture. In fact, many of the pictures were taken much closer as I was afraid she would tumble off her chair with me just out of reach.
Join us in celebrating six sweet months!