We’ve been doing this parenting for 6 months plus a few days. I’m not sure where the last 6 months have gone-they went way too fast. There are some days that I feel totally capable of being a parent, and then there are days that I feel Sam must have drawn the short straw because I have no idea what I’m doing.
Sam had her 6 month well baby appointment today (well Monday-when I started this post) and Dr. G said she was perfect head to toe. (of course, I already knew that) I always get nervous going to the pediatrician because I’m afraid they will realize that I have no idea what I’m doing. We must be doing something right though. She weighs 17lbz, 15oz and is 26.5 inches long. She’s in the 90% for weight and 76% for both height and head circum (43cm).
People always say they can’t remember life before a baby. In some ways that is true. I feel like I’ve known her forever. But having her here certainly doesn’t erase what we went through to have her. Her presence doesn’t erase the memories of the two babes we lost.
(I was in the middle of this when the earthquake hit)(um, holy cow was that insane. It sounded like a big construction truck coming down the street, but then it continued and the walls started shaking. Mike grabbed Sam (asleep in her car seat) and took her into the doorway, while we are going “holy crap I think that was an earthquake. I had some metal letters on a bookcase downstairs and I hear one hit the floor. Upstairs, some pictures and knick-knacks fell off the bookcase. I’ve been in a tornado before and this was actually way scarier to me)
I do remember sleeping more before she got here. People always tell you to sleep while you can. Which would be awesome if you could stock pile that sleep for later. But since you can’t, it doesn’t really do much good to sleep lots before the baby gets here. You don’t feel anymore rested. Sam was a wonderful sleeper from about months 2-5. Now we have lots of mid-night wake ups. She’s learning new skills, so she wakes up and practices, and then cries when she can’t get back to sleep. We started putting 5 or 6 binks in the crib so she can feel around to find one.
I continue to be in awe watching her grow and learn. She’s sitting up on her own-with a few falls still. She rolls over back to front, but forgets she can go back the other way. She is currently toothless with no signs of any coming soon. She loves her purees that I make and we are starting to give her more solid type foods now that she can gum things. She loves her Mum-Mums (soft, melt in your mouth crackers).
She had her 6 month shots on Monday and this round has made her way fussier than her last sets. Her little leggies hurt so we’ve given her some ty.lenol. I’m going to start changing up her nighttime routine to see if we can curb some of the wake ups.