Dear Lucy – Month Six

I can’t believe you’re half a year old! I don’t know that I’ve ever wanted time to speed up and slow down at the same time – but I do. Every new skill you learn is amazing to watch, but it’s also a constant reminder that you are constantly changing. When I look at you, you aren’t my tiny little baby anymore, and it’s crushing and wonderful in the same breath.

You continue to be frustrated with how dependent you are to move around, but you’re starting to get the hang of scooting on your tummy to turn in different directions. You grab your feet and knees a lot, but haven’t put them in your mouth yet. Which is great – because the dogs love to steal kisses there.

We gave you a first taste of banana, not enough to count as eating, just to get a taste and you loved it. Green beans were a different matter. I’m not sure why I decided that would be the first thing I actually tried to feed you, but it was a mistake. I’ve never seen you look so betrayed! Banana was much better received a few days later, but you just don’t love solids yet.

A couple weeks ago we bought your first high chair, and you love it. I think it makes a difference to be closer to eye level, you feel like you’re part of the action. You still need to be supported to sit up, but I’m hoping that will change in the next couple weeks. I think you’ll be a happier baby when you feel more independent.

Every night when I put you to bed, I rock you and sing you the same songs in the same order:
1. Edelweiss
2. I Will (The Beatles)
3. Yesterday (The Beatles)
4. In My Life (The Beatles)
5. Lullaby (Billy Joel)

If I get the timing of bed time right, you’re starting to fall asleep at the end of In My Life, and sound asleep by the end of Lullaby. Sometimes I’m tempted to stay in your room all night and hold you while you sleep, because I know the days of falling asleep in my arms are numbered. Even if you still do it at age three, I’m sure I’ll miss it when you’re 15 and too cool to let me tuck you in.

You ‘talk’ a lot – babbling for attention when you’re playing, and sometimes when you’re getting a bottle as well. Your eyes are still blue, and if they’re going to change it’ll be in the next few months. I hope they stay big and bright.

The other night, I was showing Dad photos of you I’d taken when he wasn’t there, and he clicked on the monitor screen and said ‘I miss her, let’s wake her up’. Does that give you an idea of how much you are loved?

You continue to be the happiest of babies, smiling and giggling at everyone, and we are so grateful for you.