Yes, it's true, folks. This tiny little creature
has grown and changed, in a mere blink of an eye, into
a 6-month old little girl!! Half-way to a year. 6 months away from turning ONE.
I knew this day would come. But I certainly didn't realize it would come so QUICKLY!
(If you need me, I'll be in the bedroom, sobbing hysterically into a teeny-tiny little onesie.)
So, what is our Rosalie up to at 6 months old?
She sits up by herself like a little pro, and plays with her toys quite happily.
I think she loves that she can be a part of what her sisters are doing in this way. Sometimes I'll set her in Emma and Annabelle's room while they play around her. As long as they're right there, she's perfectly content. She definitely just wants to be "one of the girls".
And the feeling is definitely mutual-- her sisters LOVE her in a really wonderful way. They are always excited to see her, to hold her, to try to make her laugh, to talk to her. There's nothing I love better than the sight of my three girls interacting and loving on each other.
Around month 4, we completely switched over to cloth diapers (with a lot of help and advice from friends Lisa and Kourtni).
I have to say, I have not regretted that decision once. I love not having go out to buy diapers all the time, I love the way they look and feel on her, I love not throwing money away every time we change her... I even kind of love doing the laundry. I know, that sounds crazy, but I've got my method and system down, and it's actually really enjoyable, with a great sense of accomplishment when all those diapers are fresh and clean again.
Rosalie-roo still LOVES bath-time, especially now that she can sit up. Bathtime is one of our very favorite things!
She is an incredibly smiley and happy baby, always ready with a sweet smile as she looks at you with those big brown eyes.
Of course, when she gives us looks like this, I can't help but swoop her up and give her millions of kisses. Seriously, I don't think I've ever simply HAD to kiss a baby this much. I can't even explain it... it's like every time I look at her I'm simply overcome with how CUTE she is in every way. So I kiss her, and I rub her head, and I nibble on her thighs and hands and cheeks and toes. Oh, those chubby thighs and hands and cheeks and toes!
It looks like we will have a crawler on our hands very shortly, as she is getting up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth merrily. Honestly, I don't think SHE can wait to be on the go, chasing after her sisters and getting into everything. As for ME... well, I'm excited, but also a bit nervous. A baby who crawls?! Does this mean I can't do craft projects on the living room floor anymore? ;)
Most recently, we've introduced her to rice cereal, her very first solid food.
This was her very first taste of it, and while she may look unsure in this picture, she has since decided that she LOVES her cereal and gobbles it up faster than I can spoon it into her mouth.
One of the things I love most about her age right now is how she interacts with others. Her babbling has taken on definite sounds (ba, da, etc.) almost like she's REALLY trying to say something, and she will often reach out a hand to touch someone's mouth, cheek, or nose as they talk to her.
This, needless to say, completely and totally melts my heart into a big ol' puddle of love-flavored goo. And so does this:
The passage of time, especially when it comes to children, is a bitter-sweet thing. One the one hand, you can't wait to watch them grow and change and see what they will be like as they turn one, two, three. You rejoice in every new phase and each new thing learned, and are grateful for every day that passes. But, on the other hand, you want to grab time and stop it so you can hold onto exactly who they are right now, in this very moment. You want to savor and drink in each nook and cranny of their sweet little person, every nuance of their personality, and make them stay just that perfect and adorable forever. But, since time stops for no one, and newborns must grow into 6-month olds, and 6-month-olds into one-year-olds, I will just do my best to cherish all that I can while the days fly by. And thankfully, I have been given an ideal place from which to watch this little one grow.
I get to be her mommy.
I get to be a mommy to all three of these lovely little girls. And somedays, I can hardly believe that God chose ME to receive these children. I am so, so blessed.
And so very grateful.