|Look mom, I can stand!|
|She keeps getting cuter and cuter!|
|How could anyone resist this face?|
|She's got crawling down now!|
|She's still a messy eater, lol!|
|I wish I could sleep this good!|
So why the dramatic pause? Because that is right after where I left off six days ago! Yes, I've been that swamped and tired! Work has been kicking my butt still, and after a long day of it, I've just been too damn tired to do much more than try to unwind after the workday has ended. My intentions have been to write, but the brain gets tired, the words get jumbled, and next thing I know I'm heading to bed. Today was particularly rough, but I'm determined to quit delaying everything outside of work. Where's the fun in that, right?
|Yes, we sleep with a giant sock monkey!|
Let me restart with her current growth stats as per her 6-month check-up:
Weight: 17lbs 7oz (75%)
Length: 26.5 inches (73%)
Head circumference: 16.5 inches (30%)
I was very pleased with her stats this go-round, especially her head circumference. If you remember, she was in the 5% range at her 4-month check-up. Knowing that her tiny head is catching up gives me quite a bit of relief. In that regards, however, I will say that I think the head circumference averages are a bit skewed since I've noticed back sleeping babies tend to have much wider skulls than the tummy sleepers. If my observations are correct, then the norms for this feature are not relevant to Piper. It hasn't been a secret that I let her tummy sleep, as I am against back sleeping (to each their own, though), so I didn't put as much weight on this figure as my doc may have.
|She's got the cutest head in the world, as far as I'm concerned!|
|So cute I had to add another one!|
|Our day of cuddles while she wasn't feeling well.|
|She did a lot of nursing that day.|
Yes, at first I made her crawl for objects!
Besides crawling like a seasoned vet, she has also been pulling up to standing on any object that offers her relative stability. Because of this I had to lower her crib mattress down, and now she stands in it all the time. She also can no longer sleep in her co-sleeper. Once she began the speed crawling and standing, she immediately started crawling into my bed from her sleeper. Needless to say, she is now sleeping in my bed. I tried moving her to her crib, but she stood staring at her bedroom doorway, in the dark, until after about 10 minutes she started sniffling, then I started crying watching her on the monitor, then she started crying wondering why she had been abandoned, and then I caved and let her be my nighttime snuggle buddy. What can I say? We haven't been separated more than an hour since she was born and I don't have the heart to separate us now...nor do I want to as I waited so long for her. I want her in my bed, and I'm not afraid to admit it!
|Caught her doing this in her swing instead of |
sleeping the other day at work!
Thank goodness she doesn't act like this in public! :)
Piper also has a new favorite Halloween toy. We went to visit her great grandmother a couple o f weeks ago and I had to run into Walgreen's for a couple of items. While perusing the candy aisle, I ran across a very cool Vampire-in-a-Box. It's like a Jack-in-the-Box, but much scarier! Of course I had to buy it for her. I am a huge horror genre buff, so I want to get her introduced to all things fun and spooky early on so she won't be a scaredy cat later on in life. Well, I thought she might be a bit frightened by the toy, but she absolutely loves it! It's her go-to toy whenever she is playing on her blanket at home. She has even learned the shortcut switch to make it pop open without having to turn the handle. She is learning to turn the handle, but she still doesn't quite have the manual dexterity to make it go all the way around over and over. Now don't take the following video wrong. Yes, she does complain about it at first, but now she is to the point of batting the vampire around and smiling at him. It might be because mama pointed out that he has jazz hands. Who can possibly be scared of a vampire with jazz hands?
It's the delayed reaction that makes it so dang funny!
Okay, what have I left out? I'm thinking I'm going to just quit here and get this post published. I'm sure I'm definitely forgetting something, but I can always put whatever that may be into another post, right? This one has taken me almost two weeks to get together, and that to me is unacceptable. I know if I don't just go ahead and wrap it up, something else will happen that delays me, like the need for sleep. So, basically, that's where Piper stands at 6.5 months. She's still in this growth spurt she's been going through the past few weeks, the one that seemed to start while watching the pig races and the pumpkin patch, and I'm beginning to wonder when it'll pass. I secretly hope soon since it's making time fly by too quickly. I want to keep her little for just a wee bit longer.
|Aw, she looks awfully cute in mama's bed!|