Wednesday, June 24, 2015

6 months!

A half a year with this cutie already?  How is this possible?  Maybe it's because we're so busy or more likely because this is our last little baby, but I feel like Vivien's getting bigger much faster than Ryder did!

She is a very vocal baby so far, making many different sounds.  Soft, cute cooing, louder cooing, little shout-like grunts, tons of giggles and laughing now and of course, various levels of crying.  When I leave her alone in the living room to get some chores done, she talks to herself like crazy, always with a smile on her face!

She is doing great in the Bumbo chair now- she loves to sit up and look around at what is going on.  If Ryder is awake, I put her in it while I'm doing the dishes and she plays with her toys and chews on the straps.  When she hears me making noise behind her, she turns right around to see what is going on.  She can't quite sit up on her own yet, but she's close.  She tries really to sit up from a reclined and even a laying-flat position.  If we give her our hands to pull on, she gets up quickly.  As long as she's leaning on something or has an arm rest, she can sit up for a bit.  She rolls onto her side a lot and has rolled over a couple of times, but she doesn't get much floor time with that aggressively affectionate older brother!

She now reaches out for her toys and grabs them if we hold them out to her.  She has very good control to get them right into her mouth!  Even when Ryder hands her some of his toys, she is able to grasp them, although not as well as her rattles.  She really loves to play with her Ducky and Tiger Friends.  She will grab one, look at it intently and then, of course, put it in her mouth.  She pulls them onto her face and now can pull them back off.  She likes to sleep with one on her face, so a few minutes after I put her down it the bassinet, I go move it to the side for her.

She no longer fits in the bassinet at all and has moved into the crib in the nursery now that it has been vacated by the previous occupant!  She has been having a bit of a backslide with sleeping this month, due the to move or not, I don't know.  She hasn't napped in the crib in a couple of weeks, although she usually chills out up there for a while awake before the loud protests begin.  I even have a hard time getting her in there at night- usually it takes a couple of tries.  So, now that school's out we're going to have to get serious with some sleep training!  Really fall-asleep training is what she needs- good thing we've got all summer!

Next we're onto solid foods!  Where is my baby going???

Sitting up nicely!

I love those eyes!

So easy to get a smile out of her!

She loves that Tiger Friend

Just tipping a little

Caught it with her elbow

Or not!

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