To the Mom with the screaming kid at McDonalds…

You have to be embarrassed. I would be.

Your son did not remotely listen to you when you told him it was time to go.  He hadn’t had enough time in the play place.  Is it ever enough time for a little one who’s having fun?

You struggled to hold your other, younger, son as he fussed and tried to climb out of your arms.  At the same time, trying to stuff shoes on the feet of your screaming child who suddenly had what seemed like 8 arms and legs that were all flailing around.

You tried a small time-out, quietly threatened a spanking (while looking around to see if anyone heard that and if they might judge you for it), promised seeing more friends if they would agree to go.

When your baby threw his sippy cup and you bent down to pick it up, while trying to balance him, and at the same time keep your shirt in a modest place, your oldest saw his opportunity.  He ran for the nearest tunnel and just escaped your grabbing hands trying to stop him.  Now he’s giggling and tromping around, obviously excited that he has weaseled himself into a few more minutes of play.

My Adelaide was in there with him, oblivious to the fact that something was going on.  She didn’t notice you yelling at him to come down.  She just thought her buddy was back to play for a few more minutes.

I was about ready to go myself, but I thought (from Adelaide’s recent good mood), that she would probably happily come when I called her and I didn’t want to make you feel bad.  I waited for about 10 minutes while you tried to coax your son down, but eventually decided that maybe he would decide to come down if Adelaide came down too.

I called for Adelaide to come to me and she immediately listened.  I asked her to get her shoes and after slight complaint she got her shoes and agreed that we would come back another time.  By this point you were offering your son ice cream if he would just come down.

When I got to my car I kissed Adelaide and told her what a good girl she had been for listening to Mommy.

Think I’m judging you? I’m not.

I was grateful that my daughter decided not to throw a fit.  She can throw a good one! Just earlier when we were at the park, heads were turning our way to see which child was screaming like they had fallen out of a tree.  It was mine.  Adelaide told me she was hungry, and since we had only been at the park for about 40 minutes, I offered to do what she calls “go eat lunch and play”. She thought that was a great idea but then somewhere on the walk to the car, changed her mind and decided to cry the whole way.  I was gently dragging her along, reminding her to be a good girl.  It didn’t help things that there was a cop in the parking lot talking to some other people.  i was glad Adelaide didn’t decide to yell “Help!” to him or something like that! Haha!

I think it is so easy these days to judge other moms around us.  They don’t control their kids, discipline them enough, feed them junk, don’t clean them enough, discipline too much, don’t watch them closely enough, hover like a helicopter, co-sleep, make their babies cry-it-out, cloth diaper, disposable diaper, baby-led-weaning, still feed their 3 year olds purees, homeschool, public school, etc.  I believe the parenting choices I have made are the best.  For me. For my family. For our situation and life circumstances.

Who cares what anyone else does?

I have no idea what that mom at McDonalds had to deal with today.  Maybe her kids didn’t sleep well last night and that’s why they are fussy.  Maybe she got in an argument with her husband and just needed some time out of the house. Maybe her kids were being perfect angels when they left the house and then everything went down hill from there. All I wanted to do was just tell her “We’ve all been there!”  It’s a pesky thing, that sinful nature that shows up even before babies are talking.  Now matter how hard you try, sometimes they throw a fit anyway.  And all you can do it keep trying.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Keep letting those children know you love them.  Keep praying for them.

I, like probably every other mom out there, have been subject to the “Mommy Wars”.  A few months ago, I found out that someone I greatly respected thought some pretty awful things about me and the way that I parent my child.  These judgements were made on not very much time together.  Maybe you, reader, have perfect children, but my daughter, although pretty sweet and awesome most of the time, seems to act up the most when I want to make a good impression.  Sigh.

I felt pretty mad for awhile.  And I still struggle with the great offense I took to the accusations and judgements.  Just today, I thought, I wish this person could see how good Adelaide is being right now.

But isn’t that judging them back? Maybe that person is insecure with their family and feels the need to be over-the-top with the things they can control (like their kids).  Maybe that person is just trying to do the best they can. Maybe that person had a bad childhood and all they can think about is how to make things different for their kids.

We never know what someone is going through.  When you meet a mom who does things different than you, remind yourself that they love their kids just like you love yours.  Try to show a little more grace.  If another mom really ticks you off, pray for her.  That will do wonders with healing your own bitter attitude.

I do the best I can.  I love my daughter dearly.  Even when I’m the one getting looks at the park.  I cannot imagine my life without her in it.  I am supermom.

And to the mom with the screaming kid at McDonalds: you are too.

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Adelaide Harper You Are 3 Years Old!

How in the world did you turn 3 years old? I can’t even remember what it was like when you were a baby. You are officially a big kid!

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* You are one of the kindest, compassionate 3 years olds I know. You express true empathy for others, and remorse whenever you get in trouble for something that has hurt someone else. You ask Daddy and I: “You sad?”, “You mad?”.

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* Your favorite song to sing at night before we go to sleep is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Dinosaur”. It’s basically like the original song, except we substitute “star” for “dinosaur”. You came up with it and think it’s so funny. You request it every. single. night.

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* Speaking of dinosaurs, they are one of your favorite things at the moment. It started with a green dinosaur (who is now named “Daddy”, most of the time) I found at the thrift store, and has continued with several more dinosaurs, the movie “The Land Before Time”, a fun dinosaur display we saw at the zoo this year, various books, etc. At night when we ask who you want to pray for, you often say “Dinosaurs”, so we work it in by thanking God for His creation! Haha! You also have a pretty impressive dinosaur roar, which you like to show everyone, even little babies and numerous strangers.

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* You are a really picky eater. Your diet consists of mostly chicken nuggets, cheese, bread, ketchup, some dried fruit, peanut butter, pizza, and various crackers and such. You also love milk. Your doctor told me you are healthy and growing so I try to remind myself of that when you won’t touch any vegetables or fruits. Sigh.

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* You and you Daddy have the most fun together. A couple of days ago you played an elaborate game of “Pirates”, complete with newspaper swords and hats, lots of fake dying (with kisses to be revived), and phrases like “Arrggh me matey”, “Come at thee”, and “On guard”. It was so cute to watch. I’m so thankful you have such a wonderful Daddy!

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* Some of your favorite things to do are: go to the park, go eat lunch and play (the only playplace around here is at a Burger King), go swimming, do crafts, play with playdoh, go to church, and go to the library.

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* You tell me all the time “I love you, Mom” and “You are my best friend”. On your birthday, as you were eating chocolate birthday cake for breakfast you said over and over “Best birthday ever!”.

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* You call dresses “Dance”. As in, “Put on my dance and go to church?”

* Everywhere we go you know no stranger. At the park you see kids and say “Hi guys!”, like you’ve known them forever. It usually works, and you end up having a new friend to play with. When we walk by people at the grocery store you stop them and say “Hi, my name’s Adelaide”. Of course they don’t understand you because it sounds like you’re saying “Addaayy”, and then when I tell them your actual name they say “Adeline?”, “Addie”, “Analee”, etc. Big sigh…

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* You love everything about church, but especially singing in the Pastor Pals on Sunday nights. You run up there, and then proceed to move around steps (we are working on that…), and then yell “I’m on top, Mom!!”. Everyone laughs because you are so cute. Then when you come back to our seat you exclaim “Mom, I sing!”

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* You love helping us do dishes, or laundry, and are really cooperative when it’s time to pick up your toys. You obey really well, although we are currently working on whining.

* For the past 3ish months we’ve been living with Nana, as we are trying to get settled in Illinois, and it’s been an interesting transition for you. You now sleep in the same room with us (after loving your own space and your own bed since you were born), potty training has been delayed, and for a while you were constantly asking to go home. However, you have been loving seeing Nana everyday. Your favorite games to play with her right now are “Doctor” and “Baby”.

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* I expected your hair to have turned brown by now, but it is still blond! It will be interesting to see how long it lasts, or if you will be blond until adulthood! You hair is long enough now for ponytails, and sometimes I can get a braid to stay in a little while. I love playing with you hair, but you act pretty aggravated at me when I do. :)

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* Your bath time preferences are water-coloring tablets, dinosaurs, a water can, towels with hoods, and to have your wet feet kissed by Mom as dad carries you to get dressed. Daddy still hums the Star Wars Imperial March song to you as he’s carrying you. You’ve heard it so many times now, you usually hum along too.

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We can’t imagine what life would be like without you in it. Daddy and I talk all the time about how you are the most beautiful girl in the world, the smartest, the coolest kid ever, and any other hyperbolic statement you can think of. I still pat your little butt-butt whenever you are sleeping (only because you won’t let me when you are awake). We love you with all our hearts!

 

Adelaide Harper You Are 18 Months Old!

You have grown so much in the last 6 months! You are such a big girl, so independent, and SO smart. I can’t believe you are halfway to 3!

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* You have had a speech explosion recently. I couldn’t begin to remember all the words you say, but some of the phrases you can say are “I love you”, “Thank you”, “You okay?”, “Fall down”, “All done”, “All gone”, “Where are you?”, “I’m sorry (you say “I sorries”)”, “Sweet baby”. You also try to say your name which sounds like “Abbie”.

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* Your playtime has become so creative. You pretend you cook. You love to sit at the table and put a stuffed animal across from you and you two will have a pretend snack together. You also love to feed and take care of your baby dolls. One of your Christmas present this year was a broom just your size and whenever Mommy or Daddy are sweeping you always help!

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* Books are your favorite thing. Some of the stories that we have been reading to you from birth, you can now say some of the words and animal sounds in them. You have a much longer attention span now and actually listen to the stories!

* Your favorite TV shows are Sesame Street, Curious George, Pingu, and Timmy Time. You also LOVE the Praise Baby DVDs!

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* Besides your stuffed animals and baby dolls, some of your favorite toys are crayons, paper, and stickers, your magna doodle, shape sorters, and puzzles.

* Your hair has grown so much and it is so curly! I love it!

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* Your favorite snacks are cheese, bread and butter, popcorn, chocolate chips, and fruit leather. Your favorite meal by far is macaroni and cheese. You are a somewhat picky eater these days, but you eat when you get hungry enough and that’s ok with me.

* At your 18 month checkup you weighed 25lbs and were 32.5 inches long.

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* Getting pictures of you at this age is tough! You say “No” and cover your face and run away. Every once in a while, though, you will cooporate and say “Cheeeeesseee”. It is so cute!

* The age you are now is one of my favorites so far. You are a good listener (although you do love to throw a good fit!), you are easy to take to the store or out to eat, you are fun to play with, and are a good snuggler too!

* You love to do anything that Mom is doing. You help me cook, and clean, and unfortuntely you also love to act like you’re the boss of the daycare kids. We are working on that one… haha!

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Adelaide Harper, you bring so much joy to our lives! You make us laugh on a daily basis. It is so neat to watch you learn new things every day. I couldn’t have picked a better child to be my daughter. There is nothing you could ever do to make me not love you!

Adelaide Harper You Are 12 Months Old!

We finally reached your first birthday! And it didn’t make me as sad as I thought it would. We love the sweet little girl you’re becoming and so look forward to watching you grow up!

* Daddy often sings you the Skinnamarink song to calm you down when you are upset. This month you starting trying to sing along with him! We’ve caught you a couple other times singing to yourself and it’s so sweet!

* New words this month were “thank you” and “I love you”.

* You have learned to point when you want something! I love that you are able to communicate in that way and I don’t have to guess what it is that you want!

* Speaking of pointing; every morning when I eat my breakfast of peanut butter crackers, you crawl over as fast as you can and ask for one. You love them and if I don’t give you one fast enough you get so mad.

* Almost every day lately, when we go to get you out of your crib, you will bring your bunny with you. Morning time, nap time, no matter what. You’ve done this in the past, but not this frequent. It’s so cute how much you love your bunny!

* This month brought your 8th tooth! You have at least 3 more coming soon and you have been really cranky lately because of them! Poor baby!

* You have learned to pretend talk on the phone! You will hold anything rectangle shaped up to your ear and answer it. Ha!

* Music and dancing has been the funnest thing for you lately! You will just dance and dance and sometimes squeal when music comes on. And you love for me and Daddy to dance with you!

* You have become really clingy this month. I think it’s because you haven’t felt well with your teeth hurting. You love to be held, or if you’re playing you love for us to be right in the floor with you. You also have been so sweet by patting our backs, when we pat yours. It’s hard seeing you upset all the time, but I’ve been loving all the extra snuggles from an otherwise very independent girl!

* I have a few IPad apps that you like to play with and you’ve learned how to push the buttons to make them do stuff. You think it’s really fun! You also like to use my IPad as a mirror and talk to the baby that you see! Ha!

* One of the sweetest things that I’ve watched you do lately, is be a good Mama to your baby dolls. You will say “Awwww” and pat them, kiss them and hug them. I know that you are going to be a wonderful Mama someday!

Adelaide Harper, you are the most precious little person I have ever met. Your Daddy and I love you more than you will ever know! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 11 Months Old!

How can you be 11 months old? And where did my little baby go? You are such a big, independent girl these days and I can’t believe a year ago you were still in my belly!

* We have been cloth diapering this month and it’s going great! I wanted to cloth diaper when you were first born, but was too intimidated by it all to start. I finally decided to try it and am so glad I did!

* You are so confident in your legs these days. You have been pulling up on furniture for a while, but I have recently caught you letting go for a couple seconds before deciding to sit down. You are crawling underneath chairs and getting into everything. You have also figured out how to scoot safely off the couch feet first (but I don’t trust you yet so I still help you)!

* A new game that we love to play together is “Where did Mommy/Daddy/Adelaide go?”. It’s not much different from peekaboo, except for you are now covering up our faces yourself. You think it’s so funny!

* A not so fun development this month is that you have been waking up once a night again. I’m pretty sure it’s because your teeth are bothering you. I can feel 3 swollen places in your mouth and know that must hurt! I wish those teeth would pop through and stop hurting you!

* One day when you raised both your arms above your head I said “Hallelujah” and it stuck. Now you do it all the time and when we say “Hallelujah” you always raise your arms up!

* You learned to wave early on this month and love to do it! One night we laid you down for bedtime and you waved bye bye to us. We wanted to just scoop you up and skip bedtime. Ha! We didn’t. You are also pointing when you want something.

* You have had a word explosion recently! You say Hi, Good Girl, Meow, and Uh Oh, and sort of PeekaBoo (you kind of hum it, instead of say it). The other day we took you to a puppet show at the library and you were saying “Hi” to everyone around us. It was so cute!

We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You are so smart and so sweet. You make our family feel full and complete! We love you more than we’ll ever be able to tell you!

Months 1-11:

Adelaide Harper You Are 10 Months Old!

Wow! TEN months old! You are such an independent big girl now, that it’s hard to believe you were ever a little baby!

* You are definitely using “Mamamama” and “Dadadada” in reference to us now. Before it was just babbling. We LOVE it! Sometimes when you get mad if I walk away from you, you will squeal at me in this high-pitched voice “Mamamamama”. It’s so funny!

* You have really been facinated with my face lately. You will touch my eyelashes, nose, eyebrows, lips, etc., and I will tell you the names of everything, trying to teach you. You also love to play with my hair, but I am trying to teach you not to do that because it hurts! Ha!

* You are in size 12 month clothes (which are starting to get snug!) and size 4 diapers. You eat 3 bottles, baby food twice, and lots of snacks throughout the day. I cannot get you to drink out of a sippy cup at all! I’ve tried water, juice, formula, different cups; nothing works! You love to bang the cup on your highchair tray and get your hair all wet though!

* Your 7th tooth arrived this month! You are getting to be a pro at this teething stuff! Besides being drooley, you really don’t seem to mind all that much! Your smile is so cute with all those teeth!

* Whenever music comes on now, you like to dance to it. You will kind of just bop up and down and smile and wave your arms. It is the cutest and funniest thing ever!

* I think you are starting to become somewhat of a Daddy’s Girl. Whenever he gets home from work you get so excited and yell until he picks you up. Also, at night when we are putting you to bed, I get like 1 kiss for every 5 you give him! You love your Daddy!

* You are now pulling up on things and trying to stand! You’re still wobbly at it, but I think you love the new perspective!

* Most mornings when we get you out of bed, you latch onto something that’s in your crib and bring it with you. Often, its your little bunny friend, which you still love more than any of your other toys!

* We had to take your bumper off, because you figured out how to take off the clips we used to attach it to your crib. Now your pacifier falls out all the time and you are not liking that! The other day after about 30 minutes of fussing at naptime, you yelled “Mamaaaa!” and when I went into your room you were sobbing and gave me so many kisses when I picked you up to comfort you. It broke this Mama’s heart! You didn’t have to take a nap that day!

It is an absolute joy to watch your life unfold! We cannot imagine our lives without you in it! You make our hearts so full, sweet girl!

Adelaide Harper You Are 9 Months Old!

Your first year of life is 3/4 of the way over! Every day you seem like more and more like a big girl and less like a baby!

* You have been more attached to your Daddy this month than ever before. You used to be all about Mommy. I was sick with pneumonia for over a week and Daddy took care of all your needs and you got really attached to him. Sometimes you even cry when he leaves for work. It’s so sweet to see your relationship with him deepen!

* You cut your 5th and 6th teeth this month. You took the pain like a champ and didn’t really fuss at all! Your new favorite thing is to grit the top and bottom ones together. The noise drives me crazy! Ha!

* You LOVE to go outside! We like to go on walks together, with you riding in my wrap. Every time I get the wrap out to put you in it, you start squealing at the thought of going outside!

* You are crawling so good now! You get yourself anywhere you want to go, which usually means into something you’re not supposed to be into, ha! You would rather get into your trash can in your room than play with all your fun toys!

* You can also sit up from lying down now. Whenever I lay you down for a nap, as soon as I leave the room you sit up and play until you eventually get tired and lay back down. It’s so much fun to watch you on the monitor, singing and kicking and shaking toys! You are still so easy to put down for naps.

* You are getting better at eating table food and love to eat bread, strawberries, grapes, cereal, carrots, peas, green beans, and yogurt melts. You still eat mostly baby food though and have about 4 bottles a day.

* Whenever you wear long-sleeved pajamas to bed, you end up working on the sleeves until you pull your shirt completely off. I’ve started folding up your sleeves so you can’t take your clothes off. Ha!

* You are in a size 12 month clothes and size 4 diaper. At your doctor’s appointment last week you weighed 19lbs, 10 oz.

* You are babbling so much these days. The other night when I was getting you ready for bed you started patting your belly. I said “pat, pat, pat, pat” and you said “pa, pa, pa, pa”. Every day since then you like to show us your new trick and tell us your new word! You are just so smart! You also love you clap for yourself when you’ve done something we get excited about. So cute!

* You are just so sweet and affectionate these days. You give kisses and hugs all the time and we just soak them up!

Mommy and Daddy love you so much sweet girl!

Months 1-9:

Adelaide Harper You Are 8 Months Old!

It was so hard to get good pictures of you this month! You are so busy these days and have no time to stop and pose for the camera! Also your teeth are bothering you and between the drool and your tongue exploring those new teeth, your smiles were hard to come by.

* You have been so much more cuddly this month. You like to lay your head on our shoulders and give us kisses all the time! In fact, when we lean in to kiss you on your lips, you are leaning in too and kissing back! It’s so sweet and we are loving all the good snuggles!

* You are finally on a good schedule! You have four bottles, eat baby food twice, and have two naps a day. You wake up typically around 6:30am and go to bed around 7pm every night. It’s so easy now to plan things because I know when you will need to eat and sleep!

* You have cut two new teeth this month. The top two front ones. You have been drooling so much and chewing on your fingers; working hard on those new teeth!

* You have been babbling and talking so much! We have heard “Mama” and “Dada”, but are pretty sure you are not talking about us yet. You also say “bababa” and “wawawa” alot. You have also learned to cluck your tongue this month! It’s so cute!

* You are officially scooting! You are much better at backwards than forwards, which is frusterating to you sometimes when you are trying to get something in front of you and only seem to get farther away from it! Ha!

* It seems like your hair has grown so much this month! It’s getting much thicker and starting to touch your ears and neckline. I can’t wait until I can play with it and put bows in your hair!

* Speaking of hairbows, you have discovered the headbands I put on your head and are taking them off. I can’t keep headbands, hats, socks, or shoes on you. When we go out strangers comment about your cold feet and I think they must think you’re neglected! Ha!

* We have had to lower your crib because you were scaring us by putting your legs and arms over the sides. With all the moving you do these days, it feels much safer to have your crib set at the bottom.

* You are still in a size 3 diaper and wear 6-9 month and 12 month clothing. Our scale says you weight about 19.8 lbs.

* You are getting better at working those fingers to pick up finger food. I have tried giving you little pieces of cereal and blueberries, but you still gag alot and aren’t quite ready for it. You love baby mum mums though! And you are loving your baby food and eat about 2-2.5 jars per day!

It is so hard to believe you are this old! I am just soaking up all these last baby months, because soon you will be toddling around and talking! We love you so much Adelaide Harper!

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Adelaide Harper You Are 7 Months Old!

So many new things this month! I feel like my baby turned into a big girl overnight! This month has brought huge changes in your development, and I feel like things are only going to speed up from here!

* You love to explore my face. You will grab my nose, pull my hair, put your hands in my mouth, and poke my eyes. While you do, I always say “nose” or “hair” to try and teach you about the things you are touching.

* You can now drink out of a sippy cup! You still prefer your bottle over anything though. You make funny faces when the cold water and juice gets in your mouth!

* You won’t sit still in your bumbo seat anymore. I had to move you to the highchair to feed you. You don’t really sit still in that either, but it secures you a little better.

* You are eating stage 2 baby food about 2 or 3 times a day, and having around four 6oz bottles in between. You are in a size 3 diaper, 6-9 month clothing (and a few 12 month things), and a size 3 shoe.

* You have discovered our cats. You love to pull their tails and ears, or whatever else you can get ahold of! You just laugh and grab! Ha! You have also noticed the kids that I keep. You think they are so fun and laugh at them all the time!

* You are starting to get much more whiney. You whine when I leave the room, when I take something away from you, and when it’s time for bed.

* We now know when you want to be held because you’re able to lift your arms up and show us! It’s so cute!

* The baby in the mirror is your best friend! You could watch yourself all day. I think the mirror gets more hugs and kisses than I do! Ha!

* You are finally rolling from back to front and have no problem with tummy-time now. You often sleep on your tummy too. You can sit up for long periods of time without falling down and love to play sitting up with all your toys around you. I think crawling will come soon!

* You have learned to fake-cough and love to do it all the time. You also blow raspberries, cluck your tongue, and pop your lips (like Daddy taught you). You are also learning to clap your hands and have done it a few times for us!

* Sometimes I play an episode of Sesame Street for the kids I keep, and you will watch almost the whole episode, even when there are toys surrounding you. You will not be distracted and even laugh at the puppets sometimes!

* For Christmas, you got a shape sorter toy, and if I set up a shape on top of the hole it goes in, you can push it through. You get so excited when it falls down! You can also open the lid and take things out or put things in.

We love you so much, sweet girl!

Months 1-7:

Adelaide Harper You Are 6 Months Old!

You are halfway to your first birthday! I can’t believe it! Every day you are seeming more like a little girl and less like a baby.  I wish I could slow down time to savor these last few baby months!

* After weeks of working on it, you can finally get your toes into your mouth.  It is so funny when you chew on them! You especially like to do it when I’m changing your diaper.  You are such a wiggle-worm these days!

* You are starting to fuss when I leave the room sometimes.  You definitely like having your Mama around! I try to take you with me from room to room, but sometimes it’s easier to leave you in your swing for a minute while I switch a load of laundry or something. And you like to let me know that you do not like being left behind!

* I am so proud that you are sitting up! It’s not for very long at a time, but you can do it! You love it too!

* You have tried lots of new foods this month including “Mum-mum snacks”.  They are these little rice wafers that dissolve and you like to hold it yourself and eat it.  It think it helps your sore gums.  You are still not very into baby food.  I just can’t get you interested.  Maybe we’ll eventually just switch to table food and skip baby food entirely!

* You are sleeping through the night most nights, which your Daddy and I love! You usually go to bed around 7pm and don’t get up until around 12 hours later! Some nights you still wake up once, but it’s easy to give you a bottle and then you go right back to sleep.

* Two new teeth popped up this month; your two front bottom ones! They came within a day of each other.  You were a little fussy for a couple days, but nothing too bad.

* You are starting to assert your independence more.  I can’t already see the beginnings of the “Adelaide do it” phase.  I love, love, love to watch your little personality developing!

* Your fine motor skills are getting so much better and you are definitely using them! Your fingers do just about anything you want now, and you love to use them to grab our cell phones, computers, or anything else we are holding at the moment.  Yesterday you yelled at Daddy because he took your foot off his computer.  Haha!

* You are just about the happiest baby I have ever met.  You are giggly, excited, and smiling all the time! You are such a joy to be around!

* You are fascinated by whatever clothing I’m wearing and like to feel the texture in your fingers and either bury your face in my shirt or try to bring it to your mouth to taste it.  Just another way you are exploring your surroundings!

* You are wearing mostly 6-9 month clothing and some 12 month (already!).  You are in a size 3 shoe and still a size 3 diaper.

We love you more than life itself!

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