Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dear Rye :: 6mos

Dear Rye,
You're still a momma's girl, but you often are passed around to family, friends, and even people we've just met. You check in more frequently with me when you're not in my arms than you used to, but you're generally smiley and snuggly with anyone .... except men with beards. You're great with Poobah, and will finger comb his beard all day long - but anyone with a dark and/or impressively thick beard and you are frightened. You look at them and your face slowly crumples. You turn your head into my shoulder and I pat your back. You settle down. Then peak back over your shoulder to check if they are still there ... only for a deep frown to appear and the sobbing to begin again. I try not to laugh, but it's hard. It's very very cute. Poor baby.

It feels like you've grown so much! I can't believe you're half a year old! Already! But at your checkup, we learned that you're still in the 3%ile for weight and 35%ile for height. So despite feeling like you're super long - you're still our smallest baby yet. And at this point, I think you'll just stay on this growth pattern.

You love watching kids - especially Noah and Del. They make you giggle so much. Sometimes they don't appreciate feeling laughed at - but usually they keep doing what they are doing to get you to keep laughing.

A little past your 6month mark, Daddy started you on solids. I was surprised to see you munching down the meat he was offering you. You LOVE food and are sad to see someone else eating when they don't have anything to share. It's a little tricky because we want to stick with meat mostly - definitely no wheat or dairy yet. And your frantic for food. Funny baby.

Christmas was fun and relaxing. It's so cool to see how excited you are over the Christmas tree being dragged into the living room or the lights on the tree being turned on or wrapping paper ... you love crinkly noises. You charmed your aunts and uncles when they were here and when we were there.

You discovered your feet this month and they are widly entertaining, but your hands are still a favorite. Even more exciting is that you're figuring out how to make your hands do what you want them to do.

Your hair is thinning out and lightening. Your button nose is so adorably perfect. Your big smile is still all gummy. I love it. Your fingers are long and your feet are big.

You get all excited when I throw you on to my back for wrapping - all smiley. You kick your legs and babble when you see Daddy. You giggle like crazy when you touch his head.

You've started having shorter naps - I think because usually we're at the store and there's a lot going on. You don't want to miss it!

You babble a lot at once, but also have long quiet stretches.

We love getting to know you more and more every day.
Love you baby,

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