Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bella is 6-months-old TODAY!!!

I'm not one for celebrating "false birthdays" but I have been using these "month birthdays" to keep up with Bella's milestones. In keeping with tradition and without further ado...

Today is Bella's 6-month "birthday"! She is already half way to her 1st birthday and it's hard to imagine, but in 6 months we will be celebrating her official birthday. With each passing day, Bella is growing, meeting new milestones and it's been bittersweet. I'm so happy and proud that Bella is growing up before my eyes, but at the same time I miss the days of having an itty bitty baby. Anyway... here are Bella's 6-month stats:

Height: 27 inches / 90th percentile (She is a looooooong baby)

Weight: about 21 pounds 4 ounces / 100th percentile (Technically she's off the charts...)

Sleeping Pattern: Bella has discovered that sleeping on her tummy is the next best thing since sliced bread. She sleeps about 6-7 hours at night, which is not ideal, but it could be a lot worse. We have the blessing of the pediatrician to drop any night feedings and to allow her to cry-it-out. Hopefully within the next few weeks we will have made progress in sleep hygiene and Bella will be sleeping 9-10 hours a night. Recently Bella's nap schedule has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! She takes a 2-hour nap in the morning and a 2-hour nap in the afternoon. These 4 hours have allowed me to catch up on my DVR and house work.

Eating Pattern: Bella eats about 5 ounces every 3-4 hours and eats about 30 ounces of formula a day. She is eating solids twice a day and was recently introduced to meat. Bella hasn't met a food she doesn't like, however she does not like my homemade baby food. My ego was crushed, but feeding her jared baby food does make my life a bit easier. We will introducing a sippy cup within the next few weeks

Milestones: Where to start?!? Bella has one tooth and has another one on the way... Bella sits up unassisted and does quite well at sitting up... Bella pushes up and scoots across the floor... and she is a TALKER! Omg, she is always babbling and her new favorite sound is "Mmmm." A few times it has sounded like she's actually said "Mmmm-ma" but we can't be certain. She is doing something new every day and it's really exciting. 

Friends: The usual crew from MWI... especially Taylan and Connor. She seems to have more "boy friends" than "girl friends." We have been spending more time with our neighbors, the McGills. 

Current Events: The Gators suffered their first loss of the year to Alabama, the Abbott Company recalled nearly ALL powdered Similac due to processing  issues, the Rays are in the ALDS and are trying to make it to the World Series and election season is well under way. 

Happy 6-Month Birthday, Isabella Eve!

Love always,
Ian, Kim & Bella

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