Nora @ 6 Months

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2012

Seriously! 6 months already!

Nora is getting so big, and you know what… I LOVE it! 

I’ve never been a huge baby person and I just can’t wait for Nora to start crawling, walking, talking, and growing into a cute, chubby toddler. I suppose that when all my children are grown, I’ll look back and regret wishing them through the newborn phase of life… but right now, I couldn’t be happier!

I’m so glad that I decided to take these monthly pictures… it’s crazy how much she changes each month!

Here’a s quick look back through the last 6 months… (you may click on the number above the picture to see more pictures from that specific month)

FIVE.

FOUR.

THREE.

TWO.

ONE.

ZREO.

And I still can’t believe how much our lives have changed in only 6 months…

 

Nora’s 6-Month Milestones

1. She can sit up all by herself

This literally happened overnight! One day she was still really wobbly and always tipping forward; the next day, she was sitting tall all on her own!

2. She wants to stand… all the time

I’m not sure if this is good or bad, but once she figured out how to sit, she immediatly decided that she wanted to start standing…

And yes, she can even do it without help!

3. She doesn’t stop talking.

Remember my post about silent time? Yeah, we don’t get any of that around here — Nora “talks” constantly! It’s actually pretty cute… and if she’s being fussy, all we have to do is play back a video recording of her making noise and she is instantly mesmerized by her own voice.

4. She loves sucking on people food.

She still refuses to eat any type of baby food but she absolutely loves sucking on carrots, apples, etc.

I’m honestly not sure why she refuses the baby food — I’ve even tried peaches, applesauce, and bananas (which are supposed to be the good flavors, right!) We’ll keep trying… and meanwhile, she’s definitely still packing on the pounds!

5. She rolls in every direction

Maybe she can’t crawl… but this girl can get around.

She finally figured out how to roll in all directions and if we’re not watching her close enough, she’ll be all the way across the room before we realize it!

6. She laughs… a lot! 

Dave can get her to laugh at almost everything he does — but especially if he jumps out from behind the couch… or out of our closet. I tried to get a video uploaded but something wasn’t working quite right — maybe next month!

7. She goes to bed at 7:30 almost every night! 

Can I get an “Amen”!

She’s still a horrible napper and she still wakes up at least twice every night, but the fact that she is routinely going to be around 7:30 every night (right after her bath and last feeding) makes me one of the happiest moms around.

Yes, I’m still tired from waking up in the middle of the night, but I actually have a couple hours to myself each evening… I can catch up on a little work, clean up the kitchen, shower in peace, or just go to bed REALLY early :)

She used to lay the ‘short’ way in her crib… but now she’s too big!

Oh and just for good measure, here is one of the cutest pictures I’ve taken so far (at least in my opinion). She absolutely LOVES being outside!

Nora, Nora… what are we going to do with you?

Our theory is that she’s one of those super brilliant children and needs to be stimulated all the time otherwise she gets bored :)

At least she knows how to turn on the charm for the camera!

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26 comments

  1. Julie

    05/22/2012

    Time flies, especially once you have kids! And she does keep getting cuter. I love seeing her pictures! :)

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  2. Brandie

    05/22/2012

    I LOVE your site, I read it everyday! I COMPLETELY agree with you today! I have a 3 year old son and a 5 month old daughter, so it has been so fun watching Nora grow since they are only a month apart. I have said since my son was born, “I could do without the first 5 months!!! (and I AM a baby person)” 6 months old forward is SO MUCH more fun and it DOES keep getting a little easier everyday, I promise….until baby #2 comes along! haha!

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  3. Lydia

    05/22/2012

    I am the opposite. I struggled to get pregnant and I have savored each moment. It’s been hard, don’t get me wrong. But we have them for such a short time. I don’t want to wish my baby’s life away.

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  4. Michelle

    05/22/2012

    So cute! It is amazing how fast she is growing! Have you considered skipping the “baby food” and doing Baby Led Weaning? We did BLW with #2 and it has been absolutely wonderful. It is perfect for a baby who loves “people food”. My first was the worst eater ever, my second is doing amazingly well and has never had a puree (and the only thing I have ever spoon fed her is yogurt, she is just over 1).

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    Cortney Reply:

    This is exactly what I was going to recommend. My first was a terrible eater (he has special needs though) and my second wasn’t a huge baby food fan. So we started the BLW at 6months and it was awesome! SO much easier and he was so much happier!

    I got the book from the library so check there first :).

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    Debbie Reply:

    We also did BLW with our little guy and I have to say that it’s the easiest thing ever! He’s 21 months now and eats everything and has never been fussy about food at all.

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  5. Ann

    05/22/2012

    Thanks for sharing! She is so precious… I am a “grandma” with 2 children, and 2 “grands”,
    but, honestly, I was the same way…super READY for 6 months & on up.

    It was good for me to get past the stage of trying to get them to burp, so they could get some sleep. Sometimes I wondered if I would EVER shower in peace again!

    Sometimes people say so & so is a GOOD baby. Well, my theory is that they are ALL good, but
    they are not ALL easy!! :) Keep on keeping on! Make everyday a golden memory, the days will weave together into beautiful childhood memories for Nora & respect for her parents! To God be all glory!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Ann, I’ve never heard it said like that before… People always ask me if Nora is “good” and I always say “kind of” or “some days”. Now, I’m going to say “yes, but she’s not always easy”.
    Thanks!

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  6. Rhonda High

    05/22/2012

    She is absolutly beautiful! I was always a “baby person”. Growing up I played dolly all the time, I babysat for money when I got older, and then after I was married I cut back my hours to watch 2 girls one day a week. I enjoyed my first child but #2 was different. I had a mystery illness and found it difficult to function some days. He wasn’t colicky but just overall fussy. We learned (he is 2 now) that he has a very strong personality. We are enjoying him more now that we can communicate with him. I think he was just fustrated. ALL this to say…don’t let anybody judge you for saying you will enjoy the next stage better. You don’t need guilt for not enjoying this stage as good as the next person.You obviously spend a lot of time with her and lover her. But let’s be honest…it will be easier once she naps and sleeps all night. :) I love your site and just wanted you to feel the love from another mother. Another thing (while we’re on it), all those older ladies who say they miss the baby stages completly forget! :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Rhonda,
    Your comment made me laugh… and don’t worry, I don’t have any guilt right now! I honestly WISH I could have enjoyed the newborn phase a little more, but when your THAT tired and your baby is THAT crabby, nothing is really too enjoyable (even for moms who love the baby stage)!
    Here’s to enjoying the next 6 months :)

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  7. Catherine

    05/22/2012

    Sounds like Nora might be a goos candidate for “Baby Led Weaning” also known as BLW… You should check it out! Our daughter never ate baby food! She’s now 21 months, is super healthy, eats on her own with spoon and fork (we never spoon fed her!), she eats anything snd everything! For us, this method was perfect! I didn’t care to waste time preparing separate food for her or do purees… We always eat as a family and all enjoy a nice hit meal every night! Anyways, check it out!

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  8. Elena

    05/22/2012

    Nora is gorgeous! It’s been a real treat watching her grow these last 6 months:)

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  9. Yvann

    05/22/2012

    It’s incredible for me to realise how fast the months are slipping by – I don’t have a baby but the fact that you are chronicling Nora’s babyhood makes me realise how little notice I take of time flying by!

    She’s got a great smile!

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  10. Happybee

    05/22/2012

    Happy 6th month sweet Nora!!!!!!!

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  11. Sarah

    05/22/2012

    Her eyes are so beautiful!

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  12. Heart and Haven

    05/22/2012

    I’ve also had very social babies that love interaction. One thing I found that worked was to put on an episode of Sesame Street for them. They loved the bright colored muppets, singing & dancing, and it’s a great educational show as well. AND I would have 1/2 hr – 45 min. block of time to shower, clean dishes, do laundry, etc. Nora may enjoy this, and would allow you some time without having to wait for naptime perhaps.

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    Andrea Reply:

    We were fortunate enough to have a friend who gave us about 12 Baby Einstein DVD’s, so we watch at least one of those every day… and yes, she is mesmerized! I get 30 minutes to myself and she is happy as a clam to sit and stare at the bright lights!

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  13. Laurel

    05/22/2012

    She’s so cute. I loved all of the ages and stages, but will admit that there are definitely some that are more fun than others. I especially loved 6 months through two years old and nothing can beat how loving a five year old can be to their mom. Enjoy it all because it really does fly. It seems like not very long ago that I was where you are now. Now I am shocked to realize my “babies” are 21, 18, 16 and 12. Nora looks like she is going to be a blast! Squeeze those cute cheeks for me!

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  14. Pyper

    05/23/2012

    She has the most gorgeous eye and super long eyelashes!! She beautiful, Andrea!

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    Pyper Reply:

    gorgeous EYES! Not eye, lol

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  15. Emily

    05/23/2012

    Wow, what a beautiful little girl!! Thank you for sharing Nora’s first six months with us! I just had out third baby last week (our little boy! Samuel) and reliving the newborn/infant stage is always an adventure! Nora looks like such a sweet personality. And I had to chuckle about the rolling. I used to baby sit for a little guy that would roll everywhere. So funny to watch. Enjoy your sweet girl!!

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  16. Erin

    05/24/2012

    Your daughter is beautiful and it looks like she is way ahead of the game with her sitting, rolling, etc. I bet you she keeps you on your toes!

    I saw that you said she likes to chew on carrots… I am sure you are so careful, but I teach K and had a 5 year old choke on a baby carrot. It scared me half to death until we got it out!

    Enjoy this time, it goes so quickly!!

    I look forward to your next post, love reading your tips!

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  17. Ann

    05/25/2012

    What size is she wearing at 6 months? My 5 month old grandson is in 6-9 months clothes most of the time but I started buying 12 month for the summer. YIKES! I may have guessed the wrong size snowpants and jacket for next winter when I bought them!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yeah, Nora wears mostly size 9-12 months right now. I think the “rule of thumb” is they will be OUT of the size by the time they are that age. So for example, they will fully outgrow size 6mo. by the time they are 6 mo. and they will outgrow 12 mo. by the time they are 12 mo. I think that’s crazy, but that’s what people tell me and that’s what I’ve found to be true for Nora.
    I try not to buy anything seasonal too far in advance b/c I’m a bad guesser!

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  18. Debra Kapellakis

    05/26/2012

    Oh my goodness, she is a doll!

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  19. Laura

    05/26/2012

    I really began LOVING parenthood when Maya was right about six months old. It’s such a great age! :)

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