It seems that Little Lady is adding to her list of accomplishments everyday. She's sitting up on her own, almost crawling, and feeding herself solid foods with little help from Scott and I.
We're doing something called "baby-led weaning" and it's working fabulously. Essentially, it's a method of introducing solid foods to baby in very practical way: allowing the baby to learn to feed themselves from the very beginning. I read something online about it, read a book on the subject, and jumped in the day LL turned 6 months. It's been amazing to see her learn about texture and taste and to watch her improve her simple motor skills with every meal. We're big fans of this method.
We did the whole "Baby Wise" thing from the beginning...and it pays off! She's sleeping 12 hours at night and taking 2 naps a day. It's glorious. I know that she's going to go to sleep at 8:00 pm and that I won't hear from her until 8:00 am the next morning.
Occasionally, she will wake up around 7:30 am but she's content to lay in her crib and talk to herself until I am ready to get her. We usually just lay her in her crib when it's time to go to sleep and she's almost always asleep by the time we get downstairs and turn the monitor on.
Someone asked me this weekend, "So, you put her down for her nap even if she doesn't want to go to sleep?" The answer to that is...YES! If she fusses, it's rarely more than a minute or two and soon she's fast asleep. There's beauty in the routine...for her, for me, for Scott...for the whole family!
She's a very happy baby. She smiles at strangers at restaurants and in public. She seems to think the whole world is on parade for her enjoyment. We went to Wal-Mart this morning and she was thrilled to sit in the cart, look around, and smile at whoever got within eye-shot of our buggy.
It's amazing to see her little personality develop and it seems that everyday she's changing and growing. This age is so fun but it's been a little bittersweet in a way...it goes so fast.
She absolutely adores Daddy...the moment she hears his voice she lights up. It's precious.
She's not quite crawling but she's close. She can get on her hands and knees, and put her bottom in the air, but the only direction she can go is backward.