Cecelia at six months

November 28 | Six Months

My heart just jumped into my throat as I typed the words 'six months'. A half of a year. Wow.

(please note how many more chevron lengths she takes up compared to her first month! I try to keep her shoulders in the same place each month. Long girl)

(and look how much taller she's gotten compared to the bunny in the first month. Top of bunny used to touch her ear and now it's at her shoulder. These comparisons always blow my mind.)

Likes: Nursing, being held, making eye contact with others, mommy, watching her big brother and her doggie play, 'talking', drooling, shoving any and everything into her mouth, grabbing faces/hair/fingers of others, being around people

Dislikes: being left alone for longer than a minute or two, consistency with sleeping, being overtired


Biggest Achievement of the Month: Flying on an airplane! And cutting her first TWO teeth!

Biggest Challenge of the Month: Probably sleep but really, what else is new?


The Mecca (aka Sleep): This month I tried having her nap on her tummy occasionally and sometimes it seemed to help her sleep longer than 30 minutes, but other times not so much. If I put her down awake on her stomach she'd pop her head up, like 'Oh hey! Tummy time! I know what to do here, look at me holding my head up really high!' So I'd have to put her down nearly asleep and even then it wasn't consistent. She will nap about 3 times a day for me when home, and twice a day for Lori at daycare. Each nap can be anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours (for Lori, never for me) and I'd say the average is about an hour each time. I feel like we actually are settling into a good napping routine though, which really helps a lot with my mental sanity even if the nights still suck. I'll rock her a bit with the pacifier in her mouth and then put her down as she is drowsy but awake.

Now the nighttime suckiness? She is averaging anywhere from 2-5 wake ups each night. One night this month she clocked 7 hours in a row (until 2:15), then went another 3 and I almost cried from happiness. But her norm is that she's usually up around midnight first time (5 hrs), and then every 2 hours after that. During our Missouri trip she was seriously up every 2-3 hours all night long with her longest stretch of sleep being just 3 hours. She's pulled that stunt at home, too, and I'm getting to the point where I'm CRAVING consistency here in sleep deprivation land.

Another weird thing is that she doesn't always tolerate nursing in sidelying, falling back to sleep without a peep anymore. Now she will squawk at me until I sit all the way up with her, and sometimes she only pipes down if I physically stand up. What? No thanks. If you are going to wake up a ton of times you at LEAST need to fall back to sleep in 5 seconds, Cecelia. When will you learn that sleep is freaking fantastic? Soon, I hope. Because I think I'm starting to forget how wonderful life seems with a little bit of zzzzzs.

(first fire in the fireplace! Love this shot)

Temperament/Personality: She's a happy little bugger who is incredibly social and curious. I love the fact that she is smiling more often than she's not lately. Happy babies, even ones who don't sleep well, are just the best. But she still has her moments for sure. This whole month she gave her daddy hell each time he watched her for me as I was out of the house. She even cried so hard that she actually puked one time. Sweet. But then she had a really fabulous daddy experience with our most recent attempt while I was at the Christmas parade, so perhaps we are finally moving into a phase when Nate can care for Cecelia a bit more without her biting his head off. I know for a fact that he was able to help with Truman a lot more by 6 months. Someday she will be a daddy's girl but for now she's still all about Milk Jug Mama. She WILL light up and flash her most heartwarming grin when she sees Nate enter a room though. It's like she has that special smile reserved just for him and he even got her to belly laugh for the first time this month. Before that it's been all little giggles, mostly at Truman's antics. This time Nate got her going really good by slapping his hand down on his knee, telling Cecelia that she has a 'crazy arm' (which she does). Hilarious daddy. She's 'for real' laughed almost every day since that big time with Nate. I love her laugh and hope she keeps giving them to us without much effort---it's the best.


Eating: Cecelia still loves to nurse and I'm still incredibly grateful for our nursing relationship. She takes both sides more frequently now and still loves to fall asleep at the breast, so I end up pulling her off to end a session pretty frequently. I'm trying to stick to the eat-play-sleep routine which should put a stop to the dreaded sleep/nurse but it's a work in progress. I usually go 3-4 hours between nursing sessions but if I do push it to the 4 hour mark, I will always let down right at 3 hours. Like my body says, 'Hey! Time to nurse the baby again, it's been 3 hours!' Not sure I was still having random let downs without nursing the first time around.

I haven't introduced any rice cereal or oatmeal to Cecelia's diet, and just in the past two days I've let her try a few nibbles of bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes. It's taken me a week to write this post and originally I was going to say that she's never had anything but breast milk, but now with the last few days under our belt I can say she's at least attempted a few specks of real food (just specks because she seems SO shocked that what enters her mouth has actual taste aside from milk!)

I don't think cereal is worth the hassle at this point and all it really did was constipate Truman and waste my breast milk. Still unsure if I want to skip purees and go right to chunks of food a la Baby Led Weaning or go the conventional route of spoon-to-mouth. Should probably decide soon and for some reason I feel like my Pediatrician won't be entirely pleased with me for pushing off all solids this long (although it's recommended to start solids at 4-6 months, so I'm just on the later side of that norm). I'm pretty sure she is growing just fine on her all-breastmilk diet so it shouldn't matter, right? She also seems to have a wicked gag reflex and taking Tylenol or her vitamin drops is a nightmare, so I'm kind of dreading giving her real food. We'll see. I did just make a batch of pureed sweet potatoes and squash today and when she tried a few hunks of squash she didn't gag all that much. I suppose we will start trying some bites of food and also some purees and see where that takes us. Pretty exciting stuff at 6 months!
(I love this pic of her so much!)

CC will take either two or three 5 oz bottles while at Lori's, so either 10 or 15 oz total in those 8 hours. Then she will nurse another 3 times during work days and variable amounts at night. So I guess I'd say she eats about 5-7 times during the daytime hours and then another 2-5 times at night, too. Girl loves to eat which is fine by me.

And I'll put this here: she may not be eating with us at the table just yet but she is now sitting in the booster seat during meal times. SO cute. What a big milestone, simply because I have two free hands to eat my own dinner now. She seems to love sitting there like a big girl, too, playing with her toys and looking from face to face with excitement.



The Superficial: Her signature long bang look is still hanging around and she's still a red headed, blue eyed doll. Her 6 month pants are officially WAY too short now although I can't quite retire them yet. Meaning she sports capris in 30 degree weather. But 6 month tops fit pretty well so we are officially between 6 and 9 months for her outfits simply because of her freakishly long legs. I finally put away the pack-n-play this month because she would not fit in there anymore to get her diaper changed unless I put her at a weird angle. We are officially changing her diaper on the ground on a blanket now, which makes her seem like a big girl to me! She is now 27 inches tall which is about the 90th percentile, and 15lbs 14oz which is right around 50th percentile. My long and lean girl.

(6 month capris!)




Teeth: New category, because baby girl sprouted her first tooth during our trip to Missouri on 11.20.12--a little over a week before she turned 6 months old. She never had a fever and I didn't notice a change in her sleeping habits (because she was already waking up at least 3-4 times the nights preceding the tooth), but she did seem extra fussy and clingy for me. Then my mom and I both noticed the clear little line on her bottom right gum line and sure enough--the sharp little nubbin had already poked through! Poor baby! I got her some Tylenol to take that next night hoping it would help her with sleep and pain (it didn't make a difference) and then on the morning of 11.23.12 right after Thanksgiving, the bottom left tooth appeared. Truman got his first two teeth within days of each other but it was more like 6.5 months so apparently she is a little ahead of him in this category. I can't wait to see these baby teeth become more visible and really do pray that her sleep will improve now that they are out. Isn't the milestone of the first tooth such an exciting and scary one? Makes her seem less like a baby and more like a little girl.






Motor Milestones: I thought I would be able to say she was rolling around all over the place by 6 months but she really doesn't seem to care about rolling. At all. She HAS rolled but only about two times ever. I'm not really worried about it just yet because she just really seems content to hang on her tummy or her back without actually trying to get mobile. She can scoot and wiggle and do half rolls to the point that she is getting all folded up against her crib these days, which makes her REALLY mad when she slams her head against the rails. I'll find her in the weirdest positions when I walk back into the room and one of these days she will figure out how to roll consistently and crawl. But not yet.


(did not edit any of these pictures--her eyes are THAT amazing!)

She can prop-sit for a bit and sit unsupported for about two seconds before toppling over, or resting her belly on her thighs. But sister is obsessed with standing up right now. Obviously supported, but still---she will lock out her knees and just stand up with pretty good core control for minutes. We have to physically force her to sit down most of the time because she is just too proud of herself for standing. We can prop her up against the back of a couch while standing and she will hold on before losing her balance---so maybe she just doesn't care about rolling or sitting or crawling and prefers to be completely upright instead. Just has to learn to get into that position on her own, though, which will definitely be many more months.




Out and About: The big news here is that Cecelia made her first plane trip to Missouri for Thanksgiving. I wasn't too worried about how she'd handle the short 50 minute flight and she did great. She nursed for take off and then was a little fussy for a few minutes upon descent for our first flight, and then on the return flight she nursed and slept the entire time. When awake she loved looking around at all of the people on the plane because she's just that social and nosey. She also blew out her diaper on both planes which was just awesome. After my traumatizing experience trying to change Truman's diaper in an airport bathroom without a changing table, I decided to endure the stench and wait until we landed to change her. Good decision but still gross.

While in Missouri she handled the constant stimulation and unfamiliar surroundings pretty well, but her sleep was pretty horrendous. Not sure if that was from being out of her comfortable environment or the new teeth but whatever. We all survived just fine on our 'vacation' because we had nothing to do but lounge and visit and nap and spend time with family. Heaven.


Firsts: two first teeth a week before turning six months, first time in booster seat, first airplane trip, first time outside of Wisconsin, first time sleeping anywhere besides her own home,

Favorite Baby Gear: Nothing really new this month. Nuk brand pacifiers. Ergo carrier. Cheapy little booster seat. Jumparoo.



Little Sister and Big Brother: At six months, Truman had found his feet (Cecelia hasn't except for when she is prop sitting and then she chews her feet) was rolling consistently (Cecelia is not), and was eating rice cereal (not for our girl). But both of these babes can be labeled 'subpar sleepers' with at least 2-3 wake ups per night. And they both like to nurse and are super happy and adorable (biased opinion). Truman let Nate help out a lot more with soothing than Cecelia will allow, but CC is still pretty social and loves interacting with others just like Truman always did. They both have done great at daycare at the 6 month mark. She is still a dainty, petite version of her giant-baby brother, with red hair and blue eyes (Truman's were already hazel by now). I definitely feel more 'attached' to Cecelia at this point than I did with Truman, from what I can remember anyway, because I am the one who attends to/feeds/soothes/puts back to sleep with her. She loves to be worn and loves to be held, so I just think she is more of a mommy's girl than Truman was a mommy's boy. She's definitely more stubborn and opinionated (Estrogen rules!). But then again, that might be my momnesia flaring up again and maybe I felt attached at the hip to my son, too.


Currently Cecelia is still in love with her big brother and he returns the love right back to baby sis. Sometimes if she is napping upstairs he will say, 'I want to see Cece right now!' or 'Where is my sister?' And he's genuinely upset if I don't let him see her immediately. When he sees her he will say, 'Oh, HI, baby!' and will get right in her face to smile and give unprompted kisses. For real. So why wouldn't she love him to death, right? If she hears his voice she will search around for him until she spots the big guy and then she will smile at him as they speak their own sibling language.


I love you, Cecelia/Cease/Cecil/CC. You are the best daughter I could have ever asked for and I cannot wait to watch you grow. But I'd like to keep you little forever, too ;) 


  1. She is seriously so cute I can hardly stand it. Love her big open-mouth smile and all of her expressions! Those close-ups of her face when you were photographing her teeth are a-ma-zing.

    And the family photo of T and C smiling at each other? OMG. Nothing better.

    Cecil. Freakin love it.

  2. That smile! Love it. And, no worries on the food front. Evelyn didn't have so kids until 6 months and never had cereal. We did almost full blw and loved it! The only purees she really got were the pouches because they were easy to take places and other than that we just chunked stuff up and let her at it. She's an amazing eater now too.

  3. Ah, I can't handle all her amazing expressions! She's turning out to be such a fun, goofy, little girlie and this post made me excited to see her tomorrow :)

    Sleep. Just think of where T was back then and where you guys are now. Light at the end of the tunnel, lady! One day you will enjoy 8 glorious hours of sleep again!

  4. Love how smiley she is the 6 month pic, sooo cute! And love your family dinner shot. I can't wait to start doing that in our new house :)

  5. She LOVES the camera!!! What a ham :) That family pic made me so happy! What an awesome moment to capture.

  6. What an absolute doll! So where does the red hair come from? Is that your original color? Blue eyes and red hair . . . beautiful combo!

    I really really hope she starts sleeping consistently for you. My brain just snaps back to Brigham's first year when we had 5-7 wake-ups a night. Now, he was sick all the time so I know that was the reason. But still, come on baby girl! Give your mama a break :)

  7. I'm sorry, SIX MONTHS? I can't believe that! She is seriously one of the cutest, happiest baby girls I've seen!

  8. 6 months. Sigh. This is going by too fast. I feel like I blinked. Literally. SHe's too cute. I love this age but with Ben, I feel like he's getting older but still such a bsby where Brady at this age but such a big boy, if that makes sense? I want him to be my baby forever!!!!!

    teeth? NOthankyouverymuch!


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