Now We Are Six (Months)

We have a very active six-month-old! She loves bouncing (and more bouncing) in her stationary jumper, doorway jumper, or on someone’s lap. She loves going for walks in a front-facing carrier (even better if someone will hold their hands under her feet so she can bounce at the same time. Do we sense a theme?).

Baby wearing sun hat, in front-facing carrier with dad

Tummy time has become rolling, planking, getting on all fours, “creeping” (a sort of army-crawl thing), accidentally going backward, and occasionally crawling or flopping forward. She is on the go!

Baby pushing up on hands, looking up and to the right, big smile

She is very social and smiley, showing off her two teeth, which came in at nearly the same time, around five months if I remember right, with very little fanfare. She can use them, terrifyingly, to gnaw off pieces of apple, so that’s the end of apple slices as chew toys. She has tasted a number of other real foods, including yogurt, sweet potato, avocado, mango, pickle, lemon, peanut butter, cinnamon, and oat cereal.

Baby outside on picnic blanket wearing pink sun hat

We’re hearing new sounds, including consonants (babababa mamamama dadadada etc.) and spitting, raspberry-ish sounds. Now when she wakes up in the morning or from a nap, she babbles for a while before crying to be picked up.

Stack of books, spine out

What we’ve been reading

And of course, we are still reading a lot! Though she is as determined to chew on the books as I am to read them. (The “indestructibles” are great for this, although I can’t just hand her one to chew on while I read from another – she’s wise to that game.) There Is A Bird On Your Head! is still a favorite, as is I Don’t Want to Be A Frog, and we picked up But Not the Hippopotamus on Independent Bookstore Day. We’ve added poetry to the mix with The Random House Book of Poetry for Children and Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up. Toast to Counting was a gift, and though I would not eat toast with eggs and butter and peanut butter and jelly on it, Lyra thinks the board book tastes just fine.

Baby and greyhound

“Are you sure this thing is safe to ride?”

 

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