Friday, May 18, 2012

Six Months

Dear Baby Catherine,

Six months ago this week, we finally met you.  After dreaming about you and feeling you grow and kick for nine months, you had arrived.  That day was one of the happiest days of my life.  I can hardly believe it’s already been six months since I sat in that hospital bed and stared at you, wondering what our lives would be like with you.


You continue to grow and learn so much every day.  Today you went to visit Dr. Lane for your six-month check-up.  You now weigh 12 pounds, 2 ounces and you are 24 inches long.

In the last month, you’ve had one big routine change.  Daddy is now home every day since his spring semester of school is finished.  Instead of going to Kristen’s house, you get to stay home with him!  You guys have lots of fun hanging out at home.  You help him work on his projects, and I think he takes naps with you.  That’s another big change—since there aren’t other kids around like there was at Kristen’s house, it’s a lot quieter.  You now take at least one, if not two, big naps every day.  You are still a good sleeper at night, too.  In fact, you spend every night upstairs in your crib now.


At this point, you get up on your hands and knees quite a bit when we are playing on the floor, but you don’t yet crawl.  You have begun to army crawl and you use your arms and scoot on your belly, but when you try ‘real’ crawling, one hand is always stuck in place.  You can’t seem to figure out how to pick it up and move it when you move the rest of your body.

Catherine, you have started to giggle.  Your giggle is one of the sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard.  You are so happy all the time, and a kiss on your neck or quick tickle when you get your diaper changed can lead to an eruption of giggles!


You recognize other people, now.  When we meet up with Grandma or Grandpa Hawley, Aunt Mary, or any other family members, you light up and smile like you are seeing an old friend – and you are!  It makes us all so happy to see you recognizing others.  You love talking to everyone, also.  You mostly say ‘da da da’ or some form of babble, but it’s conversation to you and everyone loves to add their part to what you have to say. 


This month you have taken even more of an interest in Joey and Casey.  They tolerate you, but don’t try to come close.  The way you wave your arms and move startles them, but you don’t care.  You are sure you all should be friends and you try to touch them whenever you can.  Don’t worry—one day they will change and you WILL be good friends.  You will start to throw Joey’s toys for him to catch and you will start to pet Casey the way she wants to be petted and all of you will be happy.

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Catherine, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: you are growing so much!  You have started to sit this month.  You can’t sit yourself up yet, but if someone sets you on the floor in a sitting position, you can stay there and play or talk with us.  After a bit, though, you usually tip over.  We laugh when you do, but to you it’s a chance to move and you start trying to crawl again.  You are determined to move and get to the toys you want or to get to the next room if we move to do something.

This month your favorite foods are sweet potatoes, peas, and carrots.  You tried green beans but you did not like them!  You also like to eat applesauce but we can’t convince you to eat any more rice cereal.  You still think you should eat whatever we are eating and I know you will enjoy everything we cook just as soon as you get some teeth!


I love every minute of being your mom.  I love getting up with you in the night, when it’s just you and me rocking in the chair.  I love seeing your bright smile when I come home from the gym early in the morning.  I love how you light up when I come home from work in the afternoon.  I am so thankful that we were blessed with you.  I don’t know what our lives would be like without you.

Enjoy your next month.  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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