Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dear Zahara: 6 Months

Dear Zahara,

A very merry unbirthday to you, yes you! It's so hard to believe that you are already six months old! Although you are still a baby, in many ways you are already so big. This was a month of big changes for you--the biggest of which is that you started solid food! You've only been eating for a couple of days (we started on Christmas), but the verdict is in; you LOVE it! Daddy and I were amazed at the ease with which you began eating. You knew exactly what to do with the spoon that was offered to you. You grabbed it out of daddy's hand and put it right in your mouth.

Since you're such a good sitter now (you can sit by yourself pretty well!), we put you in a high chair for the first time. You loved being at the table and part of the action. It's great for mummy and daddy too, because now we can use both hands to eat without having to hold you the whole time. Yay!

Another big development this month is that you can roll both from your back to your tummy (which you learned last month), and from your tummy to your back! You've been a lot less frustrated at night now that you can roll yourself back to a comfortable position. Speaking of which, you are a bed hog! We traveled a lot this month--you saw your fourth, fifth and sixth countries!--and we ended up with you in our bed a lot. You were only able to sleep if all of your limbs were splayed out like a starfish. You definitely are your parents' child. That's how both mummy and daddy sleep too.

You are so fun to play with these days. I love hearing your high-pitched squeal when we play peek-a-boo or when I'm tickling you. It melts my heart when you reach for me and "kiss" my face. We need to work on your kisses though. It's a big, sloppy, open-mouthed affair with a lot of grabbing and pinching. Still, it's a sweet sentiment and I love it.

Zoey, you are the best thing to happen to daddy and I and we can't imagine our lives without you. Happy half-birthday. Here's to the next two hundred!