Tuesday, January 2
Julia had her first fever today, coming with the beginning of a cold. It wasnt very high, but it did make her feel cranky. We easily brought it down with childrens acetaminophen.
Cute things Julia does these days: rubs her eyes when shes sleepy, revs like a motor when shes trying to go to sleep, raspberries constantly when shes happy. Shes also becoming less interested in something you hand her than in something lying around or something youre using (that is, she only wants whats not offered to her.)
Monday, January 8
Julia had her 6-month visit at the pediatricians office today. She weighs 16 pounds, 6 ounces, which is just about the 50th percentile for her age, but shes only in the 25th percentile for her height (25 1/4 inches) shocking considering her towering parents! She had a fever last week, and we had taken her in for her first sick visit, but she appeared just to have a cold. Dr. David Landis, her fabulous pediatrician, continues to say that shes doing very well.
Friday, January 12
Julia clearly wants to crawl, but shes just not sure what to do. If you put her on the floor, she starts doing full pushups shes always been very strong but she hasnt figured out how to move to go forwards. The force of her arms tends to push her backwards somewhat, so she just gets madder and madder as she gets farther away from whatever shes trying to reach.
Thursday, January 18
Well I know we reported in November that Julia had begun to babble, saying ah ma ma ma one night, but since then we hadnt heard another consonant until today. Tonight she began saying ga ga ga ga ga and regaled us repeatedly with her animated chatter.
Sunday, January 21
Julia is getting closer to being able to crawl. She continues to do push ups and then flop down onto her stomach to reach for a desired object. Then she pushes up again and repeats the process. Unfortunately this tends to result in her creeping backwards (notice in the video how she gets farther away from the yellow toy) and is very frustrating. However, today I saw her up on her hands and knees in perfect crawling position for the first time. We hope for her sake she will crawl soon, because its terrible to see her so frustrated, but were alarmed at the amount of babyproofing well need to do!
Yesterday we started teaching Julia to sign. Since babies can understand language long before they can form words, you can give them the tools to communicate months before they can speak, and reduce their frustration. Studies have shown that babies who sign start speaking just as early as other babies, so it doesnt cause any delays. Were using ASL with the assistance of a kit called Sign with Your Baby, and we started with the signs for milk (which we use for nurse), eat (for solid food), and more.
Wednesday, January 24
Julia has very specific tastes in art! We have a small collage hanging at the top of our stairs by South Carolina artist Arliss Day, and we noticed that Julia was staring at it with a huge grin on her face as we carried her up and down the stairs. She gets very excited as she approaches it and does a little wiggly dance. Its very funny. No other art weve shown her produces the same reaction.
Saturday, January 27
A week ago, we moved Julia from our bed to her crib at night. (Shocking! say half of you. They had their baby in bed with them for 6 1/2 months! Shell never be independent! Shocking! say the other half. Theyre letting their baby sleep alone when shes only 6 1/2 months old! Shell feel abandoned!) It was a difficult decision, but she was waking up every hour or two, and Josh was looking increasingly sleep deprived. We now put her in her crib and rub her back and sing to her until she falls asleep. She is waking up much less, though. She always slept on her back or side in our bed but rolls over to her stomach immediately in the crib, and as our mothers always knew, babies seem to sleep more soundly on their stomachs. We are appreciating the increased sleep, but we miss our snuggly (not to mention wiggly) little baby at night.
Tuesday, January 30
Julia achieved forward movement today! I wouldnt call it crawling it was more of a flopping up and down but she did manage to move forward, which is good since she never figured out how to harness her backward movement to go in a desired direction. She continues to be very curious and wants to get her hands on everything around her here she is taking a bath in the sink at Gramma and Grampas house in Clinton, NY, and trying to grab everything in sight.