Kinsey turned 6 months old a week and a half ago.
During the month she started eating much more solid food. She's had carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peas, and green beans. The only thing she seems to really enjoy is her cereal, but she won't refuse any of the others.
She is getting much closer to crawling. I am looking forward to it so she can discover new things on her own. Everyone tells me I will wish she was back to being stationary, but I'm just in the looking-forward-to-it stage right now.
We really cracked down on the "crying it out" for her naptimes. It works great. She was getting too darn heavy for me to try to rock her in my arms to soothe her to sleep. We had only been halfway letting her calm herself, but now we are all the way there. It is much less stressful. I don't find either way to be good or bad, because if you're able to soothe your baby to sleep and she goes down and stays down, I think that's great. It's sweet having her fall asleep in my arms, but I'm just not strong enough and she will wake up and start crying anyways if she's not fully asleep when I set her down. She really doesn't cry much now when we put her down, 5-10 minutes is usually all. I tell myself in the midst of her crying that it's good for her to burn off extra energy!
We finalized the adoption on September 20th. It was great, I posted a previous blog about it.
Bathtime has become one of our favorites. I put her in the Bumbo and she kicks her feet like crazy and splashes the water with her hands. It will entertain her for quite a while so I can just soak in the tub with her and relax myself.
Finally, at the very end of the month, Kinsey got sick. It was a Thursday night and she was unusally calm before bedtime. I went to feed her the last feeding, and she wouldn't take it, which was strange. I figured no big deal, she just wasn't hungry for some reason. As I was taking her back to her room to put her down, she threw up all over me. Now I definitely know the difference between baby vomit and spit up! She never had a fever, but was dehydrated from vomiting twice and having diarrhea. So we gave her some pedialyte when she woke up the next morning (she still slept all through the night, whew) and eventually gave her some formula. She still had diarrhea for a few days after, but was mostly back to normal by the next day.
David and I both got sick too the next day, right before we were scheduled to fly back East. We decided to delay our flights several hours so we could recover. It ended up being ok; we made it to Florida without any major bumps, although we were pretty drained. I found out the day Kinsey got sick that my friend's baby got sick too, and they had been in the nursery together at MOPS on Tuesday morning, so something must have been going around there. In the middle of it all David and I were kinda miserable but looking back it probably wasn't that bad, and now we know a little bit of what to expect when sickness comes to the Gibson household next time!
Here are the pics from the previous month!