Has it really been six months? In so many ways it feels longer than six months, but at the same time it feels like only a few weeks!
How can life change so much in such short time? Blake and I are figuring things out right along with Kate. So much is new! I find myself on my knees, or rather on my couch with my prayer journal, more now than ever. I'm convinced that prayer is the best fuel to have behind parenting! Be it asking for wisdom in specific ways, or simply breathing out, "Help me, Father God!" prayer has been my greatest tool.
The past month started out a little more difficult, but ended on a sweet note, as Kate has been so happy the last couple of weeks. I'm not sure what phase she was going through, but we are happy to have a little break from it! She caught her first cold toward the end of February, we think she probably picked it up at church because that's the only place she went. Thankfully, it wasn't too bad. I was able to talk to her doctor over the phone and got some helpful advice. With our humidifier, Nose Frida, and the occasional dose of Tylenol she was back to normal pretty quickly!
We tried peas this month! Oh my was that hilarious. Here is a little glimpse of the experience...
She did in fact eat them the next day and enjoyed them, especially when I mixed them with carrots (which I found out later I was't supposed to do yet) but her stomach wasn't quite ready to handle peas. So we are taking a break from them for a little while! She also tried butternut squash that I made for her and she LOVED it! We had to take a break from food for awhile because it was getting her pretty backed up, but I've been trying to give her about 1 ice cube of food per day. Other than that it's just momma's milk 5-8 times per day depending on her mood.
She also tried plumbs (to help her digestion out a bit). She loved those too!
The tartness threw her off a bit though!
She is getting bigger- nearly 17 pounds! Her cradle cap is starting to get better, but she has a bald spot on the back of her head still, which she got when she started sleeping in her crib. She enjoys tummy time occasionally, but not very much. She prefers to be sitting up or standing up (with help!). She loves her exer-saucer. She'll play in that for a good 30 minutes on her own- usually a couple of times during the day. She will play in it longer when we are there with her though!
This month I've become fixated on her little details- her little hands, toes, her nose. I can't get enough of just looking at her. Watching the way she lays with her feet up. Listening to her little noises. I don't want to forget any of it!
A big milestone she hit this month is sitting up! She can sit up unassisted for a few minutes at a time. She is doing so great! She is also starting to discover her feet. That has made sitting go a little better!
I'm amazed at how much better she can grasp her toys these days. She loves her teether type toys, but just about everything she touches is going into her month now. Her favorites this month are her Sophie and this other toy we call her "feather".
She continues to love books. She will let me read 10 books to her in a setting, and not just little short board books. She enjoys the pictures, but she also loves the interaction. I'll let her put just about anything in her mouth, but I'm working patiently to teach her that books do not go in our mouth. So far it hasn't caused too much grief for her. I've been trying to incorporate music with books by singing or shaking our little Gymboree instruments along to it. She loves that!
She's gotten used to our bed time routine, which usually begins around 7:30. Bath, lotion, books, feeding/ singing, sleep. She is usually asleep between 8:15-8:30. Sometimes she wakes up and sometimes she sleeps until 4:30/5. She almost always goes back to sleep after a good feeding. She'll take a couple of naps during the day, but there isn't much rhyme to them yet. Sometimes they are long, and sometimes short. Different every day! Her doctor told us that at this point it's more beneficial to focus on getting good night time sleep. Nap schedules and routines can come later.
We ended the month with a visit from Grandma Jesch! Kate enjoyed getting to spend time with her! We took a trip to the zoo on Friday and also took Kate for her first train ride through Memorial Hermann Park. We had a fun weekend!
We also got to see Uncle Jake, who was (and still is) home on Spring Break!
We celebrated birthdays at my parents over the weekend as well. Me (26) and Dad (53). Kate is the life of our parties, that's for sure!
God is truly showing me some amazing things, and I feel so blessed to be our sweet Kate Marie's mommy. At times the task is difficult. I feel isolated, unbalanced, and I struggle to get things done. I'm thankful to an amazing husband who listens to me and offers emotional support every day, and I'm thankful to an awesome heavenly Father who strengthens me and grants me new mercy and peace every day. There is this powerful bond forming between me and my daughter. I can't even begin to describe it. I'm so thankful for the good moments, for they FAR outweigh any moment of difficulty. When I watch her smile, oh, how it melts my heart. More than anything I want my sweet girl to know that she is loved by her heavenly Father. I will continue to be there for her in the best way I know how so that she can have a glimmer of understanding for how HE loves her. That is my purpose. Some days I long for more, but if Kate grows up to love the Lord and have a relationship with Him, then my life work is fulfilled- truly.
(PS.... as usual... please forgive any spelling and grammar mistakes.
Not my strongest subject and I'm a bit distracted by my babe as I write!)