...back to what I was saying...I can't believe it...as in, really can't believe it...here's Stella's past 6 months:
Stella, just born...
"Word" on her one month birthday, 7.1.2010
"I'm judging you" on her 2 month birthday, 8.1.2010
"I can't stand how funny you are, Mommy!" on her 3 month birthday 9.1.2010
"Mom, the sun's in my eyes" on her 4 month birthday 10.1.2010
"Woah, to the flash on that camera!" on her 5 month birthday, 11.1.2010
"I'm the cutest ballerina ever" on her 6 month birthday, 12.1.2010
Here are her stats at 6 months:
- 16lbs, 15oz...chunk monk!!!
- 26 1/4 inches tall
- currently sleeps from 7 or 8 to somewhere between 5 and 7, nurses, then goes down for another hour or 2!
- started baby food and loves apples, bananas and peas...this week we are working on carrots, though Matt is convinced she isn't a fan...I promptly informed him it takes a baby 15 attempts at one food to determine whether or not she actually likes or dislikes it...we've got a few more rounds to go! I am also making Stella's baby food, which is very cool. It's super easy, cheap and you can make enough food in one day for like 2 months if you have enough storage space! Did I mention how cheap this was?
Things I'll miss about nursing:
- the special bonding time only Stella and I experience...the look on her face is priceless!
- the way she relies on ONLY me for nursing...it's a proud and rewarding feeling knowing that I am an integral part of her day, everyday
- the time I get to "slow down" during the day when I have to nurse her...it gives me a break to just stop and enjoy my life for a while
- this is a double-edge sword, but the ease in which we can "get up and go"...I still have to get her ready and pack her diaper bag, but I never have to worry about a bottle or formula...her meal is always ready and available!
- putting her to bed...our ritual is dinner, bathtime, and nursing, then to bed. I am almost always the last one to hold her before she goes to sleep, and that is a sweet, calming time for us both
- I'm not too proud to admit that nursing is a great way to keep the weight off...I don't know exactly how much, but I think a mother burns like 300 calories each time she breastfeeds, so its like your working out while sitting down and relaxing!
Like I said, I love breastfeeding and will breastfeed all of my babies, and maybe in the future I'll even breastfeed them up until their first birthday, like the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests...but for now, we are closing this chapter on a happy note:)