I truly cannot believe that my baby girl is now six months old! Every day with Lori is an adventure. As mother and daughter, we both have discovered new things about each other. Lori has taught me so much and I believe I’m a better mother to her because of her! She has also learned a lot and this post is all about her 6-month milestones – the things she has accomplished!
Read on if you’re interested, and if you’re a mother, please share your experience by commenting below! I love
hearing reading insights from other moms. 🙂
SHE SHOWS HER LIKES AND DISLIKES.
Lori started showing preferences for certain things since she was three months old, but at 6 months, she’s being more “clear” about what she wants and doesn’t want. For example, she loves her panda bear, which was given to her by my friend Sophie who co-founded Pop & Confetti with me. She has many other fluffy toys, but every time we let her play with Mr. Panda Po, she gets super happy. She lets out a laugh and kicks her feet with a lot of excitement! When we give her a different toy she doesn’t show as much excitement. She plays with it for a bit and then tosses it away.
When I saw these adorable panda shoes for babies, I couldn’t resit and bought them for her. Aren’t they cute?!
SHE RECOGNIZES FACES.
Lori has also started to recognize the faces of her loved ones. When she sees someone for the first time, she stares at the person for a long time, as if she’s examining them. But if she recognizes someone, she’d flash out a smile and would start touching the person’s face and making funny sounds! She’s probably talking (in her own baby language) but doesn’t know what she’s saying – yet. Haha. In fact, she’s starting to make different sounds! The other day she said “dada” and also “mama”! Of course it was random, but it makes my heart skip a beat every time she learns a different sound!
When Timon calls from work during the day, I put him on speaker. When Lori hears her father’s voice, she oftentimes responds with “ooo’s” and would try to take the phone away from me.
I’ve noticed that she also acts a specific way towards me. When she sees me, she’d lift up her hands and smile and make sounds with her mouth “as if she’s asking me to hold her”. When she sees me walking away from her, she’d sometimes let out a little cry. My heart melts every single time.
SHE ROLLS OVER.
Very early on we made Lori spend as much time as possible on her tummy – like we were told to do. When she had had enough, she’d cry out to us asking us to place her on her back. One of her biggest milestones is that she can now roll from her tummy to her back and vice-versa! We caught her doing it in her crib while she was supposed to be sleeping! She started on her back, saw Mr. Panda Po on the other side of her crib, and rolled over on her tummy trying to reach him. We thought she was asleep when we suddenly heard her crying non-stop for us. We looked at the baby monitor and saw that she was on her tummy! I guess she was in shock and didn’t know what was happening to her.
Since she prefers being on her back, whenever she’s on her tummy, she can now quickly roll over onto her back without crying out for us. I think my baby is a little lazy to be honest. She doesn’t like to be on her tummy because it requires more strength from her than lying on her back!
SHE SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT.
Sleep training Lori was one of the most challenging experiences we have been through, but it is the most rewarding for her and I! Most experts recommend to start sleep training at six months old, but I started “teaching” her to fall asleep by herself when she turned 4 months.
I had to mentally and emotionally prepare myself before starting because I knew it wouldn’t be easy. In fact, there was a lot of screaming and crying involved… but I think I cried more than she did!
What I’ve learned when it comes to sleep training is to remain consistent, especially when it comes to her bedtime routine. We started establishing a bedtime routine really early on. Part of it is reading her a story and then playing some classical music, while holding her in our arms (my favourite part) for a few minutes before putting her down in her crib. Once she’s in her crib, I’d give her three kisses and say, “good night, sweet dreams and mommy loves you.”
At 4 months, she had no idea what was going on, but now at 6 months, she knows it’s time for her to get ready for bed when we bring her close to her library to pick a book for us to read to her. Sometimes, she’d listen really attentively while looking at the images in the book. Other times she just looks away. Haha.
She can now fall asleep by herself and she sleeps 6-7 hours straight without waking up mommy and daddy! Hallelujah! That’s because when she briefly wakes up in the middle of the night, she has learned to settle herself back to sleep and doesn’t need us to comfort her.
I’d be lying to you if I said that every night is like that. After all, she’s a baby, not a robot, and there are days when it’s harder. I’d wake up every two hours to comfort her and barely have enough sleep. Thank God for coffee!
If you want to know more about what I did to sleep train Lori, let me know. I’d be more than happy to share with you. Just know I’m no expert and what works for me may not work for you.
SHE EATS SOLID FOOD.
Timon and I couldn’t wait to start feeding Lori solid food! We (more Timon) were really tempted to give her solids before 6 months because every time we were at the table, she would stare at us and mimick us eating food. She’d slam the table, kick her feet and lick her lips. Timon wanted to give her solids at 4 months, but I wanted to wait until she was six months old. In the end we compromised and fed her solids around 5 1/2 months of age. It was such a big milestone (especially for us! Haha) that we filmed the entire experience:
I’m truly proud of what Lori has accomplished so far. I’m sure all parents feel the same way towards their babies. It’s so amazing, and such a blessing, to be able to see her go through these physical and mental developments. I love to take photos and videos of these accomplishments, whether big or small, because I know these moments cannot be relived and will quickly become memories. I’m glad to see Lori growing up happy and healthy, but at the same time, my heart aches to see that she won’t remain a baby forever…
One day she’ll grow up and will become a toddler, and then a teenager, a young woman, and one day somebody’s wife… and… a baby’s mother. My eyes get teary every time I think about it.
But in every single stage of her life, I’d say to her:
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be” *
* from the book “Love you Forever” by Robert Munsch
[listen to the song here]
For my sweet daughter Lori:
I love you my darling, and I am so proud of you. I am so blessed and honoured to be your mother and I thank God every day for you, my love.
Photos | Lena Han