meredith at six months

January 23, 2012


>Weighs 18 pounds even and is 26.5 inches long, which is 75th percentile for both. She wears all 6-12 month clothes now. Nice and chubby!

>Is so grabby and purposeful with her movements now! She can pick things up, pull things toward her, and manipulate them in her hands much better. I especially love when she’s nursing, her free hand reaches up and plays with my hair, twirling it, caressing it, and eventually yanking it. However, she has also tumped an entire glass of water over at restaurants twice now. I am learning my lesson!

>Can basically sit up on her own now, although we still have to watch her because she’ll get distracted and topple.

>Makes all kinds of new sounds, and enjoys being extremely vocal when she wakes up in the morning.

>Sometimes starts crying around certain people, like David’s father and grandfather. I don’t know why she’s scared of them! But she warms up to them again very soon so it’s not too bad. It’s also unbearably cute to see her lower lip jut out when she’s afraid.

>Enjoys playing with toys (especially her new Jumparoo) and throwing them down on the ground too. She cracks up when we play Patty Cake!

>No longer sucks her two fingers. I can’t believe that phase was so short; it was the cutest thing and I miss it.

>Sits in the high chair for meals with us sometimes. We’ve tried giving her some food, and once she swallowed a bit of banana, but she’s mostly uninterested.

>Has a new baby cousin as of January 18 named Lily! I’m so excited that they’re going to grow up together and I hope they become good friends. Lily is tiny and perfect, and I absolutely cannot believe that Meredith was ever that small, and so recently.


>Am dreading the start of solid foods. I keep postponing it. I want to do Babyled weaning, but even that low-stress approach is overwhelming to me. Breastfeeding (even with pumping at work!) has just been so easy for us, and even though I plan to continue for a good while I’d rather not have another thing to think about.

>Made up a little game where I say, “All aboard the Mermaid Express!” then I bounce her up and down on my knee making train sounds. She smiles every single time we start to say all aboard! She also for some reason really loves it when David sings “Mama said knock you out” by LL Cool J.

>Still love cloth diapers. We use mostly Fuzzibunz but I was surprised at how much I love the Flip system and want to get more of them.

>Have gotten serious about losing all the weight I gained, mostly because I want to fit in my old clothes again. I started counting calories a couple weeks ago using My Fitness Pal, and it’s definitely working. The first few days were SO hard, but my body has already adjusted a lot. I feel much better, am less bloated, and no longer need as much food to feel full. So far I haven’t noticed a change in my milk supply, either.

>Exercised for the first time since before I was pregnant (shameful) over the weekend by doing the 30-day Shred. I nearly passed out and am soooo sore now.

>Am still looking for a new church. We’ve tried out two different places fairly thoroughly, and neither feels quite right to us, although they both have great things about them. It’s hard because I’m ready to settle into a new place and get connected, but I want it to be right.

>Haven’t been as emotional or anxious this month as last. I think a lot of it is because I’m learning how to take care of myself better now; how to avoid my triggers and how to train my thoughts.

>Am planning on starting Project Life on my next birthday in two weeks. I’ve become kind of obsessed with it. I wish I had known about it before the new year, but I’m not going to stress. I’m just excited to get into a nontraditional, consistent way of scrapbooking that won’t take TOO much effort. The Smash Book is fun to carry around and collect scraps, and I’ll still use that for random things, but Project Life will be more of a reflection of the day to day.

>Can’t get enough of holding Meredith. Even if I just put her down for a minute, I’m always so excited to pick her back up again.

>Want to have more babies, but I kind of wish I could just have Meredith all over again.

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Comments on meredith at six months

  1. 1

    From jimaie.marie:

    OH MY GOSH, She is SO stinkin gorgeous Kathleen!! I love love love her with that bow in her hair- so precious!!
    That interview was just beyond, she gave me the giggles!! I so wish we could have Moriah & Meredith “play” together, how fun and cute would that be?!
    We use Flips and I looooooooooooove them!! I’ve tried a couple AIO diapers but I REALLY love the ease of Flips.
    So funny that she likes “Mama said knock you out” b/c TJ used to sing that to our boys and they used to giggle and smile so much!
    I’m proud of you for exercising…the most I’ve done is a 30 min walk to go pick up Isaiah from school. I KNOW I should do more but ughhh, I hate exercising so much. (hahah, that sounds so lame/lazy)

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    I can just imagine Meredith and Moriah playing together. They would have a blast! So wish it could happen!

    I can’t believe TJ sang the same song to the boys…it’s so random!!

  3. 3

    From Sarah:

    I don’t comment very often, but she is absolutely *adorable* in these photos. Just figured you’d like to hear that. ;)

  4. 4

    From kapachino:

    You’re right; I never EVER get tired of hearing it! Thank you! :)

  5. 5

    From Kara:

    So. Stinkin’. CUTE!! Those eyes! Those cheeks!! She’s gotten so big! (That totally makes me sound like a crazy blog stalker, lol)

  6. 6

    From kapachino:

    Haha no way, that’s what blogs are for! She is definitely above average in size, but the more to cuddle. :)

  7. 7

    From Elizabeth:

    I hear you about wanting the same baby all over again. I know I’ll love any future baby, but I’m terrified about not LIKING her/him as much!

    Meredith seems like such a delightful 6 month old. I adored that phase.

  8. 8

    From kapachino:

    Six months is so fun! I love how interactive she is now. I’m sure it just keeps getting better, too. I’ll always miss the tiny baby though!

  9. 9

    From Audrey:

    She’s is so beautiful, thanks as always, I love reading your blogs. Wish I could get myself to do it…

  10. 10

    From kapachino:

    Thanks Audrey! Blogging is definitely a discipline and it can be time consuming, but I have fun with it! Your little ones are growing up nicely too; sad we don’t get to see you every week anymore!

  11. 11

    From Cio:

    I could just EAT HER UP!!! She’s SO beautiful Kat! SERIOUSLY, most gorgeous little girl in the history if ever. What a precious little cherub!! I want to squeeze her to pieces! I remember when she was so little, time flies so fast! Miss you guys! Lots of xoxo’s

    Aunt Cici

  12. 12

    From kapachino:

    I have a hard time not chewing on her various rolls! Come visit us!!

  13. 13

    From Suburban Sweetheart:

    These photos are so adorable & squeezable that I can’t even imagine how much cuter she must be in person!

  14. 14

    From kapachino:

    I definitely have to restrain myself constantly from over-squeezing her. She’s pretty awesome. :)

  15. 15

    From Becky:

    I echo all the above, and add that she has fabulous verbal skills, too. She’s right on track with her motor development, and such a delightful child. You and David must be basking in the glow of proud parenthood. I look forward to seeing all of you Sunday afternoon.
    Love and prayers!

  16. 16

    From kapachino:

    Thanks Becky! She’s developing so well, and it’s so much fun to see. We love it. Can’t wait to see you soon!

  17. 17

    From jessica (struble) vanblaircom:

    so cute. they grow up so fast! my 3 yr old came running over just to watch her ‘talk’ haha

  18. 18

    From kapachino:

    I know, I can’t believe she is 6 months already. I’m sure that she’ll be 3 sooner than I know. So fun though!

  19. 19

    From San:

    She’s so precious! :)

  20. 20

    From Emily:

    Wow, your girl is gorgeous, Kathleen! :)

  21. 21

    From Marchar:

    Oh, Kathleen, she is soooo precious. The pictures are GREAT and I just love the video!!! I can’t believe how much she has grown. Can’t wait to see her again (and you guys too).

    By the way, I sent the Stagg Family Championship Trophy off yesterday. You should be getting it soon. Take care of it now so that when you send it back to me in July it’s in good shape. :>) Love you, Marchar

  22. 22

    From Trish:

    Oh Meredith is such a little doll baby! So beautiful. I loved reading your post tonight as I just finished my nine month post for tomorrow. You’re in for some big changes over the next few months!

    I was worried about solids as well but so far it’s been really easy. I did a post a few weeks ago about making baby food and I love it (hopefully the babe does too…) ;)

    I started My Fitness Pal this week and it’s frustrating. ONE double stuff oreo has 75 calories?! Good luck with the shredding.

    Hmm–trying to find a way to subscribe to comments via email but can’t find that option?

  23. 23

    From Sarah:

    Oh my goodness! What a cutie! Isn’t it fun when they sit up?! Love it!

    I was feeling eh about solid foods, too, but I found it very easy after we got started. I found this website helpful:

    Feel free to email me with any questions!

    Oh, I am so glad to see you’re doing a Project Life! I am doing one this year, too, and I’m so enjoying it. It’s definitely fun, and even more fun seeing other blogger’s projects.

  24. 24

    From kapachino:

    Thanks so much for the link! I printed out a bunch of stuff from it, and I’m already feeling less overwhelmed.

    So fun that you’re doing Project Life! I checked out your album so far and it’s looking great. I see that you did a Week in the Life last year too; I’m thinking about trying that this year as well!

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    From Laura:

    Oh my gosh! She is SO adorable! I love those photos and the video! It looks like she’s really enjoying being 6 months old!

  26. 26

    From kapachino:

    Thanks Laura! She is a very happy baby. I love that she smiles and babbles almost from the minute that she wakes up. So excited to be alive!

  27. 27

    From Cait:

    Oh goodness she’s ‘grown up’ so much this last month! She looks like such a big girl now. Yay for sitting up, too! That video was just too cute.

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    From Melanie:

    What a beautiful baby! (Christy H. told me about your blog.)

    Even after 5 kids–starting solids annoys me! Mine are just never that interested in baby food.

    And I felt hesitant about not loving my 2nd baby as much as the first, too–now I am blown away at the love I can have for each child and it is so neat to see the uniqueness God has given each one!

  29. 29

    From kapachino:

    Hi Melanie! So great to hear from you and to see your adorable kiddos on your blog. Can’t believe you have five now, and I didn’t even know Christy read my blog!

    It’s so great to hear that I’m not the only one with these silly worries, and that it all works out in the end. :)

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    From wishcake:

    She is truly one of the most GORGEOUS babies I’ve ever seen. When this post opened on my computer I literally let out a squeal. That first photo? Be still my heart. And look at her sitting up! Ahhh! Eisley can’t sit on her own yet, and I can’t wait until she does…there’s something so grown-up about a baby sitting there by themselves.

    And I’ve been meaning to check out Project Life, too!

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    From kapachino:

    Aww, what a sweet comment! You totally made my day.

    It’s pretty convenient to have Meredith able to sit up, but I still have to watch her closely unless she’s on the couch or something. The first video I took of her unfortunately had her falling backwards and knocking her head, so there you go. Mother of the year, here. :)

    Do check out Project Life, it seems really fun and simple! I know you’d come up with something great for it.

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