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Claire,

I cannot believe that you just finished your 6th month old already. Honestly, where has the time gone? It was just yesterday that I was sporting a huge round belly that I couldn’t keep my hands off of just so that I could feel you kick and roll. I was in awe every step of my pregnancy because my body was no longer my own: it was your home. That’s a very strange, magical, powerful thing and I still can’t quite believe I grew you – a beautiful, complete human being – inside of my body for 9 months. Life is miraculous. You are miraculous. This picture of you absolutely melts my heart. You are a beautiful baby and I don’t just say that because I’m your mother and am supposed to say it. I really, truly mean it. Your eyes just take me in and make my heart do flip flops.

You’ve accomplished a lot over the past 6 months. Your Daddy and I recently looked back at old videos from when you were only 8 or 9 weeks old and you couldn’t even lift up your own head back then! Now you sit up like nobody’s business (even though just now as I was writing this you flopped over onto your side with a big Bump! and scared the crap out of me, but you’re fine and “bababaing” and “geiching” happily on the blanket again). You don’t really like tummy time much, so I don’t know when the crawling thing is going to happen, but that’s okay. You’ll do it when you feel like it (just like you weaned yourself from the swaddle blanket when you decided it was time). You’re eating solid foods that your Daddy and I make for you regularly now (two times a day, in fact) as well as Mama’s milk, of course. You started on rice cereal (tastes pretty boring to me, but you seem to like it just fine), then went on to carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans (which make you rashy, so we’re done with those for a while), pears, applesauce, bananas, and this morning you tried an avocado (Daddy said we just need to add a little lime, cilantro, and jalapeno and then you’ll be all set!). You enjoy being read to, which both your Daddy and I do a lot. In fact, just last weekend the whole family went to a used bookstore and you and I shopped in the children’s department the whole time. We got 8 or 9 books for under $12. That was awesome. You love playing peek-a-boo with us and smile the biggest, gummiest smile in the world when we do it. You got the beginnings of two tiny teeth last weekend – but they seem to have disappeared again. Are they playing peek-a-boo too? Your hair is growing thicker and thicker and is a beautiful blond (Daddy thinks it’s got some red in it- where’d you get that?). You took a bath with me for the first time this month which was a fun splashy event. We went on a run in the park using your new jogging stroller which was a great time. We plan on doing it again tonight so that we stay in shape and have enough energy to keep up with you as you get bigger. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with older kids lately (toddlers, they’re called) and I realized that I’m not a kid person. It actually made me cry to admit this because I’m afraid that when you’re a toddler I’ll be exhausted like I am around other toddlers, but your Daddy reassured me that I don’t have to be a “kid” person, I just have to be a Claire person. And I am. I’m totally, completely, and joyfully a Claire person and I always will be.

I love you baby girl. You’re my sun, moon, and my stars.

Love,

Mama

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