This baby girl turned six months old yesterday. It didn't sink in until this morning though, really. My mom left from visiting this weekend so I'm able to sit in my sadness for a bit while Ev naps. She's in her crib that was recently moved down to the lowest setting when we found her standing up late last week. She's pulling herself up on everything, crawling, she wiggles her way out of your arms when you try to snuggle. She is no longer my tiny little baby (okay, she was never really tiny, but to me she was). I think before six months, the 25th of each month came and went but she still seemed like a baby to me. Five months sounds so much younger than six months. Her six month birthday also brings a milestone for me and my body. I have spent half of a year giving my body over to feed and nurture this tiny being. I have had so many ups and downs with breastfeeding, healing, and mentally going through this process of motherhood. I have never been so overwhelmed with the love that you can feel for someone else. There is a part of my chest that feels like a light goes straight through it and it expands when I see Everly's face. That's what this love feels like. I have started to rest on the prayer that I can always see her with this love, even when times are hard in our relationship.
Everly Ruth, here are a few things I want to remember about you at 6 months old:
-You are starting to crawl to me, up me, and then nuzzle around when you want some milk. I absolutely love this.
-You are crawling, pulling yourself up, and doing this all way too fast for me. But I love to watch you try and figure things out. I'm gonna have to keep my eye on you. ;)
-You had two full body laughs going on this weekend and it was the best thing to hear. Your laugh makes the world brighten.
-You are really into watermelon rind. Not so much avocados. (me too.)
-You love playing with your ukelele and watching the horses move. This makes your mama and daddy very happy.
- Your dark brown hair is falling out and growing back in blonde. The first thing people notice about you is your amazing hair that is usually going all over the place. It does make me a little sad that you are losing your brown locks but your hair is an ever evolving masterpiece so I can't wait to see how it grows back in.
-You snuggle up at night in-between me and your daddy and it is my favorite time of the day. I will never ever regret sharing our bed with you.
I could go on and on but those are the things that stick out the most. Half of a year. It is unbelievable.