Full moon over Sydney Harbor taken from our balcony.
Six Months June 26, 2010
I love watching my little baby grow into a little person and at the same time, I am strongly aware that it won’t be too long before she’s no longer a baby. Here we are six months on and I find myself a little panicked as to where has all the time gone. Where has my little baby gone? I can hardly believe how big she’s gotten and yet, if she was full term, she would be even bigger and taller. The idea is hard to fathom.
Paul and I were recently looking at some of her newborn photos and it’s unreal to see her transformation. When she was born, she had so many tubes and wires and she could fit in the palm of our hand. Today, she has no more attachments to machines and she definitely requires both hands to hold her. Our little peanut has grown into our little girl as we know today. It’s absolutely wonderful and we appreciate every moment- nothing is taken for granted.
These are the days to remember. Every moment with Little Miss T is special and deeply cherished. I love spending my days with my little darling, watching her change and grow from one day to the next day. Just when I think I need a break or want to do something for myself, I realize that that stuff can wait. For now, I want to take it all in… hug her a little closer, kiss her a few more times, sing to her a little longer and cuddle together a little tighter.
This month we have been busy. As most of you know, we’ve taken off to Australia for a few months. Tegan was a superstar for her first flight ever, and an international one to boot! We’ve been hanging out in Sydney having a blast together. We’ve been to the zoo, the aquarium and the wildlife park. We’ve visited the art museums, caught up with friends, put our toes in the sand and water at Manly Beach and done heaps of shopping. We celebrated Father’s Day, had a little party for T’s 6 month birthday, and she’s started rice cereal (which she loves!) She’s showing more interest in toys and books and is constantly trying to grab anything and everything out of my hands.
Here are Tegan’s 6 month highlights:
- 4 month 3 days old, adjusted age
- 12 pounds 14 ounces
- 22 inches long
- Learning to laugh
- So curious about everything
- Grabbing and holding on to nearly everything she sees
- Able to stand with a little help
- Blowing little raspberries when she laughs
- Had her 6 month shots
- Found her hands and loves to munch on them constantly
- Rolled over more
- Become more comfortable with being held in different positions
- Traveled to her first international destination
- Taken her first airplane ride
- Had her first carousel ride
- Visited her first zoo, aquarium, beach and museum
- Listening to Elizabeth Mitchell and the movie soundtrack of The Darjeeling Limited
- Heading out every day to check out Sydney
- Chomping on her hands and Sophie
- Laughing at her Mama and Daddy’s singing
- Being on her tummy, finally!
- Smiling at her parents
- Naps, still
- Blankets. She loves kicking them off of her body
Things I Love Thursday June 24, 2010
Here are some things I’m loving lately:
- Showing Little Miss T around Sydney
- Visiting our old Sydney haunts
- The gorgeous harbor views from our apartment
- Watching the sun rise
- The US soccer team making it to the next round in the World Cup
- Shopping for the bebe… I can’t resist, so much cuteness everywhere I turn
- Public transportation
- Rainbows after a rain shower or two
So what’s making you happy? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog!
Wisdom Wednesday June 23, 2010
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people that treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and remember that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it, if it changes your life, let it, no one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
Happy Father’s Day June 20, 2010
From the moment she came bursting in to the world, our lives were turned upside down. Parenthood has been anything but easy and anything but typical. In the beginning, it was really hard. There were many tears, many fears. Being first-time parents wasn’t quite what we imagined but we rolled with the punches and hoped for the best. You were strong, stoic and reassuring all throughout our rocky start into parenthood. I really could not have done it without you by my side. Now as the months go on, it gets a little easier as our little miracle grows and thrives.
She is the joy of our lives’ and Daddy’s little girl. She loves her Daddy rocking her to sleep, she loves when Daddy sings her lullabies. She loves how Daddy makes her laugh and just how easily Daddy calms her cries.
Paul, you truly are an amazing father. So patient, strong and loving. You encourage, teach and comfort. She is one lucky girl to have you as her Dad. We are stronger with you and we love you so. Thank you for being our rock through thick and thin. Happy first Father’s Day. xo
The strongest men in the world aren’t made of muscle alone. Rather, they are fathers who stay the course when something goes awry with the children of their dreams.
-Janet M. Gresham