I feel the need to admit that Madison is officially over seven months by the time I was able to upload this. I'm pretty sure we can all tell by now that these posts will always be a month late ha ha anyway moving on to the good stuff!
Holy goodness how has it already been over six months with this sweet little thing? I can't believe how fast time is flying by and oh gosh she is so stinking cute. I honestly can't handle it. I just melt all day. I find myself constantly saying phrases like, "How can you possibly be this beautiful?" "Jake, I just love her." "Look how cute she is."
She's the absolute best thing to ever happen to me.
I'll be honest, the first few months, I hate to admit this, but I wondered how on earth our personalities would ever mix because she's so dang feisty and I'm so laid back. But now, I feel like she's the absolute perfect fit to my little family. I can't even believe I ever lived my life without her.
She's just the best friend I could ever ask for and I'm so glad God trusted her with me.
But yes, I'm pretty dang sure she's going to give me a run for my money as she grows older. Gosh this kid, when she wants something, she wants it right now this very second. Zero patience. Lots of yelling and grunting.
But at the same time, somehow, she's so chill and easy to take care of. Whenever we go out to visit family or friends, she's seriously the best baby. Never causes a scene. Lets anyone who wants to hold her, hold her. (I realize this aspect might not last much longer as the "stranger danger" stage sets in). For example, we went up north to church for a baptism last weekend and after a long four hour drive, a night with not as much sleep as she's used to, and skipping a morning nap, she was soooo good. Hardly made a peep. Just played with toys and hung out with different family members. Total chill baby.
And she's so fun and so hilarious. She still makes me laugh every single day.
Her "growling" is still in full force. I hear her little raspy growls more than I hear her actual voice ha ha not sure what's that about. But I love it.
And I'm so happy to report that she has officially rolled over for the first time! Well by now she's done it many times, but I still get just as excited every time. It takes a bit of concentration, but so far she can roll from her tummy to her back. She rolls the same direction every time ha ha but it's still progress. Judging from the picture below, it's only a matter of time before she realizes she can roll from her back to her tummy too. Life is going to get pretty adventurous soon, I can already tell ;)
She does little push ups now too during tummy time and I get so excited because this is so new. Before she'd just sass and holler and cry while barely lifting her head off the floor ha ha but now she does little push ups and can roll over. My little baby is growing up.
She lifts her hands up whenever she wants held and I think it's just the sweetest thing ever. Love that she's starting to be able to communicate with me.
She loves to chew on my face and give me "kisses". Oh my gosh it's just about makes my heart explode! She loves to chew on my hair as well ha ha
Everyday after every nap, she lights up and gets sooo excited to see me. Her biggest grins are when I walk in to pick her up from her crib. It's so dang sweet, and a huge hit with my instagram followers ha ha
Her nighttime sleeping is still kind of all over the place. Our current "usual" is she goes to bed around 6pm or 7pm and wakes up just as I'm about to crawl in bed for the night. Doesn't matter if I go to bed at 10pm or 12am, she somehow seems to know and wakes up for a feed just as I'm about to drift off to sleep. Then we are up again two or three hours later. One last feed around 5am. And then she's up by 7am or 8am everyday. Every once and again though, I get a little sweet surprise and she sleeps clear until 3am and sleeps again until 7am ish. Aw man I love those nights. They give me hope for the future ha ha
And right now, she's still taking three naps a day. Which sounds like it would be nice buuuuut it takes her forever to fall asleep anymore and then once she does fall asleep, it's only for like 40 minutes most of the time. She did take a two hour nap yesterday though (and then she slept so good that night) so hopefully someday we'll get this nap/sleeping thing figured out.
She still not really digging food other than my milk. I keep trying every day though. She always pulls a sour face ha ha and sometimes she just spits it all out, but for the most part, she is starting to eat fruits and veggies, even if she looks like a grump the entire time.
She takes "big girl baths" now in the actual bathtub which is so fun! I'm still paranoid about her tipping over so I currently have a plastic clothing hamper I put in our tub that she sits in and it acts like a bumper if she gets a little tipsy. And I, of course, am always right there, hovering to help her if she needs me. She's really good at sitting up by herself now but every once and again, she still loses her balance so I still worry. I know some of you (including my mama) think sink baths are the way to go at this age, and I would totally agree with you, but this little lady LOVES to splash. It's insane the amount of water she flips everywhere ha ha and with our new laminate floors in the kitchen, (and we've already dealt with a flood before that ruined the flooring in there) it's just better to have her bath in the bathroom where it's designed for everything to get wet.
Still can't get her to laugh. I can get her to smile almost all day long, but still not really any laughs. Silly kid. I'm dying to hear her giggles.
She still loves to scratch at everything, pants, couches (my poor leather couch is starting to get a little sad), pillows, her tummy, the bed, my skin. Basically anything and everything around her, she likes to give it a little light scratch while she's discovering textures.
My husband and I joke that she likes to pull a "Kylo Ren" off of the newer Star Wars movie. You know how in the show, he's out in the snow in the middle of a lightsaber battle and he starts hitting his stomach over and over? (I feel so nerdy right now and hopefully I'm explaining the scene correctly ha ha ha) Well Madison likes to hit at her tummy like that a lot during the day, especially when she's excited or overtired. We find it hilarious.
She doesn't really cry much, so when she does start crying for whatever reason, it really breaks my heart into a million billion pieces. Don't get me wrong, she'll yell, sass, whine and holler whenever she's upset. She just doesn't really actually cry all that often.
My husband and I keep saying how February is the month where we feel like Madison is suddenly quickly growing up. She looks so different everyday and is getting so fun and so aware. February 2nd is the day she rolled over for the first time and just a few days after that she started to reach for me. She plays with us and looks deep into our eyes. I just love her to pieces. This is such a fun age.
She's such a chunky, healthy baby, and I feel so blessed. I love each and every roll, and can't get enough.
This is random but I've tried soooo many times to capture her perfect little feet but the picture never turns out so I was over the moon when I caught that shot up above. Gah baby feet are just seriously the sweetest things ever!!
I love love love you Madison Jane! So happy and grateful I get to be your mama, and spend everyday with you! Happy six (*ahem* seven) months, darling!