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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ruby Six Months

There is no one perfect way to be a good mother...Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children...What matters it that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else...Elder M. Russell Ballard
It is hard to believe that this little girl has been with us for six months, half a year, a lifetime of love. She continues to be the sweetest little thing and brings so much joy to all of us.  She's had a lot of big events this last month.  At the very beginning of the month we left her when Tim and I got the chance to go to Mexico.  I was super sad to leave her so young, but she seemed to be perfectly happy to be loved on by her grandparents for a week. Since coming back the porta crib has stayed folded up and she has slept in the crib in her room exclusively.  It makes me kind of sad - like we've forced her to grow up too quickly, but honestly I think everyone sleeps better this way.  As far as sleep, she continues to do great, most nights she sleeps about 12 hours with a bottle in the early morning before I go to work.  She usually takes two good naps during the day.
We were surprised a few days ago to discover that she has cut her first tooth.  It has barely broken through the skin but may be an explanation for her non stop drooling.  I don't know if it is at all related, but she just has no interest in solids - whenever we try she ends up with more on her bib than in her mouth.
The poor girl has been sick again this month, a lot of snotties and a bought with a high fever.  The fever resulted in a catheter because the doctor was worried about a urinary tract infection.  That was pretty awful to watch but we were relieved that they didn't find anything seriously wrong.
In terms of developmental milestones, she has rolled over a few times - the first with grandpa while we were out of town.  She has done it a few times since, right now she can only get from her back to her front, then is stuck. She does not like tummy time but can definitely keep her head up and look around while on her belly.  Ruby is getting close to sitting, with a little help she can sit for a short time before slowly tipping - usually in a front bend.

Sweet baby girl is super ticklish
That may have lead to this laughter.

The girl has found her toes!

She loves to blow bubbles/raspberries which
Definitely adds to the non stop slobber

Oh man, that brother...
Ruby got some new headbands to make it clear she is a girl
She  is finally starting to get some hair -
We're not sure if it is going to be red or blonde but it is definitely light
She loves her bath and is almost getting too big for her little tub.
Over the past few weeks Ruby has gotten really good
At grasping all shapes and sizes of toys, rattles, books, etc.
She gets really upset when she loses a toy and can't
Figure out how to get it back into her hands.
Little sister is getting really strong and sits up great in her bumbo
But has started to try to squirm out
When she sees something more interesting
This month has brought a lot of cousin time - lucky.

We had a fun girls afternoon,
Lunch with friends, shopping, and a stop for a soda
(No worries, she stuck with her bottle)
Ruby is content to play/entertain herself
As long as others are in the room
On this day she didn't want to be left alone
While Tim went to Luke's room to change him
What better place to hang out and keep watch.
The first thing Luke does when he wakes up is
Ask where "baby" is.
He then spends most of his day trying to play with her.
She is so lucky to have a brother so close who
Loves her so much.

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