Friday, November 15, 2013
Six month old Clementine is a mover and a shaker. She's got places to go, people to see, things to do. She won't sit still (not even for a moment) and she loves to wriggle her way around the apartment. It's quite impressive how far she can get, considering she's not quite crawling. At about 5 and a half months old, she figured out how to get up to her hands and knees and scoot forward and back. Sometimes she adds a jump, like a little frog. Her other moves? Downward dog and plank. We expect she'll be crawling any day now, and in the meantime, we should probably consider some baby proofing…
Pure and utter joy, Clementine makes friends wherever we go. A quick trip to the shops always takes longer than expected, as she flashes her gummy smile and endears herself to any and all passing strangers. We have had some whinier than normal moments in this last month, but I find that carrying her around in the sling calms her right down.
In fact, I'm still amazed at how strong our physical bond is. She was crying last night, and when I went to her, picked her up and snuggled her close she immediately stopped. When that doesn't do the trick, a boob usually will. I'm so grateful that our nursing relationship is still going strong, especially as she's not a huge fan of solids. She likes pear and egg yolk, and that's about it. But as long as she's still breastfeeding, I know that she's getting the best food there is.
It's hard to believe that we're here, half a year on from meeting our babe. The other day we were all playing and my husband said, "life is better with her in it." Life with a baby can be sleepless, bewildering and downright hard but it's also filled with more laughs, kisses, cuddles and happiness than I thought possible. Life really is better with our Clemmie.