Monday, March 29, 2010

6 Months


It is hard to believe that half a year has passed since Sweet Pea was born. It seems like just yesterday. And, yet, I don't remember what it was like without her. I find the memories of that tiny, helpless newborn fading as I burst with joy over the engaging, curious baby I see emerging.

Sweet Pea is on the verge of crawling and makes it clear that she wants nothing more than to play with her big sister. She is into everything within her reach. She even managed to snag the bacon and cheese off of my chicken the other night at dinner. (Yes, I did manage to wrestle it out of her tiny little death grip before she shoved it all in her mouth)

She is enjoying eating and is generally very happy. But, there are still moments when Mommy is the only one in the universe that can make her happy. She's a momma's girl, without a doubt. At least for now. And, that's OK with me. Daddy has his hands full already, because Mini Me is clearly Daddy's Girl.

This weekend, we took the infant seat out and have replaced it with her "big girl" seat. It's that last little piece of infancy that we have finished with. And, it's bitter sweet. We know the joy that comes as a child grows. But, we also agree that we are most likely done having children. The thought of not experiencing the newborn stage again makes me a little sad. But, for a trillion reasons, we have decided that two children is the perfect number for our family. We, of course, reserve the right to change our mind should life circumstances change.

We are enjoying watching Sweet Pea as her personality emerges. There are elements that are so very different from Mini Me, and others that are the same. Sweet Pea is much more reserved than Mini Me was as a baby. She is more wary of strangers and a little more stingy with the smiles. But, once she feels comfortable, she's a giggly, happy girl. She shows the same determination and intense curiosity that Mini Me has. I think they are going to be the dynamic duo in a few years. Both with different interests, but with skills and attitudes that compliment each other nicely. Or so we hope...

Just for comparison, Mini Me's first Easter at a little over a month old.

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