Dear Evelyn Morgan,
How in the world are you half a year old already? I just barely gave birth to you, and blink, you are six months old. You are growing up way to fast for me! Please slow down. I want my baby girl for a while longer, please.
Although this past month hasn’t been the best for me, you have blossomed the past four weeks. You are trying to hit all the milestones right now–again, slow down! Everyone loves you and calls you “princess” or “baby doll”, to which Rhys responds, “Not princess, Evie!” He’s becoming fiercely protective of you and absolutely loves you. You also went swimming for the first time with us and the not-warm water didn’t phase you at all. You loved it and tried to splash the whole time. We have also transitioned you to the big tub with your brother–you use his old booster seat as a bath chair until you are better at sitting up. Again, you absolutely love being in the water and spend the whole time splashing.
Weight: (unkown until Monday…but I think about 14 pounds?)
Height: (unkown until Monday…but I think taller than the 25 inches you last month?)
Eat | You drink 5 bottles during the day of 4-6 oz. Typically you have 6 oz in the morning and for lunch. Then 7-8 oz when you go to bed. You wake up sometime after midnight to have another 6-7 oz bottle. You also have solids for breakfast and dinner, and some solids for an afternoon snack after naptime. You love your solids and always look forward to them.
Sleep | Daytime: Sadly, you typically wake up between 6:00-6:30 AM. You have about a 45 minute nap around 8:30-9:00 AM. Then you have a 2.5-3 hour nap after lunch. I’m so glad you still have this long nap. It’s also the only nap you take in your swing. You have given up your evening nap this month. But, you typically wake up around 3:30 and then go to bed at 7, so I’m not upset.
Nightime: We put you to bed at 7 PM. We feed you, rock you, have your sound machine going. Typically you wake up around 8, crying. Then, we rock you for 5 minutes and put you back down. Then you’d wake up between 10-11. Same deal. Then, you’d wake up anywhere between 1-4 to feed and never fully settle back down until 6 AM. The past week, it got almost unbearable with you refusing to eat but waking up every hour! We finally took the advice of Grandma Christiansen and squeezed your pack-n-play into a corner in Rhys’s tiny room. (You will be sharing a room with him when we move to a bigger apartment in August anyway). The first night, you cried for about an hour and Rhys did his best to try to console you. Then, you woke up at 1 to feed and Rhys woke up upset. Neither of you settled back down until 3. But, the next day was much better. You only fussed for 30 minutes and woke up at 4 to feed. You fell right back asleep until 6:30. Hurray! Now, once you get used to it, we’ll try to figure out night-weaning you.
Milestones | Movement: You are a pro at scooting all over the place. You try to crawl, but you haven’t quite figured it out yet. Sometimes you still do get frustrated when you can’t get somewhere fast enough. When you play on my bed, you love to scoot, then roll over, then scoot, and roll over.
Communication: Smiling is one of your absolute favorite things to do. You squeal at everyone, but especially at Rhys. While in the car, you’ll scream for fun, then Rhys will copy you. You’ll laugh and scream again and Rhys will copy you again. It’s cute, but it hurts my ears. Rhys is your absolute favorite person–you love talking to him and playing with him. Thankfully, he’s been more and more interested in you–he loves to give you kisses and hugs and will smile and coo at you. When Daddy comes home, you immediately smile and sometimes will even reach for him. You always have to make sure he still has a beard–you love grabbing and petting it.
Playing: You love playing with whatever you can get your hands on. We have had to start moving certain things out of your reach that we don’t want you touching. You love things that make noise when you shake them. You also like trying to go towards cords, so we’ve had to start covering them up. You can entertain yourself for quite some time.
Sitting and Standing: You can sit up quite well, but eventually, you’ll fall back down. Just this week, you have been able to sit up all by yourself from a crawling position. You are now able to climb over objects like pillows and my legs. You are also trying to climb up on me.
This picture reminds us so much of Rhys when he was a baby. He was always so serious, whereas you are always so smily. But, this is definitely a Rhys face. When you two are together, we’ve been able to see how similar you two look. We love you both.
Personality | Evelyn, you are absolutely the happiest baby ever. You are curious, but you can also be quite stoic at times. Sometimes you are so silent in the car that Daddy says he forgets you are in with us. You love to cuddle and you love playing with your family. But, you have started to have some seperation anxiety and sometimes you won’t be quelled until its Momma that is holding you. We think that has been part of your nighttime sleep issues lately. But now that you share a room with Rhys, his presence soothes you.
- splashing in any water
- playing with toys
- eating solids
- being thrown in the air or held up in the air
- when we leave your sight
- being tired and hungry
Evelyn, you are the bright spot in our lives. You are friendly to everyone. We all have so much fun with you. I know you have to grow up. But, please promise me that you will stay our smiley little princess.
Momma and Daddy