1. Feeding Ina
It is no surprise that Ina loves to eat.
When she ate cereal for the first time, she acted like we had been holding out on her for months. So, I was extra excited to prepare her first vegetable - sweet potatoes.
(I love our Baby Bullet and Steamer!)
Even though all I did was peel, dice, and boil the potatoes, add some water, and puree the heck of it, I poured as much love as I could into the process. I love cooking for my family and friends, and Ina is no exception.
Of course, the first time we gave her the sweet potatoes she gave me a look like, "You mean I have been missing out on this?!?"
We decided to take a video when she was almost done, but it was hilarious how every time Dan took the spoon away to get another bite, she would yell at him for more.
Now she is even more interested in everything we are eating / drinking. Anytime I have water, she insists on taking a few drinks.
If I don't let her things get pretty serious.
So, at 6 months she is still mostly breastfed, with 1-2 oz. of sweet potato puree in the morning, 1-2 T of brown rice cereal (mixed with breast milk) at night, and sips of water every once in a while.
2. Running with Ina
I honestly can't put into words how awesome it is to be able to do something I love so much with someone I love so much.
I am blessed that Ina loves the BOB. It puts her in a trance and she doesn't make a peep. I stop every mile or so to check on her and she is either sleeping or in a grass and sidewalk trance.
I pray this continues through her toddler years, as it would be a perfect outlet for both me and her.
3. Rolling / Crawling
Although Ina has been rolling over for awhile, within the past few days she has become a pro.
She uses it her to advantage, and rolls to get where she wants to go.
Also, a few days ago, she wanted a toy that was a few feet in front of her, so she used her arms and army-crawled the distance. She did it again last night, trying to get to my taco salad. (I told you the girl loves food!)
I thought we had some time before she was mobile, but now I am not so sure.
4. Swimming with Ina
We took Ina swimming in the lake when we went camping over Memorial Weekend.
The water was really cold, so cold that a few grown men didn't want to get in. (Not naming any names.)
However, when I dipped Ina's feet in the water, she stared at it with awe, and she got this look of determination, like she knew what had to be done, as I slowly brought the rest of her body under. She loved it!
Although I wasn't able to take any pictures (thanks to Abby who took the ones we have) I tried so hard to take mental pictures of that day. Dan playing football in the water while I was throwing Ina up in the air, her giggling with the sun shining behind her.
Since then we took Ina swimming at our community center pool and she had no problem playing in the water. She took the splashes from her cousin in stride and acted like she wanted to go under. (Momma is still too scared for that!)
5. Daddy time
Ina loves her daddy.
And he loves her too, of course.
There was a time when Ina wasn't the happiest camper when Dan held her, which was hard on all of us. I am so thankful that stage has passed. Now, as soon as he walks in the room she stops what she is doing to stare at him. Feeding her when he is around is nearly impossible, because she gets so distracted.
I can tell she is going to be a daddy's girl.
6. Reading to Ina
I love to read, and I hope to instill that passion in Ina. Most days we get 15 to 20 minutes to sit down and read a story or two.
She does like to look at the pictures, but mostly she tries to put the book in her mouth.
Sometimes I also read to her while she is eating, from a book with less pictures, like Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Six months has brought out such a different girl, I can't wait to see what 7 months will bring!