That sweet face – 6 months

Wednesday was Lina’s half birthday.

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Eline at 6 months:

  • Weighs close to 14 pounds
  • Easily rolls back and forth to stomach and back, gets her knees up in a crawling motion, bears weight on her feet and sits for longer periods with support
  • Generally loves to be held, cuddled, talked to and played with and will usually give big smiles for activities like bicycle legs, clapping hands, being lifted up in the “flying baby” position, or being pulled by her hands to standing
  • Enjoys her play mat or bouncy seat for periods of time
  • Has started paying a lot more attention to big brother and will follow him around the room with her eyes and will crane towards his (usually noisy) location
  • Can hold lightweight toys for increasing periods and manipulate them with a little more precision
  • Gets 5 oz. (occasionally 5 1/2) of formula/breast milk five times a day – generally about 4 hours apart – but quality of feedings is inconsistent, and she is easily distracted by her environment
  •  Has had an inconsistent daytime routine but seems to possibly be settling down to two naps in her crib at around 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the afternoon nap being quite a bit longer
  • Goes to bed for the night around 6:30 or 7 p.m. and sleeps 11 – 12 hours with one or two “dream feedings” in the evening (also tends to wake around 5:30 a.m. and chatter a bit before going back to sleep)
  • Starts the night in her crib but still goes in the cradle in our room when we go to bed
  • Is struggling with constipation issues, which I understand are pretty common with Down syndrome
  • Has hated her baths, but these tips have helped a great deal: less water in the tub, and a warm, wet hand towel draped over her torso to provide a sense of security
  • Wears 3-6 month clothes and size 1 shoes for her teeny, tiny feet

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Half a year with our little girl… I am frequently startled by how quickly the time is going. Jon likes to tell people Lina is a constant source of pride, and it’s true. She is healthy and doing so well, and her smiles light up our lives. We feel incredibly blessed.

A friend recently posted a link to this video, and I have taken the message to heart. Lina has done so well, and we are so pleased to have not yet faced any real delays in her development. But I realized that often, rather that simply living that gratitude and joy, I am at the same time steeling myself against future challenges. I don’t want to live life with Lina that way. I don’t want to live LIFE that way. Jesus asked, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” I’ve been making a conscious effort to let go of worry for the future. Who knows what tomorrow holds, for Lina or for any of us? She is beautiful and smells of sweet baby. She has perfectly chubby rolls and fuzzy blonde hair, a sweet, happy voice and is learning and growing every day. I am content.

2 thoughts on “That sweet face – 6 months

  1. Tabby says:

    Jolene you and Jon have a beautiful family and truly are blessed. I read your blogs and you guys truly amaze me and are wonderful parents. – Tabby

  2. Ron Westfall says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jolene. It’s hard to believe that Lina is 6 months old already! Jelaine and I learning to trust one day a time. I love the book, Jesus Calling. Here is today’s entry, “Trust Me one day at a time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will. Trust is not a natural response, especially for those who have been deeply wounded. My Spirit within you is your resident Tutor, helping you in this supernatural endeavor. Yield to His gentle touch; be sensitive to His prompting.
    Exert your will to trust Me in all circumstances. Don’t let your need to understand distract you from my presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously, as you live in deep dependence on Me. Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don’t get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust ME one day at a time.” Psalm 84:12; Matthew 6:34

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