2.15.2015

Halfway Around the Sun

Well, she went ahead and did it.  Hazel turned 6 months old.

hazel 6 months

I'm going to contradict what I said in my three month post by saying it's hard to believe that six months ago I was sitting at my kitchen table wondering when the heck I was going to go into labor.


hazel 6 months 

 My births are precipitous.  One moment it would feel like the baby was never going to be born, then a few short hours later, without much warning at all, I'd have a newborn in my arms.

hazel 6 months 

That time of waiting is still so vivid in my memory.  It's hard to believe that all happened 6 months ago already and yet, as I said in my 3 month post, perhaps even harder to imagine life without Hazey Mae.

Here she was, in Dan's lap, just three days old.

hazel theodora 

Maybe even a little bit skeptical of the world on the outside.

hazel theodora 

I think I waited a full week before cutting off her hospital bracelet.

hazel theodora 

So, it seemed fitting to take these 6 month photos on the same back porch.

hazel 6 months 

It's amazing how much they change in 6 months time, isn't it?

hazel 6 months 
Being my babies have been early crawlers, that time of them being a bundle-in-arms is shorter than most.  But her early crawling is matched with an good dose of separation anxiety.  It's pretty slick the way babies were designed like that, venturing out while still wanting to touch base with mom.

She'll play happily on the floor for awhile but still spends lots of time in my carrier or on my hip.

hazel 6 months

She almost always cries if someone else tries to hold her... and sometimes even if they look at her!

hazel six months 
She often makes us laugh with her strong preferences.  For example, if we see her crawling toward the dog's bone and pick it up off the floor, she'll dissolve into a puddle of tears.   We joke, "How dare we not let you eat the dog's bone!"

hazel 6 months 

If I walk past her and she's anticipating that I will pick her up - she goes into puddle mode again.  If Dan is holding her and she hears me talking to him from the other room - puddle!

Because she's more interactive now, she's pretty much the center of attention around here.   The kids love to make her smile and laugh.   They adore her.


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Indigo and I talk about Hazel's 'gummy grin' or 'toothless grin'.  We love it so much.

gummy grin 

So, I was very surprised to feel two little teeth popping up.  My other babies teethed later so I wasn't expecting it just yet.  The kids were so excited while I made it my mission the very next day to capture her gummy grin on camera!

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Jude turned 10 at the end of last month.  I can't tell you how much I love having a 10 year old and a baby.  Jude likes to tell me, "Mom, won't it be crazy that when Hazey's my age, I'll be 20?!"

hazel 6 months 

I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes on parenting- and life!- which is, "You can't slow down the train so you better enjoy the ride!"


And I absolutely do!  Though in the spirit of full disclosure, I will add that between colds, teething and a new motor milestones, Hazel has been sleeping worse than ever.  In those instances, I take a deep breath and gently remind myself that this too shall pass, that someday we really will sleep again.   But for now, I seem to be Hazel's personal human teddy bear and pacifier, as well as #1 fan of that gummy grin!

  gummy grin - 6 months

{Hazel's heart onesie was a gift from Kristin.  We love it!  Thank you, Kristin!}

9 comments:

  1. Happy half a year Hazel! You are obviously a very generous mum. I never quite got my head around the constant need for it to be me all the time. Small babies and I aren't quite suited. :) That gummy grin is pretty awesome though and I was delighted to see the full animated giggle/guffaw in the video you sent!

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    1. Oh Shelley, I still can’t get over the awesomeness of the sweater you made for Hazel. That merino wool is amazingly soft, the colors are perfect and I love, LOVE that you embroidered her initials on the back. I’m so glad you could see it on her - it was the very least i could do after receiving such a thoughtful, generous gift! and I hope to post photos of her in it soon. Thank you again, so much!

      You know, I think because I am a stay at home mom and Dan works a lot, there is an inevitable intensity to Hazel’s bond with me. But just because she has a preference does not mean she always gets her way. Oftentimes she would prefer for me to hold her but it’s good for her to be with Dan, too. So he holds her even when she cries. We call him Dad Vader. hahaha Iris was the same way, but eventually they come around and now sometimes Iris prefers Dan to me. The night stuff has definitely been tough with her being sick, so we try to get through, in part by keeping a good sense of humor about it. So we joke that I am Hazel’s wooby. hahaha

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  2. Little miss Precious. Can't believe 6 months has gone by. That was my favourite age. They could sit up, but couldn't go anywhere. Sounds like she is on the move though. I imagine she's not sleeping because of the teeth coming. Hope it settles down soon.

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  3. Aw, I LOVE her toothless grin! But guess what, it will be *even cuter* with one tooth! And even cuter than that with a couple teeth! That's how it goes - they just get more and more adorable. At least for a couple years. ;-)

    Even though Steve was a SAHD, mine both went through intense mom phases. If I was around, they wanted me. If I wasn't around, they would accept Steve as a lousy second. But now both of my kids are so intensely bonded to their father, they call me daddy by mistake all the time. Their world revolves around Steve. Ah, how things change. Sniffle.

    At least I'm still the only one with boobs (at least for Maggie).

    I love her little blond faux hawk. <3 <3

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  4. She's glorious! I love her leg chub. My kids have all been fast movers, and the last two also with separation anxiety. It can be exhausting having to either be there with them constantly, or else tiptoeing around so they won't hear you, but at the same time......it's kinda sweet. Hahaha. Like, when will anyone ever love you like this again? Hawthorne at 18 months is sleeping terribly again, but seems to finally be ok with people looking at him.

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  5. She is just so sweet and adorable!! I can't believe the onesie fits already, oh man. She wears it so well! :) You are always teaching me to keep my chin up and a good sense of humor about motherhood (last night I tried to go to bed extra early because I had woken up with a migraine yesterday morning but still had to go to work, and C decided he wanted to chop about 2.5 hours off the sleep I was trying to catch up on...aaaaargh).

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  6. So many beautiful pictures! Happy six months to your gal!

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  7. Oh, that precious, heart-warming smile! Enjoy your little "puddle", even while knowing that the tough, no-sleep days will pass and - hard to believe- become a distant memory. She is so utterly precious.

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