For her five month birthday, Layla spent it in her car seat for eight hours on the way to Chicago. D had a big convention for work, and I decided to tag along. For a number of reasons, mainly to be with him. And because I love Chicago. Who doesn't? I was unprepared for that week and had some unrealistic expectations. D was working 12-14 hour days, and Layla and I were left to our entertainment...in a hotel room. She had a rough time sleeping which meant so did we. D was up at the crack of dawn, and not back till it was time for a super late dinner. It's one thing to have those days at home. It's another to have them in a confined space with no helpers around. I quickly (once again) appreciated my stock of family and friends here who help to keep me sane. Then I got sick. A nice bout of dehydration caused by yours truly. Then D got sick with a fabulous head cold thanks to his insane week. Then Layla got it. By Friday, I was convinced we needed to spend an extra night in Chicago just so everyone could recover. However, D woke up ready to go, and we powered home. I was grateful to be home.
We had five days at home, and then D's parents got here! For two weeks, Layla was spoiled like never before. Well, so were we. My MIL showed up ready to cook and clean, and Papa G worked in the yard and walked Layla probably three times a day. It was so amazing to have them here. They had only met Layla via Skype up till now, and they were so so happy to see her in person and get to hold her. We had such a great time of meals, shopping, chatting, time with my family and our friends. We specifically waited to do Layla's baptism until they were here, and I am so happy we did. It was so special for them to be here for it. They went home much too soon. Thank goodness we will see them in just nine weeks!
|Wearing the family Christening gown - it's 60 years old|
|Singing with Papa|
Wednesday Layla was six months old! It has gone so fast. I didn't believe it when everyone told us how fast it would go before she was born. Now it's just unbelievable. I didn't do a good job of writing down her milestones, but I will try to remember them. She has been sitting up unassisted for four weeks; ever since we got back from Chicago. She has been standing with some help for about three weeks. She stills hates being on her stomach so I have a feeling crawling will be skipped. She is eating solid foods! We started while D's parents were here. She started with rice cereal, avocados and bananas. None of these were a big hit. We switched to oatmeal and she LOVES it. Now she has squash, peaches, apples, sweet potatoes and more. I spent a couple hours the other day making food. It was so easy and inexpensive. I am excited to find more stuff for her to try. She makes HILARIOUS faces. Her first taste of rice cereal was fab. She stared at us and then had a full body shiver. She loves MumMums and teething biscuits. Yesterday she tried a sippy cup with water. She loved it but couldn't get over the distraction of a new cup.
|Bananas - yuck!|
The downside? Poop. So much poop. Oatmeal is probably the worst culprit. But wow. That kid can poop. Enough said.
So here we are. Six months in, and still going. I love my kid. LOVE MY KID. She is so unbelievably awesome. She is so much of me and D, and still so much of herself. She laughs and smiles, she loves when her Papa comes home, we sing and dance, and she already loves Christmas music. Duh. She is a busy little thing, but she is self contained. She is content to sit and play. Of course, as long as I am still in view. We are working on some separation anxiety. But she is so magical. I am blessed to be able to stay home with her and watch her grow. If I am honest, I don't love every second of it. But I love all the other seconds, and I wouldn't change a thing. She is our Zwerg, and she is the most.
|My adorable child|
Our next few months are insane. We are home for a couple weeks, then D heads to ATL, a few days later L and I head to Baltimore, then we meet D in ATL and are there till the weekend before Thanksgiving. We are home for 2.5 weeks and then it's back to ATL for a week, then on to Germany for almost three weeks. We won't be home till after the New Year. I am so excited for all of our trips. Even ATL. We can do it, and it will be fun! And of course, Layla's first Christmas. I'm already preparing.
Here are some photos from the last few weeks! And I vow, once again, to keep up with this blogging business.
|Reading with Papa|
|Drinking the bath water|
|The original Grammatikii|
|Louisburg Cider Mill|
|Meeting a pumpkin for the first time|
|Watching football with Papa and Uncle|
|Making Maultaschen with Oma G|
|Oma and me|
|Oma G, Katsy and me|
|Oma and Grammie|
|The whole Grammatikii family|