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Happy half-birthday, Belly.

Posted by CountryFriedMama on Feb-14-2009

Belly was born six months ago today, after a scheduled and surprisingly easy labor.  The months since then have been somewhat of a sleep-deprived blur.  I find it hard to believe she is not a newborn anymore.  As I write this, Belly is sitting in her exersaucer, laughing hysterically at her big sister’s dinnertime antics.  I am amazed by this happy little pudge who has joined our family.  She has learned so much in six months, and so have I.

We both started small.  Belly learned how to hold up her head.  I learned how to take a shower while home alone with two kids.

We grew bolder.  Belly rolled from back to tummy and vice versa.  I learned how to grocery shop with one child strapped to my chest and the other subdued by the promise of a sprinkle cookie.

With these triumphs under our belts, Belly and I tried fancier tasks.  She learned to laugh.  I learned to breastfeed in public without caring what people thought.  (Okay, I learned to care less.)

Six months into our grand adventure together, Belly is learning new sounds.  She’s playing with hard consonants.  Her current favorite is “duh.”  I’m trying not take this as personal criticism.

At six months, I’m learning that I cannot do it all.  There will likely never be a day when my entire house is clean, my laundry is folded and put away, my children are in coordinating outfits, and my hair is fixed.  I might hit one of these at a time, but the magic day when all of this occurs simultaneously is not coming anytime soon.   That is okay.

It seems like a good day to make some goals for the next six months.  I hope Belly will learn she does not need to hang out with me at 4 o’clock in the morning.  I hope I will learn how to get all three of us dressed and out the door on time with less stress than we currently incur.

Belly is not learning anything that Miss D. did not learn before her, but it seems just as miraculous to us as it did the first time.

“Look, look what she’s doing,” Country-Fried Daddy and I will often say to each other as Belly blows raspberries or successfully reaches for a toy.

We are learning, once again, to be amazed by the simplest things.

I managed to get the girls into coordinating outfits for Valentine’s Day, with a little help from Bubbe.  (Thanks for the package!)

Half of this maniacal laughter is Miss D.  The rest is Belly, enjoying her big sister.

Ask me why we moved down here…

Posted by CountryFriedMama on Jan-12-2009

…and I will refer you to this:

50-plus-vehicle pileup clogs New Hampshire interstate

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