Nellie Rose – 6 Months Old


My sweet, darling, baby daughter.

Today is your 6 month birthday. At 4:15 PM, exactly 6 months ago today you were born into this world and my life changed forever. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that you’ve been in our lives for half a year already, because it’s gone by so quickly it seems like you were born just yesterday. You have changed and grown so much it’s mind-blowing. The past 6 months have not been easy. They have not always been pretty. They have been challenging, wonderful, amazing, frustrating… But they have all been worth it.

You have become the center of mine and your daddy’s universe. You fill our hearts with joy and love, and we cannot wait to see what each day as your parents will bring. We love to creep into your crib to wake you in the mornings because you greet us with such excitement and happiness. Nellie, right now you are doing some awesome things! You have TWO teeth. You eat rice cereal and baby food. You love sweet potatoes, green beans, and carrots the best. You don’t like peaches or pears. You’ve taken to sticking your tongue out and blowing raspberries when you get excited. You can roll from your back to your belly, and from your belly to your back. You can sit up by yourself for about a minute before you topple over. If I let you grab onto the edge of a couch, or the ottoman you can stand while holding it for maybe thirty seconds before your little legs give out from under you.

You love your stuffed animals, Fox and McCracken. You laugh, and it’s the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard. It’s getting easier and easier to send you into a fit of giggles. The easiest way to go about doing so is to tickle you under your armpits, or blow raspberries at you. You had me doubled over laughing at Target the other day!

You know your name, and you’ve begun reaching for the people you want to see a little. It’s more like an outstretched arm and a lean, but we call it reaching. You get little tastes of everything we have, and anytime you see a soda can you flip out and think that it belongs to you.

Nellie Rose, this time last year I didn’t even know if you were a little girl or a little boy. I knew that I loved you with all of my heart. Thank you for making the past 6 months of my life amazing, hectic and joyful. Thank you for being my daughter. I am so proud, so honored, and so happy to be your mommy.

Sticking your tongue out at me
You and your daddy

Such a big girl.

Beautiful you, through the months

Happy Half Birthday, Nellie Rose.