I can’t believe you are 6 months already! This past month has been so much fun watching become even more of your own person. Right when you turned 5 months, you started sitting up on your own. Every morning, you would sit in front of your mirror, play with your toys and stare at the Other Baby. Gradually, you started to scoot over to the stranger to make contact, sometimes by reaching out a hand, other times with a big, juicy raspberry.
You decided you liked that you could move yourself around a bit and started scooting all over the place. For a couple weeks, your favorite activity was to belly scoot along the floors and blow raspberries on them. You very quickly went from belly scooting to popping up to all fours and rocking back and forth. Watching you learn to crawl was one of the best things ever. You were so determined to move your body, but couldn’t quite figure out what to do with your hands - it was like they were glued to the floor. Don’t worry, smart girl, you quickly figured it out just before you turned 6 months.
Hazel, you continue to be one of the most expressive babies ever. In less than a second, you’re whole face goes from smiling to you’re worried look, eyebrows raised or sometimes furrowed. You make the sweetest squeaks and squeals when you babble; your sounds of frustration easily sound like a dinosaur and more often than not, Daddy and I have to laugh at them.
You don’t have any teeth yet, and, admittedly, I’ll be a little sad when you get them. I love nothing more than your huge gummy smile.
This past month, you rode an airplane for the first time and you loved it. Or at least didn’t dislike it. You visited your grandparents and Aunt Elizabeth in Illinois for the first time and got to meet some great aunts and uncles and two of your great grandmas.
We also spent the day at the beach and you had a great time in the waves and knocking down the sandcastles that Daddy built for you. In fact, Daddy likes to call you Hazel the Destroyer because you love to knock down towers and anything else you see. That was how you first crawled.
I’m not sure if you know this, but half a year is kind of a big deal. You have changed so much in the past six months and we couldn’t love you more or be more proud of who you are becoming. You are simply amazing.