This baby girl. This crisp but beautiful night. Thank you to Alison Moore Photography for so many great pictures- these are just a few of my favorites! Berkley is 7 months old now, but I want to take a second to talk about our first 6 months.
I cannot believe you are almost 7 months old! All of the sudden you are looking more like a little girl and you are closer to being 1 years old than you are to being a newborn. This is so bittersweet as we have so much to look forwards to, but at the same time, you have been the most snuggly, cute newborn and I have loved every second of figuring out how to be a mom the past 6 months. Before time gets away from us I want to dedicate this post to you and talk about what has happened since your birthday.Your birth was easy- thank you for that 🙂 Once you were here, my life got better. It’s actually funny because I think I slept better once you were born. All of the anxious nights I had waiting for you were no longer a part of me since I had you officially in my arms. I was on cloud 9 for the first few weeks. I had this crazy amount of energy and felt like I was bouncing while I walked around with you. It was so surreal. I cooked & cleaned & felt invincible (for all of those thinking I am crazy- just keep reading). We were so careful as we gave you your first bath. I think there were like 4 people involved in that task 🙂 You actually slept great too when you came home from the hospital. There were a few nights you slept like 7 hours at night! It probably wasn’t good for mom’s milk supply but I didn’t really think about that at the time. Dad got to stay home for about 2 weeks with us before heading back to work and both of your grandmas & grandpas and all of your aunts took turns coming out to see you. We took daily walks with Tyson up to the dog park and watched every episode of “The Office”. We had TONS of visitors! Everyone was so anxious to meet you. The amount of clothes you received as gifts was crazy- I could have dressed triplets with your wardrobe.
About 1 month into your life, mom hit a wall. GMa had come into Denver to see you and that day I felt like I was going to pass out multiple times. I think that adrenaline rush that I had going strong for 4 weeks finally came to an end and reality set in. Getting up every few hours at night is actually hard after so many weeks on end! GMa timed her visit right which gave me the opportunity to take some naps and catch up on rest. It was MUCH needed. Your first trip was at 6 weeks old. We drove back to Kansas City for Aunt Kayley’s bachelorette party at the Lake of the Ozarks & you went to cousin Julie’s wedding. You were a champ on the drive- thank goodness because as I am writing this post you have made the drive from either Denver to KC or KC to Denver 5 times so far!
At 2 months, you weren’t gaining weight. You had dropped into the 1st percentile for weight and we had to start adding formula into your diet. Mom had a VERY hard time with this but once we did it, you were so much happier and you became a pretty easy baby. I was dreading going back to work and we decided that we really missed having our families around. In July, we made the decision to move back to Kansas City in early September. We drove back to Kansas City, shopped for houses and you attended Kayley’s wedding. You were still so tiny and it took forever to find a dress small enough to fit you!! Also, you hair had almost all fallen out by the wedding 🙂
I ended up going back to work part time so I could spend some more time with you. You were rolling over both ways by about 4 months and sleeping on and off through the night.
We moved to Kansas City when you were exactly 5 months old. I bawled my eyes out. It was so hard to leave our friends, the city we love, your birthplace, your brother’s birthplace and leave our future babies (who are in storage there). But family first. I want you to grow up around your grandparents.
You have turned into the most smiley, easy going baby. You are ALWAYS on the move. You have been active since you were in my belly. You love to be tossed around by us – I think you are going to be a roller coaster lover one day. You have no fear of strangers and will go to anyone. Every time I drop you at Nanny Lauren’s house I look back to see if there is any ounce of sadness there?! None that I can tell so far. You just love being around people!
We love you so much. You bring so much JOY into our lives. We are so thankful for each day we get to spend with you, sweet girl.