Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nyla Updates - 6 months old!

Just a few updates about 6-month old Nyla. She weighs just under 14 lbs and is 25.5 inches long. That makes her 15th percentile for weight and 40th for height. And clearly, long and lean and not my genetics - thank you Van family! Here are a few more 6-month old descriptions.

1 - She rolls. Both ways and now seems to prefer to sleep on her belly. This causes me a fair amount of anxiety and I often will roll her back over to her back once she has fallen asleep. She is still waking up every 3 hours in the night to eat. We really did break her when we went on vacation at 3 months. Here she is napping with a stuffed animal from her Papa Ernie. And, as referenced, above, I do not let her sleep long with anything like this. After the photo, I moved the bear.



2 - She sits. All by herself. She usually only has about 3 or 4 minutes before she's down but she can get out of that too and usually ends up on her belly.



3 - She reads. Ok, not really but she loves books and I love books and every time she looks at them it makes me happy. Even if she is just figuring out how to get them into her mouth. I can't wait to teach her to read. I hope she loves it as much as I did. Unfortunately, reading has been ruined for me as of late because any reading I do "ought" to be schoolwork or churchwork. I just cannot justify reading anything for pleasure until my dissertation is finished.








4 - She's happy. She did not start out a happy baby, not at all. But she has become one and it is such a joy. Nyla laughs easily and grins even more easily, which makes playing with her very rewarding. Here she is in the laundry. Daddy thinks he is sooo funny about this one.





5 - She loves her daddy. When JJ comes home, Nyla smiles the biggest, brightest smiles she has and will fuss if JJ leaves to take off his coat or wash his hands. And JJ loves her just as much. Watching them together is one of my favorite things. I've even been stopped at the grocery store by a woman who wanted to tell me how great it was to see a dad really enjoy being with his little girl (I was at the end of the frozen food aisle while JJ was dancing for laughs at the other end).

19 comments:

  1. Wow, what a big girl! She is growing up so fast. She is ADORABLE! She has such a gorgeous face! So she does have your genes! :) That is so sweet that JJ enjoys making her smile. What wonderful parents you are! I'm so glad you have a blog so Ben and I can see how your family is doing!!

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  2. She is so cute! Her life looks good. You are a wonderful Mom and JJ is a great Dad, she is a lucky little girl!

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  3. Oh Alisa, she is so sweet! Madi was little like Nyla and I loved having a "little" girl. Jackson is so dang huge, I miss my small little girl.. Remember those precious moments of JJ and Nyla playing, our babies grow too fast!! You guys are such great parents, keep up the good work. I don't think I've even met Nyla have I?? Have a great night.

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  4. She is just so beautiful! I can't believe she is six months already- time sure flies. She looks so happy and loved- keep up the good work.

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  5. adorable..that would be in reference to all THREE of you! such a fun update and sweet pictures!

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  6. SO SWEET! I remember feeling like I was truly starting to enjoy the baby thing when they turned about 4 months old. So much interaction and personality. Before that, it's a lot of work and sleepless nights.

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  8. oops, clicked twice on that last comment.

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  9. She's adorable. I love the last one there of her and JJ, so sweet and the one of her in the laundry. Oh man, just wait, blink and she is going to be a toddler.

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  10. She is so cute! I can't believe she is already 6 months old! This makes me want to have a baby!!!!

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  11. ADORABLE. I especially love that last picture of her sleeping with her daddy, those pictures are always my favorite. Great job!

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  12. She is so darling. I'm proud to say I have witnessed her excitement when her daddy comes home and it is priceless!

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  13. So adorable! Hope you guys are well!

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  14. She is so DARLING! It's amazing how much they grow in 6 months. I can't believe that will be us soon. :) It was good seeing you the other day in the office. You should stop by more often (and bring Nyla) :)

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  15. There's nothing like a daddy and his daughter! Dads are equally as sweet with their sons, but there's just something special about the daddy-daughter combo.

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  16. So beautiful. What a sweetie. I love the picture of her and dad sleeping. I just shows how little she is! You guys are great parents!

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  17. This post is just priceless! What an amazing little girl, just like her mom and dad. I think my favorite is the laundry basket photo! Too cute! She is an angel!

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  18. Found your blog through Megan Wright's blog. Hope things are going well for you in Utah. Cute new addition to your family by the way.

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  19. What a beauty you have! And sooooo sweet, loved reading about her.

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