Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy 1/2 Birthday!

Tula Belle @ 6 months
Height: 24 3/4 inches (17%)
Weight: 14 lbs (14%)

Why is Tula's life flying by? I can't believe she is already 1/2 way to big first birthday! On the 1st of this month our baby girl turned 6 months old. All day long Ivy sang Happy Birthday, Dear Tula Belle and I was thinking... it will be the real thing before we know it.

So what's new with our little missy?

Some things haven't changed.... like the fact that she loves to eat! She is still nursing wonderfully. (Pinch.... yep... it's real.) Nursing could not be better this time around. She eats every 4 hours during the day and then moves back to a 2 hour stretch between the last two feedings. She eats once in the middle of the night and is right back to sleep. She still is a little less than thrilled about the bottle but takes it okay. We moved her from taking 3 3oz bottles to 2 4 1/2 oz-ers and she is thankful for that! We plan to introduce cereal TODAY after getting the go-ahead at her 6 month check up and I am excited to see how that goes. I bought her some new little bowls and spoons just for the fun of it!

Tula loves her big sister! She is always looking around the room for her and gets so excited to stare at her and try to figure out what she is doing. Sometimes Ivy talks a little to loud *imagine that* for Tula's liking but she lets her know by sticking out that bottom lip and giving a big wail! Ivy was most excited to teach her about riding in the laundry basket now that she is sitting up so much better. Ivy also likes to tell Tula about the fun they will have when she can play babies and dress up together. Tula just stares as her with those big round eyes and takes it all in!

Tula is sitting up pretty good! I still like to be close by in case she tumps over :) She likes to bend all the way over to give the toy a little kiss but the best is when she bends in half to try to retrieve her paci. Where does our flexibility go?
This picture is perfect to showcase Tula's wild hair.... and yes, it stands up ALL the time just like her big sister's did until the day she turned one. So, it looks like we will enjoy another half a year of the little duck fuzz!

She is sleeping in her bed.... ALL NIGHT LONG! (Except on the weekends when I can't help but bring her in our room for some snuggling where she will sleep until 8 AM- if only Ivy would get the "we are sleeping in at the Smorstad house" memo.) She falls asleep in minutes and we are so thankful for that. She loves to read... or she would say eat... a couple of books before bed and Ivy was excited to snap a picture of that! She wakes up smiling in the morning and we couldn't ask for anything more.

Happy 6 months, Miss Tula Belle! We love you :)


  1. She is unbelievable cute...miss her!

  2. My goodness I keep coming back to this haha. Her in the laundry basket and the one that she is looking right into the camera are absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!

  3. Happy 6 months Tula!! Drew likes to eat his books too at bedtime!

  4. So precious! Your cup runneth over my dear child--and therefore, so does mine :)

  5. Pure sweetness. I love that she loves to "read" aka "eat" the books:) That is one of Corin's favorite things to do too:)
    She is sitting up so well! Happy 1/2 year birthday to Tula!

  6. Happy 6 months! You are such a cutie! That little outfit you have her in reminds me of Ella at that age. I think she may of had that one? :)

  7. What a sweetpea, Sarah! Both of your girls! Your blog has so much personality and is so fun to read! Love the pictures!


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