Happy 6 Month Birthday, Greta!


Greta, our little blue eyed girl!

Kelley & Greta: Oldest and Youngest Cousins



Greta & Daddy on July 4, "Cubby Americans"

First bite of Mommy's homemade Sweet Potato baby food. Yuck!


Finally united with storknester buddy, Melissa (w/ her sign & balloons I'd brought to the airport twice trying to pick her up!)

Magical rainbow over Bann

There was a double rainbow, but I didn't get to my camera in time
We met Fred & Jackie, the Dels & Cavs in Mainz as their Rhine River Cruise stopped there

Great "Aunt" Pat and Great "Uncle" Mike Del Guercio

Happy as a Daisy!

With Mama in the Moby Wrap

Grandma 'Nita reads Greta and Heinrich a story



The "Golden Girls," Greta & Grandma Jackie

Breakfast on the ship


Grandma 'Nita & Greta at our fav cafe' in Trier




Greta & Cousin Luke Kirchner

Luke explains his lego boat to Heinrich

Couldn't get this one to turn, but it's so cute! First bite of Rice Cereal.


First time eating Rice Cereal!

Tired in the morning



Ladies who Lunch

Mommy, Greta & baby peacocks at the Siegelbach Zoo

Greta & Melissa

Fun in the Exersaucer

Holding "hands" with Heiney

So today (when I wrote this part of the draft) is the day, July 2, 2009. Our little Greta bear is 6 months old. Happily, though my inclination to want to freeze her in time and not let her grow out of the newborn phase, or the 3 month old...has been trumped by the fruition of what everyone says, which is that it just gets better and better and you love your kids more and more every day. So. True. So, our little bear has been doing so many new things lately, it's thrilling. She ate her first rice cereal the other day. Rolls over fully from her back to tummy. Is very engaging and giggly when you pretend to eat her up (good thing since her cute cheeks necessitate such behavior multiple times a day). Exercises her chubby little legs "jumping" in her Exersaucer. Puts her hand out to pet her doggie brothers whenever they pass by (they, by the way, are equally smitten with her. Heinrich lays under her crib when I'm putting her down to sleep and has twice left his ball at her door for her "to play with" overnight. Who would have thought that our jealous little dachshund would turn out to be such a good big brother?).

At her 6 month well-baby appointment, well at her maybe she has an ear infection (she didn't, apparently just likes to tug at her right ear when nursing) appointment during which Mommy asked nice Dr. Vega if she could do the check-up part of the 6 month well-baby (w/o the shots, will probably have to go on the German economy to get those), these are her stats... 22 lbs and 26 inches. Yes, our big little girl is now wearing 12-18 month clothes. We think she'll be tall. She was 20 inches at birth and has grown one inch in height each month since then! Wayne and I filled out the 6 month assessment of Greta's Cognitive, Behavioral, Social, Gross and Fine Motor skills. We had to choose whether Greta "Always" "Sometimes" or "Not Yet" does things such as pass toys from one hand to the other, smiles and reaches for her likeness in the mirror... Glad to report she's above average in all areas, with the Gross Motor being the slowest area of development, go figure for such a big kid!

Yesterday was July 4 and we went on base for my first Fourth of July on a military base. G would have liked the carnival rides and jumpy castles if she were a bit older, so we just walked around a little and showed them to her. She was pretty blase' as not much excites this child to the point of squeeling (other than the eating-up game, see above). The fireworks here don't start until 10:30 pm because that's when it gets dark, so needless to say, we did not attend this year. After a quick snooze in the car substituted for her last nap of the day, Greta was asleep by 6:05 pm last night. Of course, she wakes up at 5 am every morning, so she's taking her first nap now (7:45) as I'm letting Wayne sleep in and I start my days quite early. Also on July 4th, Greta's first tooth finally showed itself!
1 Response
  1. Jason Says:

    Great pictures, Kirsten!!! Happy 6 months to Greta, and say hi to our German cousins for us! :)
    -Jason, Hilary, and Ben Victor