Lila Lunes:
What a difference six (!!!) months makes

12/21/2009 12:02:00 AM
Lila Ross • Six months old • Almost sitting up.

(I'm typing this with a tear in my eye.)

Lila is six months old today.

This is a milestone. This is a watershed moment in time. A significant mile marker on the road map of our lives.

We've successfully, if you ask me, taken care of a living, breathing, burping, eating, sleeping, screaming, laughing, crying, little Cupcake for SIX MONTHS. WAH-WHO.

And, she's still alive. And cute. And quirky.

We went to the doctor on Friday, and Lila's doing quite well. She weighs almost 15 lbs. and is doing just fine in terms of her percentiles. Growing, strong, cute and fun. She still fits into her newborn pants (which are now cropped leggings), but is long. So her wardrobe includes newborn odds and ends, 6 month onesies and 9 month footed-pj's. She's a long, slim noodle.

Sigh... six months...

  • We've been there and done the sleepless nights. (And still do them every now and then.)
  • We've managed the first bath and the subsequent ones.
  • We've figured out how to successfully nurse and feed and grow the Cupcake.
  • We've nervously paced around the room wondering why she wouldn't stop crying.
  • We've walked and bounced and walked and bounced.
  • We've handled doctor's visits, vaccinations and even a cold.
  • We've taken her on four airline flights.
  • We've been embarrassed when she's screamed in restaurants, grocery stores, car rides and more.
  • We've been ridiculously proud when she smiles, rolls over, holds her head up, holds a toy or pets Ferg.
  • We've been unfortunately caught without a diaper in the most inopportune of locations.
We've done it.

We're parents.

And she's still alive.

She's melted our hearts.
She's made us love more than we ever, ever knew we could love.
She's made us believe that life is good.
She's broadened our respect for the goodness of God's blessings.

She's made us a family.

And we love her.

Looking back...

Baby Lila...

Big girl Lila...

Baby Lila coming home from the hospital...

Big girl Lila.

The newborn already at the gym. (She's wearing premie clothes.)

Lila hardly fitting in the gym. (She's wearing 6 month clothes.)

Lila with her Daddy still in the hospital. (Maybe 12 hours old.)

Lila and her Daddy now.

Baby Lila & I a few days after she was born.

My Cupcake and I at six months.

Sweet Cupcake, Lila Ross, we love you to the moon and back a gazillion times.

Ah, Merry Christmas. :)



  1. Awe, I love your comparison pictures! Isn't it amazing how as each month passes, you tell yourself, "it can't get better than this..." But, it DOES!

  2. Oh my goodness... I can't believe she is sixth months old already!!! Looks like you've done a wonderful job thus far:) (Not that anyone was doubting that!) She is amazing!

    I love the before and after photos... Seriously can't believe how much she's grown already!

  3. so sweet! the comparison is such an awesome idea!

  4. I love the comparison pics as well. Very cool. Such a big girl already. I'm already picturing her as a one year old.... how crazy will THAT picture be????

    Have a great holiday!!!!!

  5. You are such a sweet mommy. Lila is just as blessed to have you (and C) as you are to have her.

    I was JUST looking at older pictures of Lila of FB last week. It's crazy how quickly she's grown and changed.

  6. Awww... *sniffle*

    Love the now & thens!

  7. Thanks, everyone! TIME GOES BY SO QUICKLY.

  8. Wow. 6 Months. But you know, I barely remember her not looking like "her". It's amazing how different she looked as a new born.

    Happy 1/2 Birthday Lila!!!

  9. The before's and after's are Ah-mazing. I can't believe how big she has gotten! How adorable!

  10. I love the side by side comparison pictures! I cannot believe it! Lila is growing up right before our eyes. What a sweetheart. Merry Christmas to you guys - BIG ol hug.

  11. Isn't it nuts how much they change your whole life and you love EVERY bit of it!!
    If I could just figure out how to keep him small forever!

  12. CANNOT believe it has been six months already. What a precious, gorgeous angel! Thank you, as always, for sharing your journey with all of us. :) Love you.

  13. Oh wow, I love the comparisons as well! You look great! She's so cute!

  14. These pics made me smile, she has grown up into such an adorable little person, I can not believe it is only six months! She is a doll! Happy 6th month birthday Lila!


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