To my lovely little Aurelia -
You turn 6 months old tomorrow! Happy half-birthday! I can't believe I've known you for just 6 months - it seems like you've been in my life forever. Yet somehow those 6 months have been too short. Time is weird that way.
You are a true delight. I love how your face lights up when you see me, and how I can stop your tears just by holding you. I love your little crooked smile. I love that your hair is suddenly all curly (I swear it was stick straight just a week ago!). I love when you test out your voice and spend a half-hour squealing at nothing. I love that your ribs are ticklish, and I love how we can make you laugh making funny faces and noises (I especially love that you find your brother HILARIOUS nearly all the time - he can be sitting quietly at the table and you'll look at him and bust out laughing. So cute!).
You can be the most patient person ever, content to hang out in your crib or play with your toys and while the rest of us are flipping out over one thing or another, you'll be happy as can be. But the moment you get mad, watch out! Your intensity level goes from 0 - 100 in a nanosecond! When you were just born you had the saddest sad face I'd ever seen - that little lower lip would curve downward in such an exaggerated fashion that if you weren't a baby I would have thought you were faking it. But now - now there's no time for the sad face, it's all about the scream! Wowsa! But at least we always know where we stand with you.
For the past few months you've been a bit leery with anyone who isn't me (daddy is okay most of the time, thankfully). And by "a bit leery" I mean there was a time that you refused to be held by anyone else. Cried like there was no tomorrow if I gave others a chance to hold you! You're warming up to most people now, but you're definitely not one to smile all willy-nilly at strangers. You take your time assessing their worthiness first. That's okay. You might be a bit shy, or you might just be from New England. We'll see how that trait works itself out later.
As for your milestones, honestly I haven't been obsessing over them like I did with your brother. I'd say you are right on track - you rolled over at an appropriate time, you just started eating solids, you're sleeping through the night, you're just about to figure out how to sit up on your own, and you love standing on my lap or just about anywhere (we still have to hold you up, of course). You're healthy and growing, and that's all that matters.
Thank you so much for being such an amazing little person. You are a joy and a blessing, and your daddy, Dashiell and I love you very much! Happy 6 month birthday!