Well time is flying by and Juliette is already 6 months old! She went to the doctor on Friday and weighed in at 15 lbs, 0.5 oz and was 25 inches long, which put her in the 30th and 25th percentile, respectively. She did great at the doctor, but we found out she had an ear infection, which I suspected given her building cold over the previous few days. So she is on an antibiotic now and seems to be doing much better. She is doing well with her baby food and we have now entered the fruit food group. So far her favorite foods are sweet potatoes and bananas (not too surprising). She also loves her cereal - either oatmeal, rice or barley. She is working on sitting up and does pretty well, but still leans and can't be left alone sitting quite yet. Her biggest problem lately (and our biggest obstacle) is that she cannot seem to stay dry through the night. She wakes up wet every morning and we have been changing the sheets and washing them every day! Luckily after 3 kids we have a lot of crib sheets we can alternate. I'm not sure what is going on. We tried the next size diaper, but that didn't work. So, last night I tried something new in a desperate effort to not change sheets everyday...I put 2 diapers on her (a size 2 covered by a size 3) and this morning I did not have the change the sheets! The outer diaper was wet though. So I might do this for a while until whatever is going on stops and the outer diaper stays dry. Maybe she is just at an in-between stage of changing diapers.
Since Ben turned 4 and Juliette was 6 months, we decided it was time to take some pictures. I also thought it would be a good time to take some family pictures too. Unfortunately, my favorite picture place, Kiddie Kandids, went out of business rather unexpectedly so we were forced to try someplace new. We went to JC Penneys and I was NOT happy with it. We were rushed the entire time and the lady did not really work with the kids to get them to smile. She took 4 pictures of Juliette before deciding she "got it" and then moved on - Juliette had not even smiled yet so I am not sure what she thinks she "got". The pictures of Ben turned out great, but he was pretty easy to photo as he is old enough to just smile when you ask him to. Abbey needs some warming up before she smiles at a stranger and the lady just didn't really take the time to try to work with her or get her to smile. She just told me that Abbey wasn't into it and we weren't going to get one of her smiling. We got a few cute ones and did order a bunch, but I won't be going back there and hope to find a place that caters more to child photography. The only good thing about it was it was pretty cheap given the coupon we had. Any recommendations for other child photo places would be greatly appreciated. But, you can view our pictures by going to this link and putting Katherine Sheldon as the customer name. https://www.smilesbywire.com/home.asp?AC=LTPP0060117005JCP
Given that debacle, I decided to take my own pictures of Juliette to show what a beautiful smile she has - and the kicker is she smiles pretty easily if you just take a few minutes to play with her!