Dear Elisha,

Yes I realise what I am about to say is not all that original, but it is just so true… I can’t believe it is half a year since you arrived into the world. I can still remember lying there and hearing you cry, which made me start to cry, and then Dr. S bringing you around for Daddy and I to have a look at you. It was an amazing moment. One that I hope we never forget.

Just looking at you now, you have changed so much since then. Almost every day you are learning new things to do.

Over the last month you’ve been travelling overseas. In fact we are still in Austria, but are heading home later this week. I think during the time we have been here, you have picked up some bad habits, but we are planning on changing that. I reckon you are in for a bit of a shock when we get back to Perth. Because we have been staying in hotels, we have not been letting you cry much, which means when you wake in the night, you have been fed back to sleep, and when you have been grumpy, just about everything imagineable has been tried to distract you and keep you quiet. I do feel a bit sorry for you though, you’re only little and are intitled to making a bit of noise.

Being in a different culture I thought it was my motherly duty to indulge in a bit more meaness… but of course the evidence is in photographic form and will have to wait until we get home. I’m planning on doing a photo entry soon after we get back. Basically you are the proud (or is that embarrassed? owner of your very own pair of lederhosen, and the whole shebang.

You have started on solid foods during this month. I am kind of relieved that we have not been in Perth as I have not been to the health nurse so she hasn’t been able to tell me off for letting you start before you were six months of age. And I know toilet humour is not all that pleasant, but I can’t resist… that potato we fed you LAST WEEK… has not reappeared. I’m sure it is not all that often that parents pray for a dirty nappy, but that is what is happening around here at the moment. I don’t particularly want it to happen on the plane. So we’ll be hoping it makes and appearance either before or after our travels back home.

Your newest sound at the moment is “B”. Daddy and I were so proud of you when you first did it. You also like smacking your lips open and closed which makes that muted popping sound (if anyone who knows what I am talking about can think of a better description of the sound please feel free to leave a comment). Sometimes you are extremely pleased with yourself when you make certain sounds. Since “B” happened, we’ve been working on “mmmmm”, but it has’t been heard yet.

Something you’ve taken up doing, which is a bit strange is rocking. When you are sitting on someone’s lap you like to rock back and forth quite violently. This can be quite dangerous for the person on whose knees you are sitting. I’m surprised that I am not covered in bruises from my chest up. You have made some very nice impacts with my face, which brought tears to my eyes. You are getting much quicker at making a grab for things which means we have to be much more careful with what we let get in your range. I am currently sporting a lovely scratch very near my eye thanks to those swift little fingers of yours.

Sometimes the rocking thing is a little embarrassing. I’m not sure why, perhaps it is just the force with which you do it. I am sure I’ll get over it very quickly.

Tags, tags, tags. You love them, and quite often they keep you occupied for longer than the actual toy that they are a part of. I’m not sure if this is something that all kids do, or if it is just a quirk that you have. I’ll have to try to ask someone (another mum or dad) to find out.

I am sure that there is so much more that I should be writing about, but I just cannot think what it is. I think my brain is already upstairs packing suitcases.

I love you so much little man.

Here’s to another six months

xx Mummy xx

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