Our little lady does so many new things at 6 months old: there's a new discovery every day and it's wonderful to watch her learn, observe and absorb all of it.

We've been playing a lot more and she's been playing on her own longer since she is able to sit down, it's great how now I can have more things done around the house, talking out loud so she knows I'm still there when she starts to hum (=whine).

She sometimes has this very serious face and I'm always laughing a lot when she makes this face while looking at strangers in the tram (every single time!) or while out. When she starts to smile though, and then to laugh at my silly faces, it's just precious.

Can't wait to see what she'll discover next...

É.: the way she tightens these two little fingers

Shot 28/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/60 - ƒ/5.0 - ISO 2000

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

Oma got É. a new book about opposites (tall-short, low-high, in the picture: cold-hot). It's in Dutch so Papa reads it to her and she just adores it. The images are really beautiful and also colourful and it makes it even more fun.

I've been looking a while to find a book like this one and I'm so ever grateful to Oma that she found this one. I'm very happy I've found them in French on the Internet and they are actually very mini so É. can actually hold them easily.

I've been reading to our little love since she was in my belly and she adores reading and listening to stories. I'll write about our favorite books at the moment later this week.

É.: she looooves reading

Shot 21/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/40 - ƒ/4.0 - ISO 1600

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

É. has been sick for two weeks now, first came fever then a rash all over her body and now a cold. She's been doing pretty great though: she was whiny only the first two days but she hates having her nose wiped and I can't blame her. I wish she already knew how to blow her nose to stop the suffering of salted water.

I really hope she won't be too sick this coming winter and I hope that breastfeeding will help her get though it without too many colds. I personally don't like taking medicine and I'm always trying to find a more natural way to get better. But when it comes to children, I have no clue. I've looked up a lot of natural ways for teething baby and I found a few things that worked great for É. (roots, soppy stone, herbal gel). For colds, it's another story, I can't really have her inhale steam from an infusion... So the doctor it was. I mostly tried salt water and blowing her nose with a little pump but I gave her nose drops to help the healing. I'm going to make more research on the matter and see if I can fins something that could work for our little cold-fighter.

É.: little observer

Shot 18/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/100 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 1250

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

I'm so happy how life is going right now: I chose to stay at home until our little darling starts school and it's been wonderful to see her grow and change and blossom in everything that she does. Every day she changes and she amazes us. We love her to bits and can't get enough of her laugh and her little faces. We're so lucky she's ours.

She turned 6 months old today and even though it seems to go by quickly, the fact that I'm staying home with her makes it go a little slower. I'm enjoying every moment and couldn't ask for a better job right now. I'll be honest, there are times when I want out and when I cry until my heart ache, but she's so worth it and I know it's the best decision I've taken in my adult life. Motherhood is wonderful and difficult, terrific and exhausting, a joy and an ache but I'm simply lucky to get to experience it everyday and forever.

É.: we celebrated her 6 months with a little apple pie and a candle

Shot 12/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/30 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 500

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

When Peter comes home from work, her face lights up: she gives him the hugest smile and then moves her little arms and legs so he can pick her up, then when she's in his arms, she turns and looks at me with this mischievous smile which says "look, I'm with my Papa, see how good it is!" and I absolutely adore this moment, I wish I could just keep it forever in a box. I should try to film it one day.

Sunday are comfortable days, which means we're doing our best to have almost nothing to do house-wise (apart from cooking) and we try to fit some sleep and an outing in. Most times, it works, some times, it's just a long afternoon sleeping (like today). Well, Peter and É. sleep and I'm doing something like procrastinating or putting together É.'s cloth diapers or organising her closet; anything to do with this little precious one of ours is always a pleasure and doesn't fell like a chore.

É.: the bond between her and her Papa is getting stronger and sweeter

Shot 6/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/30 - ƒ/4.0 - ISO 5000

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.