Officially scared. How can you already be 6 months old?? That’s half a year!!! Everyone told us that time will fly, but now, we actually believe them.
Playing games w Daddy
Whenever Mommy tries to name all the things that we love about you, her heart overflows with emotions. How would Mommy and Daddy go about describing just a few things that we adore?
Mommy’s taken to singing you this song she made up:
(sung to the tune of “Edelweiss”)
Every morning you greet me.
Small, but strong,
Not-very-chubby or long,
I will love you for-ev-er!”
Sometimes, Mommy gets tears in her eyes when she sings it. You don’t notice– you’re too busy moving.
Mommy feels that this song basically sums you up at this time in your life. You are sooo strong. Your grasping reflex has turned your fists into two iron claws of destruction. Add onto that nails that grow at the speed of light, and you can inflict pain at will. If we get you near anything of mild interest, your fingers have grasped it within the blink of an eye. It’s dangerous to have you around anything sharp or hot, because you WILL find a way to grab it! This also means that Mommy can’t hold you on her lap while she’s eating anymore– you’ve dumped her dinner off the table on more than one occasion. If Claire is anywhere within arms reach, you manage to grab and twist her fur. She doesn’t like it, but so far she hasn’t acted aggressively towards you. We are trying to keep a vigilant eye on you two, until we can teach you proper doggy manners.
Eating one of the toys you ripped off of your exersaucer
Because you were so small at your 5 month-supposed to be 4 month– appt., we’ve taken the Dr.’s advice to start feeding you solids. Every day, Mommy grows more convinced of the fact that you will eat anything that’s set before you. Anything. She puts a spoon in front of you, you open wide and help bring it to your mouth. The first couple bites on the first day or two, you shuddered a bit when you tasted things. But that didn’t stop you. You still opened wide. Mommy didn’t use the” 3 day rule” of waiting in between foods, but she paid close attention to your every poo and slight diaper rash to make sure you weren’t allergic to anything. She can’t say you love one food more than another, because, like she says, you’ll eat ANYTHING! So far, you eat: sweet potatoes (first food!), bananas, avocados (mommy feeds you lots of these to fatten you up!), prunes (trust me, you need these often), apricots, apples, and brown rice cereal.
Now that Mommy’s increased her milk supply with the Dr.’s help, you are a much happier baby. You go down for 2-3 naps a day, settling down for bed somewhere in between 8-9pm. 95% of the time, you start out the night in your crib after Daddy has rocked you to sleep. When you get up for your early am feeding (between 4-5am), however, Daddy brings you to Mommy in bed, where you nurse while she lays down. Once you’re done (sometimes during!), you fall back asleep until you’re up for good at 7:30am. Usually, mommy lets you chatter away beside her while she tries to get an extra 15 minutes or so of snooze time. You let her know when you’re ready for her to wake up by rolling over on your side to pull on her hair or face.
You and Mommy, taking a nap together
Once awake, you have a pretty consistent morning routine: Morning nurses, then morning diaper change. You are seated at your Bumbo chair with a bib, where you eat one jar of solid food mixed with a tad bit of cereal and 2 tbsp. of pumped breastmilk. Then, Mommy puts you to play in your exersaucer while she makes her own breakfast and does a few chores around the house. Most of the time, you are beyond excited to play independently, checking every so often to make sure Mommy’s nearby. Within an hour, you act sleepy, so you are put you down for your first nap.
Acting sleepy...time for a nap!
Our morning routine is about the only thing consistent in our day. 3 days a week, Mommy takes you to piano lessons with her in the afternoons. The other 2 days, you go to Aunt Courtney’s house to play with Jonathan and Topher until Daddy comes to get you when he’s done with work. Saturdays are “Play Day with Daddy”, because Mommy teaches piano lessons. Sometimes, Daddy has to work and Aunt Juju takes over.
In the front seat
One of Mommy’s favorite things about you is your sweet sweet personality. You love giving kisses, and you love being kissed. Sometimes, Mommy takes her time in the morning, kissing your little cheeks, your nose, your neck. You giggle constantly when you’re kissed on the chin. And you always initially wrap your arms around Mommy when she picks you up, especially after she’s been gone for a while.
Pulling Mommy towards you to give kisses
One of the weirdest things you’ve learned to do is unlatch a nursing bra. Yes, your secret has been exposed. Someday, when you’re 16 and read this, you’ll be traumatized, I’m sure. Mommy has woken up on more than one occasion in the morning to find that you have not only scooted back next to Mommy, but you’ve also already “helped yourself” to your morning nurses. As a result, you now reach down the shirt of any female and start groping around, looking for a bra to unlatch. It’s hysterical. And kinda freaky. 🙂
When Mommy asked Daddy what his favorite part of this month has been, he said “G’s laugh”. It’s true. Daddy can send you into fits of laughter and shrieking with all of his games. In general, you are pretty noisy. Your “chatter” is full of tons of syllables and half words, and you love to be imitated. Sometimes, you’ll “talk for a few minutes, then look over at Mommy and Daddy expectantly to see if we heard you. We smile, say a few words back, and then you get visibly excited and go right back to your chatter, as though we’re having a conversation!
Games in the mirror!
Someone told Mommy at church today that “it only gets better”. With you, lil G, that doesn’t seem possible at the moment– we love so much about you, right here and now, just the way you are. Keep being the special, full of personality guy that you are, because we are really enjoying the ride!