Today you are six months old.
You missed your first Halloween! I know you wouldn’t remember it but I was hoping for family pictures of everybody in costume. But daddy stayed home from trick-or-treating because you were napping. Don’t worry, we still forced you into your costume when you woke up. You think I’m going to let a ten dollar costume go to waste?!
On November first, you decided it was time to roll over for the first time. Of course you did it after I left the room for thirty seconds. I came back and you had rolled from your back to your tummy and you looked pretty darn proud of yourself. I took a picture then put you on your back again so I could get a look at your new party trick. But wouldn’t you know it, you didn’t roll over again until November 15th! Now you’re an old hand and you roll the second you get put on your back!
Now that you can roll and clumsily grab things, you always want to be in a sitting up position. No more of this laying back, that’s for little babies, and you’re clearly so grown up. You love being held in a sitting position or sitting in your bouncy chair/Exersaucer and closely examining toys before they get jammed into your mouth.
Speaking of jammed into your mouth, we did a little taste-test with baby cereal this past month and you were definitely not impressed. We will give it another try in a couple weeks I think. Right now you’re still more than happy with your bottles. Though you’re so distracted all the time, that it’s almost impossible to get you to eat unless your arms are held down and we’re in a dark room. I remember this phase with the other boys; I knew it was coming but it’s still a tad frustrating.
You haven’t recovered from the typical sleep regression that many babies go through around this time and are still waking up 3-4 times a night. After having a taste of a full night’s sleep, it’s always hard for a parent to go back to constant night feedings. But again, this happened with both your brothers and I know it won’t last forever.
At least your naps during the day have gotten a bit better. Last month I was frustrated 10 and 20 minute naps you insisted on, but now it seems like you’ve settled on 60-90 minute naps. Now I can be frustrated with the fact that you need six naps a day! It really makes it hard to schedule anything but I know it will change. How do I know this? Because your big brothers were the same way: constant naps that veeeeeery gradually transformed into a single afternoon nap. I just have to be patient because it will happen and then we can plan more activities during the day. Unless it’s winter. That is when we hibernate. Also, we stay inside if it’s too hot too… Okay, we will never do anything fun, I’ll admit it.
At your doctor appointment this past month, you weighed in at 15 pounds! So congratulations, you’ve tripled your birth weight! I can’t remember your length but I’ll get the measuring tape out one of these days.
Despite needing a lot of sleep, you are a super smiley baby! You love looking at your brothers and always have smiles for them, but just about everybody else gets smiles too: me, daddy, Gramma, and almost everybody who comes to visit. Your happy shining face is really such a bright spot for us when we’re feeling bogged down by the business and chaos of life. All we need to do is look at you, and you reward us with the biggest beaming grin and all the chaos just melts away. Thank you little buddy for bringing even more joy to our little home!