Happy 6 Months!
I used to see 6-month-old babies and think, “Wow. Those babies are huge.” Our babes are not huge but are definitely gaining heft and skills.
Audrey: 13 lbs, 12 oz; 25.5 inches. Now that she has figured out how to roll over, she tries to constantly: in the swing (where, yes, she is safely belted in), in her crib (no more swaddles; instead, a bunny blanket to hug), in her bumbo..Also, her v-ups reveal impressive core strength. She loves to talk, including being a pirate: “Yarrrrr.” Audrey-kisses = Audrey sucking at your cheek. Very messy but very nice.
Theresa: 14 lbs, 15 oz; 26 inches. Curiouser and curiouser about her world. She is also cautious, needing to observe before diving in to toys or a relationship with a new person. She can nearly sit up with a pillow propping her. Loves smiling at everyone, including strangers, who are charmed. Sounds include “b”–blowing raspberries through closed lips, often resulting in spit bubbles.
Jamie: 13 lbs, 13 oz; 27 inches. Focused. Can pinpoint objects to grab, and nails them. Has rolled once and tried sporadically to replicate the feat. Giggles on command. Also, excitable: works his “excited” voice, which is similar to Cody’s shriek, very loud but not upset. Talking gets even more animated when he is tired–resulting in crying meltdowns if not addressed immediately.
All of them: smile at everyone; grasp shirts and neck skin (yowch); stand up and flex legs; chew on fingers and anything else; love the jumperoo and exersaucer; love their bunny blankets when sleeping.
Teething has definitely started, as evidenced by massive amounts of drool (we sing “Hang down your head, Tom Drooley” to them) and chewing on anything they can get in their mouths. More evidence: screaming fits only alleviated by a frozen pacifier. Those are fun nights. We are lucky, however, that they generally still sleep fairly well at night.
Alan and I even got a date night a few Saturdays ago, thanks to Alan’s parents who rocked a screaming baby (only they will know which one) for two hours while Alan and I went out for a really nice dinner. We had to order some cocktails to drown the guilt over walking out the door on an inconsolable baby. They worked.
And now: on to our first Christmas as a family! We have so much to be grateful for.