Sunday, December 16, 2012

6 Months Old

Dear Davin,

Half a year! You are half a year old! That is beyond crazy to me. You are a precious, precious baby. Your smile melts my heart many times a day. It seems to take up your entire face and makes your eyes sparkle, too. You always get compliments on your sweet disposition and friendly personality. I really, really hope that's something that lasts.

Pretty much the only time you're not happy is when/if you wake up in the middle of the night. For about 2 weeks around Thanksgiving you we're waking up at least once to eat, and there were a few nights that were torture for me. I thought maybe you were ready for rice cereal, so we tried it for two nights. It was a disaster. It hurt your belly and you cried so much. So no more food for a little while. You seem satisfied now just nursing 5 times a day. We can't contain you in your Bumbo seat (we won't take about the faceplant...), so you sit in the high chair during our meals.

You take two good naps, about 10 or 10:30 until 11:30 or 12:00. Then another in the afternoon for a couple of hours, usually starting about 1:30. You sometimes doze again in the evening before falling asleep about 9:00 and doing a last feeding about 10:00. I'd like to mve up official bedtime soon, but we'll wait until after the holiday travels. You'll also have to transition to a crib instead of your Rock 'n Play. You still need your paci put back in a few times and you're still half-swaddled, so these transitions may not be great for any of us.

My guess is that you weigh about 17 pounds, but we'll find out for sure in a few days. You wear mostly 3-6 or 6 month shirts, 6 or 9 month pants and pjs, and size 3 disposables. You have super chubby thighs and cheeks, long legs, and feet that are always clammy. You love sucking on one finger, usually on your left hand. You only care for a paci when you're trying to fall asleep. Oh, and you're finally growing some hair! It still looks blond, but we'll see.

You got really good at sitting up the last week of November. You're really close to crawling, but haven't mastered it yet. You can scoot and roll to geT what you want - which is anything that makes noise. You love to mess with things that crinkle, rattles, book pages, wrapping paper, you name it! You love this little light up read aloud book about farm friends. You like to play in your jumperoo and pull the toys that hang from it. I can tell that's really helping your legs strengthen, too.

You take naps in your carseat when needed, and sometimes in your Boba carrier, too. You are pretty easy-going even when our schedule is crazy. You hate nursing while we're anywhere but home, but otherwise you just go with the flow.

We spent a few days with Neena and Pa Bill for Thanksgiving and then headed to Nanie's for a few days as well. You got lots of attention of course. Then they all came to North Carolina on December 1 when we moved to our new house in Newton. We are so excited about having more room for you and your sister to play. I'm so excited to set up your nursery, too. We'll be traveling again next week for your first Christmas. You're the best gift of the year, for sure!

Love you like crazy, little Spud!
Love, Mommy

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