Umm.... how do I have a 6 month old?? Didn't I just have a baby like, I don't know, 6 minutes ago or something?! I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how OLD 6 months sounds to me when I think about how fast this has happened, and know it will only continue. Ugh.
So our 6 month appointment isn't until next week - based on our appointments throughout the month for the series of ear infections, we know that you're weighing in around 17.5 pounds, and I'm sorry my darling, it seems you've shrunk a bit and only measured 25 inches at last check! : ) I'll update these stats next week.
We're still trying to use up our size 2 diaper stash but if I'm being perfectly honest, we should have switched you to size 3's about a week ago. The 2's are getting mighty snug...
Carter's 6 month clothes fit you to a tee, but you've started getting a bit long for some of your 6 month jammies. I'm sure we'll be trying on some 6-9 month things here soon. Those little chunky legs of your are quite challenging when shimmying into skinny jeans. Your Dad and I call them your "chunkles" (chunky ankles). You'll love that when you get older.
We got started on a little oatmeal this month and after the first two sessions, you caught on like a champ and are doing so well with it! I think we're gearing up for some palate expansion here soon. Still doing four 8 ounce bottles per day. You're still a drool monster but the pediatrician says your little gums aren't even hard yet so no teeth on our horizon.
You've learned to splash so the baby bath tub is now sitting in the big tub. I miss being able to comfortably stand while I give your bath, but it's really helped reduce my post-bath clean up time!
Your hair is coming in a little lighter these days, and I hate to say it, but I think a little hair trim is in your near future, thanks to your ever growing baby mullet. Anthony calls her a "retired Canadian hockey player", because she has a baldish spot on the back of her head, thin hair on the sides, and a raggedy little mullet creeping down her neck. It's ridiculous... and hilarious.
Thanks to those ear infections, sleep has not been our favorite for the past month or so, and now we're not sure what the new "norm" is for you anymore. You go to bed between 7:30/8 pm and don't wake up for the day until somewhere between 7 and 8 am, buuuttttt you wake a few times per night between those hours. I'm not even sure you're really awake, but you "sleep fuss" until we reinsert your paci. We've kind of been waiting to make sure the ear infections are really cured before tackling the sleep issue; the last thing we want is to try to "toughen you up" when you're not feeling your best!
I'm a little concerned about permanent damage that those ear infections may have caused to your hearing, because you little weird- you love, love, LOVE for me to sing to you, and believe me, Mama is no singer. You still really like Pattacake (mostly just the clapping part), and this month, your absolute favorite has been "The wheels on the bus". When you're feeling fussy and I'm trying to get through a diaper or clothing change, that song can go on for quite some time and some extremely creative verses have been composed AND sung so often that Anthony and I both know the words to the made up verses. It gets interesting yall.
In addition to songs, you also love bouncing. Whether we throw you in the air (just a little, you don't like to go too high), shake the pack and play, bounce you on the bed or just on our knee (I know, we're the portrait of safety), you smile and giggle. You dig peek a boo and we find silly ways to "hide" from you. Oh I love this too: if someone's not paying attention to you, you stare at them grinning until they look at you. It's hilarious.
You like being outside now that it's not all hot and bright out like during the summer. We walk to the mailbox in the evenings so you can look around and check things out.
You've started reaching for just about everything, including always wanting to touch our faces when we're rocking you at night. It's so sweet.
You still do your "baby yell" and you make lots of "mmmm" sounds but I just know I'll still hear a "dada" first. : ) Actually you've been talking a lot more in general since getting those ear infections treated and there's no better sound than your babble and giggles.
A few nights ago we had one of my favorite moments to date. We had gotten home from dinner at Mimi and Coach's, and while Anthony was showering, I was giving Lawter her nighttime bottle while propped up in bed, with Dancing with the Stars on in the background. After her bottle, I was stalling til Ant got out of the shower because I knew he'd want to give her some bedtime snuggles before I put her down, so I propped her up on the pillow next to me and we both snuggled up with her blanket. She'd alternate between watching DWTS and glancing over at me to make sure I was still there, and when she'd look at me, she'd just smile and giggle, like she knew she was being a big girl and hanging out with me : ) It was so cute. Moments like that help make me less sad about my tiny baby growing up, and more excited for all the "big girl" things we'll grow into and be able to do together.
I say this every month and will continue to do so for the rest of my life I'm sure- but you are just becoming the funniest, most adorable little person with your own personality and wonderful traits and faces and laughs and life with you just gets more and more fun each day!