6 months (Lowe)

To my happiest, smiley-est, goofiest SIX month Old….

Congratulations on being on this earth, on the OUTSIDE anyway, for half of a year. We’ve made it!!!!

How is it possible that you have been with us this long? How is it possible you haven’t been with us forever?

You are the BEST baby! One big gooey, wet smile constantly poking your tongue out and batting your curled eyelashes at anyone who looks your way. I always thought when anyone asked “is he a good baby” that ALL babies are “good,” but you are BETTER than good. You are GREAT! You only fuss when hungry or when you can’t roll back over, not even a poopy diaper will make you cry. You are happy and joyous and already have a personality that is just FUN! We really lucked out with both of our boys, but you are the icing on the cake!

This past month was pretty busy for our family. We made 2 road trips to Kansas and have some pretty exciting stuff coming up in life. You were a great little traveller and made a lot of people in Kansas smile. With a few new *tricks* in your bag, you are officially able to roll over and are eating anything we give you.

Your sleeping (or lack of) still leaves MUCH to be desired, but I’m hoping that you will stop waking up 4-6 (yes, FOUR TO SIX) times a night once you really master the rolling thing. The first few weeks of last month were pretty unbearable for me. Worse than when you were a newborn, you woke up every 1-2 hours for 3 weeks straight. I chalked it up to teething or some developmental milestone and, in fact, was happy to remember that you needed to learn how to roll over. Once you were able to roll from back-to-belly, we stopped swaddling you and put you in a sleepsack. Whew…those first few nights were rough. You would wake yourself up once you rolled over frantic!!!! I don’t blame you, that’s got to be kind of scary to spend the first 5 months of your life on your back and then suddenly you are on your tummy and have no idea how to get back onto your back. I would wake up and roll you back over and proceed to listen to you cry/scream for 20-50 minutes before finally just nursing you back to sleep. OUCH!!!

After about 2 weeks of rolling onto your tummy, you figured out how to roll back onto your back. It’s quite funny to watch actually. Your head is SO big that you kind of toss your head back and then let the momentum take your body with it! That’s the Grimes head for you!

You are still not 100% efficient at rolling in that direction and are trying to make sense of why you can suddenly roam your crib and find yourself wedged into the corners. You are sleeping better though. You go down around 7:30 on your stomach now and wake up around 10:30 and then between 2-4 and are up for the day around 6:30! It’s still a lot and you *should* be sleeping through the night, but you are a Breastfed Mama’s Boy who really just probably wants to make sure you are safe and who needs a little milk to feel that way.

Despite being so tired I can barely function, I do know this will pass and I will someday miss it. At 2 am when you wake up and clutch my shirt I just know that you are thinking “she’s here…I’m safe….all I want is her” and I forget the bags under my eyes and quit tallying how many hours I’ve actually slept.

You are quite the hungry little man. You never turn down any food we present to you and have tried sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and many others. You still prefer to nurse and are rubbing my face and reaching for me mouth every time I feed you. It’s just about the sweetest. I think you are spoiled beyond measure and are waking up 4-6 times a night just b/c you want to EAT!

Your hair is ridiculous and daddy won’t let me cut it. The hairs that are original from when you are born are long and make no sense and look like an old man’s hair. Your new hair is very “boy-ish” and growing in the lightest brown.

Your tongue is literally out all the time. You know to stick it out at any new person you meet and we joke that it’s your “joke” as you do it just to get a smile out of us. I’m pretty sure it’s just too big for your mouth.

You are a drooly, wet mess and go through 2-3 bibs a day. You don’t talk as much as you did last month but are chewing on your feet and blowing bubbles at us. You like to stand in your Exersaucer thing and kick and spin, but get super pissed when you are done and ready to get out. You have the saddest little cry in the world and I hate it. Your brother was such a Drama King that he never even had real tears until he was like 2 and when you cry, you CRY!  Tears roll down your face and my heart cannot take it.

You are really great at switching things from hand to hand and are really trying to pinch at foods on your highchair tray, but can’t quite do that yet. You really wish you could so you could feed yourself and get the food in there as fast as you’d like.

A few times this month you snuggled me and actually fell asleep with me holding you. Like Reeve, you just aren’t snuggly with Mama b/c if I’m holding you then you’d just like to nurse.

You are still really aggressive towards Reeve and lunge at him with your mouth open. You always go for his hair and yank it as hard as you can. Surprisingly, he never gets mad at you and is very patient (although LOUD) with you. It’s also fun to grab on his big ears or try to eat his nose. You always turn toward wherever he is. He cannot wait much longer for you to be big enough to play with him. Me either…

Lowe, you are really just our little clown. Your smile and eyes are the best part of my day.

Since today actually IS your 6 Month Birthday, we celebrated by taking you to Denny’s (yeah, yeah) and letting have your first bite of Pancake & Eggs. You loved both!  You also had some yogurt, apples, peaches and oatmeal. There really isn’t much you won’t eat.

Lowe, I have just loved having you here with us. I can’t even really remember a time when you weren’t here. Last year at this time (Christmas) I was barely showing and it was hard to think about life with you in it. I can’t wait to see what our lives are like next year at this time with some of the HUGE changes we have going on in our home right now. I’m so happy that you just adore your brother and he adores you. You light up with such Joy when he or Daddy near you.

I especially love this sweet, precious time when you are still so much a baby. Your thighs chunky and your toes often finding their way into your mouth. I enjoy seeing everything anew through your eyes. I won’t lie though, I worry as Kid #2 that I’m not doing “enough” or focusing as much as I should on taking you to Story Time or sign language or whatever it is that I spent so much time on with Reeve. But I do know this….you are two VERY DIFFERENT children and I’m doing the best I can. These letters may not be as long as your brothers, but most likely that’s because my arms are full with you in them versus trying to remember it all.

I hold you all day long. You are nearing that stage where you don’t like to be let down and I don’t blame you with Reeve nearby. Once you are asleep each night, belly full from a 30 minute nursing session, I rush in to tell your brother his Hip & Hop (bunny) stories and once you are both down I find myself falling into my own bed and often falling asleep before 9. Please don’t ever hold it against me, just know that I love you more than I ever thought possible to love anyone (just as I do your brother).

Our family is complete (for now) and I can’t wait to get to see who you become.

I love you with all and every bit of my heart,

Mommy…

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Favorite things to do: eat, stick your tongue out, dive at Reeve’s face and pull his hair, suck on a washcloth in the bath, look at Hannah, smile at daddy, be held

Favorite things to eat: peaches, applesauce, banana, sweet potato, pumpkin pie, apple slices, Puffs, Mum Mums…anything
Dislikes: except peas….Getting into your carseat and not getting another bite of food when you want it, fast enough, being put down
Scary items: Nothing
Cute item: your exersaucer, soft letters from the bathtub, squeaky book, washcloth,
Hair color: Light Brown with new hair growing in daily and lots of straggly long pieces
Eye color: Still bright blue!
Clothing size: 9 month
Diaper size: 3
Weight: 17.4
Height: 27″
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