Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Everett: 6 months

Weight: 15.11 (20th percentile) Height: 26.5 inches (50th percentile)Head 43.8cm (70th percentile)
and found his first tooth today!

I can't believe my baby is half a year old! I can hardly remember a time before he came? Just a vague memory of sleeping all night and sitting in the front seat of the car instead of the back.  He really is getting so fun, our favorite thing to do is go on the bed, pull the covers back and he rolls all over and we tickle him and blow raspberries and he crunches Costco water bottles (his toy of choice) and it's a merry time.

Everett is my little best friend.  It can be lonely and sometimes monotonousness on nights when Ben works and now is starting school again but he really is such a fun cute little shadow most of the time.  I talk to him all day, tell him all my thoughts, read blogs to him sometimes and we eat all of our meals together and he steals sips of my apple juice.

I have loved watching him learn new things and he has such a personality these days.  He bats his eye lashes at us when he knows we are talking about how cute he is, he gets so excited when we scare him or surprise him that he buries his head into our shoulders and tries to crawl over our shoulders, he laughs his head off when we say "what do you think you're doing" like he's been caught being naughty and is so curious about everything that he refuses to eat if there is anyone or anything close to him.

As far as sleeping goes, this month has been a tough one.  We have decided to sleep train and let him cry it out because he was literally waking up 4-6 times a night and not letting us put him down until he was in a deep deep sleep.  It has been really really hard and I have hated every minute of it, and although I don't think it is working as fast as it does for some people, it does seem to be helping.  He is still night waking even when he is not hungry (I know because I am still feeding him twice a night) but we let him cry it out and he is slowly learning how to self soothe himself. I have to keep telling myself that we are helping him learn to get the sleep we both so desperately need.  Naps are the hardest part, did you moms sleep train at night as the same time as naps?  He protests naps so much more!  Any tips would be much appreciated?
^^^Gotta love the baby bum  // This hardly ever happens anymore // Bjorn lover.  Man carrying baby=hot!

He loves to eat, he eats every two hours, but we are working on stretching it to every three.  He does this
thing now when he eats, he takes his free hand and plays with and pulls my hair, if i put my hair back he wants his hand in my mouth. I kind of like it. When we first tried solids with him about a month ago he seemed to love it, but lately we hardly even give him a little taste of anything and he is gagging and then refuses to open his mouth anymore.  He does love his mesh feeder though and so we put fruit in there and he sucks it dry, yet if we put the exact same fruit on a spoon all mashed up he won't have it. hmmmmm...weird kid.

Everett is a rolling master, he rolls himself all over the room and if you leave him in one place, run to the bathroom, he will be somewhere completely different when you come back.  He also loves to stand and 'walk' all over the place with our help.  He has shown no interest in sitting up and will straighten and tighten his whole body when you try to put him in a sitting position so that you have no choice but to stand him up. He loves toys but gets bored of his familiar ones, this has led me to the conclusion to never buy expensive toys because as long as it is new, he will love it (very temporarily), even if it is a a strap off your diaper bag.

^^^Shake Shack Selfie // When we go shopping, Everett likes to push the cart.

We are getting out and about more these days, he likes to be outside and loves looking at everything while we are in stores, he is not great in the car so driving to and fro is the hardest part.  We got a Baby Bjorn Active while we were in NH and he loves loves it, I wish we would have gotten it sooner.  He is starting to have stranger anxiety though, if he goes to a new person, he will act all scared and then start bawling until he is back in Ben or I's arms. I swore my baby wouldn't be like that but I guess when he sees my face all day, that's what I get....I really need to get some more friends....

  ^^^Can you believe their skin tones against each other??  Although they have opposite coloring, everyone says they see Ben in him.

It has been the hardest but most amazing and happiest six months.  I am not going to lie, it is really really hard but it is absolutely amazing how much I love him.  I sneak in and watch him sleep and I can hardly believe I can love so completely.  I have these moments throughout the day where he will smile at me or just look at me and I feel so lucky and I have to just pick him up and kiss his fat little cheeks. It's hard to explain without being corny and I didn't get it before when I would hear other moms gush like this.  I get it now.

I can't WAIT to see what the next six months brings.

                 ^^^My love.

1 comments: said...

i LOVED this. i miss you guys. i need to come to utah somehow and visit you!

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