Wow. Andrick is 6 months old. Andy and I have been parents for 6 months. It was 6 short/long months ago that our lives changed forever. I can hardly believe it. The time has flown, but at the same time it feels hard to imagine life without our sweet son. As I think about where he started and where he is today, I am in awe.
So, 6 months. Andrick is 15 lbs 3 oz and 27 inches long. He’s still wearing 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. We’re using size 3 diapers at night and will probably transition fully to those when we run out of our current stock of 2s. He’s nursing about every 3 hours during the day, and nursing sessions have gotten a lot shorter than they used to be (around 10-15 minutes, rather than 20-30). Nursing is another thing I can’t believe–I really didn’t think we would make it to 6 months!
His biggest milestone during the past month was rolling over! He rolls from back to belly quite regularly. He’s done belly to back a couple of times, but for some reason he doesn’t seem to remember he can go that way too. He likes to get onto his belly and work on his crawling skills. I call it his inchworm move because he gets his butt high in the air but hasn’t figured out the arms yet. He’s close to sitting up on his own but not quite there yet. He grins and giggles and loves to talk baby talk and blow raspberries. He’s also really into grabbing his feet right now. It’s the cutest thing, especially if you pick him up because he’s like a little baby ball. And oh, the drool. He goes through 3-4 bibs a day, just soaking them with drool. Still no teeth, but he did go through about a week and a half of pain from his teeth moving around.
Andrick soaks everything in. Everything. He suddenly knows to push Scout’s paw to turn on the music. He can’t do it himself yet, but we can see him trying. We didn’t teach him that–he just saw us doing it! Sleep is all over the place. One huge development is that he now sleeps through the night (anywhere from 10-14 hours!). It. Is. Wonderful. On the other hand, naps have become very challenging. He fights them as if we are putting him through torture. I think he is on a schedule of 2 naps per day, but it’s hard to tell because every day is something different. Naps work best if we can be out somewhere and he falls asleep in his car seat. But I’m willing to deal with nap time drama as long as he keeps sleeping through the night! Our current bedtime book is The Three Musketeers.
When I was in labor with Andrick, I remember saying that I couldn’t do it and Andy telling me, “You are doing it.” Looking back over the past 6 months, there have been a lot of times I felt like we were in over our heads. But, we managed to get this far, and we are raising a baby. Our baby. The sweetest, happiest little person I have ever had the privilege to know. Every day with Andrick is a new adventure, and I love it.