Saturday, September 17, 2011

Checking In At 6 Months

Our silly little man was 6 months old this past Thursday. When Justin and I were going to bed around 10:30 the night before, that would be 12:30 am in Auburn, Justin said, this time exactly 6 months ago, we were getting ready to head to the hospital...and then 2 hours later, Jude made his very fast arrival! :) Over the last 6 months, Jude has brought more joy, happiness, and thrills to our lives than I ever could have imagined.

For those who know me well, my biggest dream, my deepest heart's desire, is to be a mother. The Lord has fulfilled this with our precious boy! My heart is overflowing with thankfulness for our sweet son.

At Jude's 6 month check up yesterday, he weighed 17 lb. 7 oz (39 %) and was 27.5 inches long (70%). At two months, he was 75% in weight and 40% in height so he's gone from our short and stocky little man, to our long and lean. As far as clothes goes, he's in mostly 6-9 months things, but he has to wear 9 month footie pajamas for the length. He's still in a size 2 (3-6) shoe though.

He is learning so much right now. He is sitting up like a pro. He started around 4.5 months, keeping himself up for 10-15 seconds at a time, but now, that's his position of choice and he plays for long period of time all by himself! He is starting to make lots of sounds like dadada, dedede, and he loves to squeal. His favorite song is definitely "The Wheels on the Bus" and he loves to be tickled. He is also fascinated with Mason. He's starting to pull on his ears and want to give him kisses. He loves to play on the floor and he definitely wants Mommy when he doesn't feel well or is sleepy. However, he LOVES playing with his Daddy. Justin always calls on his way home and when I put him on speaker phone, Jude just lights up!

A few more things Jude has learned in the past month (more so right after he turned 5 months) is being able to put his paci in his own mouth. He'll reach for it and stick it right in. He still can't find it if he looks for it while he's 1/2 asleep at night, but if it's within reach during the day, he's got it under control. He is really trying to get up on his knees, but when his bottom goes up, his shoulders come's too funny! He is also holding his own bottle...he usually can't make it for the whole thing, his arms get tired, but he usually makes it about 3/4 of the way through.

He's still eating and sleeping well. There really isn't anything he won't eat. He still takes 5 6.5-7 oz bottles (or breast) per day and eats rice cereal with fruit for breakfast and 2 veggies and 1 fruit with cereal for dinner. As far as sleeping goes (other than the 2 weeks he had terrible congestion and an ear ache) he sleeps from about 8:30 pm to 6:15-7:15 am (depending on week day or weekend). About 50% of the time, he'll cry once for his paci and other nights, he doesn't make a peep. He usually takes 2 1.5-2.5 hour naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. He rarely needs a catnap in the evenings any more, but if he didn't nap well during the day, he might.

To think how quickly this past 6 months has gone by is crazy. I am trying to cherish every second I get with him at this stage...I keep telling Justin to enjoy this time because it is slipping away so quickly. I was looking back at old letters I wrote to him while I was pregnant and it feels like yesterday.

"Don't you see that children are God's best gift? The fruit of the womb His generous legacy?" Psalm 127: 3 (The Message)

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