one half a year

Luke,

It’s hard for me to believe that you are already six months old! You will hear me say this all of your life, but I truly mean it each time I say it…where has the time gone? It seems like just a short time ago we were meeting you for the very first time. In fact, your Daddy and I went on a date the other night and we were talking about the story of your arrival. You joined our family so quickly that sometimes we still can’t believe that you are our little man. But we are so very thankful that you are our man, and we are so grateful for you.

At your appointment last week you had to get four more shots, but you were a trooper. You only really cried over one particular shot, and you mostly just didn’t like being held down on the table by your parents and the nurses. You really don’t like to be confined…so much like your Daddy! You have grown, and as your doctor Martha says, “why don’t you feed the boy or something!” The most surprising thing to us is that you are so much taller than we thought you would be. Guess you’re just trying to prepare us for your teenage years, huh?

Here are your medical stats:

Length = 27.75 inches (85th percentile)
Weight = 18 pounds, 5 ounces (50th percentile)

You are growing so much and becoming so strong each and every day. We laugh at how much you like to move…so much so that your Pops went out to the store and bought you an exersaucer that you absolutely love to bounce and play with each day. You crawl and climb whenever anyone holds you, but especially when your Candy holds you. On the floor you are a scooting machine; you start out in one place and scoot your way across the floor. You like to roll and also get up on your hands and knees. You’ve become quite adept at reaching out with one hand while in your crawling stance, so we’re pretty sure that you’re going to be crawling any day now. Just give us a head’s up, okay?

A few weeks ago, right at about 5 months and 3 weeks, you discovered clapping but you only did it once in a very special video for your Daddy’s big meeting in Kentucky. Now you love to clap…and it’s the most precious thing to watch you do. We will hear you clapping in your crib through the monitor, you clap when you are on the floor and in the exersaucer, and you even clap with Mommy when you nurse. You like to “hi-five” with Candy, and Pops really likes when you give him “knuckles.” At lunch the other day you started becoming more adept at transferring tricky objects between hands, objects like clear straws! Mommy was very impressed, but you seemed to look at her like it was no big deal at all.

You love hearing yourself talk! And you love for others to recognize you when you talk. When I picked you up from Grandmommy’s house a few weeks ago you were screaming at the top of your lungs and loved it when she talked back to you. We’re working on you understanding “quiet” voices when we’re inside, but luckily your screams are more squeals of joy and not screams of pain or terror. If we have to hear you be ear-piercingly loud, we’d rather it be joyful and fun. You are moving through the letters of the alphabet pretty quickly now as you learn how different consonants sound. You have become very good at mimicking sounds that others make, and you love playing the “grreeeee!” game with Grandmommy! Your laughs are adorable and infectious, so we try to make you laugh as often as we can.

This week we’ve tried to adjust your eating and sleeping schedule a bit and you’re taking well to it. You’re eating very well, and since you’re starting to take in more solid foods you’re not drinking as much milk, but Martha says that’s okay and it’s only going to change more as you eat more foods. You’ve been given the green light to eat pretty much any fruits and vegetables that you want to eat and also drink some diluted juices as you’ll take it, so we bought you some fun juice cups to see how you handle holding your own cup and drinking yourself. You do well with holding your bottles, so it should be fun seeing how you do with juice cup handles. So far you’ve had sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, green beans, peaches, and this week is carrots. You aren’t such a big fan of peas, but you LOVE the peaches and broccoli. You’ve even eaten a few lemon slices while Mommy and Daddy eat bagels on Saturday mornings, and surprisingly enough, you like the lemons. You must get that from your Daddy because your Mommy does not like lemons.

You have been such a good sleeper, especially now that you’re sleeping for really long stretches during the night. You used to get a bottle while you were still asleep at around 11:30 at night, and now you go from eating at 7:00 until about 7:00 the next morning without eating. Your normal bedtime is 8:30 and you will wake up anywhere from 6:00-7:00 in the morning, but will play in your crib for as much as a full hour after you wake up before you want to eat or even be held. You take a good  morning nap and are not so good with the afternoon naps, but you love to play and keep yourself entertained in the afternoons. And you really love taking walks around the neighborhood with Mommy and Daddy when the weather is not too hot.

Today you had your very first bath in the sink and only your second bath since you came home with us. You don’t like baths nearly as much as you like the running water of a shower, so you’ve always enjoyed your nightly showers with Mommy or Daddy. This will have to change soon since you’re getting so heavy any squirmy, but for the most part you don’t move around nearly as much in the shower as you do when you’re on the floor or being held out of water. I have a feeling that once we’re in the new house you will not be taking showers quite as much. Today’s bath was in the kitchen sink and while you didn’t know how to react, when I turned on the water sprayer to rinse you off, you were in bathing heaven. You must really love running water…maybe it means you will be a good swimmer.

Here are a few pictures of you at 6 months…you’re quite adorable…

Excuse me, Mommy, do you mind? I have an appointment with Dr. Martha here. Thank you.

Thanks Pops for my lemon!

Happy 6 monthaversary to me!