6 Months Old

Dear Lucas,

You are SIX months old today!!

Stats:
Height – 25 3 /4 inches (25th percentile)
Weight – 14 lbs 9 oz (10th percentile)
Head Circumference – 16 1/2 (10th percentile)

Food:
You currently eat 5-6 times/ day. 7a, 10a, 1p, 4p, 6:30p, and 4:30a (sometimes you are gracious to skip this feeding) I have been at work now a little over 3 months. Fortunately I am still able to nurse you exclusively. I am able to nurse right before I leave for work, you take 3 bottles during the day(which I pumped the day before) and you nurse again right before bedtime and then sometimes you wake up around 4-4:30 which is a killer since I have to be up at 5am anyway. We introduced you to rice cereal on Christmas Day. You were a bit tired so I was a little worried you wouldn’t like it, but you LOVED it. I was a bit apprehensive about starting you on solids, but you were amazing. Since it was your first experience with a solid, i made it very soupy. You weren’t phased . You just slurped it right off the spoon. We continued to give you rice or oatmeal every evening. I didn’t want to add additional solids until you turned 6 months , but in preparation for the big day, I started making your food and freeze it. So, on your 6 month birthday, you got to try sweet potatoes and you loved those two. I am excited about this new phase of your life, but also a little sad. You are growing up so quickly and I’m just not ready for you to leave the baby stage behind, but in the same breath I am incredibly excited for what the future has in store.

Clothes:
You are definitely wearing size 6 mos, but you are still wearing some size 0-3 months and are pretty much wearing anything that is 3 months or 3-6 months.

Diapers:
You are wearing size 2 diapers full time, day and night.

Milestones:
You continue to be more alert each and every day. You are getting closer and closer to being able to sit up. i make sure to sit with you on the floor once or twice/ day and play. You tend to “list” a little to the left, but you’re slowly gaining your balance.

You celebrated your First Christmas this past month. I know you didn’t really know what was going on, but it was such an exciting holiday. I am already starting to come up with ideas for family traditions for next Christmas. I can’t wait to share in the magic of this Holiday with you.

Your Aunt Carrie stopped watching you this month and you started going to school on January 2nd. I was dreading this day more than you will ever know, but I spoke to several friends who have their babies in school and I felt I was as prepared as I’ll ever be. It was pretty hard driving you on your first day. I kept telling you on the way there that it was going to be fun and was the best thing for you. I cried a bit on the way home, but overall handled it a bit better than expected. I worked at home that first week just in case something happened and I could be there to pick you up and by the 2nd day I was sitting at my computer and realized the house was so quiet. I had NEVER been home without you. I immediately started crying. It has taken a couple of weeks, but I have become much more comfortable leaving you there. I don’t LOVE it, but I know the interaction and distraction of your surroundings is good for you. Your teachers really like you and have gotten to know your schedule pretty well. I hope you like going, and please know that my FAVORITE/hardest part of my day it going to pick you up. I can’t wait to get to you each day, but I dread seeing you there knowing you have been with strangers.

You have started talking this month and to my delight your first words are “Ma Ma” I know you don’t know what it means, but you say it whenever I go into your room to get you. It puts the biggest smile on my face.

Sleeping:
You are still a pretty good sleeper. I put you down around 6:30-7:00 and you sleep until 7am. There were a couple of times where you woke up in the middle of the night and after picking you up and trying to comfort you, I realized that you just needed to be able to soothe yourself to sleep so i just you back in your crib and let you cry. After about 5 minutes you were asleep again.

I want you to know what a joy it is to have you in our lives. I’m still surprised when I see myself holding you in a mirror. Your dad and I both feel so blessed and couldn’t imagine life without you.

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