I just finished editing your 6 month video, and much like the first one, I had a hard time looking over the footage and admitting how much you have changed in just 3 months. You’ve really grown up and developed a true sense of personality! Even though your 6-month appointment isn’t until next week, I snuck you into the pediatrician’s office and weighed and measured you myself on the exact date (and time, now that I think of it) that you turned 6 months old.
You weigh 20 pounds, 11 ounces and you’re 28 1/4 inches long. This puts you in the 95% for both height and weight. No wonder none of your 6 month clothes fit. To be honest, even the 9-month clothing is getting small- and the days of easily toting you around in the infant carrier are over. We still use it, but it’s not easy.
This past month has been full of milestones. We started feeding you fruits and vegetables. You now eat carrots, apples, peaches, peas, and sweet potatoes. You tried banana and didn’t think much of it. If I could keep an avocado good for more than a day, then you could have some of that too! The only thing left in the baby food stockpile you haven’t gotten to try yet are green beans.
You also finally rolled over for the first time. You seriously had rather not- by no means do you see it as a mode of transportation- but in a pinch, if you must, with great protest, you’ll roll from your tummy to your back.
You now sleep in your crib all the time- even most naps. And you love it. You love your fisher-price aquarium with the fishies that swim and the bubbles and lights, you love your catapillar, your jingle toys, and mostly, you like it when we come in to get you in the morning. And for the first time last week, you slept all night for 3 whole nights in a ROW! It was like Christmas to your mother. I also finally got your baby quilt finished and hung in your room. If you are lucky, someday I might let you even have it!
Your hair has completely come back in! Yay! You’re sporting a cut almost like your dad’s, but you’re a blond, with warm tones of almost red in the sunlight. Your eyes remain blue on the outside and are hazel in the centers, much like mine, but prettier.
You can now sit up unassisted, and you like to play with an assortment of toys that I place in front of you. On the rare occasion you’ll plunk backwards and knock your noggin, but for the most part, you are quite entertained.
The ladies at daycare tell me that you are the most easy-going baby they have. They say you are patient, self-entertaining, that you practically tell them when it’s time for a nap, and that you don’t mind being the last to eat. Now, around here, the words “patient” and “eat” do not belong together. For when it is time to feed you, I can’t possibly get it ready or in your mouth fast enough This has not changed since the day you were born. I’m glad daycare is there to teach you patience.
You also have increased your vocabulary of nonsense, which is adorable during the day, and almost as adorable at 3 am. My favorite word of yours so far has been “umpwah” which for one week, and one week only, that was what we heard when it was time to get you from your crib in the morning.
“Ummmmmpwah. Umpwah. Ooooooommmpwah?” You had us both in hysterics. It almost made it worth getting up at 5:30.
You still won’t say ma-ma but you’ll go dya-dya-dya-dya-dya which is close enough to da-da for both of us. And sometimes, your inflection reminds me of the character Borat, but I’m not sure that’s something to brag about… we’ll see where that goes.
You love to swim- we have taken you swimming now 5 times and each time you’ve done nothing but smile and laugh. You’ve been dunked a few times and have not cried, you kick with your feet when I put you on your belly, and you even manage to keep the water out of your mouth for the most part. You are quite the waterbaby.
Your brothers have come to live with us for your 6th month. I can tell you are fascinated by them- and they are great entertainment for you. They have also been great help with you- they feed you, play with you, and carry your toys around for me when I need them. I hope you always look up to them. Cade will be a great influence, and it doesn’t get more fun than Clayton. What fun it will be to watch you grow up in their footsteps.
And now, it seems you want to type a little to yourself. Please do not drool on my keyboard, okay? Thanks!
ff 9nlb jvdffefnb Q
Well, that was short, but I’m sure it will make sense to you someday. Jacob, perhaps the biggest thing I’d like to remember about you the past month was the pure joy you seem to have for almost everything. If someone wants to learn to smile with their whole body, they should take lessons from you. It is impossible not to smile back at you when you are laughing and grinning. You can make even my toughest days wonderful.
This is going to be a Summer of visitors for you, and it will be lots of fun to watch you meet and interact with your grandparents again. You are going to get to see Grandpa G-Bob and “Auntie” Vicki when they come up in late July, and Nana & Granddaddy from Mississippi when they come over the 4th of July holiday. It will most likely also be the summer of teeth! We can tell they are right below your gums right now, and anything within 4 inches of your face gets pulled into your mouth as a teether. That unfortunately includes used diapers, my nose and chin, the cat’s tail, the tv remote- anything and everything.
Jacob, I’m just amazed that this gets more and more fun every day. I know I say this each month, but so far, this has been my favorite. This video was just as hard, if not harder for me to make than the first one. Watching all the tape for the first time since we recorded it is very bittersweet, but I know I have captured it well when I can’t watch the finished product without blubbering like an idiot. Jacob, you should probably just get used to that. Mama can’t handle that you’re growing up so fast. And your cuteness just can’t be put on pause long enough.
So happy half a year, Jacob. May the second half be even more fun than the first.