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MrO is officially half a year old today.
182.5 days you have been on this planet Earth my sweet little man and I couldn't be more in love with you if I tried.
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It is amazing to think how much you have changed already and yet, how much you are just the same. Last night as I rocked you to sleep you made the same 'frog' noise with your mouth that you have always made since the first time I held you. When you sneeze you do so in sets of 3 or 4 (just like mama)and then do the sweetest little, "ahhhew" afterward (making us all laugh, its the best). When you are hungry or need something you aren't afraid to ask for it and let it be known what's up. Your a talker just like you have always been.
But the things that have changed, and they seem to have all come in a giant pile in the last week or two. You are really working on sitting up on you own and with the help of the boppy (or two) you can stay upright for minutes at a time. You found your toes awhile back, but last week finally got them in your mouth and often this keeps you busy while we change your diaper. On Wed. night you not only ate your second solid food (sweet potatoes) but you finally got the whole spoon business down and ate with vigor. Your little feet kicked and you leaned in for more finishing off the entire bowl (an ice cube worth) of sweet potatoes. While we eat dinner or make dinner you sit in your booster seat and keep yourself busy with your keys or the mirror. (you love the little boy in the mirror).
In the bathtub you have discovered the joy of splashing. If I have the water running to wash my hands or something in the sink you want to put your hands in to feel the wet. JoJo gave you a bowl of water and let you touch and feel and explore. It was really fascinating to see you find such interest in the simplest of things.
We thought you might be teething since your hands are in your mouth nonstop and your little cheeks have been red. So far though,we can't see any buds pushing thru yet. I am fine without the teeth since I am still breastfeeding.
Things that crack you up, your dogs and your dad. Giggling hard when the schnauzers wrestle on the floor in front of you or brush your skin with their fur or wet nose. So far you both have tolerated each other very well, something we were a little worried about. The gals at the daycare said you cracked up at the mop the other day- the only thing we can figure is that the mop looks an awful lot like your crazy dogs when they need a haircut. Aside from the dogs Daddy-O is the one that can make you giggle harder than anyone. You two were having a great time playing 'keep away' with the napkin at the dinner table the other night.
You really are sick of the reclining 'massage' chair and would much rather be sitting up in the booster seat or bouncing like a maniac in your bouncer- boing, boing. You can really get that thing going these days! We were just gifted an exersuacer and it might have to come upstairs into the master bath so you have a safe place to hang while Daddy-O and I get ready in the morning. You have officially outgrown the swing we have up there and this morning flipped over in it! Other things you are outgrowing- clothes. I have a box of stuff that is too short or to tight. You outgrew the baby carrier car seat and we now have the big daddy of seats in the cars. This takes a little more planning when we are out and about since we can't just carry the seat with you in it any more, but we are figuring it out.
This month you caught RSV and we had to nebulize you. This wasn't any fun and I hated to see you not be yourself. You seemed to have kicked it and we got off without an ear infection or other commonly associated sickness but man was it a tough week.
You are still waking up in the night and secretly, even if I am exhausted, I don't really mind sitting with you in the rocking chair in the wee hours of the morning. I know there will come a time when you would rather be doing something else besides snuggling with mama. And so long as I get a nap or two in during the weekend I can deal with the mid-night snacks that you seem to enjoy. (don't get me wrong 7 hours solid of sleep would be fantasticle!!)
We are planning our first road trip in just a week- heading to SanFran for an eloping celebration. It will be good to prove to ourselves that traveling isn't at an end. But most importantly we are hoping to get into a photobooth- you need to be initiated!
We love you. Keep us laughing, keep swelling our hearts with love and trust and adventures beyond our wildest dreams.