03 February 2012

6 months old!!

Our baby boy is 6 months old today! Reflecting on our time since August 3, 2011, I honestly can't decide if it has gone by in a blink or in slow motion - a little of both! When I think of how much Ashton has changed since the first pictures on this blog, it's been a blink. When I consider that I haven't had a full night's sleep in 6 months, sloooowwwww mooooooooooooooooooootion. So where are we at? As of this morning's pediatrician appointment:

Height: 27 inches (69th percentile)
Weight: 18 pounds 3 oz* (65th percentile - asterisk needed because he hasn't pooped in 4 days, actual weight might be an ounce or two less! Apparently this is normal when you introduce solids, the pedi said this morning babies can sometimes go 9 or 10 days and be totally fine. I wanted to say, sure the babies are fine, but what happens to the parents when 9 or 10 days of poop finally comes out? Baths for everyone!!)
Head circumference: 16.75 in (somewhere in the 30th percentile, he has always had a somewhat small noggin)
Diapers: Size 3
Clothing size: true to his age, 6 months mostly
Foods so far: rice cereal, avocado, squash, peas. Shockingly, he ate the peas. His father hates them so we were somewhat prepared for him to spit them out. Just this afternoon I tried to give him prune juice to "help things along" (see asterisk above), but he wouldn't drink it. Damn.
Rolling over: yes, both ways, but infrequently.
Sitting up: alllllllllllllllllllmost! Another day or two
Sleeping through the night: Um, absolutely not. Although last night, he must have felt the need to give me a 6 month present because he slept from 6:45 pm - 4:45 am, and then again from 5 am -7:30 am. Unheard of. Usually he's up twice between 2 and 5 and then up for the day around 6:30 am. But naps are pretty good.
Nicknames: Ash, Abomb
Favorite book: "Jamberry" and "This farm is a mess!"
Favorite toy: green rattle (and his fingers and toes)
Favorite song: Itsy Bitsy Spider (he will drop whatever he is doing and stare intently at whoever starts singing this to him)
Favorite pastime: playing in his baby Einstein or taking walks in the baby bjorn
Favorite dream: bouncing in his new Merry Muscles jumper that will be here next week!

Let's see what else. Since we went back to Children's Hospital a few days ago, Ashton got put back on his steroid cream to manage his eczema flareup and he is a different baby. His skin is glowing, totally clear, and we can tell he is so much more comfortable. He has been so peaceful and happy the last couple of days, next to no fussing, taking good naps, etc. It makes ME so happy and I finally feel relaxed for the first time in awhile. There's nothing worse than knowing your baby is hurting and not being able to help. I'm thankful they were able to get us in and get us the cream that we needed because this flareup wasn't going away on its own. He still gets a little annoyed in the mornings and at night when we grease him up like a butterball turkey but it's for his own good :) I always think to myself how crazy different all babies are - I mean, it makes sense because all people are different, but who would have thought our baby would be so sensitive, have such bad allergies, etc.? Just things you don't expect, you know? But in spite of that stuff, he has the biggest blue eyes,  blond spiky hair and the funniest, happiest little spirit about him. Writing about him like this (he's napping right now) brings tears to my eyes, I love him so much. For all the tough times so far, they don't even compare to the good stuff, and there's more of the good stuff than I know what to do with.

Happy 6 month birthday baby (nice squash on your shirt ;) )

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