Dear sweet babies,
Six months! You’re half a year old! What!? I can’t believe it. I can never believe it, of course, but this one is a Big Deal, a Milestone kind of age. No more little babies.
You’re getting so big, so aware, and so interactive. You’re discovering new things about your selves and the world around you. You are still really cute and such happy, smiley babies.
Emmett, you’re just over 26″ long, and you weigh 17lbs3oz. Malcolm, you’re almost 27″ long, weighing 17lbs10oz. I’m happy that you’re both growing so well and that you still seem to be really healthy! It’s not so great for Mama’s back that you’re so heavy though…
This month has had some disruptions from your well-established schedule. Some days your naps are ‘normal’, and sometimes you refuse to nap, and sometimes you nap for an hour and a half! It’s never clear what kind of day you’ll have, so we just have to play it by ear and trust that you’re just going through stuff and you’ll be okay.
You also have had more nights with longer wake-ups. Wide awake at 3am is not ideal, babies! Get to sleep! Sometimes we give you a snack and/or put you in the Rock N Play so you can relax and rest again.
Speaking of relaxing, Malcolm, you have been doing a lot of side-rolling, while awake and also in your sleep. During the really hot week this month, we kept finding you in new spots in your crib. Several times I found a hand or foot through/in the crib bars!
And speaking of cribs, this month the second crib finally got built, and a week later, you started sleeping in separate cribs. Growing up so fast. 😦
One good piece of news is that these Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuits seem to help you sleep a little. You had almost a week of bad nights, and then with this, a week with a majority of good nights.
So Malcolm, now that you’re rolling to the side, you don’t seem to care about rolling from your front to your back anymore. When you get tired of tummy time you just fuss. It’s like you forgot all that rolling you did last month!
Emmett, though, you regularly, intentionally roll when you’re ‘done’ with tummy time. It’s kind of a slow, slow-motion process and you kind of roll your whole self instead of leading with your head like you used to. We can usually put you back and distract you with a toy or book, if we want you to do more tummy time.
Malcolm, you found your feet! Whenever we lay you down, up go your feet.
You both can use your hands to hold/move your bottle, and you try to replace your pacifiers. Generally you end up gnawing on the edges though because you can’t quite maneuver it all the way.
You use your hands constantly. You grab everything, you’ve started to reach out, and most things you grab you try to bring to your mouth.
That plus all the extra moaning and fussing leads me to think you’re in the process of teething or pre-teething. So far it hasn’t been too bad…but I know it will only get worse. I hope we’ll be able to soothe your pain when it starts getting worse.
It’s not all moaning and groaning, though. Your cooing now includes lots of babbling. You both still laugh plenty too! We love to hear those giggles so much.
We took you to a swingset in the neighborhood park! We had you both in carriers and sat on the swing with you first, then tried you in the baby swing. You were a little confused at first, but smiled too!
You both do a lot of supported sitting in various baby equipment throughout the day, and you’re finally working on sitting alone. Malcolm, you have definitely mastered tripod sitting.
Look at that face!
The jumble of hands and feet is also adorable. Emmett, I’m pretty sure you can also sit, but you would rather use your hands to grab something instead, so it’s tough to make you practice.
Malcolm, after a month of regular, low-volume baby noises, you started shrieking again and became Pteryodactyl Baby. Emmett, you have joined in the screeching fun by now too.
When we pick you up and hold you, your arms go around our shoulders or necks like you’re hugging back. I adore it. I wish I could hold and hug you all day long.
I took you for a solo park outing in Laurelhurst Park a couple weeks ago. First we did a walk around the park trails, and then I put out the new picnic blanket and set you down. You both protested right away. I held you both on my lap, precariously, for a few minutes, and then you calmed down. You happily hung out on your tummies for a little while after that and then got fussy again. Being outside on the ground is still hard and unhappy for you. As the weather gets better, I need to help you get used to being outdoors! We’ll have to practice in our front yard.
Malcolm, your hair fell out/thinned out in the last couple months, but this month it started coming back in. A mohawk stripe and these little mullet wings were the only remnants of your first baby hair. They were starting to get out of control in the back there, so one evening I got my hair scissors and trimmed them. You look much less mullet-y, and so much more grown-up. Sad mama!!
Emmett, your hair remains a masterpiece. It’s getting longer all over and it does some impressive acrobatic, gravity-defying stunts. It’s great fun pulling off your sleeping cap and seeing your bedhead.
Finally, hands down your favorite activity this month has been grabbing faces. If anyone gets within tiny-arms reach of either of you, up go those hands! It’s so freaking cute. But geez, those baby fingernails are sharp! I need to work on keeping them trimmed enough so that we don’t get scratched up!
And of course, we had our first Mother’s Day together. Thank you for letting me be your mama.
Babies, I know lots of fun things are ahead for you, and for us all as a family. Before I know it, you’ll be scooting all over the floors, sitting on your own, eating food, cutting teeth, growing, growing, moving into the world and away from me. I wish I could hold on to this wonderful baby-ness stage, though, and keep savoring it forever. I’m trying to memorize how it feels to squeeze your incredible chunky thighs and kiss your soft but firm cheeks that are just begging for a nibble. How it feels when you see me for the first time in the morning and you have these huge smiles, and you don’t take your eyes off me. How when I read to you with you on my lap, you lean back and look up at me, maybe to check I’m still there, or just to see my mama face, and smile. How I can delight you with some tickles and squeals. How The Wheels on the Bus will abruptly stop you from crying. How it feels when you chew on my fingers with your very strong gums and jaw. How it feels to hug you and squeeze you and love you so much.
We love you, babies. Though you’re progressing through all this baby stuff like champs, and always growing and learning, you’ll be my babies forever.
I love you,