Monday, May 30, 2011

6 Months of Myers

This post can be alternately titled any of the following...

"One Long Post"

"Yes, I Have A Son"

"No, I Haven't Forgotten About My Son"

"Second Child Syndrome"

"A Long Time Coming"

"Bad Mommy"

"Myers, Myers, and More Myers"

"It's Been Awhile"

"Baby Brain"

"A Whole Lot of Updates"

"Baby Overload"

This blog originally started off as a blog about Reagan.  Then it kind-of transformed into my blog about Reagan and everything else in my life.  So naturally that would include Myers.  And I have mentioned him and added a few pictures of him here and there to many of my posts.  But I haven't done a true Myers update since he was ONE MONTH OLD!  Yes, one of the alternate titles was "Bad Mommy"  and I think maybe I should have gone with that one instead of "6 Months of Myers!"

Oh well, better late than never right?!  Just be prepared for a WHOLE LOT of Myers in this post to get us all caught back up to date with our little man!  Thankfully, I have been taking lots of pictures and writing little notes in his baby calendar everyday so that I can easily keep track of what he's been up to.  Without that, I'd be lost... I can barely seem to remember my own name these days much less how old he was at each little milestone!

So, we last left off with Myers at one month old.  If you can't remember all the details from that far back, click here!  And here's a quick photo reminder so you can easily see how much he has grown by the end of this post!

Not long after he turned one month old, his horrible diaper rash FINALLY cleared up.  We moved him out of the bassinet in our bedroom and into his crib in the nursery when he was 6 weeks old.   He loves his crib, and it wasn't long after we moved him into his own room that he started sleeping for 6-8 hour stretches at night.  (If only he would still do that now...)  By the time he was two months old, he was a pro at sleeping!

2 Months Old...

At his 2 Month check-up, he weighed 12 pounds and 7 ounces, and he was 24 inches long.

As you can tell from the photo collage above, this is when his amazing little personality started to develop.  He was/is ALWAYS smiling!  During this second month, he became very vocal.  He started laughing out loud and squealing LOTS.  You may even remember this video of him "chatting" with his Daddy.

He also became extremely active... spinning around 180 degrees in his crib while he was sleeping, and he rolled over for the first time going from his tummy to his back.  He discovered his hands this month, and he found them to be fascinating little objects to play with and stare at.  He started using those little hands for grasping and playing with his toys as well.  He also started playing in his exersaucer for extended periods of time.

3 Months Old...

At 3 Months, he weighed 13 pounds and 13 ounces, and he was 26 inches long.

He rolled over for the first time from his back to his tummy a few days after he turned three months old.   Whereas the previous month he was playing with his hands, this month he was playing with his feet!

The main focus of this month seemed to be his mouth... from the drool coming out of it, to the cereal going into it!  Ryan and I quickly learned that we were just going to have to get used to the fact that we were going to be constantly drooled on.  From his Sophie the Giraffe teething toy, to frozen teething rings, to his own little fists, there seemed to always need to be something for his gums to be rubbing on.

I started feeding him cereal at 15 weeks old, and he really loved it from the very first time.  He eagerly ate it once a day, everyday, for 2 weeks, but then I decided to go back to only nursing him because he seemed to be very fussy and gassy from it.

4 Months Old...

At his 4 Month check-up, he weighed 15 pounds and 2 ounces and he was 26.5 inches long.

He stared propping himself up on his elbows the day he turned 4 months old, and you can tell from the pictures above that I loved taking pictures of him doing it!  You can also tell from the video above that he was really trying hard to talk at this point too.   Everything still came out as squeaks and squeals, but he was certainly able to communicate the fact that he was/is a VERY happy baby.

He started jumping in his jumperoo this month, and loved it from the very first bounce.  It is actually still one of his favorite toys!  Speaking of toys, he started really playing with all of his toys this month.  He was no longer just batting at his toys, but actually pushing buttons, picking them up, and playing with them all. 

I re-started cereal feeding towards the end of this month, and he was very happy for me to re-introduce it into his diet!

Now for the bad news... 4 months old is when he decided that he no longer liked his car seat, and he no longer slept well at night.    He would (and still does) start crying and fussing for any car ride longer than 20 minutes, and he went back (and still continues now) to only sleeping for 2-3 hour stretches at night.  

5 Months Old...

We didn't have to go to the doctor for a 5 month check-up, so I don't have any weight or height stats.

My handsome little boy said "mama" for the first time the day after he turned 5 months old!  Exactly one week later he said "dada."  Now I know that he has no clue what he is saying, but that doesn't change the fact that we love hearing him say it just the same! 

I added several new foods to his diet this month... all foods that I roasted and pureed myself for him.  Yep, I'm making my own baby food this time around.   I started him off with bananas, and by the end of this month he had also had avocados, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, squash, and blueberries. 

If the picture collage above wasn't prove enough, let me just tell you that he is one happy baby!  During his 5th month, he smiled all the time, he loved to stick out his tongue, he would blow bubbles at us, and he started giving us great big open-mouth kisses.  He still does all of those things!

Half way through the 5th month, he flipped/crawled out of his Bumbo seat.  Thankfully, Ryan was right there beside him to catch him or else he either would have ended up in a plate full of chili or he would have rolled right off the dining room table.  Yes, he was the centerpiece for dinner that evening!  This must have just been his way of telling us that he was soon not going to need the Bumbo seat anymore... exactly one week later he was sitting up like a big boy all by himself.   He started doing this on Mother's Day!

His other big accomplishment (as if everything else wasn't enough) for this month was that he got his FIRST TOOTH!  His front left tooth on the bottom came through, and boy did it give him a fit in the process.  The teething process continues as more teeth are on the way...

6 Months Old...

At his 6 month check-up he weighed 17 pounds and 2 ounces and he was 28.35 inches long. 

His second tooth came through a couple of days after he turned 6 months old.  He now has 2 pearly whites on the bottom, and I can see signs of his top two teeth coming soon.   One of his favorite things to do these days is to show off his teeth and stick out his tongue!

His other favorite thing to do is to show off how well he can sit by himself now.  He no longer wants to lay in his playpen or lay on his playmat... he wants to be sitting!

He can now get up on all four's and rock like he is ready to crawl, and I have a feeling that I will be reporting this accomplishment sooner rather than later.

As you can tell from all the most recent pictures, he is still a very happy baby by day, but he's not sleeping well at night.  He now averages only 1-2 hours of sleep per spell, which is starting to take a toll on me to say the least.  I guess I should just be thankful that when he does wake up at the end of each spell, I can usually get him back to sleep within 15-20 minutes. 

So there you have it!  Six months of pure cuteness, all jammed packed into one blog post.  Hopefully I'll stay on top of the updates from now on if my poor sleep-deprived brain can remember to do so!


Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a cutie! He looks like a happy baby!

Kelly said...

Don't feel bad, it's hard to get stuff done with 2. I should know, I haven't visited your blog since before he was born! Hope you're doing well.