You are really killing it right now as a baby. You just make this look easy. You are teething so hard, but you’d hardly know it other than the drool and chewing on your fingers. Every day I keep expecting those teeth to pop out, but they remain elusive.
You’ve really stepped up your sitting game. You can go for minutes at a time unassisted, and you love to sit in the boppy. This is sort of your rotation. Absolutely engrossed with your toys sitting in the boppy. Absolutely engrossed with your toys in the Exersaucer. Pissed off about tummy time. Repeat. You are so consumed by what you are doing that sometimes you barely notice your brother and me. Except when we are singing and having dance parties. That you really love to watch. It makes me smile that you seem to like my singing.
You are still huge. Your recent doctor’s visit had you at 18 lbs 5 oz (a full pound and a third more than your brother). Now that you are six months, we are starting to play with solids. At the doctor’s suggestion, you did some grated apple. You had the most priceless “bitter beer” face at first, but you seem to be getting the hang of it. (If I’m being honest, your first food was technically gelato when you attacked your dad’s spoon. You also enjoyed some ice cream cone after Henry stared wistfully at the gelato place and the gelato lady brought him an empty cone and then gave you one because she didn’t want you to be left out. I think you gummed half of it down before I turned around to take it from you.) You have also had banana, but that is because you were sitting in my lap and pretty much took down the banana I was eating. We tried some zucchini. You weren’t feeling it, but in your defense, it looked pretty gross. I promise to step up my baby food prep game. You have tried carrots and sweet potatoes, but you only have a taste for the sweet stuff. We’ll see what comes next. You like to drink out of cups. Like a lot.
I will admit that things are different with you than they were for your brother. With Henry, I think we had pictures and videos for most new foods tried. For you, we do have a video with your first food (not the gelato, the other first food). But your typical experience is eating banana that I mushed with my fingers while sitting in my lap so I can’t take a picture. (I can’t put you in your highchair because Henry’s baby is in there and he will freak if I move it.)
Even though everything isn’t documented, you do have something your brother didn’t, which is the constant source of encouragement and entertainment that is Henry. You never get tired of watching him. And most of the time, he’s your biggest fan. You guys are so fun to watch together. I hope you will be tight.
You have more hair than I think your brother grew in over a year, but that isn’t say much for either of you. You have this one extra long hair right above your forehead that sometimes sticks straight up and I will be so sad when it falls out. I call it your unicorn horn.
We had a breakthrough on sleeping very recently. You’ve been consistently getting up once a night. It was at 4, then at 2:30, then at 2:00. The night you got up at 12:30, I put my foot down and we put in the work of helping you sooth yourself. It took an hour and half before you settled, but every night since then you’ve been sleeping straight on through. It’s amazing and wonderful and I’m scared to even type it here to jinx it, but you’ve been going strong for over a week now and I hope it is the new normal.
I still usually come in and creepily stare at you sleeping before I go to bed. You look even more like your brother when asleep. And you look younger. And you look huge. Sigh, it does go so fast.