Six months with you, dear Mitchell has been eye-opening and truly life changing.
I have learned so much through you and about myself. You have shown me how strong I am and also my weak points, which is ok too. We are all growing and learning, aren’t we. You show us that a smile really does turn the world upside down and that dogs really are a man’s best friend. Books are nothing shy of pure entertainment and wonder. Oh, and you are finding your personality and voice. Yes, we talk. (I am not losing my mind, don’t worry.) But we will say something and you respond. At times it sounds like an answer (ok, maybe I am losing my mind) and we giggle with delight. We sing and dance, you love music from the Sound of Music, which reminds me of my grandma. Sharing that with you brings me such joy. I am so glad I realized this sooner rather than later because it can stop that lower lip quiver in one note. We also dance to the Disney channel on Pandora, I can hardly believe the songs I remember from being a little girl myself and I think you are amazed at what I will do to get a smile.
The jumparoo is still king, but this month is all about sitting on your own. Oh my Mitch, you are becoming independent. But when you get tired, you start your grunting and I pick you up, curl you into me and your bury your face in my neck. I will never get tired of those few moments when I know that I am your comfort, your safe place, your mom.
And speaking of sleep, we started sleep training and it has been life changing. You are kissed goodnight, wished sweet dreams, put in your sleep sack with the sound machine and we let you fall asleep. And you do. Sure, it took a week of effort, tears and work but now you are an independent boy that can go to bed on his own. Those naps are getting better, too. Three naps that range from 30 minutes to two hours. The length is unpredictable but you nap, and for that we are all a bit happier.
But by far the fun of the month was starting food. You ate immediately off of a spoon. I am not sure where you learned this (honestly, it freaks me out to think about how much you are watching and learning everything we do) but you knew exactly how to eat. We have tried bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado and peas all with great success. You blow my mind, where did my little guy go?!
Speaking of not so little, at the six month wellness check up you clocked in at 16.5 lbs and 26.5 inches – you are growing like a weed! I am sure you are happy to know that you seem to be taking after dad’s genes in the height department. But still holding steady around the 50th percentile and a clean bill of health. And this round of shots (while still no fun) were much better. I held you and then we walked around, goofed in the mirror and sang your favorite song – within minutes you were fine. Such a champ. Even I am a bigger baby than you.
We also celebrated Easter, went on an egg hunt, visited with friends and family and started walking outside again. You are sitting in your stroller without the car seat and you love it! If there is one thing I know about you, it is your wonder, amazement and curiosity is unmatched. Your eyes are moving all the time searching, inspecting and observing. It makes me wonder what you are thinking of.
You brighten our days, remind us of the small joys and show us that at the end of the day, all you need is love.
You are so loved.