Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What does 6-months look like?

Dearest, darling Colt,

Yesterday you were 6 months old. That's half a year. Or 26 weeks. Or, in Mama's measurements, a new carseat, a retired swing, 11 new baby foods, several dozen outgrown outfits, a new pacifier, a retired baby bathtub, a newfound screaming voice, a highchair, and a million smiles and giggles.

I literally ache to see you each day, you are so much fun. Except, I will say you are not so much fun in restaurants anymore. There was last weekend at the Steak n Shake with the screaming and the impatience with the spoon and the reaching for my drink and the wiggles and squirming out of the highchair. Yeah...looks like we're eating in a lot more.

But that's ok! Because there are so many things I love about 6 months. Specifically about YOU at 6 months. Let's talk about the most important thing: food. You have inherited your daddy and mommy's love of food. Ok, so there may be a little Aunt Robin and Mimi and Grandma's love of food in there, too. And you definitely don't take after Daddy and me - you LOVE veggies, green veggies to be exact. You actually haven't tasted anything you don't like. Oatmeal isn't your favorite but, hey, oatmeal with a little applesauce and we're in business!

When you see your highchair you start flapping your arms and kicking your legs. There is an excited sound you make that quickly turns into a scream of utter annoyance that you're sitting, being buckled in, why is there not a spoon in you mouth?! And literally knew how to chew from the moment a puff was placed in your mouth. You were born to be an eater. And you eat A LOT. The sadness when the food is gone, the agony of your cries that it's's almost more than I can bear.

You're growing up so fast. Just look at the different things around you! A new big boy car seat, the highchair, new toys. We retired the swing (it groaned and creaked everytime we placed you in it). Your OU pacifier wore out, so we gave you a new one. You outgrew the baby bath and we're trying the laundry sink and even a few times in the big bathtub! We're now packing your diaper bag with toys and books and baby food and's much heavier.

You're sitting up now! I cannot get over how big you look sitting up all by yourself. You're starting to grab toys while you sit, but mostly you just like to view the world from a tall angle and are happy to sit and observe. You're not so much into reading books (very squirmy) but you would sing songs and clap hands all day. In fact, singing ABC's will instantly make you smile.

Not too long ago, when we retired the swing, I started singing to you when you needed to go to sleep. I never knew how special that would be for me or for you. Sometimes I sing all our Bible songs and nursery rhymes so then I start singing what I know best. So if someone makes fun of you because you know the words to "Oops I Did it Again" just blame me. But I try to sing some Eagles and Beatles and Neil Diamond and Elton John and Billy Joel, too. I won't sentence you to a life of late-90s pop.

Last night I introduced you to a terrible habit...jumping on the bed. You were laying on our bed and I started bounding you and the most uproarious giggle, the music I want to hear all day every day came flooding out of your mouth. We sang about little monkeys jumping on the bed and we bounced and bounced and I didn't want to stop except that it makes mommy very tired so I had to. There have also been two days this week that you and I have taken long naps in mommy and daddy's bed and I pretty much swore I'd never do that, but oh how I love it.

You've started a phase where you cry when we turn our backs to walk out of a room. You hate to be left alone, and if you can't see us we hear about it. I'm not annoyed by this clingyness yet...I LOVE that you want me around you all the time!

So 6 months...yeah, I like it a lot. Every day you learn something new and you teach me something, too. Every day I thank God that I have the privilege of being YOUR mommy. I had no idea, it still takes my breath away every day - this joy of having you in our home and my heart.

I love you to the moon...and back,


Lori said...

He's soooo adorable!!

Mountain Girl said...

What a handsome dude! It sounds like you are really enjoying mommy hood!

RB said...

Colt is such a cutie!

Infertility is Hard said...

What a precious letter to your 6 month old son. He will treasure this someday. :-D

Aubrey said...

I don't think he could possibly get any cuter! He is absolutely precious and growing up so fast!! What an absolute blessing you have! I am SO thankful God planned him for you's perfect!

Gina said...

I could just eat him up!! He is soooo cute!!
Now I want another baby....can you blog about the middle of the night feedings and endless teething? That'll get me over it FAST!!

Elizabeth said...

Man that is one cute baby in the pink. I mean, the one next to her is cute too. j/k He really is super adorable and I love the letter to him. Makes my just listing Anna Jane's milestones seem boring.

Chassidy said...

Isn't it crazy how fast they grow!! He is getting more handsome as each day passes!

not so zen momma said...

You know you are emotional if: you cry over pictures of your friends babies. He's a doll!

Julia said...

Well, personally, I think the squealing at Steak n Shake is excusable! When you're playing with your super cool Aunt Julia, it's hard not to get excited!
I've gotta take your memory card to the store and print some of these pictures! I need more now that he's smiling more!

Nancy said...

Wow. He's so big now! I can't believe how fast he's growing.