Saturday, February 2, 2013

Six Months - The Age of Awesome

I'm afraid we're very overdue on posting. It has been a trying month, to say the least. There have been illnesses (me twice, Guy twice, Greg once), sleeping frustrations, a daycare change, schedule challenges, and much more to deal with. It's all very interesting, but also leaves little time for dalliances such as sitting at a computer and typing up what's going on. Still, I should make more time for this.

Anyway, enough apologizing, on with updating. As of yesterday our little Guy is SIX months old. It's unreal. It seems like I just got home from the hospital with a little lump of love, and suddenly we have this active, happy child. 

We've hit some interesting milestones, so without further ado, here are some new things, along with more photos than you probably want to see. 

  • We changed daycares. This is a godsend. Before, we were using a daycare that was close to my work, but all the way across the city from Greg's commute. Therefore I had to take Guy to school and pick him up EVERY DAY. Not that I don't love coming in and seeing his smiling face, but it was hard if I had to work late or had an event. He had to be picked up by 6, and Greg gets out of work at 5:30. He could only barely make it across town in half an hour, and it took another half hour to get home. Unnecessary and annoying. So, we found out a daycare closer to our house had an opening and we toured it. They have an amazing space - tons of room for running and playing. There are only 6 in his class, and they range in age from 6 months (Guy is the youngest) to 18 months. In his old class, the oldest was 6 months. It's nice for him to see older kids doing things like walking and crawling. So far, he seems to like it. The biggest problem has been getting him to sleep in a crib at naps, so some days I find he's only napped for a half hour all day. But, he's getting better, and is starting to settle in

Nap time for bambinos!

  • Solid foods are a hit. We've been doing cereal for a while now, but I've started introducing some vegetables and fruits. So far sweet potatoes, peas, squash and bananas have all been hits. He's been great with rice cereal, barley, and oatmeal. He's clearly a Tatum, because not a food has hit his lips that he hasn't eaten without a problem. In fact, he seems pretty annoyed when you get to the bottom of the bowl and stop serving it. 

Time to eat? Please?

  • His grip and reach have become much more refined. He can now easily grab something dangling in front of him, and pull it directly into his mouth. That means we finally have to be careful what we have within reach. Like, um, beer. 

I'm 21, I swear, ossifer.

Evidence of Guy's growing fascination with all things 
he can grab, shake, eat and smash into his face.
  • The grandparents have all been beside themselves as they watch Guy get older and more interactive. I can't begin to tell you how nice it is to live so close to both sets of grandparents. It means that we've had nearly weekly date nights since Guy was only 2 months old. Right before we had Guy, we read that something like 70% or more of married couples feel their marriage quality declines after having children. We're trying to be the other 30%, and so far, I think we have managed to achieve that goal.

Gigi can't get enough of holding sleeping babies. 
I'm pretty sure he thinks she's just a really fancy crib.  

Papa and Gramps with Guy. Funny story about Gramps and this picture - he and Guy were out in the hammock in their backyard. Birds flew overhead and, well, you see the result. Luckily, it got all over Gramps and not on Guy. But, as a GI doc, we're pretty sure he just inspires that behavior in all living things. 
  • He listens attentively and watches faces with pure fascination. It's funny to see him trying to process everything, and telling him stories or reading books is now so much more fun. He finally seems interested, and will even vocalize as if he's talking back. Mostly his comments are "Aaaah, aaah, ggggggaaaaaaa" but I still think he's a genius. 

"Oh really? And then what did she say? 
Oh no she didn't!"

  •  We've gotten the pleasure of dealing with illness several times now. Guy caught two minor bugs, which resulted in a low fever and lots of crankiness and lost sleep. He went to the doctor and experienced his very first blood draw, to check his platelets. I sat with him in my lap at the doctor's office, and distracted him while they pricked his tiny little finger. He seemed unaware at first, and then his little face just crumpled and he screamed. I felt so bad for the little man. Then they had to squeeze his finger repeatedly to get enough blood to test. He just cried and cried. Afterward, I hugged him and just apologized while he whimpered on my shoulder. Poor kid. Luckily, platelets were fine and he didn't have the flu, so we were sent home with a prescription for an antibiotic if it got any worse and instructions to help keep him comfortable.

Right: At the doctor's office, Guy showed off his penchant for his feet. 
Left: Sleeping off the ick at Gigi and Gramps's house. 

  • As you can see above, he loves his feet. They've had to take his socks off a few times at daycare because he gets them soaked by chewing on them. 
  • We just did away with the swaddle last night for the first time. He'd been breaking it for a while, but it still helped to get him to sleep. But, after many nights of horrible sleep, we decided to sleep train him (gently), and figured it was the best time to break the swaddling habit, too. My baby's growing up!
  • He is now flipping himself over onto his belly at night. I'm pretty glad for this, because it helps him keep from rubbing his face over and over in his sleep, which tends to wake him up. 
  • I've been able to get a few good laughs out of him. Real, deep laughs with a broad smile. One came from kissing and snuggling his little neck. It was pretty cute. 
  • Books are more fun. He loves to grab the pages and flip them back and forth while you try to read. The result is that you read a page and he closes the book, you turn a page and he turns it back. I hope he's not trying to say something about our taste in reading material.
  • He got his first playtime injury when another kid at school bit him. Poor little dude had teeth marks on his arm for a few days, but luckily it didn't break the skin. The daycare workers seemed really concerned that I was going to fly off the handle about it. But, really, when you have 6 babies in a room, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. 
So, it's been a lot of fun, and we're slowly learning what we're doing. Really, we couldn't be happier. Well, maybe we could be happier if we slept more than 6 hours a night, but mostly, we're pretty happy. 

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