Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lucas William {Six Months}

Dear Lucas,

Someone hold me. My sweet baby boy is halfway to his first birthday. How did that happen?!? My little Lulu!!! But, you aren't so little anymore!!! I feel like it was just yesterday when I was racing up to the NICU to feed you! This is just flying by way too fast for my liking, and I'm going to need you to stop this growing and getting older business immediately. I know I say that every month, but I really mean it this time!

Height: 26.38 inches (28 percentile)
Weight: 18 pounds, 5 ounces (60 percentile)
Head circumference: 43.5 centimeters

Clothes: If I am really being honest with myself (which, I never am when it comes to clothing sizes, let's be real), you fit most comfortably in 9 month and 12 month (what?!) clothes. This is breaking my poor little Mama heart because most of your Christmas stuff is 6 months. Yikes. We are going to try to squeeze you into it next month and just pray nothing rips! You can kiiiinda fit into most 6 month stuff if I really try. (The onesie you're wearing in these photos is 6 months and it fits perfectly.) Your Polo rompers (aka my favorite things ever, which you wear almost everyday) are 9 months and they are getting really snug. Polo does run small, but still! As far as diapers go, we are finishing up our last box of size 2s (we have literally like 8 left!) and then you're moving up to size 3s!

Nicknames: Lou-Lou/Lulu, Lou-Ba-Lou, Lou-Bear, Baby brother, Luuuuke, Little Chub/Chub-a-lub, Joy Boy, Hiiiiiiii guy/little guy, buddy, sweet boy...Ella still calls you "Baby Woo-cus"

Milestones: The day after your 5 month "birthday," you finally decided to throw in the towel and roll over (belly to back)! Woo hoo!!! You were so proud of yourself and rolled over about 682 times in 2 days. Then you decided that was enough of that, and just flat out stopped rolling. Now, a few weeks later, you will still roll on occasion, but your big goal seems to be rolling from back to belly. You have been trying to get on your belly with so much enthusiasm lately! You are really close!! When you are on your tummy, you love to "go swimming," where you kick your feet and move your arms. You want to crawl SO BADLY! Your sitting has gotten much more stable in the last month and you love to sit and play with your toys! You have also been super drooly in the past week, so I'm thinking teeth might be coming really soon?

Sleep: Ehhhh. Still not my favorite aspect of your little life. It has improved somewhat from last month, but it's still not terrific. Let me start by saying you are an AWESOME napper. You nap in the mornings, only for about 45 minutes or so...but in the afternoon? Oh man. You love your afternoon nap more than I love coffee. Sometimes you even nap longer than Ella! Night sleeping is a little bit different. We've been trying lots of things to get you to sleep, and I really think we are almost out of this ridiculously long sleep regression. I've started waking you up around 11 PM for a dream feed and that seems to help you sleep longer. You will usually go from about 11:15ish until 6 AM or so, give or take an hour. When you get up then, I usually just plop you in bed with Daddy and I, so we can snuggle with you until Ella gets up at 7:30. So not too awful. Maybe I'm just being picky. I'd love to cut out that dream feed, so we may try that soon and see how you do!

Best Moment: You went on an airplane to California for your first big trip and you were the best little traveler!!!

Worst Moment: Those times when you think 3 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to begin your day. At least it's not every night anymore...but when it happens, I am not a fan. Sorry buddy.

Likes: Everything!!! You are seriously the happiest baby EVER!
But you especially love: bath time, your Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (especially helpful during this photo shoot!), laying on your tummy, your jumperoo, clapping your hands, when people blow raspberries on you, Christmas lights, eating, hamming it up for the camera/other people, and putting everything in your mouth.

Dislikes: Not too much! If you are hungry and/or dirty and/or tired, you get a little fussy. Oh, and I'm pretty sure you still dislike sleeping through the night ;)

Health: You have a little bit of a runny nose, but nothing the Nose Frida can't fix!

Eating: You are such a pig, and I mean that in the most endearing way possible. You down 1-2 full bowls of rice cereal every night; I have never heard of a baby enjoying such nasty, bland food as much as you do! You are also nursing every 3 hours, 5 times a day, plus a dream feed that I'm hoping to cut out soon. 

Lulu, you're my best guy!! You are so much fun and your joy is contagious! You are such a happy guy and everyone who is graced by your presence instantly falls in love with you. I am so thankful that I was chosen to be your mommy. I am also really thankful that I was given a child who LOVES getting his picture taken! Yeah!!

{And, just for fun...Ella at 6 months}

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