Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Six Months of Carter

Six months ago, Carter came into our lives at a very reasonable time (2pm) after a relatively quick (about 4 hours) and pretty uneventful home water birth.*

I know every parent says this about their child(ren), but I cannot believe how much he has grown and changed in such a short period.

He had a pretty big temper in the beginning - he did not like waiting for food, and he would often pound his fists and wail while he waited. Six months later, he's a happy, go-lucky kind of kid.

He gives smiles to anyone that gives him any attention, and he gets so excited when he's included in family activities. He's even happy and excited if he wakes up in the middle of the night (cute, but not so much at 3am). He laughs freely and easily - it just brings a smile to my face to even think of how joyful he is.

He's so strong and solid. He rolled over back-to-tummy just after he turned 5 months old, and now does it constantly. He can sit on his own for a few minutes at a time. He's working very hard on crawling. Once he's able to move an inch, we have a feeling he'll take off.

He adores playing with toys, especially in his exersaucer. He loves getting read and sung to.

He showed us he was ready for solids a couple weeks ago by taking a handful of lasagne and a piece of garlic bread off of DH's plate at dinner. He now gets really excited about any food we put in front of him. He prefers to sit on our laps during meal time instead of his high chair.

His sleeping could be better, but only because we were/are so spoiled with Evan's crazy sleeping ability. He typically goes to bed around 10pm and sleeps to 5-7am. Sometimes he wakes up a few times at night so we have to put his soother in his mouth. He has 3-4 naps a day. He seems to like napping in bed beside me, which is great for me because it forces me to lie down and relax (or even nap myself!).

We got through the newborn phase alive,  and will now seeing him start the transition from baby to toddler. It's amazing to watch him learn about the world around him. He's so interested in everything, especially his older brother and the cats (oh, they are in trouble once he's mobile).

Carterpiller, we knew you'd be different from your brother, and it's starting to become apparent how. You love people, and you don't mind loud sound or surprising things. You can just chill out by yourself, or just take in what's going on around you. You're not super great with night-time sleeping, but you nap like a champ during the day. We are excited to see how you become YOU in the months and years to come.

*I realized I haven't written about this experience, and not sure if I ever will.