6 Months!

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It is so hard to believe the trips are 6 months old already! That means they’ve been around for half a year! Considering that I wasn’t even pregnant a year ago today, that’s some wacky math. The last month with this trio has been so much fun. They are in constant discovery mode. Discovering their laugh, their hands, their toys, their likes, their dislikes, their reflections, each other! All of a sudden their sitting in their Bumbos (sort of) eating rice cereal. From a spoon (albeit a VERY small spoon)! Here are their six month stats:

Jack:

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Nickname(s): Bub. Bubby, J-Man, J-Man Magoo

Weight:  12 pounds, 7.5 ounces

Clothing Size: Starting to make the move from 0-3 month to 3-6 month sizes

Digits of choice: Index, middle, and ring finger, all at once

Milestones: Rolling back to front, mimicking sounds, bringing hands to mouth, eating solids (rice cereal), reaching for things with one hand.

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Favorite Pastime: Blowing raspberries

Least Favorite Pastime: Getting stuck on his tummy after rolling back to front. Nobody told him he was supposed to learn these skills in the other order.

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Feeding: Still a bit of a squirmer, Jack is taking anywhere from 4 – 6 oz of milk at a time, and he’s on board with the rice cereal. It took a little convincing, and he has to be reminded not to talk with his mouth full, but he’s definitely getting the hang of it.

 

Sleeping: Longest stretch? 12 hours, 26 minutes. Average nighttime stint? 11 and 1/2 hours. He is a champ. He’s down between 6:30 and 7:30 and up between 6 and 7. Rarely a tear is shed. He also takes the longest naps (when sister Sophie is not distracting him from her crib across the nursery)!

Special Talent: Sleeping. Laugh all you want, but this is a talent I WISH I had developed as a child. I have since made up for it and could now win awards for my ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, but Jack comes by this skill naturally. And we love him for it.

Other: Jack is our sweetheart. His smile melts my heart, and the way he puts his hand on Sophie’s shoulder when she’s fussing is pretty much the most amazing (and adorable) thing ever. He was the first to discover rolling over, but he’s since decided he’s not terribly interested in the whole thing. I’m pretty sure he’s one of those, “I’ll do it when I really have to” babies. It also seems that he is wise enough to realize that when he rolls from back to tummy, he gets stuck on his tummy. He doesn’t like being stuck on his tummy, so the solution? Stop rolling! That is one smart baby, and I applaud him for his problem-solving skills. You know what gets Jack to roll over? The English Premier League. He LOVES watching soccer. I know he’s not supposed to watch t.v., but it’s not like we have the child propped up on the couch facing the screen. If Jack is on the floor while Dad is watching soccer, he will roll or pivot himself around until he can see the screen. And then he just stares. Go ahead and judge us for letting our 6-month-old “watch t.v.,” but I’m pretty sure Jack will survive.

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I’m telling you, the child was initially on his back, facing the other direction, and several feet farther away from the television.

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Here he is working on two fingers.

Henry:

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Nicknames(s): Magoo, H, H-man, Mr. Bub, or any combination of the four

Weight:  12 pounds, 11.5 ounces

Clothing Size: Starting to make the move from 0-3 month to 3-6 month sizes

Digit of choice: Thumb

Milestones: Rolling back to front, pushing up on his hands, pivoting on his back, bringing hands to mouth, eating solids (rice cereal), reaching for things with one hand

Favorite Pastime: Moving around! A close second: looking at himself in the mirror.

Least Favorite Pastime: When you take the bottle out of his mouth and he’s not finished yet.

Feeding: He is our champ. He rarely leaves a bottle unfinished, and he is a natural with the rice cereal. Currently downing 6 oz a pop.

His first taste: 

Sleeping: Longest stretch? 12 hours, 17 minutes. Average overnight? 12 hours. Naps are less predictable, and recently he seems to have learned a thing or two from Sophie and has started crying when we put him down for the night. Still. 12 hours overnight? We’re not complaining 🙂

Special Talent: Rolling over. Yes, Jack, discovered it first, but once Henry caught a glimpse of his brother thrusting his legs in the air and over to the side, he began practicing, perfecting his own technique so as to minimize effort and maximize success. You may recall that Jack pretty much stopped trying as soon as he realized he got stuck on his tummy. I praised Jack for his problem-solving skills, and I applaud Henry for his perseverance!

Other: Henry is our mover (see above). We recently had to reconfigure our entire living room and purchase a large foam mat because Henry could not be contained by the activity mat any longer, and frankly, it just gets in his way. The same could be said for his brother and sister. Anyway, I was reminded of one morning in the NICU when little, 4-pound Henry, still hooked up to CPAP, a feeding tube, and three monitors, was DETERMINED to get out of his isolette. He was headed for the door! It was hard to capture on my iPhone camera at the time, but here he is climbing over the barricade of blankets.

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Here he is now, all (nearly!) thirteen pounds of him trying to get off of that activity mat. He’s also desperately trying to look at himself in the mirror.

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Sister Sophie in the way? No matter. Just grab ahold and try to move her so you can go around. Or just keep rolling and see if she’ll take the hint.

 

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Henry thinking about how to manage the situation.

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Going for it..

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I think you can all tell how Sophie feels about Henry invading her personal space. She is throwing a block with her right hand, but I’m pretty sure Henry just thought, “Hand in my mouth? Don’t mind if I do!” and started sucking.

While he will suck on pretty much anything that makes its way into his mouth, Henry is partial to his own thumb, and rarely a moment goes by when he is not shoving it in his mouth. It doesn’t matter if he’s eating. It doesn’t matter if he’s rolling. As much as he loves rolling, Henry will sometimes stop mid-roll to suck his thumb. 5:51AM and Henry’s awake? Don’t worry, he’s just hanging out, sucking his thumb.

Sophie:

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Nickname(s): Soph, Noodle, Sophie-Sopherson

Weight: Weight:  11 pounds, 8.5 ounces

Clothing Size: 0-3 months

Fingers of choice: All five! She doesn’t discriminate. If she can get that whole fist in her mouth, she will.

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Milestones: Pushing up on forearms, rocking back and forth, reaching for things with one hand

Favorite Pastime: People watching

Least Favorite Pastime: Not getting what she wants when she wants it 🙂

Feeding: Sophie prefers the one-on-one feed rather than sharing this time with her brothers. She can still be a bit tricky, depending on her mood, but she’s holding her own, taking 5 – 6 oz at a time. As for the rice cereal, it probably won’t surprise you that Sophie turned up her nose at her first few tastes.

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Aunt Addie tackling the “Double Feed” with the boys.

Sleeping: This is definitely a work in progress. Her longest nighttime stretch is 11 hours, 55 minutes, and right now, she’s averaging 11 hours overnight, from about 7:30 PM to 6:30 AM. This is a recent phenomenon (since we reintroduced Zantac and started the Steroid cream–see “Medical Stuff” below), so I hope I haven’t just jinxed it here! And it didn’t happen without a fight. Perhaps I’ll write a post about sleep training at a later date, but it’s still hit-or-miss getting her down at night without tears, and those tears can last anywhere from five minutes to an hour and five minutes. Daytime naps are even more unpredictable, and despite our best efforts, Sophie would rather nap in the swing than in her crib. Like I said, a work in progress!

Special Talents: Burping. She puts her brothers to shame. We are so proud.

Other: Sophie is our peanut. She is super short and squishy in all the right places. She is sweet, silly, and yes, a bit demanding. But that’s how a diva is supposed to behave, is it not?

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Sophie LOVES being snuggled, and when she greets you with that huge smile every morning, it’s hard not to oblige. She can get a little aggressive with her toys, but we’re pretty sure that’s just how she shows her affection.

Medical Stuff: Sophie is dealing with a pretty bad case of eczema, so we don’t always blame her for the fussing.

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This photo doesn’t do it justice.

We’ve tried all the home remedies, and last week, when we finally took her to the pediatrician (she was scratching herself to the point of bleeding, THROUGH her sleep sack AND her pajamas), she prescribed steroid cream. The cream worked its magic in the span of two days, but three days after we stopped, her flare-ups are back. We’re hoping to find a longterm solution soon.

Also, the day before we took Sophie to the doctor, we came home to find that she had lost her voice! This was especially noticeable when it came time to put her to bed. The doctor’s conclusion? A combination of two things: two much reflux and too much crying. Back on the Zantac for Sophie.

The best part about the trips is that they’re all finally starting to notice and interact with one another.

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Henry: “Wait. Whose thumb is that?”

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Henry: “Hmm…I don’t think it’s my thumb, but that guy looks strangely familiar.” Sophie: “What’s going on over there? If only that ENORMOUS head would get out of my way…”

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Holding hands. Brotherly love!

And sometimes, they’d rather be alone, and that’s ok too.

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Sophie: “Um, guys? I don’t think there’s room for all three of us in this chair.”

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Seriously, guys. Get out.

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