Dear Brandon - a 6 month letter from Mommy

Friday, January 22, 2010
 Dear Brandon,

I am sorry this is so late. I have been so busy at work and haven't had time to sit down and write you a proper letter once you completed your 6th month wellness check. On January 10th you turned 6 months old and have changed so much in the last month. You are in the 75th percentile for weight (18 lbs) and height (27 inches) and 60th for head circumference. You've grown, my little man. You had your third round of shots and did very well, just minimal crying and and some angry looks directed at me. During the check-up the dr checked all your vitals and tracked your milestone progress...sitting up? check. eating solids? check. reaching for toys? check. Responding to name? check. Teeth? check - 2 of them. We got the OK for finger foods and sippy cup with water.

Our only concern at this point is the shape of your head. Until recently, you have been content to just lay on your back watching and patiently hustle and bustle about you. All this laying down, has caused a slight lopsidedness to the back of your head and we are considering a helmet for you to wear for a couple months. If we do this, please know we are doing it because we love you and want you to have a nice head. :) 

You already getting on all fours and starting to scoot around. You don't get very far and usually end in a face plant, but you are trying.You so badly want to run and play with your brother. The way you look at him melts my heart, you are in total awe. Nicky is still a little indifferent for now, but we are starting to see some protective attitude when you are surrounded by other kids.

At 6 months, you love to smile and laugh and you are easily amused. You love to play with toys and will spend long periods of time cooing and rolling all over the ground. You can stay busy watching the dogs run in circles, and we get such joy out of your giggles. You've already learned that doggies give kisses and just like Nicky, you love when they lick you all over. You love to jump in the jumper, and spending time outside makes you happy. The only other thing that makes you squeal for joy is the bath. You already love to spend hours soaking in the tub and we pass the time reading books and playing with the foam ABCs. Tomorrow you start swim lessons with your brothers so you will be ready for this summer!

Now that you have had 5 weeks of "sleep training" under your belt, you are sleeping so much better. You go to bed around 6:30 pm and sleep until 3 am or 4 am. Then you will usually sleep until 6 or 7. Daddy usually goes upstairs and brings you down to me in the morning. You love to lay right next to me and snuggle. That hour before Nicky gets up is our special time to catch up and dicsuss the day ahead. You are such a happy baby and so easy going.I am so lucky to have such a sweet boy. Watching you grow up to be a little man has become one of my greatest pleasures. I can't wait to see what you can do. I love you to the moon and back, my little Banjo.



PS. I thought it would be fun to see a picture of Nicky at 6 months and see what I had to say about him at the same time in his development and how different/same they are.

Nicholas went for his 6 month his 3rd round of vaccines this week. He is in the 60th percentile in weight, 70th in height, and 30th in head. He weights 18.9 pounds. He is still in some 3-6, but starting to wear 6-12 months now. The dr told us to start feeding him 2 x a day and we can start him on finger foods. He eats apples, bananas, peaches, grapes, rice cereal, carrots, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, and green beans. He is starting to drink from a sippy cup some water. He is almost crawling, and he hops when he tries. He is a very good jumper now. 4 teeth have come in. his 2 middle bottom and his 2 "vampire" teeth. We also had to have him "cry it out" this week. It took 19 minutes the first time. He slept through the night. so far the longest he has cried since was that first night. We also went to Palm Dessert for the weeknd to celebrate Craig's 30th. Nicky was great on the plane - his 4th trip and 8th plane ride!! Grandma Lenore(Booba) flew to the desert to babysit. We had a blast! He also spent a lot of time in the pool. Nicky loves the water.


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