Friday, January 08, 2010

6 months!

Happy 1/2 year Van!

I know I say this every month, but I cannot believe Van is 6 months old. How was it 1/2 a year ago that he was born?!? Time has flown by and we now have an active almost-crawler on our hands.

This month Van continued to learn so many new things.

*He can sit up unassisted with no problem. He is still trying to figure out how to get into a sitting position on his own, but he is almost there. Starting to try to tuck his leg and sit by himself. I think he will have it in a week or so.

*A few weeks ago he really started to be aware of himself. He will grab his feet and put them in his mouth. At one point he had both feet and his paci in at the same time! He reaches for everything and anything and can get whatever he wants.

*He started to scoot and semi-crawl this month. He gets up on his hands and knees and can propel himself wherever he wants to go. He can get all over the room by scooting, crawling and rolling. I think honest to goodness crawling is right around the corner.

*Because he wants to be on the move, he hates his changing table now. Every time we put him on it he flips over to his hands and knees and tries to crawl off the table. He cries and cries when we flip him back. The last 2 days have been a bit better and he will lay there sometimes without a fuss.

*Van loves to "talk" to Pilot. He squeals at him to get his attention. It is a special squeal that he seems to only use for Pilot. Pilot just ignores him most of the time, but every once in a while will come up and lay down next to Van.

*Van got to travel a lot this month. We went and saw both sets of grandparents for Christmas. He did pretty good while traveling and enjoyed seeing everyone.

*He is also starting to try to pull himself up on things. We dropped his crib down to the next level just in case. Good thing too because now we find him trying to grab the bumper and pull himself up. Pretty soon we will go in and he will be standing waiting for us!

*Speaking of cribs, Van is now sleeping in his crib full time. Up until this month he had been sleeping in his crib for naps and sleeping in his hammock in his room for nighttime. One morning we found him trying to play in the hammock and he had rolled over on his tummy, we decided then that it was time to move to the crib since he was getting too active and too big for the hammock. I loved the hammock and it was sad to see it go. It definitely helped him sleep through the nights when he was so young. It is on my list of things best baby products that everyone should have :) He had no problem transitioning to his crib for the night so it was definitely the right move.

*Van is a great eater and has liked almost everything he has tried. His favorites are yams, bananas, apples and prunes. Least favorites are green beans, carrots and avocado. He is eating 3 meals a day with one snack and is on a 4-hour schedule.

Our typical day looks like this:

7:00- wake up, nurse, play in bed with Mommy & Daddy
7:30- take Pilot for a walk
7:45- eat breakfast (bananas or applesauce and oatmeal)
8:30- nap (typically 2- 2 1/2 hours)
11:00- nurse & eat lunch (veggies & fruits)
12:30ish- nap (typically 1 1/2 hours)
3:00- nurse & snack (frozen bananas or frozen apples or teething biscuit)
4:00- nap (typically 1 hour)
6:00- dinner (veggies & fruits & oatmeal) & bath
7:00- nurse & get ready for bed & take Pilot for a walk
7:30- bedtime
9:30- dreamfeed (we have skipped this a few times and will be dropping it in the next week or so. I love this time so I am kinda sad, but it is starting to affect his night sleep we think)

I love this little boy of ours. He is growing up so fast and is starting to change from an infant to a toddler before our eyes.

6 months- 16lbs. 4 oz.

Van's on the move...



Allison said...

Van, you are getting so big!

Jen, impressive that you still find time to walk your dog. Poor Sierra gets a walk maybe once a week. . . .maybe.

Allison said...

What a good napper. Enjoy it while you can. Mine both nap for about 2.5-3 hrs a day and i thought that was good :)

Kenny and Jen said...

Not all days are great nap days. We had a day last week where he seriously only napped for maybe an hour all day.

Pilot gets walked about 3-4 times a day but it is because we don't have a yard so we have to walk him. When I am home alone poor Pilot gets really short walks. :)

Jim and Jolene said...

I love how he crosses his legs when he sits down! Such a big boy!

David, Jamie and Jeffrey said...

Happy 6 months Van! You are such a cutie!

Danny and Tonita said...

Happy Six months Van, we love you!!