When we brought Spencer home he weighed 5lb 4oz, he was below the fifth percentile for height, weight and head circumference when measured on a full term baby scale. We are so proud to tell everyone that he now weighs 18lbs exactly (60th percentile), 26in (22nd percentile) and head circumference is in the 47th percentile. When answering his 6 month questionnaire for mobility, sensory, interaction and other scores, he is far beyond what he should be. Our doctor was so impressed with how far he has come. It relieves me every well baby check-up because since bringing him home I worry constantly that he isn't growing at the rate he should be because he was born at 35 weeks, but every doctor appointment Spencer proves me wrong.
Our biggest task lately has been teething. about 3 weeks ago we started to notice a very fussy Spencer, totally out of his element. He is such a happy baby, so much to the point that people say it to us constantly. But, 3 weeks ago I knew something was different. I was constantly taking his temperature, but it was always normal. I couldn't figure out what the issue was. Then finally 2 weeks ago I was feeding him and noticed a tooth! His bottom right tooth was cutting through and we could finally breath. We had an answer to the fussiness! Then, a day later we noticed the bottom left tooth starting to cut through. Honestly, we tried everything people told us to. Baltic Amber Necklace, cold wet wash cloth, Tylenol... we did it all. The only thing that worked was the Tylenol and cold teethers. Oh, and how could I forget SOPHIE. If you don't have a SOPHIE the giraffe, get one NOW, what a life saver. The baltic teething necklace was a joke, don't understand it and did nothing for my child... good thing I got it for free. Bad news, Doctor said the top two teeth aren't far behind so now we're preparing ourselves for that. I believe the second time around we will know exactly what we're doing. :)
The best part about 6 months: baby food. We have recorded every new food he tries and they're hilarious. We have tried all stage one veggies and apples, tomorrow was start pears. He loves squash and peas, and BeechNut Honey crisp Apples. He is now eating three meals a day. Next month we are going to attempt to make our own baby food, there will definitely be follow up blog post about that :)
Not only does Spencer smile constantly, he is a talker, nothing but babbles all day. If he's anything like me he will speaking in full sentences by 10 months, haha. (Nothing's changed much) He has started to recognize people, it's amazing. He will smile at people he knows and well, with strangers, his eyes get real big and he just stares at them, it's so funny. He loves his jumper and usually only will take a nap in his mamaroo. We're lucky if we get a 40 minute nap out of him a day, 2 if we're really lucky. He also loves to be outside, my husband cuts his fingernails on the deck because he is so distracted by trees and flowers he doesn't even realize they're being cut. Every night we go on a 3 mile walk as a family with our dogs and most days our neighbors join us. We're so sad it will be cold soon and our walks will have to wait until Mother Nature decides to take away the snow.
Our summer was full of so many fun activities; many boat rides, dipping our toes in the lake, grill outs, block parties, farmers markets, garage sales, plenty of trips to Grand Rapids, lots of outlet mall shopping, weddings and so much more. We cannot wait until next summer when he's running around doing all of these fun activities.
It's hard to believe we're half way to a first birthday, some days I want it to slow down and other's I like the pace. But, I am reminding myself, as a parent, to just take it day by day and enjoy everything as it comes.
Mommy update: I am doing well, I have adjusted quickly to parenthood and I can't imagine how we ever lived without Spencer. Life is fast paced and our schedule is always up to our little man, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our date nights need to be more regular but, we're working on that. I am so proud of my husband, he is such a hands on daddy and always does the first morning feeding allowing me a little more sleep. He is overly goofy with Spencer always making him giggle, I love to watch them interact. I worry too much (way too much, I can't stress enough how much I worry) and wonder everyday if I am doing things correctly. But, I remind myself that we all have different ways of parenting and I am trying hard to follow my parent's, Kyle's parent's and our own way of parenting all rolled into one. Some days are harder than others, but those tired, hard days make every single smile, laugh and babble worth every single moment of mommy hood. Being a stay at home Mom has been the most challenging thing I have ever done, much harder than any position I have ever held, but the best experience. I feel so lucky I am able to have this experience, they're only little for so long and I intend to soak in every single second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year that I can. I am so lucky to be Spencer's mommy (which I am often called now a days more than Maggie and I am perfectly fine with that). Lifes a little sweeter, a whole lot more interesting and extremely rewarding as a mommy.
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