Friday, April 13, 2012

Braxton Cade: Six Months Old!

Dearest Braxton,
Hey there, little (big) man! You are six months old today...SIX! That's 1/2 of a year. In six months, I'll be done nursing you (tear), you'll be moving around a lot more (oh boy!), and we'll be celebrating your 1st birthday with a big bash (seriously?!).

In the meantime, here's what has been going on in this last month of life:

Sickies: You went in two weeks ago for what was a lot of fluid in an ear. Our fave on-call doc treated you for an infection with the good-ole standby, amoxicillan. Unfortunately you are like you sis and the cheapo med doesn't work for your ears. This week, after serious crankies and interrupted sleep - not to mention a stink and fluid leaking from your ears - we went into the doc again for a ruptured ear drum. So sorry, little guy! It turns out it's not as bad as it sounds...doc just had to put you on a different med and we couldn't use our beloved ear drops to allow the eardrum a chance to heal. Let's hope this round of medicine works for you, little guy, and your ears are crystal clear! We don't want the same scare with your ears like we did with your big sis.

Big Boy: Our two doc visits this month allowed us "unofficial" weight measurements. You were 20 pounds the first round and 20 pounds, 12 ounces this last week with a full dipe and clothes on. You're wearing 9-12 month clothes already - wowza!

Good Eats: You started rice cereal weeks ago, but just tried sweet potatoes last week. Yesterday we let you try some bananas. Not quite sure what you think about that! You're still completely breastfed and typically have the following food schedule: 1:30/2 a.m. (ugh), 5:30 am.., 8:30 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., and again at 7 p.m. after you've had a "dinner" of sweet potatoes and/or cereal.

Sleep: You regressed quite a bit this month with sleep, mainly because of your ears (or so we hope!). You started sleeping terrible at all naps and were up throughout the night and inconsolable. Since meds, you've toned down at night and sleep 6-7 hours straight. Love it, but it also means you're up to eat at 1-2 a.m. hour, a difficult one! Hoping for the day when you sleep a little longer, but I'll take it. You do two naps a day - a 45-min to 1-hour in the morning and another 2-2 1/2 hour in the afternoon. They're not smooth sailing, as we typically have to rock or sing or shush or hold you to sleep as you still like to wake up in the middle of your afternoon nap. Sigh. We'll keep fighting through, little man. Perhaps the more mobile you become, the more tired you'll get?! :)

Mobility: You love your exersaucer and your Johnny Jump-Up. You're starting to become bored with the bouncy seat and swing. We usually only use them when we're doing something quick or you need a change of scenery. You rarely stick on your tummy any more because you immediately roll onto your back. You have been working on rolling back to front, but usually make it half-way through and then the big belly gets in the way. (hehe!) You're sitting up on your own for longer periods of time and even bend over to get on your tummy and then roll onto your back. It's quite hysterical to see this new "move"!

Temperament: One would think you'd be fussy and downright cranky with the sleep struggles you often have for us, but you're (mostly) as happy as a lark. You gleefully watch your big sister and probably think she's crazy as she runs around you, gives you slobbery kisses, and smacks her magic wand on your head. You're laid back and go with the flow, just like your daddy. The only time you really seem to lose it is when you're beyond tired, super hungry, or gassy/constipated.

Love you, little man! It's been an exhausting, exhilarating, and completely exciting six months. We cannot wait for the coming months to see you grow and develop....but most importantly to come to know Jesus and honor Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul.

Love you,

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