~110~ 1/2 Birthday

Happy 1/2 Birthday Ethan!!

It’s crazy to think that this time last year I was about 8 weeks pregnant and now Ethan is 6 months old! My how things change. A lot has happened in the last month, so here’s the run-down:

Weight: 13lbs, 12oz

Length: 24.5 inches

1) We went to MN a few weekends ago so that Ethan (and us) could meet my cousin’s new baby, Noah.  He’s about 3 months younger than Ethan and as cute as an be. They live in Baltimore so it was extra special that we got to have our babies together!
2) Ethan started daycare, which means that I’m back at work.  This year I’m teaching 4th grade again after having taught Title I math for the past 6 years.  It’s a big change for sure, but a good one :) Ethan seems to enjoy daycare.  He’s the only baby, and gets spoiled by the other 2 three year olds who attend with him.

3) Ethan got to swing in his first big boy swing during Jake’s company picnic and he loved it!

Favorite Things: Much to my dismay, Ethan loves to suck his thumb, particularly when he’s tired or falling asleep.  I’m hoping that this doesn’t last too long and that it’s partially attributed to teething. Ethan also loves playing with his blankies and putting them in his mouth (along with everything else he can get his hands on).  Jumping in his jumper and talking to his animal friends on his mat continue to be some of his favorite things to do. He also enjoys sitting in his high chair in the kitchen while we make dinner at night. And bath time-we still love bath time! :)

Not So Favorite Things: There’s not a lot to put on this list. He doesn’t enjoy being wet or hungry (but I mean, who does?). He also does not like prolonged period of sitting in his carseat.  On the way to MN to visit my cousin, he probably cried for 2 out of the 4 hours during the drive. It was pretty brutal for all of us. Luckily 3 weeks later we timed everything right and he slept the whole way there and back.  Ethan knows the sound of his buckles unclipping and will immediately start to arch his back and push his arms out of the straps. 

1) Ethan easily rolls from back to stomach, and though he can do it, he seems to have a harder time rolling from tummy to back (either that or he’s just being really stubborn!).

2) Sitting up by himself. Sort of. He leans really far forward and almost folds himself in half, but he can do it with out support most of the time. I think it’s because his cheeks are weighing him down ;)

3) Starting Solids. We’ve been given the official go-ahead to start feeding Ethan solid foods, starting with veggies and fruits.  I let him suck on a piece of watermelon the other night and he seemed to like it.  We plan to do Baby Led Weaning instead of using purees, so we’ll see how that goes. 

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