Friday, May 11, 2012

Jack is Six Months


Happy Half Year Birthday Jack!!!


At the beginning of this month, we had success with sleep training after two nights. By the last day of the month Jack actually slept for 11 hours straight – a new record for him.


In addition to good sleep, Jack has progressed to waking up happy. He plays quietly until I get him out of his crib, instead of crying and wanting to be fed. Stat.

 

He also started scooting around in his crib this month. He has managed to turn completely sideways on several occasions and even got his leg stuck through the slats once. We have officially installed the bumper to prevent any kind of injury {and the loss of pacifiers}. He has also started to scoot when we lay him on the floor on his tummy. I am sure he will be crawling before long {definitely before we are ready}.


He no longer needs the aid of a pacifier to fall asleep. Mostly he just takes it out of his mouth and amuses himself by waving it around and trying to stick it back in. He would much rather suck his thumb than the paci. Not sure if this is a good thing. 

 

I have learned that if I stick the paci in his hand instead of his mouth, he will play with it, putting it in and out of his mouth, until he falls asleep. He is pretty dexterous and I think that he will have no problem shoveling food into his mouth once we start down that path.


Thumb sucking is now an intentional thing. I don't know why, but this totally melts my heart.


Jack has been trying to roll over all month, but he didn't seem to be in a huge hurry to actually complete a roll. On 4/27/12 he finally managed to do it – Daniel and I were both there to watch :) As the days passed he has become more proficient at this and by the end of the month he was using his new prowess to sleep on his side/belly.


Jack loves to make spitting sounds - he seems to think it is greatest thing in the world. Screeching is another new sound he has discovered. It is really funny {unless you have a headache}. 

 

We have been nervous about him screeching during church, but he is more interested in watching everything around him than he is in making noise {at least for now}.


Almost every time we take him out in public, people ask us if he is always this good :) We are blessed to have a very laid back, happy baby.


This month marked his first time to go to Bible class...




his first time to attend a graduation...


his first time to visit a Rescue Mission to serve lunch...


and his first time to display signs of separation anxiety.


During this month Jack became very distracted while eating. This was a bit of a challenge for about two weeks... I wasn't sure if he was actually getting enough to eat. He is dying to get his hands on real food and loves to sit in our laps during dinner and try to touch our cups. He also enjoys hanging out in his high chair watching us cook and at the dinner table. I think meal time fascinates him.


Jack has been making a "ma-ma-ma" sound for some time now. I don't know that he is actually saying "mama" but when he is upset, it is what he repeats over and over. 


Our little guy figured out how to give us wet, slobbery kisses. He thinks it is great fun. We think it is really sweet {and funny}. 


Jack now recognizes Sophie and watches her every move. He is also very interested in touching her. Sophie is pretty tolerant of his petting {which is more like grabbing fist fulls of fur – we supervise this}. She has come a LONG way!!! Sophie also seems to be protective of Jack, always checking on him. Poor girl is torn about where to sleep since Jack is now sleeping in his nursery upstairs. She divides her time between sleeping on the futon beside his bedroom or downstairs with us.


Happy six months Jack! We love you and are so thankful to have you in our lives! It is going by so quickly.


*I will be writing monthly updates of Jack with pictures of Jack and the Tonka truck on the 11th of each month. One Month Old. Two Months Old. Three Months Old. Four Months Old. Five Months Old.

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