I’m nine days late for your six-month letter, I apologize. This past month we have been very busy! You made your second trip to Florida and had a fabulous time. We flew down for your Aunt Angie’s wedding in the beginning of May, just you and me. You were the perfect passenger! Everyone sitting near us on the plane complimented your flying manners and your charming personality. While we were in Florida you had many “firsts.” Your first trip to the beach, dip in the ocean, swim in the pool, boat ride on Grandma & Grandpa Z’s boat and lounging in the Tampa Bay. You loved all of it! You definitely take after me in being a water baby. We start your first swim class in a couple of weeks. It is a Mom & Me swim class at the JCC, and you are already prepared for the first day of swim school with two swim diapers and countless bathing suits handed down to you from your cousin Matthew.
We had your six month doctor’s appointment with Dr Madras on your half-birthday. Getting 3 shots and having to drink one is not my idea of a fun birthday celebration, but after a couple of tears you took it like a champ. Dr Madras was impressed with how well you can sit and hold up your upper body. She said you were very strong! You were up to 25” inches long and weighed 14 pounds and 14 ounces. Your head was up to 17 and 1/4 inches in circumference. You may be on the smaller side of “the chart” but you’re ahead developmentally and like to hit those milestones ahead of schedule!
You’re now eating three meals a day, in addition to nursing. You like your oatmeal and a fruit in the morning (pear is your favorite, banana the least). For lunch you go with a veggie like sweet potatoes or sweet peas. You like those the best and are also a fan of carrots, but green beans make you gag and turn up the drama. I don’t blame you! For dinner you’ve started eating a fruit, veggie and some chicken. You can take or leave the chicken.
You are always on the go and are still attending Kindermusik on Fridays with your best friend Tysen and girlfriend, Grace. The three of you also go to Book Babies at the Providence library on Tuesday mornings, which is your favorite activity of all. You sit front & center with your neck arched up, listening intently to the librarian who always smiles when she comes across your gaze. She also sings in between books and your favorite song is “The Wheels on the Bus.” We like to sing at home and the favorite song your Dad and I sing is “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes.” You can’t help but crack up as soon as you hear “head, shoulders…”
Last weekend, we went on your first road trip to Vermont to see your Grandma Z and Great-Grandmother Gaga. You were an angel for the 5 hour drive, thank you! You also camped out for the first time, even though it was in the forties and raining. You slept like a champ, but I didn’t because I was so worried about keeping you warm. The next night we stayed indoors and I just sneezed all night from my allergies, but you slept great again! Your Grandma and Great-Grandma were sad to see you go, but you’ll see Grandma Z in three weeks in North Carolina. They tried to convince me to leave you with them in Vermont, but I couldn’t do it!
Your personality has continued to grow and you’ve somehow managed to get even sweeter. Waking up to your smiling face is the best way to start any day. I have a feeling in next month’s letter I will be writing about how you started to crawl. You are very close to being on the move!
As always, thanks for being the best son your Dad & I could ever hope for. We love you forever.