SIX MONTH update

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy 1/2 Birthday Little Buddy!

BIG BOY: earlier this month our little lightweight tipped the scales at 14 lbs 1 oz and measured 25 inches against the ol' yardstick. He's still rocking the 3-6 month onesies everything and we're still purchasing size 2 diapers in bulk. It doesn't look like his height or weight will be 'off the charts' anytime soon although I suspect he's going to be tall and skinny just like his dear old dad.

SNACK TIME: he eats a lot, pukes a lot and poops a lot. Every fiber of my being wants to google "how many ounces does a normal 6 month old baby eat per feed", but I'm trusting that Gabe knows - and consumes - what he needs {and what he needs seems to be 180 mL = 6 oz every 3 hours or so}. When Trev, Saige & I sit down for meals we can feel his hungry little eyes watching our every mouthful, it's heartbreaking. I soooo want to start giving him solids, but we're waiting on his next pediatrician appointment thanks to that temperamental tummy of his. On more than one occasion we've found a substantial amount of dark blood in his stool which was obviously terrifying and partially explains all our trips to the walk-in.

SLEEPY TIME: I feel like G needs to adopt a nap schedule, but it's proving difficult as his sleep depends largely on how sensitive his stomach is that day. In lieu of napping, he has literally fussed uninterrupted for days, but fortunately 7:30 pm is quitting time and bedtime for all of us. Gabers continues to wake up once or twice during the night {happy hour is anywhere between 11 pm - 1 am} - he'll generally go back to sleep once the contents of his bottle disappear. I'm happy to report his internal alarm clock has been reset to 7 am  - thank gawd! He's started sleeping on his side and loves suffocating himself in blankets; in utero he always had his itty face smushed into the placenta and apparently old habits die hard.

OUTFIT OF THE MONTH: it's no secret that I'm totally obsessed with stripes especially the chunky infant rugby shirt kind that can be paired with distressed baby GAP jeans. I think it's the preppy collar & giant number on the back that gets me...
** I had a momentary burst of bravery which had me packing up the Avalanche and taking the kids on an overnight adventure to Pritchard {where?}. Heather our lovely hostess took Saige for a horseback ride, Gabe for a hot tub and rented her & I 'Precious' - one word, "disturbing".
** In other disturbing news Gabe is officially up on all fours and went for a mini-crawl right before my very 'are-you-kidding-me?' eyes. The next obstacle will be trying to get it on video. He JUST turned 6 months y'all...
** We're working on our core strength now in hopes that'll G will be sitting unassisted before baby girl cousin-to-be arrives next month {she needs to borrow his 'support' pillow}. Don't let his size fool you, this kid is strong like bull, cute like orangutan.
** One morning Saige & Gabe were hanging out in his playpen doing brother/sister things and next thing I know I'm buckling a baby with mismatched socks into his car seat! Saige was so very proud of herself, even quoted the line from her Robert Munsch "We Share Everything" book.
** You can see other memorable moments leading up to Gabe's 1/2 birthday via my instagram profile @saigewisdom - check out 'discounted Gabriel' and follow along to see these milestones happen in real time.

I've done away with the TRYING MOMENTS header and replaced it with...

* baths, showers, hot tubs, hot springs - if it contains warm water he's in {pun intended}.
* hair - never met a handful he didn't want to yank {including his own}.

* jumping, bouncing, hopping - he & the Easter Bunny will get along great.

* performing - a clap is all the encouragement he needs.

* Sophie the Giraffe - him & every other baby although he prefers the teething ring at the moment.

* snuggles - if you have arms, he wants in them.

* tickles - you've never met a more ticklish baby... every light touch makes him squirm & squeal especially those super sweaty toes of his.

* being naked - he definitely doesn't get that from me.

* the great outdoors - he loves it outside.

* he has a love/hate relationship with his exersaucer's bean stalk - attacks that sprout every chance he gets.

* I've touched on this already but he does not, I repeat does not like watching others eat.

* Saige could have cared less, but Gabe is none to pleased about having to hang out in dirty diapers for even a second longer than he has to; I'm hoping this means potty training will be a snap? 

* not being able to bulldoze the confines of his crib/playpen with his head. 

* not being able to do everything that Saige does - being a baby can be a total bummer some days.

stay small little ones
and stay tuned wise followers...


Sarah Reinhart said...

Your little guy and mine are only about a month apart....Oscar at 4 months weighed 18 pounds! But all my babies have been the chunkiest things. I'll bet your dude is going to be tall like you said. And his hair! Love that he's red. Such a sweet picture there at the end.

D @ Naptime in Suburbia said...

I love that they "shared" socks. Adorable!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

ah the photos of Saige and Gabe are the sweetest. I can't believe how much he's changed in the past few months. I wish they would stay little forever

Brianne G said...

loved the photos! sounds like things are turning up in the Knol house! The Goyette's miss you terribly!

Sara K {SaigeWisdom} said...

I love babies with chubb... Saige came out looking like a scary alien/skeleton baby. At first I was sad my boy got the red hair, but I'm starting to love that he's a gingerman.

Sara K {SaigeWisdom} said...

me too :)

Sara K {SaigeWisdom} said...

I like them small too, but trust they get so much funner and funnier with age.

Sara K {SaigeWisdom} said...

we're waiting for our risotto invite ;)

emily said...

What a cutie! I love the stripes/jeans! So cute!

Mira Crisp said...

You told us a beautiful story with your photos. :) Thanks for sharing it with us.
{Giving away a $119 photo backdrop}

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