weight: 16.2 lbs. (25%tile)
heights: 26.25 in. (50%tile)
Easton turned 6 months old yesterday. It's been a pretty incredible six months, to say the least. I have learned so much about myself since becoming a mama, and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite lessons thus far. Six tid-bits I've learned in SIX months:
1. Parenting: Every parent I know has a different style, theory, or idea about what kind of parent they want to be/will be. The coolest thing I've learned over the last six months...I get to choose, change my mind, and adapt my parenting philosophies as I go. I get to be the kind of parent that EASTON needs, and that will change as his needs change.
1 week old (both pics, above)
2. Nursing: It is by far the most rewarding, wonderful, and fabulous thing that I have ever done. I wish I could bottle-up the feeling I get while we snuggle in the morning and he eats. I would keep that bottle on a shelf and open it up the minute that I wean him. It's crazy to look back to the first week, where nursing was emotionally draining. Wow, have things changed.
1 month old (above)
2 months old (above)
3 months old (above)
3. Baby Laughs: I would do practically ANYTHING to make my little baby laugh. I have said it before and will say it again, Easton's laugh is the best sound that I've ever heard in my entire life. He has a fantastic laugh- but honestly, he makes me work for it. Molly (our pug) on the other hand, she just walks past him and he laughs. I never thought I'd be jealous of a dog.
4 months old (above) &
The beginning of Easton's friendship with Molly
4. Personality: If I could put my finger on Easton's personality...I'd say he is light-hearted. He isn't easily upset, he smiles constantly, and he enjoys the little things (like swinging in his swing and watching himself in the mirror). He is such a wonderful, calm baby. I can tell that he's happy and content with very little. He doesn't need or want crazy amounts of entertainment. He's independent. He doesn't need me in his line of vision at all times just to be okay. He knows, that if he needs me, I'll be there.
5 months old (both pics, above)
5. Mama time: I stay at home with Easton, which I LOVE. But every now and again, it's nice to get out of the house to hang with girlfriend without my little monster. Easton doesn't take a bottle (at least, not well), so I was never comfortable leaving him for long periods of time. But we've made mama time work by Tony hanging out with Easton in another part of the house while I have a friend over. And more recently, Easton has been going to bed by 7:30- I just make plans to see a friend after I put him down. It's been wonderful to spend quality time with a couple of friends, sans Easton.
6 months (above)
6. Routine: Schedules are a bit hard to follow when you have a baby. I'm such a scheduled person that I've really had to adjust to changes in my day. But here's the ticket...Routines, those are much easier to abide by. Easton might not go down for a nap at exactly 2:30 every day. But he does go down (usually) between 1:00 and 3:00pm. I have created a routine around that. We get out of the house to work-out everyday by 9:00am- and we are home everyday by 12:30. If I stay consistent, it's far more likely that I can expect my baby to be [somewhat] consistent. I love that.
My baby boy is such a blessing and I am so excited to see what the next 6 months bring.