This monthly update is a little different than the others. I'll let you figure out the change, but it's pretty great.
Sidenote: I think there are more pictures in this update than the last five combined.
We went to the doctor today for their 6 month (well, 6 month and 1 week) appointment. Jude & Sloane did great! They received one oral vaccine and two boosters. Both cried for 15 seconds and then were fine. Maybe it's the extra meat on their thighs but they handle shots like champs.
Jude's stats at 6 months:
Weight: 21 lbs 15.5 oz (97%)
Height: 27 7/8 in (90%)
Head: 17 1/2 in (75%)
Sloane's stats at 6 months:
Weight: 17 lbs 2 oz (75%)
Height: 27 1/4 in (95%)
Head: 17 1/4 in (85%)
Jude & Sloane nurse four times a day and each take a 7 oz bottle of breastmilk at bedtime. Their bedtime is 7:30 and they are still waking up at 5:30 to nurse and then back to sleep until 8 or 8:30. They nap at 10:00a, 1:00p, and a short nap around 4:30p. On their 6 month birthday they had rice cereal for the first time and did really well. I'm so grateful they were able to exclusively breastfeed for six months but (because of that) it made this transition a little sad for me. Regardless, it is time these babies get to experience some of the finer things in life! :) I'm going to attempt to make baby food in the next week or so--we'll start off with squash and carrots and go from there! Sloane loves to blow raspberries so I imagine we will all be covered in food by the end of each feeding.
Since these are our first babies we never know what is considered unusual but we've had several people comment on how easy they are to put down. Perhaps it's because there are two of them and (at naptime) there is only one of me, but we've never rocked them to sleep. They are awake when we put them in their cribs, they fuss for a couple of minutes, and then they're out. It makes their naptime and bedtime routines a snap for us. Jude still requires more sleep than Sloane and she wakes several times throughout the night but generally puts herself back to sleep.
These two love to play! Both really enjoy bouncing in the exersaucer and we recently purchased a door jumper, which Jude absolutely loves. They still adore Mr. Inchworm, Mortimer the Moose, Huey the Hedgehog, O-balls, and rattles. They're sitting independently but are still wobbly at times. I've also noticed a bit of toy envy. If Jude is playing with a toy, Sloane is suddenly more interested in his toy than her own. I had no clue it started this early! I tested it by giving them the exact same toy (o-balls) and they both immediately looked at the other's o-ball and switched. It's both hilarious and terrifying.
Jude & Sloane LOVE to be on their stomachs. If I put them on their backs they both immediately flip over. They also love to stand on our legs (or on the ground). Sloane gets upset pretty quickly if you try to hold her in a sitting position.
One of my favorite books to read to them is Barnyard Dance. One day I pointed to each animal and then made the corresponding animal noise. When I got to the grey mouse ("squeak squeak") their faces lit up. It was great! Now when I want to take a picture all I have to do is "squeak squeak" and I get precious smiles from both of them.
We went on our very first family vacation to Branson, Missouri! Not the most exciting of places but it was a great meeting spot for the Besancon family. 11 of us (five kids ages four and younger) stayed in a three bedroom condo for one week. And yes, it was as crazy as you're imagining. We had a great time seeing everyone--I'm excited for Jude & Sloane to get to know their cousins!
Before the trip we switched Jude's carseat. He was getting extremely uncomfortable in the infant carrier and the new seat seems to be a much better fit. I already miss the ease of the carrier but I know he appreciates the extra room.
It has been an amazing six months and I can't wait to see what else we'll learn from these two!
Your mom calls you Bubby, but she keeps catching me saying Buddy by mistake. You don't seem to mind either one and that matches your disposition pretty well. I love to hear you laugh. You don't quite have it nailed down yet, but it's definitely a laugh and it's infectious. We keep searching for new ways to bring it out of you. Raising you over our heads is almost a guaranteed laugh fest, but that's getting more and more difficult due to your heartiness. That's a polite way of saying that lifting you has become our daily workout routine.
Two teeth made an appearance recently (April 18). They're in the middle on the bottom, and they still don't really show when you smile. You haven't found a very good use for them yet, but you're willing to gnaw on just about anything you can reach. Your hair keeps filling in and growing straight up. We assumed it would begin to lay down at this point but it's still pushing onward in defiance of logic and gravity. What was once a baby flat top is now another beast entirely. I'm afraid you'll resemble Doc from Back to the Future before too long. Back to the Future was a movie made in ancient times. They will probably have remade it by the time you're old enough to watch movies, and if hover boards don't exist by then I'll be very disappointed. I know those were in the second Back to the Future but who are you to challenge me in sci-fi movie continuity?
Escaping the tangent, you are a jumper. The first couple of months when we put you in the exersaucer you would mainly hang there and try to figure out the toys. Now you are jumping all over the place! We bought a new bouncer that has you hanging from the doorway, and you are a maniac for running in place. It reminds me a little of Tommy Boy. I'm not sure that movie will hold up to the test of time, so just ignore that reference.
Early on I was afraid you were going to be a thumb sucker for life. However, you really only do that when you're really tired, and we take that as a cue to get you to bed. Obviously you love your food, but you can sleep like your mom as well. You hardly ever fuss when we put you down for a nap or for the night, and you sleep so much longer than your sister. We may put you down in your crib on your back, but you are on your stomach before we can turn around. Sometimes you'll adjust and sleep with your rear up in the air. It doesn't look comfortable, but it works for you.
Every day is something new with you and we're thankful for what a blessing you are in our lives. You're sitting up on your own but I know you'll be crawling and standing before we can blink. We look forward to every step along the way.
Dear Sloaney Boloney,
I don't know how to add a y to bologna, but I'm pretty sure bologna is a fictitious word anyway so we're moving on. Your mom made up a song using your name that she sings whenever you're upset. You truly enjoy it and it's fun to see you recognize the tune. We recently took a road trip and there was probably a period of 15 minutes where I sang the same 4 lines continuously. As soon as I tried to stop, you would get upset again. I can't take all the credit, as your mom and I had to trade off since neither of us could keep it going as long as you needed.
If it's your brother's laugh that always sticks out in my mind, it's your smile. You love to share your smile with anyone that will come say hi. At the same time, that's always when you get a little shy. It's heart melting to see you break out in a big smile, and then quickly turn your head the other way. As long as this doesn't translate into you being a huge flirt in high school, I love it.
You love to feel everything in your reach. It always makes me laugh when we think you're asleep in the back seat of the car, only to hear you scratching on the car seat moments later. You take after your mother in that you introduced competition into the relationship with your brother. At first you guys were fascinated by anything we gave you. Then one day you wanted whatever your brother had, even if you had an identical item in your possession. He has now started to retaliate, but you need to know that in this situation you're Han, and you definitely shot first. (By the time you read this you would have already gone as Princess Leia on Halloween so you'll be familiar with Han.)
You already want to stand all the time, so I'm wondering if you'll be like your friend Leighton and quickly go from sitting to walking. There are so many things I'm excited to find out about you! Your hair texture is the question of the moment. Curly, straight, wavy? I don't care at all because you'll be beautiful with any of them, but having so many more things to look forward to is certainly exciting for us. I'm going to head to bed soon because I expect you'll wake up and need a quick consoling in around four hours. It's never a hassle because seeing you and your brother is always a blessing.