Saturday, February 7, 2009

6 Months Old!

Ethan is 6 months old! I can hardly believe it. He is already his own little person and can express himself pretty clearly - when he is happy he smiles or laughs, he coos loudly (woahowaohoah) when he is bored or if he wants attention, and if he is unhappy he will express displeasure by actually squawking and swinging his arms down (this can also mean excitement, but if he does it repeatedly that means he doesn't like something). To celebrate this milestone we took him to see the doctors. =P Everything looks great!

6 Month Stats:
Weight: 17 lbs 4 ou (50%)
Height: 27.5 in (84%)
Head Circumference: 43.2.1 cm (30%)

I love tummy time!
Ethan loves being on his tummy (but still doesn't like to sleep in this position) and spends most of the day 'swimming' with his arms and legs. I think he is trying to move himself forward, or maybe he even thinks he is actually moving but alas this is not the case. He will sometimes bend his knees and poke his butt in the air, but he can't lift his head and butt at the same time so he will alternate between the two. He has gotten really good at reaching and grabbing things and can also shuffle his body when on his side close enough to the object that he wants. He constantly reaches out to himself in the mirror and seems disappointed that he can't touch the 'other baby'. We have a little toy elephant that is a part of his gymani and when you pull it down it will vibrate as it travels back up the string. Ethan isn't strong enough to pull it himself but he will hold the elephant out to us to let us know that he wants it activated for him.

A few of my favorite things
Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes
Least Favorite Food: Pears
Favorite Book: Fluffy chick or any sparkle book. He is good at flipping the pages of board books if you lift the page high enough for his hand to grab. I think he is actually trying to eat the page, but because the pages are attached together he can only swing it in one direction and so he ends up flipping the page for us.
Favorite Toy: Baby Leap. This stuffed frog sings the alphabet and Ethan always gets excited when he sees him. He will open his mouth wide and swing his arms up and down in excitement. He will even dance for a bit to the alphabet song (it's really cute! he shimmies his shoulders and head) but as with all toys it soon finds way to his mouth.
Favorite game: He loves peekaboo and has gotten really good at realizing what direction sounds come from. We usually play when he is in his crib, so I will duck below his bumper and talk for a bit at various places around his crib. When I peek at him by lifting up the bumper he will already be facing in my direction! Don't ask me how he moves around - I think he somehow shuffles when on his side. He can do a complete 360 in this way by arching his back and bending his neck forward.
New sounds: He actually has stopped babbling for the last few weeks but his new thing is to fake cough and blow raspberries. If he hears you make new or funny sounds he will think it's the funniest thing. But once he has heard it before it no longer becomes funny. Sigh, so hard to entertain!

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