it's been six months since daxton was born.
it's been six months since this sweet boy found his way into our lives.
it's been six months since our hearts grew exponentially with a love we never knew.
it's hard to believe that daxton is 6 months old today! 6 months! that's half a year! how did this happen! 6 months seems like such a milestone, yet i am not ready for my baby to be 6 months old! don't get me wrong - we're excited to see him grow, to watch his ever changing moves, to learn more and more about his personality every waking moment - but time needs to just slow down!
daxton is growing up fast. he's really into trying new veggies since his beloved squash has been hard to come by. lately he's been digging into some sweet potato with white bean, green beans with peas, and a couple fruits. so far he's tested out prunes, mango, and apple. right now he favors anything orange, so sweet potato and mango are some of his treasured din-dins. he does pretty well at sitting up in his high chair, but he still gets a little lean going on to the right or left and sometimes takes a slouched back approach. we prop him back up and then he's good to chow down.
daxton's had some firsts this month.
he had his first trip to the beach for daddy's birthday. he got to put his little toes into the sand and the icy cold ocean water. he was fond of the sand, the sun, and the sound of the waves crashing - but he was not so excited about the chilling coldness of the splashing water. we tortured him a little by plunging his toes into the crashing waves and he'd yank them back up as quick as he could. it was cute, but we could only get away with doing it so many times. he spent the majority of his beach weekend in full on sleeping mode. we think its because in his room at night he has a sleep sheep that plays crashing waves - it was kind of like the beach was a giant sleep sheep. he'd hear the waves crashing and he could not resist the sleepies!
speaking of birthday - we had daddy's birthday party. dax and i made daddy some cupcakes, went shopping for gifts, and even dawned party hats for daddy's big day. dax picked daddy out some socks with "crabs" on them for his little gift. daddy loves them and has worn them twice since the party day. he loved us singing the happy birthday song and thought that was just a hoot. he hears it at restaurants sometimes, but there was just something fascinating about mommy singing it. sure, i do hand motions and jumped up and down - but still - its mommy singing.
daxton went to a street festival in our town and got to see a fire truck, some kids doing performance art, and listen to live music. he stayed awake for a long time and really enjoyed watching the kids dance. he's fascinated by watching dancing. his birth mom loves dancing and we hope that he'll try out some lessons when he gets older. we certainly have no dance skills, so if he can inherit this trait maybe he could teach us some moves.
daxton also learned to flip from back to front to front to back - all the way around in a complete roll! he surprised himself when he did it, and when i started cheering he lit up with a huge grin. he loves to hear me make a huge deal about stuff (especially in a high pitched voice), and this was no exception. he does pretty good at going from one side to another, but not on a regular basis. when you put him on his stomach he is fine with it for about 15 minutes, but then he reaches his max capacity and if he cannot remember that he's supposed to flip over he'll have a mini-meltdown. we sometimes have to end up rolling him over to rescue him from his own arm (that blocks his roll).
he'd previously discovered that he can make sound, but not to the extent that he does now. he loves to babble, coo, and make noise. he has a high pitched sound he recently discovered and he sounds like a little birdie when he lets that one fly. he loves hearing himself make noise and loves to hear it on a recording. we've taken quite a few videos on my iphone and we play them back for him so he can see and hear himself. he watches them with a fixation like no other.
he's a sweet boy and he loves to pet on things. his latest love is rubbing his blanket, the button of his side snap onesie, his daddy's beard, his mommy's hair, and the doggie's face. he looks at whatever he is petting with a sincere passion and he strokes away. it's the cutest, sweetest, most adoring thing.
he's also pulling up when you give him your fingers and attempts to pull himself up from laying down into a sitting position. he cannot hold himself up for more than a few seconds, but we gently lay him back down before he crashes. he likes sitting up in the bumbo more now. he used to get an upset tummy every time he sat up in the little chair before, but now he can sit up in the bumbo for about twenty minutes with no problem. he seems to like being in that upright position, so hopefully soon he will be sitting up with less and less assistance!
daxton also had his first photo shoot. we'd previously purchased a living social deal and had our family photos taken a few weeks ago. daxton was good with the camera (he's kind of used to it), but the timing ended up being at a time of day when he was kind of sleepy. after a little while he just had enough and we had to call it quits, but we ended up getting some good shots and we'll be posting them on the blog as soon as we get the disc!
it's been a busy 30 days!
it's been six months of 1166 diaper changes.
it's been six months of 1175 bottles for a total of 40.9 gallons.
it's been six months of cuddling, rocking, and loving on our boy.
it's been six months of the purest joy you'd ever know.