It is hard to believe that we have had Speedy with us for six months already. Six months is a milestone age, and it has caused me to reflect more on the circumstances of Speedy’s birth and Sugar’s hospitalization. I remember the night after Speedy was born. It was just me and Speedy in our hospital room, he was nursing away with all his might for hours straight, and I was alone with only old Friends reruns to watch on TV (which are not as entertaining as they were in high school). As I sat there, examining my sweet newborn’s fingers, hairy ears and funny creased ear lobe, I wondered what kind of little boy he was going to be and how he would fit into our family. I thought about his rapid entry into the world, his extremely vigorous nursing almost constantly since that rapid entry, and how strong and alert he seemed, and it hit me. This one is going to be fast. He is going to crawl early, walk early, and be in a hurry to keep up with his brother and sister. And this month, he proved those thoughts true by starting to crawl already. Bud crawled at 7.5 months, Sugar was much later–like 9 or so and had to be enticed with Cheerios.
Six month olds are so much fun. They are so curious, great at grabbing things, easily entertained, and not so afraid of new people, but mostly curious. Speedy is so much fun these days! He scoots across the room to get whatever he is interested in–the big kids’ snacks, toys, or his reflection in our fireplace cover. He especially likes getting into big kid toys–Bud’s remote control helicopter and Sugar’s Rapunzel doll are his favorites. His favorite person is still Bud, and he will laugh and play with him for ages if he could keep Bud’s attention and never get hungry. Here he is playing “peek-a-boo behind the couch” with Bud:
Speedy has one tiny tooth that is razor sharp, that came through right before he turned six months old. He is not interested in solids yet, but he makes quite a fuss at meals. I’ve been reading more about baby led weaning, and we have offered him large bits of food, which are only tossed to the ground and rarely tasted.
Speedy is finally starting to nap a bit longer. He is now taking 2-4 naps a day and is just about impossible to get down for a late afternoon nap if it is after 5 p.m., no matter how tired he is. His naps range in length from 45 minutes to a record 2.5 hours. He wakes anywhere from 3-6 times a night. The six times a night was happening around the time of the tooth coming through along with a really bad skin infection behind his ears and along his neck (thanks to the still profuse spitting up and Mommy treating it with stuff that was actually making it worse, but it is all better now.)