Happy half birthday little boy! It is hard to believe that six months ago Max joined our family. He has added so much (and taken away a little sleep 😉 ) to our family. Here is what he is up to these days.
Max has become an independent sitter. He still occasionally topples over, but for the most part he is sitting up firmly on his own. He loves to sit in the middle of his toys and play and throw them across the floor.
Max adores his sister. Seriously, he lights up whenever she is near. She is also one of the few people that can get a belly laugh out of Max. Mikayla can do this simplest thing, like blow raspberries at him and he is rolling! It is so precious. And everyone comments on how much he loves her.
Max has started to show a little separation anxiety from me. If he is handed off to someone other than Ben when I am in the room he looks around for me and will often cry and lunge his body towards me. I guess this is what happens when you spend 24/7 with a baby!
Max is also still rolling all over the floor and can pretty much get wherever he wants to at a pretty quick speed by doing so. He isn’t crawling yet, but he arms and legs are pretty strong so I would say it wouldn’t be long before this happens.
Speaking of strong legs, Max has some serious strength. He loves standing up when supported by your hands. He has also started grabbing your hands and pushing up on his own. I wouldn’t call it "pulling up yet", but that is mostly because he doesn’t have the control of his legs yet. He definitely has the strength, but he can’t quite figure out how to maneuver his legs in the directions he wants them to go.
We started Max on solid foods at the beginning of this month. It was a little early (we didn’t start Mikayla until after six months), but he was nursing so frequently and so active we felt that he was hungry and ready for it. We were right too. He took to eating solids very quickly, like a matter of days. And now whenever he sees a spoon he starts opening his mouth like he wants to eat. It is so funny. So far he has had avocado (big fan), banana and butternut squash. We have also snuck him a few bites of potatoes, hummus, and mango. Right now he is only getting one meal a day, but he seems to love it!
Sleep still proves to be an issue with this boy. He just doesn’t seem to like to sleep, no matter how tired he is! He is still very much a cat napper and waking up frequently during the night. He will typically take a nap in the morning and one in the afternoon and maybe a quick one around dinner time. But none of the times are consistent and lengths vary! I am not a super schedule oriented person, but it would be nice to have a little more structure to his sleeping schedules so I can plan the day accordingly!
Max takes comfort in you standing and walking with him. If you are sitting with him he cries, but as soon as you stand up he is A OK! It is only a little annoying 😉 !
Max is also still chatty. He loves to make noises and of course laugh and coo. He has also started to blow bubbles on a more frequent basis. Daddy also gave him a small hair trim this month too.
Max took his first trip out of Swaziland this month when we went to South Africa for a mini vacation before Christmas. He also celebrated his first Christmas (he was not very impressed)!