These past few weeks and months have flown by and somehow we already have a little 6 month old in our lives. The last few weeks have been quite busy with lots of family time, a few more exams for Momma, a few hikes, a few snow storms, lots of dog walks, and a nasty cold that was almost kicked and then came back full force to knock Momma on her butt and kick Liam a cough for a little over a week. We also celebrated Halloween (see the Halloween post), Liam’s first solid food (see Bananas post) and our very first family vacation (see the previous post).
Liam continues to teethe constantly and we can now feel little nubs on both the bottom and the top. We also think we can actually see a tiny little nub on the bottom, but it hasn’t changed for a few weeks now. His hand coordination has rapidly improved over the past few weeks and he has gotten very good at getting everything into his mouth. He appears to be more coordinated with his left hand and has much better fine motor skills on the left side, but he is very active with his right side and attempts to do everything with his right hand first. He now sits on his own for several minutes at a time and will balance himself with his arms instead of tipping over. Also while sitting he likes to chew on his toes and has started to lean forward into what appears to be a crawling position. No crawling or attempts to crawl yet. He discovered his toes one day when we sat him up on the floor and he can’t get enough of them now and chews them every time he’s on the changing table. He still talks quite a bit on a fairly regular basis and is beginning to string a few syllables together to make things sound like words. After being able to roll onto his sides for weeks he has finally started showing interest in rolling and has rolled all the way over a couple times now. Since his first taste of banana he has gotten extremely efficient at eating solid foods and only makes a mess when he insists on shoving the spoon into his mouth faster than momma or dada want to.
He turned 6 months old on Thanksgiving Day and got to celebrate at Asher & Avery’s house with the entire Feldman family (the non-Peabody/Williams side of Asher and Avery’s family), and all of the Peabodies including Liam’s Great Uncle Gene who made the trip out here all the way from Vermont! This brought the total of family members “sitting” at the table to 13 adults, 4 kids, and 3 babies (about 1 year and under)! Slightly hectic, but priceless for my sister to have her entire family together in one place.
Along with turning 6 months old Liam also got another Well Baby visit which included yet another round of shots. He weighed in at 16 pounds 15 ounces, and is now 25 and 3/4 inches long. This keeps him holding steady between the 25th and 50th percentiles. We’re guessing if they kept track of data on foot length then he would be close to the 90th percentile there. So far he has been doing OK with all of the shots, but he’s definitely not himself and has been quite sluggish.
Below are a few of our favorite pictures from the past month.