Tomorrow Lincoln will be closer to one year old than the day of his birth. So bittersweet. The months are passing by too quickly – especially this past month. Even though his early months were really tough, I would never wish his infancy away.
Month six was a big one for little Lincoln! He:
- Rolled back to belly (he had mastered belly to back at five weeks old – so we’ve been waiting!)
- First unassisted sitting
- First pool day! But really it was just him in a bathing suit and we dipped his foot in the water. His second pool day wasn’t anymore thrilling – he slept in his sling the whole time.
- He’s starting to scoot!
Family Time: Lincoln was also able to see tons of family this month – actually, he saw the immediately family of both sides (aside from my brother in Florida and his family). Seeing this many people was facilitated by John’s sister and parents visiting, as well as my sister getting married and seeing immediate + extended family. Yay! Oh, my younger brother also made an impromptu day trip at one point during this month too!
New Pediatrician: A couple days ago we had Lincoln’s six month visit with our new pediatrician here in Virginia. The doctor we saw was perfectly nice and the group comes highly recommended. We aren’t switching offices or anything, but the the office did just have a different pace about it. The practice has TEN doctors and it was just a much more busy setting… front office staff who didn’t even look up as you wrote your name on the list, a waiting room of all chairs and no toys, SO many people in the waiting room, longer wait times… ETC! Sheesh! Maybe our next visit will be a little different (I hope!) I do know I also need to adjust my expectations. Our practice in Maryland had only three doctors and had a much more intimate feel, which we loved.
We have to go back in two weeks to just see the nurse. Lincoln needs to get his shots – we didn’t get them this week due to a double ear infection 🙁 Poor baby. He is doing so much better now that he got some medicine in him – literally like night and day. We had two really really bad nights before we found out about his ear infections. (It wasn’t a surprise though b/c he refused to nurse off one side – we could tell it was paining him to lay on that side.
Stats: At his appointment he weighed 17 pounds 13 ounces (50%-tile), is 26.5 inches (50%-tile) tall, and had a head circumference of 17.5 inches (75-90%-tile). Percentiles are from the WHO growth chart. Another thing that this pediatricians office does different if the handout (y’all get hand outs right?) Anyway, our old office would write the info at the top of a handout that included what to expect in the next couples months until your next visit… this handout from out new office was only about safety. I know it’s just a little thing, but I loved our old offices handouts haha.
Brothers: oh my golly, how these two together warm my heart. Xander is becoming so interactive with Lincoln and LL loves watching ever move that Xander makes. They are seriously going to be the best of friends. Xander does get mad when Lincoln cries to loud in the car though. He covers his ears and screams loud – clearly, it helps the situation 😛
Some Thoughts of Having Two Kids: I’m feeling a little introspective. Having two kids – especially this close in age, keeps my mind with so many thoughts throughout the day… so many emotions throughout the day. And guilt too. I feel guilty for letting Xander watch 20 minutes of TV, three times a day while I do nap time with Lincoln. I feel guilty that I can’t spend LONGER with Lincoln during his nursing and sleepiness (or just nap with him!) anytime I wanted, like I was able to with Xander. I feel guilty that I want a break some days… but then when I have a break, I feel guilty that I’m on it. Haha – if you’re not a mama yet, this is what you have to look forward to my friends! Seriously, it’s a damned if you do – damned if you don’t scenario at times. Dynamics with two kids are just different than raising one, and you don’t understand it until you’re living it. Xander is so funny and talkative and when he wants a hug, I want to relish in those precious moments. But then when Lincoln starts to cry or fuss or whatever and I hope that Xander knows it’s not a “mommy loves him more” situation… just that Lincoln needs me more at the moment. Likewise, when I’m done nursing Lincoln and just cuddling with him for those few extra minute before going back downstairs to Xander, I hope that Lincoln knows that it’s just time to be with Xander now. I’m talking in circles now, but you get what I’m saying.
These moments are the best and they’re passing bye way too quickly…