Since I last posted there have been a lot of exciting changes with McKay! He turned 6 months old on Feb. 8 and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone and how big he is getting. He is a little shy of 17 lbs and is about 28 inches long.
Some recent achievements:
January 25: McKay finally got his Binky in his mouth all on his own! Rejoice! Now we are hoping he will be able to put it in his mouth in the middle of the night when he cries for it so we don't have to wake up and do it! When that blessed day finally comes I don't care how many Binkies I have to buy to litter in his crib as long as I don't have to do it for him anymore!
|Just a little too attached to his Binky|
Feb. 3: Openly admitted to a friend that I was concerned that McKay was not rolling over yet
Feb. 4: McKay rolled from his back to his tummy...go figure! He is a rolling machine now, even doing continuous rolls, and is very determined to get whatever catches his eye (especially phones and tv remotes!) These days I never know what position he is going to be in and what kind of trouble I am going to find him in. To say the least, he is loving his new abilities!
|When McKay wakes up in the morning we LOVE to play with him in bed. This is the view we usually have of his slobbery hands coming at our faces ready to grab eyes, noses, cheeks, and hair.|
|Reaching for his toy|
|So proud of himself!|
Feb. 4: Today we fed McKay his first solid food besides rice and oats. Pears were on the menu. We lasted only a week with spoon feeding...way too messy! Now we are doing the infa-feeder and he sucks those bottles dry! We have introduced him to pears, squash, bananas, and sweet potatoes. So far his favorite seem to be the bananas! I am starting to understand why they call these foods solids...as displayed by his poop!
|Not loving the pears|
|I dare you to get that spoon in my mouth!|
|All done! I don't think any of the squash made it in his mouth!|
Feb. 13: McKay loves to sit up and he sat up for 4-5 minutes straight without our help, as before he could only stay up for less than a minute on his own. It does help that his belly is so big he can just rest it on his legs, but hey we are counting it!
|A few weeks ago, sitting up with a little help|
|Look at me! I can do it all by myself!|
|Just chillin on the bed|
Feb. 14: I am just a little bit obsessed with checking on McKay in his crib to make sure he is doing well. Today we found him asleep on his tummy for the first time. He wrestled himself out of his swaddle, rolled over, and fell asleep. Because he is turning mobile, now I never know if he will be turned around facing the other direction, scrunched up in the corner, or right where I left him. Either way, I love to see the cute ways he sleeps and look forward to finding him in some crazy sleep positions in the future!
|Sleeping Beauty on his side. Love those cheeks!|
|Oh what a hard day|
A few facts about McKay:
His favorite blanket is the blue and brown blanket above that Great Grandma Smoot made for him.
He LOVES to be standing. Whenever I put him in a sitting position, most of the time he is pushing off his legs just begging to stand up. As soon as he is up he gets the gummiest, cheesiest, heart melting smile on his face. He is soooo proud of himself! We may have a little show off on our hands!
|Daddy holding me by my jacket|
|This makes me laugh so hard...Maybe he realized we were laughing at how cute he looked in this teddy outfit!|
He loves toys and being in his froggy bouncer and bumbo.
|Playing in froggy|
|Playing in Bumbo|
He also loves tv and is a glue head just like his parents!
|King of the house|
|Cranking his neck up to see the tv!|
|Gabe and McKay, best little buddies|
He loves bath time!
I love McKay for how sweet and good-natured he is. He is such a happy boy and fills me with joy everyday. There is nothing that smile of his can't fix. I am such a sucker for him and learn so much from him daily. Some of these lessons include, but are not limited to:
Trying to accept the fact that I will be tired the rest of my life. I have learned that with him around my to do list may have to wait and the house may not be as clean as it should be. I am learning that his schedule is never going to work with our church schedule, but we happily continue to go, even if it means the two of us have to spend the majority of it in the mother's room. I am finding that our weekends are exciting as long as we can bring a Pack 'N Play with us or the outing ends no later than 7:00pm. I have learned to be prepared to get out the door so the second he wakes up we can run our errands and try to get back for the next nap. I have discovered that finding a babysitter is probably the thing I hate most, and hearing the report back from the babysitter is even worse. I am learning that no matter how careful I am I will get spit up on, but I will never learn to love the smell of rancid milk! I have discovered that I am a complete control freak when it comes to McKay. But mostly I have learned how much I can love. I love Him and Les so much and I am finding how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family. I love my McKay for the joy he spreads everywhere we go, which is why we call him our "Sunshine Boy." I love watching him grow and change. I love how Les and I are his favorite people in the whole world. I love how he is constantly trying to get my attention and when he does I get a huge grin. I love his giggle. I love his chubby body. I love how curious and easily distracted he is. I love how interested he is in people. I love how impossible it is becoming to change his diapers because he can't sit still for longer than 1 minute. I love how how is constantly grabbing his feet and sticking his fingers in his mouth. I love hearing new sounds and squeals he is making. I love how he watches his hands and how everything is so new and is such a wonder to him. I love how his Binky and Binky chain can entertain him for hours. I love feeding him and having that cuddle time with him. I love having him as my buddy and I love going everywhere with him. I am so thankful for him and how he has changed our lives for the better.
Lastly, a few more pictures that I love of him.
|Such a big boy!|
|My little fox|
|Chillin with daddy|
|Chewing on his fingers|
|Posing for the camera|