Addison is 6 months old! I realize how much I sound like a broken record when I talk about how I can’t believe how fast my kids are going up, but it’s true. She’s halfway to her first birthday and it blows my mind. Six months doesn’t sound like that big of a deal or that old, but when you see how less like an infant and more like a functioning human they are, it’s insane! I’m halfway to not having any babies in the house and only toddlers!
Addison did a great job at the doctor! She is 16 pounds 8 ounces and 25 3/4 inches long! At this same age, Owen was 16 pounds and 26 1/2 inches long so they’re really neck-in-neck in terms of size! She got a couple shots but did well considering…they’re shots and I know they hurt. Because she can sit up better now, I sat her on the little bench/table to see what she thought and she immediately started grabbing at the paper and tearing it apart which cracked me up because that was Owen’s favorite thing to do at the doctor as he grew up so it’s funny to see her doing the same thing.
We tried back with the baby food and she is doing a great job with it! She’s devouring the food and I think we’re about to start doing the 2nd Step Gerber (we’ve been doing 1st Step) which has more food in a single container and starts to combine foods. The only thing is that she’s still trying to figure out how to eat off the spoon so she’s somewhat sucking the food off the spoon which is creating some gas in her tummy, I think. She’s also been sitting in high chairs at restaurants and doing a great job in them!
She cracks me up in her crib. She has started turning herself around in the crib and she’s continued to pull her blanket over her head as soon as I put it on her. I told Greg that if we have any more kids, we’re clearly going to have to continue the fleece blanket pattern because Owen and Addison LOVE theirs!
We’ve moved Addison from her baby bathtub to taking a bath sitting up in the sink! The first time she was really confused and was staring and touching the bubbles in the sink. Now, she’s kicking her legs to splash and she’ll pick up the bubbles and try to grab the faucet. She’s definitely enjoying this bath view and positioning much better!
Man. My girl is strong! We’ve said this from the beginning, but she just is! We got her her own Bumbo multi-seat because Owen still uses his as a booster seat at the table so there was no passing down with that! I’ll sit in on the floor and let her chill or feed her lunch while Owen continues to play with his train table! She’s also continuing to be better at tummy time although still not real interest in crawling. But that’s OK! I am in NO rush for her to be mobile! Ha!
This girl’s signature look is the big, open-mouth smile with her tongue sticking out and it cracks me up! I love it! She’s just overall such a happy baby. There has to be something seriously wrong for her to be upset – hungry (and man, this girl can get HANGRY), tired, or teething are main ones. Still no teeth to be seen, but I know they’re coming!
Addison’s becoming SO interactive with everything around her. If I’m holding her in one arm and then holding something in the other hand, she’ll try and grab it. She’s also become really interactive with the toys on her bouncer and the ones on her car seat. It’s like one day she was all of a sudden aware that there are toys around her and started playing with them!
Since the last Addison monthly update, Owen turned 2! To read about his birthday party and more detailed updates on him, read his 2-year-old update! Here are some major updates and ones since his birthday. He’s seriously learning new words and phrases every single day. He’s absorbing everything around him and taking everything in. I often don’t give him enough credit for what he knows and understands simply because he doesn’t always have the words for what he wants or thinks, but then he goes and puts together a puzzle by himself without any issues and I’m blown away! The kid is smart!
He loved to read and since we got his train table for his birthday (which he LOVES), I rearranged the living room and made a reading and puzzle corner away from the toys. He loves to go over and sit on the rug and read or do his puzzles. We also got him a little table and chairs and he loves to color his coloring books! This kid is a mess but we love him so much!
As a birthday celebration for Greg and one of his brothers, we went up with Greg’s family to an entertainment complex in Atlanta where there was a ninja warrior gym and some other activities. Addison got some grandparent love and Owen loved going all around the net play area. He even tried his hand at some kid’s rock climbing and he’s got some great instincts with it!
Two of our best friends installed a pool at their house so we’ve been over there to swim during our weekly dinners and the kids LOVED it! Addison chilled in her floatie almost the entire time and Owen played and laughed a ton!
I absolutely adore these two kids. Their love for each other (at least right now…ha!) is so evident! They make each other laugh and smile constantly. Owen always wants to take care of Addison and gets mad at me if I go get Addison from her room without him! I think he’s finally connected that he makes her laugh so sometimes he’ll be a little silly to make her laugh and I love it!
When I look at them, I start wondering what they will be when they grow up. Because Owen is old enough where we see his interests and what he’s good at or likes to do, we can kind of make some guesses. Those guesses range from park ranger to engineer. Ha! He loves being outside and loves animals! But he also really enjoys taking things apart and then putting them back together and he does have an eye for order! When I look at Addison, I wonder if she’ll be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher. And I wonder if they will be fortunate enough to have kids, if they want. I want SO much for them and I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads them! My prayer is that I remain supportive and excited for them, no matter what that may mean!
One of our good friends from college, Lorin, offered to take family photos for us and we were so excited for it! We got some photos at Easter, but other than that, the only photos we have of all four of us are selfies so to get some good quality photos of the kids and all four of us was wonderful. And actually overall the kids cooperated! I am thankful that Lorin was flexible in taking candid photos as well as staged ones because our kids do not cooperate with staged photos. Nearly all of my favorites are ones that she snapped while we were playing or making a kid laugh or something and I think it really showcased the personalities of our family perfectly! Now to get them printed and hang them around the house!
Greg and I have had a really great month of “just us” time. We celebrated his birthday by going out to dinner at one of his favorite local places that’s on the lake so after we ate, we sat on the deck for a while just relaxing. His parents watched the kids so we were able to just enjoy! Then last weekend, we co-officiated the wedding for two of our previous college students and that was a blast! The wedding was in the Florida Keys so it somewhat doubled as a weekend getaway for us! I convinced Greg to get a pedicure with me and he really enjoyed it! His feet had some crazy callouses and she managed to make them completely smooth. He even remarked that he could actually feel the carpet through his feet. Ha!
Overall, the family is good! We are getting more and more settled. The church life is amazing. Our Wesley church family is so so very welcoming and loving and have made us feel like we’ve always been a part of the family. We’ve been revisioning along with them and preparing to launch a new worship service style in place of our current one. Our first preview service went really well and we’re getting ready for our second one – which is also the final preview before the relaunch! We love this church. Owen literally gets upset if we drive past the church without going inside. Our nursery workers are incredible and patient and loving. Our congregation is gracious as we try to learn the ropes of being local church pastors and they are enthusiastic about the future. We are loving this new phase in our life right now!