Sunday, 27 April 2008

6 momths is half a year

Dear Bea and Gabe,

Today you are 6 months old. This has been my favorite month by far. You both have done so much changing and have gotten to be so much fun. You are true little chunkers now. You doctors appointment was on Friday and Bea, you weighted 16 lbs and Gabe you were 15lbs 9oz, still about 6 oz separating you. The doctor says that you are both strong and doing very well.

This month has been full of so much. You are both jumping in the bumper jumpers with the help of a couple of blankets to keep you tightly packed in. Bea you watch the pets while you stand there, turning on your toes to watch them walk by. One day they started playing and you started laughing your head off. They really make you laugh. Gabe, you act like the jumping is a job, so serious. Occasionally your neck gets tired of holding up that huge head and you fuss while resting it on the front of the bumper jumper but you keep jumping……work work work… My job while you are jumping is to say “Bea Bea goes boing boing boing………Gabey goes boing boing boing” This makes you both happy and continue bouncing.

6 months is when babies start to turn over. You are both working on it but this has always been Gabe's strength. You have been turning on to your side for a while now but never making it to your tummy. I haven’t had to worry about either of you making any serious moves and I could lay you on the bed and leave you there knowing that you would be in the same place when I got back to you. Well this month that changed. Bea is creeping up in her crib, slowly smashing your head on the headboard. But Gabe, you threw yourself off the bed while I was making bottles. I heard a terrible thud, silence and then you started to cry. The strange part is I found you on your back on the floor with your head the furthest from the bed. I am still trying to figure out how you fell.

This month your dad and I had to move you into separate cribs. As much as I knew it was time to do this I was reluctant to do it because I thought you would miss each other. I couldn’t be more wrong. You are both sleeping so much better now. Gabe you had become a real flapper, thumping your fists and feet against the mattress. I know this woke Bea up occasionally……geez it wakes me up.

You are talking to each other and I swear you guys know what you are saying. Whatever is being said is funny because you are both doing a lot of laughing. You entertain each other so much. I love how much you love each other.

The struggle of the month has been trying to get you guys on a nap schedule. The bedtime schedule is working out great and you both are usually asleep for the night by 8:30. This gives dad and I a small moment to eat dinner and get ready for the next day before we crash for the night.

You are my little peach head and drooly monster

love Mama

Thursday, 3 April 2008

5 Momths Cute

Dear Bea and Gabe,

Last week you turned 5 months old. I am VERY late writing this and I am sorry. WE have had lots of visitors the last couple of weeks. First it was Gramma and now your cousin Amy is here. Again you both have been busy changing and growing. Last Friday we had your monthly doctors appointment and Gabe you weighed 14 lbs with Bea just ahead at 14 lbs 6 oz. This means that Gabe is catching up on you Bea!! We think that Gabe had a huge growth spurt and stretched out some of his chubbiness this week, your diapers are loose around your hips and you seem so long. We use to be able to hold each of with one arm, your little body stretching from elbow to wrist but now it takes both arms and all my strength.

This month we have started a night night schedule. Gabe you are up for anything and besides getting up once a night to eat you tolerate the bath, massage and warm bottle. Then you close your eyes and go to sleep. Very rarely do you complain. Bea you fight sleep. You like the bath and kick your feet and you even like the massage and songs we sing while we do it but as soon as I lay you back and we are having our night night bottle you start to cry. You know that we expect you to sleep next and you HATE falling sleep. You don't want to miss a thing. I'd like to think the schedule helping. You are asleep now!!

You both have done lots of changing this month. You guys are becoming so much fun!! This month you have discovered each other and love to sit looking at each other. You just sit there smiling at each other. I love to watch. We have also started reading you books and it is amazing how you sit looking at the pictures and listening. It's strange but you are like little people now.

Bea, you started laughing, true belly laughs and luckly we got it on tape. I was playing with you and you just started laughing. I called to cousin Amy and she grabbed the camera. I am so glad we caught this moment on tape. I have watched it a bunch of times and every time it makes me laugh more. We tried to show you the tape, thinking that you would like it, you like staring at the the TV so why wouldn't you like to watch video of yourself but it just made you cry. You are also showing signs of being ready for solidish food. You watch me eat and when I put a spoon to your mouth you opened your mouth. Dad and I have bought some cereal for you but I would like to wait. They say you should wait till 6 months old and I have even been told to wait till you are 6 months past your full term date which would mean waiting till you are 7 and a half months but you just seem almost ready. You have also started having real tears when you cry which just makes it all the harder for us to watch. You are also kickin the cutest mohawk in town.

Gabe your not interested at all in food and I don't want to rush your tummy any way. You are ahead of Bea physically. You can already roll over on to your side, and grab things and put them in your mouth. You never did roll over again like you did at the Mommy's reunion, I guess it was an accident. But your absolute favorite thing in the world is looking out the window. You love the trees and sky. If ever you are fussy I just walk you to a window and you calm right down. You are going to be a little camping outdoor guy like your Daddy maybe??

I make sure that our bedtime routine ends with me telling you that I love you so it is the last thing you hear every night and I plan on keeping that routine for a long time.