Because who doesn’t want to see more Alex?

I took some cute pictures and a video of Alex tonight, and feel the need to share:

He’s crawling so well, now! He doesn’t like to crawl “on demand” but will crawl all the way across the room in a second flat if he sees something he isn’t supposed to touch and I turn my back for one second. I am constantly running after him now! Even when I am actively watching him he manages to get into things he shouldn’t!

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I said this in a previous post, but I still am shocked at how much of a little person he has become over the last few weeks. When I interact with him now, it’s real. He’s there, and he is clearly starting to understand more about the world around him. When I bang on the table, he bangs on the table. When I stick my tongue out and blow, he sticks his tongue out and blows. He giggles before you tickle him because he can see your hand coming in to touch his belly. He smiles when you walk in the room, and talks to you when you are walking away.

He’s wonderful, even if he is a pain in the butt to get to sleep!

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Happy 7-Month Birthday, Alex!

Today marks Alex’s 7-month birthday! I cannot believe that he has been in my life for 7 months. On the one hand, it feels like he just got here yesterday. The fact that I’ve been a mom for 7 months is weird. On the other hand, it feels like he has been around forever. I can’t even remember my life without him.

Here he is at the hospital, a chunky big baby (he will not get this chunky again! He dropped to below 9 pounds, from 9.12 at birth, during his hospital stay, was 9 pounds the day he left the hospital, and even though he gained weight well throughout the next months (12.1 at 2 months, 15.5 at 4 months and 17.12 at 6 months) he just grew too tall (21 at birth, 24 at 2 months, 27 at 4 months and 28 at 6 months) and became a relatively thin baby boy):

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Here he is smiling, at 3 weeks old:

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Here he is smiling again, at 6 months old, looking like a real person (sometimes I am shocked at how person-like he is. He went from being this weird fish thing in my belly, to a newborn-human (which, we all know, is not a real human!), to this…little person):

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The day he was born I thought he was the most beautiful baby in the world. Looking at him today, I still do. What can I say? I’m his mom, and I have never met a mom who didn’t think that their baby was the most beautiful baby in the world. It’s true, every baby is the most beautiful baby in the world. (Mine in particular! ;))

He’s taking a nap right now, after a really rough night. He has been typically not waking up more than once during the night (nurse, rock, put back to down in under 25 minutes), but last night he woke up not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. I had to wake Zach up at one point because I was having such a hard time getting him back down (I was up with him for about an hour and half, going through our usual process but not succeeding).

Needless to say, I am very proud of my little man. He smiles, laughs, baby-talks, stands for long periods of time holding on to something, sits, and crawls. And some part of me just *knows* that he will be walking soon. That part of me is probably the part that notices that most of the time when he is “crawling” he really is walking with his hands on the floor!

Alex Update

Alex has thoroughly enjoyed his first visit with his great grandparents in Florida. They, too, have enjoyed this visit thoroughly!

Yesterday, my grandmother and I took him to Echo, where she volunteers 20 hours a week, to visit all of the cute little old ladies. He was adored! Everyone commented on how “big” he is–for a six month old, of course. After that, we went to Target and got him lots of adorable stuff: polo shirts, khaki pants, sweat pants, toys, sippy cups, sunglasses, sun hat, baby tylenol (for his poor teething self!) and bathing suit!

Today, Alex went “swimming” for the first time. I’ll post pictures when I get back from vacation and can upload them to my computer. He was extremely cute in his little blue speedo, new red sunglasses, and navy blue sun hat!

Tomorrow, we leave. Our flight is out of Tampa at 12:15, so hopefully I will be walking into my apartment no later than 6. We have to leave here very early to ensure that we get to the airport in time, so I will be awake at 6:45, unless, of course, Alex wakes me up before then.

On a side note, I have planned my CVS trip of the week and hope to get some good deals, and have started to plan a Giant Eagle trip, but will have to finish that list when I decide what dinners we’ll be having this week.