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Monday, December 31, 2012

6 Months

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19 lbs. 8 oz. (80th percentile)
28 1/2" long (100.2 percentile)
Wears 9 month clothes

Happy 1st half birthday to my little man! Reuben turned 6 months old Christmas Day and oh what an amazing 6 months its been. This month has always seemed like a pivotal point in a baby's growth to me. Its like your precious, helpless little baby has been taken and replaced with a sweet, determined, boisterous infant. And it all takes place overnight...or so it seems. No wonder babies get cranky for no reason sometimes...it must be exhausting learning so many new things in such a short time!

This month was no exception. He's learned so many things this past month its difficult to remember all of the latest developments but here is a list of the ones that come to mind.

Can sit in the tripod position (a hand supporting himself on the ground) and is *this* close to sitting on his own...without falling over.

Tried a bottle of expressed milk for the first time and loved it!

Got his first tooth 3 days before turning 6 months old and boy is he aware of it! He enjoys licking it and feeling it with his fingers.

We set up his crib and he slept in it for the first time. He now sleeps in it for naps and when he goes to bed at night. Of course he still ends up in bed with us for the rest of the night after waking up to nurse sometime in the very early morning hours.

I started signing "nursies" (using the sign for milk) to him in his 4th month but really started using it each time I feed him this past month. He gets very excited when I sign it and ask him if he wants it.

Started babbling and using certain sounds over and over such as "ee", "oo", "eh" and "na".

Pats and smacks things (mostly with his left hand - maybe a sign of future hand preference? :)

Has perfected the rod maneuver when we tried to get him into his car seat, stroller...pretty much any place we need him to sit down and he doesn't want to. Except the carrier. He loves being in the carrier.

Tries grabbing food from your plate and shows an interest in whatever you are eating.

Leans forward and stretches out his hand to grab toys and pull them to himself.

Prefers rolling from back to front and almost never rolls from front to back.

Sat in a highchair for the first time.

Hates "tummy time" (I hate that term), and prefers sitting up in his Bumbo or on the couch instead.

Still wakes up every 3 hours at night (at least the first half of the night - the rest is a blur after I bring him into bed).

Picks up on emotions around him and gets scared at loud noises.

Recognizes faces and voices and watches people around him. His favorite person? His sister, hands down.

He's a social butterfly, he smiles and flirts with ladies (and gentlemen) at the store and wherever we go.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Our Christmas 2012

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This Christmas we:

Slept in till 7 even though both kids went to sleep at 7 the night before.

Watched in delight as our little ones unwrapped the well thought out gifts we bought for them.

Had a delicious potluck lunch at our pastor and his wife's house with many friends and acquaintances present.

Grabbed a couple of slushies at the gas station.

Took a drive through a local retirement village that was all aglow with lights and decorations for the holidays.

Spent a relaxing evening at a friend's house with Andrew's brother and his wife and son there as well, chatting and eating while all of the kids played with the new toys.

Came home, put the kids to bed a little later than usual and spent the rest of the evening cuddling on the couch, just Andrew and I, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. - Romans 15:13

Love ~ The Erohs

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Around Our House

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Don't ask. :)
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Very First Disney Post!

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For those who don't know, my hubby works for Disney World. Weeeeelll, technically he works at Disney but works for the recruiting company that hired him. As in he gets paid by the recruiting firm and all. He has a contract at Disney that started back in June, a week before Reuben was born actually and goes till...we're not actually sure at the moment. Anyway, when I heard that he got the job way back in June, of course the first thing that crossed my mind was...FREE DISNEY TICKETS!!! Yeah, that would be a no. Contract workers don't get free passes. Cue disappointed sound effects.

But here we are 6 months later and I'm happy to tell you that, thanks to a wonderful co-worker of Andrew's (who drove from his house a half hour away to let us in), we finally made it to Disney on Sunday, all 4 of us!

Not even 6 months old and already a seasoned Disney explorer...way to go Reuben!

We chose to visit Animal Kingdom for the day figuring since Lily is still such a tiny thing and wouldn't be able to ride on a lot of the rides that seeing a bunch of animals would make up for it. Not that she's crazy about rides anyway...although she did ask to go on the dinosaur spin ride...twice...and loved it! I road Expedition Everest and I loved it!

The day was a bit exhausting and very overwhelming. There was so much to see and do that we all felt a little out of our element. Note to us parents: next time we'll take much needed breaks and just let Lily play on a statue or run around for 5 or 10 minutes while us adults sit and chat for a few. We felt very rushed to make sure we got our "money's" worth so we were always moving on the next attraction. Breaks would help remember that we're there to enjoy ourselves and to not rush the fun.

Alright, now having said all that, get ready for a crapload of pictures.

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Well hello there! We had to wait as this guy sauntered right past the front of our vehicle. He was almost close enough to touch. I wonder if a giraffe feels as silky as it looks?
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The Bean's first pair of ice cream Mickey ears! She loved it of course.
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We made it to Finding Nemo - The Musical at just the right time but had to leave after only 5 minutes. Lily said it was too scary and she didn't like it. She was right. The sharks were a bit loud and frightening. She's never seen the movie because of that fact so I don't know what we were thinking taking her to the show. Oh well.
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Lily would have been happy if we'd stayed to watch the Indian dancers till the park closed. She was rather shy about going closer to dance with them even though I could tell she wanted to (she takes after her Mom in that respect) but I encouraged her and pretty soon she was bouncing and clapping along with everyone else. And she didn't want to stop even when I told her we had to go. Of course I have a video I'll post later. :)
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Neat Disney fact (well two actually): they don't give you lids for your sodas at the parks (I already knew that from my first visit to Magic Kingdom a few years back) and the straws are made out of paper. That's the coolest!

P.S. I'm generally not a mean and vindictive person, but when I got pooped on the head by a bird while Andrew was off getting us lunch and every single person at the nearby tables suddenly started avoiding eye contact, well that just burst my bubble of belief in the goodness of the human race a little. I hope they all get their just desserts. Just saying.