First Six Months: Highlights – Part 1

Max is amazing! Watching your newborn develop into an infant is way more wonderful than you could imagine. Who knew that babies were so fun. Seriously. I used to be like a lot of people who thought that babies didn’t get really interesting until much later. I thought that the first few months they just laid there, ate, slept and pooped. Turns out, I was mistaken. He was only a couple of months old when he started becoming interactive. Smiling at us, laughing at funny faces, responding to our voices.

It is so wonderful to see all of the ways he has learned and developed already. We’re just getting started. Here is where we are with his physical development:

  • He is a strong little guy. At around 15 weeks he was already standing up. Obviously, he wasn’t pulling himself up on his own yet (he is still not there) but he can now support himself as long as he has something (or someone) to lean on.
max standing 15 weeks

He was so little, but so strong! (November 2012)

  • He began being able to support himself sitting up a few weeks ago. You need to “tripod” his legs, and then make sure that he is safe to fall down in all directions. Because he inevitably will fall down and it will always be in the direction you thought he couldn’t.  This keeps Mommy & Daddy on their toes.
max sitting1

February 2013

 

max shock 5 mos

I just love this shot. My favorite proposed caption comes from Lori: “You signed me up for IronWHAT?!” (January 2013)

  • For months he hated tummy time. He would tolerate a few minutes and then scream. I found a playmat that you fill with water and it has little items which float around and is supposed to intrigue babies enough to make them want tummy time. As it turns out, Max was only mildly amused by the floating fishes, but absolutely enamored with the plastic sun decal on the side of the mat. In order to get to it he surprised us by rolling himself over onto his belly and proceeded to suck on it for at least 10 minutes. And then he loved tummy time and started sleeping on his belly.  Okay then.
  • max tummy time1

    Five months

    playmat

     

  • He is not yet crawling but we think that might happen soon. He has started pushing himself up on all fours, and he has been pushing himself backwards. Many people, including us, wonder if based on his leg strength he might walk before he crawls. We will see.
  • Speaking of leg strength, did I mention that he is an amazing little guy? Early on we noticed that he was super strong all around. Given that he was already supporting his body weight when he was three months old, we took our friend Becky’s suggestion to set up the jumperoo our friend Jackie gave us. He was so small that he feet didn’t reach the ground, so we added some yoga blocks. Wow! He jumps and jumps and jumps and has such a good time. He has seemingly unlimited energy and if we let him he will hang out in the jumperoo for 30 minutes or longer.
    max jumperoo blocks

    Busy checking out his workstation. A rare moment where he wasn’t jumping.
    You have to love the block and box collection at his feet.

    max jumperoo1

    I’m not sure what he was praying for…

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