But seriously, this has been a momentous month, and given the nature of things and calendars and our human interest in memorializing and recognizing arbitrary milestones, the half-year mark is a big deal! It certainly feels like a big deal, and I think your mom would agree that the last 6 months have flown by, except for a few choice [screaming baby] moments that slowed down to a seemingly interminable experience. But more good than bad, as they say, so...Hurray!*
Baby Bjorn - whether we are at the mall, outside for a walk, or perusing the aisles at Costco, you are definitely a fan. Except for the wedding snooze, you are generally wide eyed and curious when hanging in the Bjorn.
bascule bad boys, and it was fun to be reminded of their importance.
But while you are not yet crawling, you did cross an important developmental milestone this month:
"I think he likes it!"
And a few days after the first cereal, we tried a little mushed up avocado...you were not a fan. You may have inherited my mother's aversion to foods which are green in color.
All in all it's been a great month, and a great cap on the first 6 of your young life. It really is moving so fast, sometimes your mom and I just look at each other this complicated look that (for me, at least) tries to communicate this mash-up of feelings: anxiety that it's all going to change, excitement about all the cool things you are learning, gratitude that the nightmare parts of the early months are gone, fear of what nightmare parts the coming months are going to bring...
Life does not prepare a person to be a parent...being a parent to one probably doesn't prepare for the next...the reality of being a parent is that it's an ongoing experiment with daily failures (and unanticipated successes) that make Edison's light bulb seem simple, and you don't really know how it's going until you can look back on the earlier phases with a little objectivity... With that in mind, I'm going to call the first 6 months of this particular experiment a fantastic success: we are all still here, we all still love each other, and I got more than 5 hours of sleep last night.
So the next big challenge is finding a bottle of booze large enough to form a reasonable comparison for your next weigh in! I'm thinking magnum wine bottle?
*who knows what memory of contemporary marketing campaigns will remain when you are of age to read this...in my formative years, Red Stripe ran a series of ads featuring happy-go-lucky Jamaicans holding bottles of the beer and saying "Hurray Beer!" or similar