Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Half a Year

How can my sweet baby boy be 6 months already?  I know time always flies with babies, but I think due to the fact that Alexander is the first baby I am away from full-time, he seems to be growing up even faster.  Sad.  He is the happiest, most content baby we've ever had.  And he has changed my mind that I'm not a "baby person".  He is that lovable :)

(ready to go to the nanny's house)

This little guy is definitely our biggest baby, weighing in at 21 pounds 12 ounces.  He is wearing 12 month old clothes, and size 5 diapers.  He was born the biggest of all my babies (8 lbs 14 oz.) but I think he's a little bigger than he would be if I were at home with him, since his loving nanny likes to feed him.  It's a cultural thing.  She takes such wonderful care of him, so I can't really complain.  But he's going to outgrow his car seat already!

Xander can sit and play with toys, and is this.close to crawling.  He can roll and squirm himself to where he wants to go on the floor.  He loves being on his belly since that's how he prefers to sleep.  Speaking of sleep, he is still such a great sleeper, going to bed at 7 pm and waking up around 6 am.   Even when he wakes up in his crib, he just blows raspberries or coos until we pick him up.  I seem to remember my other babies crying to get picked up. 

Since he has 4 siblings who go to school, Xander gets sick a lot.  He has already had a few colds, a double ear infection, a stomach virus, another ear infection, croup, and bronchialitis in his short life time.  I hope he just spends his first year of life sick and then develops antibodies to get him through the rest of his toddler years.  My doctor says kids either tend to get sick during their first year of life (due to daycare and siblings) or in their first year at school.  We are hoping she's right!  We are also keeping an eye on his ears and will request tubes if he gets another infection anytime soon.  I can't stand seeing him on stronger and stronger antibiotics while he's this young.

(John-Paul giving him a nebulizer treatment)

Alexander still has his hematoma on his forehead.  I think it has faded since birth (hard to tell because his skin has gotten more pale once the jaundice went away), but it's still pretty noticeable.  We will have it removed if it doesn't go away on it's own, but it seems like it's heading in the right direction.

Oh, look at that drool hanging off his chin.  This kid has been teething since he was born ;)  He has two bottom teeth, and is working on those top ones.  I always think that when babies get their top teeth they look so grown up, so hopefully he'll spare me for a while.  Because he won't be a baby for too much longer, and I want to enjoy the moments while I can.


  1. Wow!!! 6 months already!?? Time really does fly!

    I love that you have 5 kids and you say you aren't a baby person - but I know what you mean. :)

    And I definitely think the hematoma has faded. You can barely notice it!

  2. Oh my gosh. He's so adorable! I can't believe the last time I saw him he was a little bitty newborn.

  3. He is just too cute!!! I can't believe how fast time has gone!

  4. Holy mackerel!! over 21 lbs?!?! Annamarie was an ounce bigger than him at birth but she's only just over 16 lbs. She's still in size 2 diapers lol! I get tired holding her, you must have some toned arms!

  5. What a cutie patootie! It is such a blessing to have babies that sleep.

  6. I agree with Beth, I definitely think the hematoma has faded. And is it me, or does it look like a heart shape in the last picture? Either way, he's so cute, and those eyes are killer.

    Our Baby is also the biggest and most laid back of all my babies. When she wakes up, she sits up in her crib and claps her hands and plays with her toes until we come to get her. Meanwhile, her brothers are calling out their breakfast orders from their beds. The little twerps. ;-)

  7. OH, that time goes so fast doesn't it? What a little sweetie pie!!!!

    I love all the pics!

  8. he is really cute. i love me a chubby baby! sounds like our two guys would be great friends as they have a lot in common.

  9. What a sweet boy! I love my little/big nephew:-)Believe it or not...Tommy was 22lbs 3oz at his 2-yr check-up! He is also in size 5 diapers, haha...my little skinny man! He was 8lbs 2oz at birth so he didn't start out super small. All babies are so different and I love it! Xander's birth mark is DEFINITELY fading...practically don't see it b/c you're so focused on his pretty eyes:-) Much love Colleen and family, we miss you!

  10. Happy 6 months Xander! He is big boy! And so cute too!

  11. I looks like his siblings...cute cute cute.

    Love all the chub on him. They do grow up so fast. Enjoy every moment.

  12. He is beautiful! But you already knew that. I can't believe he is 21lbs...my girls were really tiny compared to him. A future football player?

  13. claire was the perfect baby too. never cried ever. i think god does this on purpose to make you think you could possibly have another one. i have said and do say i could have ten more of HER. I just don't want any more difficult ones please and thank-you.

    he is big. claire is 20 months and in size 3 diapers...lol. I do think its a cultural thing too. every mom i knew from those cultures were constantly fattening up their babies.


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