My oh my, Marshall! You are six months old!

Half a year. Halfway through your infancy. Six months away from measuring time in years instead of months.

Unbelievable.

You are looking more and more like a toddler all the time. You are getting so big. Heavy. Tall. Strong.

You are already starting to outgrow your 6-9 month clothes!

One of the biggest milestones you’ve reached this month is sitting up on your own. At first you could only sit up for a few seconds before toppling over. But now you sit and play for long stretches of time. You also do great sitting up in shopping carts and restaurant high chairs–though you often bore of them quickly.

I’ve been saying this for awhile now, but it seems like you are going to start crawling at any moment. You still prefer to spin around in circles as your main mode of transportation. But more and more you are getting your knees up underneath your body. You still like rolling from your back to tummy rather than the reverse. You’ve even started sleeping on your tummy sometimes!

Speaking of sleep, toward the end of this month you went nearly a week sleeping through the night. Like, eleven hours! And then you caught a cold and started waking up more. And now we’re on vacation and you aren’t sleeping as well. I hope once we’re home those restful nights will return to you.

And yeah, you’re on your first vacation! We are spending time with friends in Memphis, and then going down to St. George Island on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the place we spread your brother’s ashes. It means a lot to us, and I hope someday it will be just as special for you.

Anyway, this month you have continued to try new foods, including carrots and chicken, which you seemed to sort of like. You still prefer mommy milk, though, and you aren’t seeming quite ready to eat real solid meals yet. We’re having fun seeing all the funny faces you make, though! You have the best expressions. Your daddy and I just love to watch you take in the world around you.

You have been smiling and giggling a lot lately, which just makes our hearts leap. You are also very talkative, and you love to play with different noises. Right now you enjoy screaming and squealing. For a week or so you blew raspberries constantly, but you seem to have tired of that.

Peek-a-boo is starting to amuse you, and you still love to stand and bounce and fly above our heads. You still love playing in your exersaucer, and your snail is still a favorite.  You also have a bright orange lion we named “Creature” that you love, and you really like pulling the stackable rings off their tower and spreading them all around you on the floor. Above all else, though, you love your toes. You are so bendy and get them into your mouth so easily! It’s incredible.

Oh, and I almost forgot! You have two teeth! Your middle, bottom two teeth have come in. Apparently, all that drooling and chewing you’ve been doing for weeks meant something.

That’s all for now. We can’t wait to see all the ways you will amaze us next month.

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