Happy Half-Birthday, Anthony!

Happy Half-Birthday, Anthony!

I can’t believe it’s been six months already! Then again, when I look at Anthony, it’s hard to believe he’s only a six month-old. He is not a small child.

It’s amazing how already we can’t imagine life without our darling little Ni-Ni, as Ben calls him.

Yesterday I gave Anthony his first real bath in the tub. Up to now he’s only had sponge baths. I just don’t like the feeling of trying to manage a baby in a tub until they are sitting up fairly well and I haven’t tried since Sophie was a baby. I finally decided that there is really no need so I don’t.

Anthony enjoyed his first bath though at first he was a bit surprised by all the water. His siblings all gathered round to help bathe him. He loved the attention.

Bella insisted on grabbing a washcloth to help out. Fortunately she didn’t knock him over. I don’t think Anthony very much appreciated her help, though.

Just look at those rolls of fat! Don’t you just want to squeeze him and hug him all day!? I do.

Anthony doesn’t have a wide range of vocalizations. Mainly a range of shrieks and moans and grunts. He does love it when I sing. He smiles broadly and give a little sigh. He recognizes what I mean when I ask him if he wants milk and he responds with a little smile and an eager sort of lunge forward.

Unfortunately he’s been a bit cranky the last few days. I hope it’s just teething and not an ear infection like Ben has.

He’s almost too big for his bassinet. He’s got maybe two inches at either end, tops. And he can’t really roll over, though he’s been rolling quite well on the living room floor. There’s just no room to roll in the bassinet.  I don’t know what to do. The crib is too big for our room and I don’t think he’s at all ready to sleep in another room away from me. I’ve been nursing him down at around 7 or 7:30 and putting him in the bassinet and then usually nursing him back down once more before I go to bed. Then once I’m in bed he usually stays in bed with me after night wake ups unless I have to go take care of Sophie or Ben in which case Anthony gets moved back to the bassinet until his next wake up. But I can’t put him down in our bed because I’m afraid he will roll off. And I know some people just put their mattress on the floor but I don’t think that’s an option. Maybe the portacrib might squeeze in next to my bed? Oh I never expected to have a six month old who is so insanely large.

After his bath Anthony got a chance to play with Grandma’s iPad. He was mesmerized by the moving lights. He also tried to eat the iPad. But then he tries to eat everything.


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