Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seven Months

I'm changing up my monthly posting a little bit, because I'm sure none of you really care what size diapers Cale wears. Or how much formula he drinks. Or how many times a day he poops. Or when he takes his naps. You get the point, and you're welcome :)

Seven months. Boy o' boy. I know I say this every month, but I wish time would slow down. I'm really, really trying to cherish these moments and not rush Cale to the next stage, because I know I will never get this time back. I'm a sappy mom these days, still tearful about the least little things.

This sweet boy fills my days up with smiles, laughter, and complete JOY!

These days he has the most infectious ONE TOOTH smile, and he loves to flash it around at anyone and everyone! Any time we go out in public I can catch him smiling at total strangers. Last week he was hamming it up in church while standing on his Daddy's lap, grining at all the people on the pew behind us. His smile warms my heart, his smile brings me closer to Jesus. I can't help but think that Cale has a very special gift. He is soooo sweet natured, I'd like to believe that my baby boy is going to do big things one day :)

While he's still not crawling, he has mastered the art of rolling to get from Point A to Point B.  All the stuffed animals have been removed from his crib, because he uses up all the space he has on any given night. He is getting places with his rolling! I knew I had to remove his stuffed animals when I found him wide awake in the middle of the night 'talking' to them just as happy as could be.

He is still working on sitting up independently too. He does pretty good these days with the 'tripod' position (using his hands to help hold himself up). He tends to lose his balance easily when he attempts to sit on his own, mostly because he is so distracted with the things around him. It's obvious that he doesn't have the patience to learn to sit yet, he's entirely too busy with his surroundings.

We have gone to the pool a couple times in the last few weeks, and I have a feeling it will become a regular summer evening activity. This boy loves the water! He spent nearly an hour and a half in the water during our last visit just as happy as could be. He takes his little hands and just splish splashes around.

He has also really started paying attention to his big brother, Bentley. Cale gives Bentley great big smiles!  Bentley is always the first to be in Cale's room whenever he wakes up in the morning or from naps. I've started letting Bentley jump up on the side of the crib to see Cale, and Cale's always laying there waiting for it with a smile on his face. It's so sweet to see these two! Just in the last several days, Cale has started to "pet" Bentley. He'll put his hand on Bentley and gently scratch. It cracks me up!

One last thing that I want to remember about this time period, I think Cale is a Momma's Boy. Shhhhh, don't tell Alan ;)  He has really started to love on his Momma. Whenever I carry him on my hip, he'll put his arm around my neck and either scratch the back of my neck or play with my hair. He'll also put both hands around my face and pull me towards him for the biggest, slobberiest kisses on the cheek! Melts. my. ever. loving. momma. heart. Seriously.

I love my little family so much, and I love the joy that this little miracle has brought into our home.  What a wonderful God we serve! :)


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time Flies

I cannot begin to explain how quickly time has passed during the last six months.  I feel like I've spent most of my life wishing, wanting, and waiting on that next stage (as most girls seem to do!).  Now that I'm living out the life I've dreamed about and prayed for for so long, I want time to suddenly stand still. My baby is growing too fast.
My baby boy had his first tooth sprout through over night. Hummmmph. While I'm excited for this milestone in his life, I'm also very sad that I'll never ever get to see his big toothless grin again. I am not ready for all of this. How do you other momma's deal with these changes? Does it ever get easier?  I'm almost mopey in a pathetic sense over these rapid changes. Can I still blame the hormones for tears?! ;) Haha!

Don't hate me, friends, but my child (in all his toothing experience) has been AWESOME! He spiked a fever last night before bed, but that had no impact on his happy, sweet, smiling personality. In the slightest. He slept for 10 1/2 hours. Solid. I'm a proud mom! :)

Here are a few pictures from his six month photo shoot at JCPenney's. My Aunt (Cale's Great Aunt) took us to JCPenney's to have his pictures made at my Grandma's request. My grandma had our pictures made every year at JCPenney's growing up, so we were just following family tradition!