Anyway, at six months Benton and Emery are so different. It is amazing to already see how they have their own personalities. I think it is time to split up their monthly updates!
Sleeping: He goes to sleep at night between 830-900 and sleeps until about 6-7 with one feeding in the middle of the night. A good night he doesn't eat until 5 and then goes right back to sleep. A bad night he eats at 2 and goes right back to sleep. A REALLY bad night he eats at 2 and at 5. We do have the occasional night where he sleeps right on through until 7 but those aren't the norm. I know he is just hungry because he takes a full feeding and goes right back to sleep. He doesn't just nurse for a minute or two and fall back asleep. I have hope that one day I will get a full night's sleep!
During the day he is a great napper. I just give him the pacifier, his giraffe and a blanket and he goes right to sleep. He takes about 4-5 naps a day but I can tell we are about to make the transition to 2 good naps (morning and afternoon) with a small catnap in the evening. He also naps in the rock n play but we plan to move naps to the crib very soon.
Feeding: Benton eats 7 times a day plus that one night feeding. We are making the transition down to just 6 feedings per day because they are starting to nap longer during the day so it is hard to cram 7 feeding in. My boy loves to nurse. He just snuggles right in and when he is done gives me all kinds of milky grins. Gah....the absolute best thing about nursing is those sweet milky grins. He is very still when he nurses and likes to hold my hand or Emery's hand. He stays on longer than she does and he would love to sleep right beside me while nursing all night long. We don't do that because mama is already tired but he would probably sleep all night long if he slept with me. :/
We haven't started any solid foods or rice cereal yet. He had not shown any interest in our food until just the last few days so we will get that started soon. The very first thing Blakely ever had was a little taste of gravy from our favorite breakfast place so we are planning to eat there soon and have the twins get a little taste of gravy too. Not a lot but just a little off our finger. Then I will get to making some baby food! I can't wait!
Clothing: He wears 6 month clothing and can wear some 9 month stuff with his cloth diapers on. When we took our weekend trip to Fayetteville I used disposable diapers and all his pants fell off him!
Diapers: Cloth diapers except at night. I am using a mix of prefolds/covers, Fuzzibunz one size, Bumgenius 4.0 and Bumgenius Freetimes. I have about 20 or so diapers that I would like to sell and then buy more FB and BG. I used a lot of different types with Blakely but with 2 in diapers and other people helping me change diapers on some days it is too hard to keep up with multiple different kinds of diapers. I would like to streamline it down to just 2-3 types that I know I love.
Weight: 14 pounds 12 ounces. This is a little less than the 10th percentile. He has been fluctuating from the 5th to the 10th the last few months. I guess he is small but he is so much chunkier than his sister so he seems BIG!
Height: 26 1/2 inches.
Hair: not much of it there! It looked really light when he was born but what he does have now seems like a dark brown.
A few things about Benton:
He has a few nicknames. It seems we rarely call him his actual name. Benny is the most common one. Ben-man, Benny Boy, Ben Boo, Biggie.
He rolled from back to front for the first time on 10-19. I put him on the floor while I took Emery outside to the blanket. I came right back in and he was on his tummy so I missed it! He has done it multiple more times since then but he doesn't do it on purpose to get to stuff. He is just happy where you put him.
He does SO GOOD in the car seat. Thank goodness. He plays with his toys and then eventually falls asleep with no fuss.
He does like his pacifier. He only gets it when sleeping or sometimes in the car for a long drive. During the day he doesn't really care about it but good lord at night that boy wants it. I have to get up and put it back in for him at least twice every single night...and that is a really good night. I hate the pacifier.
He is so freaking happy. He smiles all the time. Most of the time all you have to do is look at him and he smiles a huge smile.
He takes toys from his sister. If they are close together on the blanket and he can see her toy then he automatically goes for it. He doesn't care that she cries after because her toy is now gone he is just happy because he found a new toy to play with.
He is ticklish. Mainly right under his chin and under his arms. Baby laughs are so good.
He loves the bath. He has learned how to kick all the water out and makes a total mess every single time.
He looks adordable in hats. Gimme all the hats.
My Benny man. He is just the sweetest. He smiles all the time. He rarely fusses unless he is hungry. During the day he is a perfect angel. I joke that he does what he is told. He is plenty happy playing on the floor with whatever toy you give him. He can roll over both ways and has multiple times. He just doesn't do it all the time on purpose...he is happy where you put him. It you put him in the bouncer he is plenty happy. When it is time for a nap he goes right to sleep. He is just easy. At night he is a little more difficult..ha! I mean honestly he goes to sleep great. He just requires more attention at night than Emery does. He wants his pacifier put back in more than once usually and then he gets hungry too. He makes up for taking away my sleep during the day though. The sweetest boy. It makes me tear up just thinking about his gummy smiles and snuggles. I love him so very much and I am so thankful for this boy.
Sleeping: Oh my girl is a great night time sleeper. She goes to bed between 830-9 and sleeps until 7-730. She would sleep longer but usually Benton wakes up and is hungry so I have to wake her up to eat. There has been one time she slept until 830 and so did he! She now sleeps on her tummy at night since she learned how to roll over. She has to have her arms/hands over her face and eyes when she sleeps.
She naps great for the first part of the day. The last part of the day she fights sleep like you would not believe. This is one of the reasons we are trying to move down to the 2 longer naps plus an evening catnap for them. I think she is wanting longer naps instead of more frequent naps. There are many nights when she skips the catnap around 630 and we have to keep her awake until 9 and she is not happy about it. But she sleeps great at night so I don't even care!
Feeding: She nurses 7 times a day and like I said, we are gradually moving down to 6 feedings a day. She loves to nurse too but is a little more wiggly when nursing. Her arms are always moving around and she ends up hitting Benton in the head and making him mad. I usually have to hold her hand out of the way so it doesn't bother him.
She is now interested in our food and we plan to start solids very soon. I can't wait to make baby food again. It was so much fun with Blakely and I am hoping doing it will get me back into cooking for the whole family!
Clothing: She wears 6 month but can still fit into some 3 month dresses.
Diapers: cloth diapers. My BG don't fit her as good as I would like. Mainly it is just the older ones where the elastic has worn out a little. The FB fit her perfect so I would like to get a few more of those. I am mainly still using prefolds/covers for her.
Weight: 13 pounds. My tiny girl. She is growing along the growth curve fine she is just small. Or "petite".
Height: 25 1/2 inches
Hair: I can't tell if it is a light brown or a darker blonde. But I can tell you that it stands straight up off the top of her head! I call her Fuzz.
A few things about Emery:
She has a LOT of nicknames. We call her Sue a lot and I have no idea how this got started. It was Sister Sue and now it is just Sue. Blakely calls the twins Benny and Sue. The child is going to think her name is Sue. Others are Sue girl, Sue Sue, Suz, Em, Emmy, Em-doodle, Em-Bo, Fuzz, Remy, Rem-doodle, Rem-turkey, Rem-a-lem. Are we the only ones that have super weird nicknames for their kids?!
She rolled over from back to front the first time on 10-22 and she hasn't looked back since. She rolls all over the place and I can't keep her on her back. She rolls to get to whatever it is that she wants.
She wants to be in on the action. If we are all in the kitchen and she is in the living room she fusses until we bring her to where we are. She just wants to know what is going on at all times. We joke because the first 2 1/2 months Emery was the super easy baby and Benton was the one who required so much attention and now it is completely the opposite. When she is awake she wants to be into things.
She loves when you talk to her. She would be perfectly happy sitting and watching someone talk to her.
She is so smiley. She will have a really concerned look on her face and if you smile at her then she breaks out the big smile. She goes from super unamused face to super grin in no time flat.
Just like Blakely, she loves hearing Lonnie sing.
She does crunches all the time. If you do lay her on her back then she does crunches trying to sit up. Then she rolls to her tummy.
This girl is a lover of the pacifier. She takes it out and looks at it and then puts it back in. She gets it for naps and bed time but also a lot of the time in the car because she does not enjoy the car seat. Usually if we are just going somewhere across town she is okay but any longer than that and she is ticked. The issue is that, unlike Benton, when she gets tired in the car she doesn't get lulled to sleep. She fights it big time. Which means screaming but most of the time the pacifier can help her get to sleep.
She chews on her toes!
Emery is quite ticklish on her neck and under her arms. You can really get her laughing by trying to kiss her neck.
Oh Emery girl. I love you so much. You are such a spunky girl already and you want what you want. I know you get frustrated because you can't just jump up and run around to check everything out but soon enough my girl. Your smile lights up a room. You smile with your entire face. You want nothing more than to have your Daddy hold you all the time. It is really sweet. You can be unhappy and if he comes to pick you up you just smile so big. You have definitely figured this out because the second you see him make a move for you, you giggle. We had a few nights this month when you were having trouble getting comfortable in your crib. It was right when you figured out how to roll over so it disrupted your sleep some. Anyway, I put you in bed with me and you snuggled right up and slept wonderful. I loved that so much. I am so thankful to be your Mommy, Em!