With half of his first year under his belt, Dash is growing up pretty nicely.
This tie-dyed get-up is from Aunt Kat and is one of my current favorites.
I can’t believe Dash is now 6 months old. Mainly because I feel like I am still trying to figure this parenting thing out. I thought 6 months of doing anything would give you a certain confidence in your ability to do that thing. Instead of being 6 months of the same thing, though, the first 6 months has been more like a week of this and then two weeks of that – never the same. I guess that is what makes parenting mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging. But seeing that smile, we are defenseless to do anything other than take on the challenge day after day.
And it is a good thing because this may be the last month we have before this little guy is… crawling. Seriously. He is doing push ups, but more than that he seems to be doing planks. He grunts and pushes up on his hands and tip toes. He pivots around in circles on his stomach. He sits and he can move from a sitting position to his stomach although not gracefully. He can rest in a crawling pose – on his hands and knees – and can move backwards on his stomach, but he can’t figure out how to go forward yet. All this just makes him mad. I think he will be happier when he can figure out how to move forward, but am I really ready for that??
He grabs everything and because he is teething he tries to put everything into his mouth. The tooth we thought was coming in has seemed to go back underground and now he has to go through the pain of cutting that tooth again.
Dash has started on solid food and once a day we try out different tastes and textures. He has tried rice cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, pears, and butternut squash. avocados made him gag at first and the squash was his favorite from the first bite.
He still is stingy with the laughs, but every once in awhile I can get him really going by tickling his feet or tummy. He has a social laugh that is more pushing air out over and over. It’s like we haven’t done anything funny enough yet to get his true laugh. But he gives the smiles away for free to anyone and everyone.
It seems that it is true that babies develop their physical and verbal skills separately. Dash has been focusing on physical for most of his life hence the near mobility, but that has left him with a vocabulary of mostly grunts. He has different grunts for different moods, but so far there has have been no syllables like “dada” or “mama.” There was once a “da,” but only once.
We have his 6-month appointment on Tuesday so we will get some updated stats, but Dash is still a pint-sized guy. It’s probably all the moving he is doing!