Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Difference a Month Makes

One month ago we were getting ready for (in need of) a nice long holiday break.

Watching our baby roll over.
Waiting for him to sleep through the night.
Wondering if we should start him on solid foods.

Watching our toddler fight us tooth and nail.
Waiting for him to snap out of it.
Wondering how often he would be in "time out" during the trip.

And now? Well. Our wonder (verb) has changed to wonder (noun).

At six months old, Gavin weighs a whopping 20 lbs. He is happy as ever. He has readily taken to spoon feeding, though milk is still his food of choice. He thinks sitting up is old news and has moved on to crawling. He also tries to pull himself up on everything in sight. This little one is ON THE GO! I don't know where he gets the energy. He refuses to sleep most of the time. [Enter the "cry it out" phase.] He's far from consistent, but he's finally slept through the night--a record 10-hour stretch last week.

It seems Owen has turned a corner too. Even entered a new stage. He was very hard to deal with before the holidays. Let's be honest, he has been a struggle off and on since he was maybe 18 months old. He has a strong mind and a stronger will. Yet, he was remarkably good during our holiday travels. And he's continued the pattern since then. I'm not saying we're in the clear. But I am stunned by how much he has conformed. Mark and I have had a number of conversations about how different things are. He is so pleasant to be around!

One thing is for sure. Gavin LOVES Owen. And Owen LOVES Gavin. I can't believe how much I love the two of them together. What a great combination. I get all excited thinking of them growing up together, sharing life experiences. Anyway, I marvel at my boys and the difference one month has made.

(Photo was taken on one of my favorite days last year-Thanksgiving Day at the San Francisco Zoo. Me and my boys. Beautiful weather. Perfect day.)


Kimba said...

I can't believe how much Gav changed! His was the most physically noticeable (he's CRAWLING! i can't get over that!). So glad O did so well, the holidays are crazy! Can't wait to experiment tomorrow...

Abby said...

I love that Mark is sporting the Bjorn. Seriously, how cute is that?

And what the crawling? For some reason I still feel like Gavin is a new baby, probably because I haven't seen him hit these milestones. It's incredible!

janet solomon said...

cutie pies. love looking at the pictures. i must say gavin took to crawling very quickly and i agree owen is the best toy that gavin has. loved staying and playing with you. see you soon.

Kathryn said...

They are so adorable!
I had to look, since I feel like we are friends from how much I hear about you :) (this is Kim's sister)