6 Month and 3 year updates

In late December Ethan turned 3 years old, and Micah turned 6 months old.  We were out of town for Christmas, so we didn’t schedule their check ups until early January.

Micah was 28 inches long and weighed 18 lbs even.  The funny thing is that Ethan at 6 months was 28 inches long and weighed 18 lbs 3 oz.  At the time the doctor told us that this put Ethan in 70th percentile for weight, but this time he told us that Micah was in the 49th percentile!  I don’t believe 3 oz really make that much of a difference!

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Micah was by far the happiest, easiest newborn this family has had.  At 6 months though, he has become more challenging.  He loves attention, which means that he is super happy as long as he has Mommy’s undivided attention.  However, when he doesn’t have my attention, he tends to be really whiny.  He also is having a hard time falling and staying asleep.  We did a little bit of sleep training, and after one bad night, things seemed much better.  He went from waking up every 1 to 2 hours all night to waking up just once a night for a whole week!  It was a great week.  We seem to have regressed since then though.  Also, he loved solid food the first couple of times we fed him, but lately refuses to open his mouth, spits food, or even gags and pukes.  Oh well, we are operating on the assumption that at some point he will learn how to sleep and eat!

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In the mean time he is super cute and super active.  He can’t actually crawl yet, but he does get around a little by scooting, twisting, rolling etc.  He also LOVES his brothers.  He enjoys watching them play or talking with them.  We can tell he is dying to be able to play and move like they do!

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At his check up, Ethan was 39.5 inches tall and weighed 34 lbs.  Even the doctor remarked about how much he had grown in the last year!  He grew 4.5 inches and gained 4 lbs in one year!  He is 2.5 inches taller and 4 lbs heavier than Caleb was at 3 years old.  He is well on his way to being a big boy!  He loves to tell people that he is big now because he is 3 years old.

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Ethan at 3 is bursting with personality.  He loves dressing up and pretend playing with Caleb.  They are forever putting out fires, building houses, operating farms, putting on performances, or any other scenario they can possibly imagine.  For the most part Caleb and Ethan play really well together and collaborate well, though they do have some squabbles.  Ethan seems to have endless energy and keeps moving all the time . . . unless someone reads to him.  He will sit quietly and listen for as long as anyone is willing to read.  I don’t think I have ever met another child who loves to be read to so much.  He is just as happy with a board book he has read a million times as he is a “chapter book” with no pictures.  He can tell you all about any story he hears too.  Our biggest challenge with Ethan is bed time.  He happily takes a nap every day, falling asleep minutes after he is in bed.  However, night time is a different story.  He takes forever to fall asleep.  We do seem to have finally broken him of the habit of coming out of his room, but he still talks for an hour or so, which often means keeping Caleb up as well.

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All in all, all of our boys are growing well and each day is an adventure!

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