Simon @ 6 Months

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2014

6months

Simon is 6 months old!ย 

And his photos are becoming increasingly difficult to take as any time I lay him down, he immediately rolls over on his belly. Plus, I have a super calm, quiet, angelic, 2-year-old ‘helper’ that makes the process just that much crazier ๐Ÿ™‚

6monthsold

He really isn’t even close to sitting up yet (which Nora was easily doing at this point) but he is SOOOO close to crawling. He’s always on all fours, and can basically get wherever he needs to go… I just can’t call it “crawling” yet ๐Ÿ™‚

I wouldn’t be surprised if he was full-blow crawling within a week, though!

His hair is growing ๐Ÿ™‚

And he loves is mama.

He is VERY content to just sit in his swing, in the bouncer, or just lay on the ground with a couple toys. Sometimes, with Nora being so noisy, I forget he’s even in the room.

We’ve tried a little bit of food — but not much success yet. He does really love his bib and spoon though — so that’s already an improvement over Nora, who wouldn’t wear a bib until she was TWO!

All it takes is minimal eye-contact and you’ll usually get THIS big of a smile from him.

He is still going to bed REALLY early and then waking up REALLY early… but he’s content to just chill on the living room floor with me for a couple hours until everyone else is awake.

Nora still smothers him any chance she gets.

She is always pretending she is the mom and Simon is her baby… which of course means she needs to hold him as much as possible.

Noraย asked me if Simon would always be smaller than her. I informed her that based on his massive size, he will probably pass her up in a couple years.

Meanwhile, we’re in the market for anotherย rear-facing convertible carseat as he is already nearing the weight and height limit on our 30/30 infant carrier ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy 6 months Simon John!

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23 comments

  1. Nicole

    09/04/2014

    Simon is a cutie pie!!!

    My three boys have all been huge around 6 months and I worry they’ll outgrow the infant seat. My youngest was 24lbs by 6 months, but he slowed WAY down with the weight gain once he became mobile and didn’t hit 30lbs until he was TWO.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Nicole! I’ll keep that in mind.

    he’s about 24 pounds and 29″ long — so he’s almost outgrown the height of the seat too (and he’s way too heavy for me to carry along with our 12 pound carseat, diaper bag, and wrangling Nora!)

    I think I’ll just keep an eye out for a good carseat deal but continue to “make due” with our carseat until then!

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    Nicole Reply:

    Yes, the infant seat becomes impractical before it gets outgrown, usually. However, something to consider: a very tall seat rear-facing can make getting it into the car a challenge. We switched to a Diono around 6 months, but the front seat had to be so far forward for it to fit, that it was uncomfortable for the passenger (we were in a Passat at the time).

    Maybe you have a bigger vehicle? A minivan?

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    Andrea Reply:

    We will get a mini van at some point — but not quite yet. We do have a Pacifica — which is bigger — but I already thought about the fact that the larger carseat would hinder the front seat movement. Hopefully we can handle it for a bit though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nicole Reply:

    Good luck! We made do with our Passat with three squished in the back until just last month when we were forced to get a minivan (fourth baby due on SUNDAY!). If you can find a small store that sells car seats, perhaps they’ll let you try putting them in before you buy? Not so practical at Target and the likes. I really wish we’d have done that.

    When we bought our van, we took the car seats along to make sure we could put everyone in comfortably (since we were buying an older van without as many bells and whistles).

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    Andrea Reply:

    WOW!! that’s a lot to fit in a back seat!

    congrats on baby #4 and enjoy the minivan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Kim P

    09/04/2014

    Thank You for sharing, I love you post, Like your above post, I also have older kids (20 and 17) enjoy these years. And I am sorry but I have to add that at first glance I thought the above post was Michelle Dugger-(19 kids and counting.-TLC)..Boy would she have a lot of advice for all of us.

    Keep Sharing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I actually thought the same thing (Michelle Dugger) and had to take a 2nd look! I’m sure Michelle Dugger isn’t on the internet enough to know about my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Michele Daggar Reply:

    Ha!!!! Every time I comment on a blog I get a comment about my name. One time someone raked me over the coals for “wasting my time commenting and reading blogs, when I should be taking care of all my kids.” I assure you I only have 2 kids and I think “Michelle Duggar” should read your blog Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    too funny! Maybe you should just go by Michele D instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Michele Daggar

    09/04/2014

    Your babies are absolutely gorgeous. My baby boy is now a 17 year old senior, complete with driver’s license and girlfriend. My baby girl is a 13 year old eighth grader, complete with cell phone and a major attitude!

    Seeing your darling babies brings back sweet memories, but also memories of how tough it is to be home all day with little ones. I’m lucky I could stay home with them, but I’m a much happier Mama dealing with acne,dating and curfews than diaper rash, whining and colic.

    Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Michele! I have a felling that in 15 years I’ll agree with you (sweet memories, but oh so glad to be done with the diaper rash, crying, and sleepless nights — all of which we’ve dealt with in the last 24 hours!)

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. JoAnn C.

    09/04/2014

    Oh how sweet! Happy 6 months, Simon. As always, thanks for sharing, Andrea.

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    Andrea Reply:

    No problem — it’s definitely not a hardship to share pictures of my kiddos ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Wilma

    09/04/2014

    Simon’s so cute. Re the rear facing carrier, our boys are extremely tall (ie, out of the (not tiny) car seat by 5 months), and I was determined to find the tallest car seat to keep him in the 5 point harness for as long as possible. FYI, the Britax marathon is the tallest convertible car seat (or, at least it was a couple of years ago and I’m reasonably sure it still is), and the Britax Frontier (or it’s new counterpart) was the tallest forward facing 5 point harness/high back booster seat–waaayyyyy taller than, for example, the Radian. By tallest, I mean that it had the largest measurement from the bottom of the seat to the highest shoulder harness slot. Good luck!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Wilma!
    We actually already have the Britax Marathon for Nora — but we are going to flip it around and use that for Simon and get Nora the Frontier. I haven’t made the purchase yet (I guess I’m still hoping to find a deal) but glad to know you also recommend them. We LOVE the marathon — so we figured the Frontier would be good too!

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    Emily Reply:

    We got our Britax from Kohls.com on sale with a 30% off coupon. That might help you with the deal!

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    Andrea Reply:

    good to know. I’ll keep this in mind for the next time I get a 30% off coupon! I didn’t even know Kohl’s sold carseats!

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    Kaitlin Reply:

    Kohls has a 30% off coupon out right now. It’s code splurge30 online.

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks for the head’s up Kaitlin ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Elisabeth Reply:

    Just curious about carseats…we have a Cosco Scenera for our 2 year old. She seems to like it…it seems comfortable for her. But we have only driven a 3 hr trip. Do you think the Britax Marathon is more comfortable? How could you tell? Maybe Nora just told you outright…I am just curious bc would love to not spend more money.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Elisabeth, I honestly wouldn’t worry too much about your carseat — “expensive” doesn’t always mean “better”. We got our carseat for free via an insurance claim, so that’s why we ended up with such a nice carseat. It IS really nice — but I’m positive we wouldn’t have splurged if it wasn’t free to us ๐Ÿ™‚

    If your son seems to like his carseat, I wouldn’t change. All carseats have to meet general safety standards so I’m sure your seat is safe!

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  6. Amber Woods

    09/04/2014

    Andrea,

    Simon looks so much like Nora in the photo of you holding him. He is a cutie for sure! In your monthly pics at a glance at the bottom, his eyes look lighter now than earlier. Interesting!

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