Oh. My. Word. 6 Month olds are Amazing. Brooks cracks me up. I set out to capture in photo just who he is at 6 months and it was a challenge as I would steady him with one hand, grab my camera with the other, and turn around to find his pudgy little fingers reaching forward, fresh spit up rolling down his chin (yup, still a spitter), and a devious smirk on his lips. Little Butterbean. I no longer have to prop him up for photos though as he is sitting up on his own which somehow makes him look WAY too old.
Nailed it mom! Looking like a little grown up right?
In other big news (relative to Brooks anyway), we have started on solids! For some reason I put this off as long as I could even though Brooks has been reaching for our food for some time now. Brooks loves the sight of his booster seat. Most days I pull it out of the closet late afternoon, put it on the floor, and strap him in; meanwhile he is smiling and flailing in anticipation for the act of eating. I mention the “act” because I’m not exactly sure how much he eats, but boy does the boy enjoy the process of his parents undivided attention while he smears food everywhere.
We have done rice cereal, avocados, and sweet potatoes so far. I let him get the avocado ALL over himself one night and he promptly broke out in a rash with puffy eyes. Thankfully, we had his 6 month check up the next day and the doctor informed me it was just from getting food oils all over his little (well 35th percentile) body! Whoopsie. Aren’t avocados supposed to be good for skin?
(*I don’t usually let him feed himself)
Now that summer is sticking around (it took a while this year here in Chicago), we are faced with covering Brooks who inherited his mom’s blue eyes and his dad’s blindingly white fair skin.
The first weekend in July, we headed up Milwaukee for an overnight trip. We had a free night in a hotel that was expiring so we threw some things in the car and made the 1.5 hour drive north. We spent Saturday at Atwater Beach with some friends. You could walk right by the park and not notice the steep drop off that leads down to a nice little patch of beach surrounded by trees. I had envisioned getting to put the kiddos (Brooks and GF, Adah) in the water, but it was too cold! However, that didn’t stop us from putting their feet in the water which led to earth-shattering screams by both. We found it so funny, we did it a second time to catch it on video.
with Ted, Bethany, Hana, Andrew, and Adah at the market that looks suspiciously like the Seattle market
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Milwaukee, eat cheese, drink beer, and wash it down with custard. So was our weekend… and then Sunday, back to Chicago with promises to put healthier food in our bodies.
Per usual, I have more pictures than you probably want to look at, but I am going to throw them on anyway:
a typical walk along the Lakeshore path
We have so many toys and yet one of the BEST games we have is taking all the utensils out of their home, one in each fist
eating sand at the park
eating sand at the beach
we are thankful the restaurant below our apartment is out of business currently… we enjoy the patio!
empanadas and my boys (shout out to 5411 Empanadas, a new favorite)
Until next time!