As of December 2nd, 2009, it is official: you are half way to your first birthday. Wow. It's so amazing to think that it was 6 MONTHS ago that you made your debut at Northside Hospital. The whole time-flies-and-gets-even-faster-after-you-have-children thing is definitely true.
At your checkup this past Friday, you measured 25 3/4 inches and 18 pounds. We decided, after speaking with the pediatrician, that you probably don't need 5 feedings every day anymore so we are now on a schedule of feeding you every 4 hours. Your meal schedule is starting to look a lot more like ours... you get a bottle and solid food at 7am, 11am, and 3pm. And you get a night-cap bottle at 7pm. At that point, it's off to see The Sandman!
Of course, I think you are nothing short of the most brilliant, sweet, and cute baby in the world. And I have documented some proof of your amazing skills: On October 25th (4.5 months), you rolled over (one way) for the first time.
And, some might argue that what occurred on October 24th is even more impressive: your first kiss. We went to the Willifords cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains and had a fun weekend with the Surgalas.
I think it's safe to say that you and Samantha enjoyed each other's company.
The next steps are to help you roll over onto your stomach, to sit up, and to crawl. You are learning how to do these things but are in no rush. If I had to guess, I would say that you are going to have a laid back personality like your dad. That's a good thing and it makes me smile to realize that you know what you are doing and that you'll roll over and sit up... it'll just be on your schedule, not mine.
We visited Santa right around Thanksgiving this year and you weren't quite sure what to do with yourself. You have been really intrigued with hair lately and I'm not sure if his facial hair or the fact that he had a whole lot of WHITE hair amazed you the most, but I am glad that you at least smiled for the camera and seemed to be OK with this big, strange, white-haired man holding you. Wait, maybe that isn't such a good thing...
Connor, I love you! Happy almost first Christmas!