1. They can stay awake for more than 20 minutes at a time. I swear, no one tells you that for the first 6 weeks your baby does NOTHING. I would even try to wake Aden up sometimes. It did not work.
2. Solids! Aden loves baby food. AND it smells a lot better than nasty formula. The only thing Aden really dislikes is bananas. He obviously didn't get his dads love of bananas! He likes peas more than them. How is that even real?
3. Toys. Instead of just laying there staring at you vigorously shaking a rattle in a desperate attempt to get a smile, they interact! Aden loves to play with rattles, teething toys, and anything hard to bonk himself in the face with. It's also a great distraction if you want to empty the diaper genie and not get stale diapers on yourself.
4. Smiling and Laughing. Aden just thinks everything is funny now. It makes me feel good about myself to know that I can make him laugh so often. I must be a laugh riot!!
5. Sleeping through the night (STTN). No longer am I up every 3 hours walking up and down stairs getting bottles. Aden has STTN for awhile but the past week he has gone through sleep regression, which APPARENTLY is pretty common around 6 months old. No one tells you that either.
6. Personalities. Aden has developed his own little personality. He is an active little guy who just wants food. I believe he got the active part from ryan and the food part from me. Hmmm, I guess his personality isn't that complex yet, but it is getting there.
But there are some cons to my little guy growing up as well.
-1. Personalities. This is a pro AND a con. He is quite feisty and always wants to be entertained. I only have 2 hands and one brain!
-2. Teething. Chewing, drooling, spitting up, fussy, ahhhh the joy of teething. And it's only the beginning :)
-3. Moving. Aden is attempting to bring his knees up to his belly to attempt to crawl. Luckily, his attempts have failed. Hopefully they will fail for a bit longer. He can roll though! He can roll into doors, he can roll off changing tables, he can roll off pretty much anything. The only time he CAN'T roll is at night in his crib. He rolls on his belly, gets stuck, and then cries for someone to flip him back. Smart kid.
-4. Being Clingy. He ALWAYS wants his mommy. As cute as he is, it gets hard during the day. At least I've developed some serious guns for lugging around a 17 pounder. Which brings me to the next negative...
-5. Weight. You heard me right folks. 17 pounds. And not getting any lighter. The clothes just aren't as cute and adorable as they were when he was a 7 pounder. But still, they are just as addicting to buy. It does not add up. And diapers sure aren't as cute either. I get pretty sick of seeing that damn dancing Elmo on my son's toosh everyday. At least when he was in size N, 1, and 2's I got to see some variety of the sesame street characters. Come on Pampers, step it up.
-6. Poop. The force put into pooping by a newborn, not so much. The force put into poop by a 6 month old, LOTS. It's always when people are over too. "Ellyn, is he okay?"..."Yeah he's fine, just his poop making noise". There have also been numerous accounts of him passing gas in his crib and him laughing about it. Boys are so gross.
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons. I guess they better seeing as I have no say in the matter. I will for sure be having a 6 month "photo shoot" on Sept 7. He is getting his vaccines on Friday, lets all hope that I survive these.