My Dear Lucas,
We can't believe almost half a year has gone by! It has been such a joy to have you in our lives. We can't imagine our lives without you in them. You have grown and changed so much this month! You're now a baby, no longer an infant.
You smile so much now! All we have to do is look at you and you squint your eyes and smile real big. You even get so happy, you squirm:) It's wonderful!
You laugh a lot now too:) We used to have to do so much to make you laugh, but now just silly faces and looks and the excitement of a tickle coming on, will make you squeal and belly laugh!
We celebrated Mimi's birthday this month and another holiday: Memorial Day! You had a great time meeting more of Daddy's relatives.
You also went to your first wedding (where you met your Grandpa Doug's siblings). This is also where you had your first mohawk:) Right now, your hair is growing so much in the middle of your head, so a mowhawk is the only hairstyle you can have! We love it;) You also had your first swim, and your first picnic:) What a fun summer this is turning out to be, and it's just barely started!
Some major milestones this month have included rolling over from back to belly. You still haven't mastered from belly to back yet, but we think you will soon! You get a little frustrated once you've rolled on your belly 5 times and you can't get back over. It's become a little tiring for Mommy and Daddy to roll you back over so many times! We're excited for you to learn this new skill:) But, we're not rushing anything! Another big milestone is eating solid foods;) We started you off with rice cereal. You hated it at first, but we made it a little thicker and you absolutely love it now! You're like a little birdie. We sit you in your Bumbo and you immediately open your mouth! After about a week of rice cereal, we introduced green beans. You didn't like them at first, then you tolerated them, then you cried when we fed them to you. We came to the conclusion that you don't like them very much, because once we started feeding you squash, you took to it like a champ!
You now eat oatmeal/rice cereal when you wake up in the morning, pears (we'll introduce a new fruit next week) and 5 oz formula for lunch, squash (we're introducing peas tomorrow) and 5 oz formula for dinner, and a 6 oz bottle before going to bed! Everyone is amazed at how much you eat!
They're also amazed at the schedule you've created. You wake up at 7:30-8a. You eat, play and go down for a nap round 9:30-10a. You wake up around 11:30a-12p, play and eat lunch around 12:45-1p. We play some more and you take another nap around 2:30-3p and sleep until 4-5p. You eat dinner then, play and get sleepy around 7:15p every night. You take baths every other night and you absolutely love them! We get your jammies on you, feed your night bottle, read a story and you're in bed every night around 8:15-8:30p. Then, we don't hear you until 7:30-8a again! You sleep almost 12 hours! It's amazing for Mommy and Daddy and when you wake up, you don't cry! We just see you moving on the monitor and hear you talking. We go in there and you immediately smile! You are such a happy baby in the morning and for that, we are eternally grateful:)
We are grateful for you, Lucas Rial! We love you and are soaking in every second of this summer! We are proud of all you've accomplished in such a short time and we know you will continue to grow and prosper all your life! We pray that you will grow strong and healthy, but mainly grow to love the Lord and serve Him with your whole heart! He gave you to us and we pray that you will give your life to Him!
Thanks for who you are!
Mommy and Daddy