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Six Months with Ian

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December 24th is not only Christmas Eve, it's also the day my little baby will be six months old! I am planning to do a nicely bound baby book when he turns one, but we've already taken so many pictures during these first few months, I thought I should go through and print off some favorites before it gets too overwhelming. So I got a classic, basic photo album and printed off some 4x6's. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the pics too (at least my mom, haha) so here's a little walk down memory lane!

This is our very first picture of Ian, right after he was born.

Ian Montgomery: the first 6 months

tiny-ian

baby-ian

These pictures are from his last day in the NICU. They had a photographer there that day shooting pics for free, which was so nice and perfect timing!

nicu

nicu-photos

nicu-last-day

sweet-ian

From our first day home.

baby-photo

ben-ian

Seriously, is there anything sweeter than watching your husband become a father?

ben-and-ian

We were (still are) obsessed with his tiny toes...

tiny-toes

...and fingers (high five!).

high-five

And his EYES! They're still blue. I'm super excited because I always wanted blue eyes + Asian features, and it looks like Ian will have that combo.

cute-baby

Then we took our little two-month old on a massive road trip. What an adventurous baby (or crazy parents?)!

arches

lockett

blue-eyes

And when we got back home, he was big! Or at least, much bigger.

sheepskin

home

making-friends

little-bear

Six months with Ian

Here's our big boy now! He's rolling over both ways and working hard on scooting, weighs around 14 lbs (4x his birth weight!), is super smiley and giggly, loves back rubs and cuddles, and I'm pretty sure he's starting to teethe because lately he has been gnawing on everything. 

blue-eyed-babe

Hope you enjoyed getting a peek at our first six months with Ian! I'm going to take the rest of this week off to kick back and hang out with family. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! xo

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  1. Posted by Morgan on Monday, December 19th, 2016

    So beautiful!! I am 30 weeks preggers now with a little boy, and am crying the hormonal pregger mama tears! So excited! Thank you for sharing!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

      Awww! I'm so excited for YOU! 30 weeks, so close! xoxo
  2. Posted by Grandma Dean on Monday, December 19th, 2016

    Love every picture, love you Ian!!! You are a gift to all of us from God! Amazing grace! We love to watch you grow each day!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

      :) Thanks Mom, Ian loves you too!
  3. Posted by Aroa on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    Congratulations and very happy birthday of your six months baby (sorry for my english).
    He is so cute and it's so good to see how strong they are!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

      Thank you so much Aroa!!! P.S. I love your name
  4. Posted by Megan Dean on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    So cute!!!! My heart is full after looking at all these :) thanks for sharing! LOVE LOVE LOVE
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

      Awww thank you Megan! <3
  5. Posted by Liz on Friday, December 30th, 2016

    He is adorable!! My absolute favorite picture is the second to last - on his belly - grinning at the camera. Handsome, adorable! How is he sleeping?
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

      Thank you so much!!! He's sleeping ok...still gets up at least once or twice a night to feed. I know we could start sleep training him soon but I don't think I have the heart to do it. It's going to feel amazing when I finally get a full 8 hours of sleep again!
  6. Posted by Liz on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

    {Response to above}
    Sleep training is SO hard to do, as a mom. I think the only concept that allowed me to do it was the thought that "I am teaching my baby the skill to be able to fall asleep on his own and to fall back asleep when he wakes up during the night, like we all do."

    I sleep trained my almost 6-month-old the week before Christmas (as a Christmas gift to myself - ha!). It is exhilarating to now be able to lay him down in his crib and have him not cry at all - Like he's grateful to be finally able to rest! Not nursing during the night was a fear of mine, but the supply seems steady thus far.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

      That's true! What a good way to think about it. Did it really only take you a week?? And I'm not gonna lie, that sounds like THE best Christmas present! haha.
  7. Posted by Emerald on Saturday, January 7th, 2017

    May God continue to bless and keep your family! Gorgeous family!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, January 9th, 2017

      Thank you!!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

      Aww, thank you so much! That's very sweet.
  8. Posted by Liz on Monday, January 9th, 2017

    {response to above}
    I was surprised and grateful that my baby's sleep was literally better by the second night - and even during the night on night 1. It was minutes of crying, for sure (as opposed to even one hour). I believe it was about 7 days before he was sleeping without a peep. I had parked our recliner right outside the nursery door, prepared for a night of "training" (going in and comforting him at set intervals throughout the night). I was hardly out of my bed and in the recliner, though, because he would stop crying within the recommended interval (3 min, 5 min, 10 min, 15 min), so I didn't have to "comfort" him (speak to him and pat his back) much.

    I know it can vary. My sister-in-law was sleep training her 1-year-old at the same time. He was more resistant. I know she was seeing progress when I last talked to her - she mentioned a day with his going to nap [awake] without protest. I would say it's not typically more than two weeks, though!

    (PS - I *have* added a pumping session a couple nights before I go to bed. Want to keep the supply higher for a while longer, and wanted to get the extra milk.)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

      Sorry for the late reply! Thank you so much for the additional info, Liz. That's really encouraging!!!
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