Yesterday marked 6 months for our little Nathan-bug! He’s not so little as he was: 17lbs, 9oz and 26.5″ as of this morning’s check-up. At 4 months, he was in the 25th percentile across the board; now he’s up to the 50th. The doctor said it’s a good thing we started him on rice cereal last night, because he was eating ALOT of formula–a little over 40 oz/day. Nathan seemed to like the rice cereal pretty well, and he did great eating from a spoon. We shall see how it goes over the next few days!Nathan’s personality has developed in leaps and bounds this last month. He loves to smile and laugh at us, especially when we play peek-a-boo with him. He “talks” constantly during the day–to us and to himself. No legible words yet, but he recognizes some of the words we say–he knows to look expectantly for Tim when he hears “da-da”! He loves to touch and manipulate his surroundings–toys, blankets, burp rags, clothes, ears, floor, Tim’s beard…he’s become so much more aware of what’s around him. He is just barely able to sit alone–he much prefers to be propped in a chair, and his favorite thing is to stand (with our support). He likes to watch cars driving by on the street–they move, they make noise, and sometimes they even have lights! So exciting. We took him to the beach for the first time last weekend (more on that soon, I hope), and he LOVED the whole experience–even the swimming! That pleased me greatly.
One of the big 6 month milestones for us is that it marks the end of the post-supervisory period we’ve been under through our adoption agency. All our post-placement visits are done, all our monthly reports are in the mail, and starting tomorrow, our social worker will file the final legalization papers in court! It will still be a few months for all the legal documents to process, but this is a big step in wrapping up the adoption process. We’re happy for that!