Happy 6 months, Max!

Half a year? Half a year!?!??!?!?!!??!?!  Didn't Evie just turn 6 months?  Actually, Max turned 7 months at the beginning of the month but who has time to blog when I have to kiss those chubby chubby cheeks at least 4000 times a day?  It has been an insane 6 months with a learning curve I still have yet to beat.  He is such a cool little boy and I could not have dreamed up a better little person to join our crazy family.  He is quick to smile but also can look quite serious, he beams when he sees Evie, he definitely is a mama's boy, he likes playing by himself, and he is crawling really fast now and pulling up. Ah!  And much to my surprise, he is not a fan of solids yet...our culinary adventures together will have to wait a little longer.  OH, and those baby giggles. Evie makes him laugh the most. I want to hear them laugh forever and ever and ever and ever.

I am still living off of my high from getting the med free VBAC I wanted so badly.  It was one of the most amazing and empowering experiences I have ever had.  I still remember catching him from the midwife and placing him on my chest.  That feeling of a warm tiny baby body against mine, knowing he had just been growing inside of me - nirvana.  And it feels like I blinked a few times and he is not a tiny baby anymore.  Even though I haven't slept well for close to a year, I miss those tiny baby days already.  People, enjoy every snuggle, every fat roll...and even when you are losing your mind, breath it all in...

With Max's arrival, I have thought a lot more about the way we are raising him and Evie, the kind of life we'd like to give them, and what I want them to learn from Jeremy and I.  No matter how many times I think about this, this list always cross my mind...I hope they grow to be happy, confident, secure, loyal, compassionate, and helpful individuals.  I hope they both learn about themselves thoroughly and have the ability to navigate any challenges that come their way and to deal with their own imperfections and demons.  And most of all, I hope that throughout their lives, they will remember that their parents always have their backs and to lean on one another even when they are vulnerable and don't want to.  Oh yeah, they better not forget to give me hugs and kisses when they get older. :) 

 

*Po Chi Fung is a Washington DC and MD lifestyle and documentary family photographer serving Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and Potomac