Due to our vacation, Ben just had his 6-month checkup yesterday. He is doing well (although currently resisting a much-needed nap) and the nurse practitioner gave us the go-ahead to stop his reflux medication and start stage 1 baby foods.
His giant-in-the-making stats:
Weight: 20 lbs, 6 oz (80-85th percentile)
Length: 29.5" (above the 97th percentile, off the growth charts. The NP looked at the measurement, which the nurse had retaken 3x, and asked, "Are you and your husband really tall?")
Head circumference: 44.7 cm (70th percentile)
According to the charts, his measurements are pretty much in proportion. He is keeping up developmentally, chattering a lot, rolling over like crazy, tries to propel himself toward toys (but is mostly able to just spin himself in a circle) and is working on sitting up. He can't sit up unassisted yet, but does tripod sitting fairly well for short periods and can stay upright on his own for a few seconds before slowly topping over. We just broke out the drum & maraca set that his Uncle Tony got him when he was born, and he was fascinated with the music that the maracas make. We haven't tried the drum yet.
As I said, he has been rolling over like crazy for the past few weeks. We left him on his blanket in the family room the other day, and came back a minute or two later to find that he'd rolled off of it and grabbed the newspaper that was a few feet away. He was having a great time hiding under it,
moving it about,
and crinkling it.