Baby David: Six Months

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It’s been half a year since David joined our family. He is so sweet and we love him so much.

Fun facts about David at six months:

  • He can roll over in both directions and does so all the time.
  • We put him to bed on his back but he likes to sleep on his stomach and will generally roll over during the night.
  • He eats a variety of solid foods and is becoming more adept at eating from a spoon. He has an 8 oz bottle four times a day and will have about 2 oz of baby food right before his second feeding of the day.
  • When he sees someone holding his pacifier or a bottle and he wants it, he’ll open up his mouth.
  • He loves to smile and play peek-a-boo.
  • The song “If you’re happy and you know it” always brings a smile to his face.
  • He is WAY more observant than he used to be and studies his surroundings everywhere we go. I love watching him look around.
  • He loves chewing on things (teething??), especially the side of his pacifier.
  • He can pick things up and put them in his mouth.
  • His is still generally cheerful in the mornings.
  • He started sleeping through the night again and is fully used to sleeping in his crib. He sleeps from about 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Since 7 weeks, he’s been able to sleep through the night without waking to eat. It started as a 7-hour stretch and has progressed to a 13-hour stretch. Around 4 months, when he moved from his sleeper to his crib, he would wake one to two times a night and fall back asleep as soon as he was given his pacifier. Those mini wake-ups no longer happen, which we appreciate ūüôā
  • He still loves bath time. He doesn’t get super smiley but he gets super relaxed as we bathe him. We bathe him before bed so he knows it’s time for sleep.
  • He’s becoming a better napper but still struggles to nap for consistently each morning and afternoon. He’ll go down for a nap, but sometimes he’ll wake up 30 minutes later.
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Trying out his new hat for our beach trip this summer.

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Happy boy just waking up.

 

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Why I Believe the Book of Mormon is Scripture

I want to start by saying I love the Bible and believe it is a true book of God (as far as it is translated correctly). The Bible is scripture full of wisdom that blesses my life on a daily basis. I also believe the Book of Mormon is a true book of God and is scripture.

Yesterday, I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I’ve read this book a number of times in my life, and I want to take a moment to capture on my blog my feelings regarding the Book of Mormon.

For those unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon, below is a little portion of the Introduction in the Book of Mormon:

The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.

The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians.

The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.

You can read the entire Introduction to the Book of Mormon here.

I feel peace as I read the Book of Mormon. I gain wisdom about how I should live my life and my relationship with God. I believe the Book of Mormon is true scripture because I’ve prayed and asked God over the years to allow me to feel of it’s truthfulness. Because of the peace I feel when I read it, I believe it is true scripture. In the Bible (Galations 5:22), we learn that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace. I feel all those things as I read and ponder the Book of Mormon.

I believe anyone can come to feel the power of the Book of Mormon in their life, regardless of whether or not he or she is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The very last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon wrote this admonition/promise:

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

If anyone reading this would like a copy of the Book of Mormon, I’d be happy to give one to you.

March Moments

March brought our only snow storm of the winter season. It was beautiful. John loves snow, and I felt so bad because he was in Chicago for work and missed it all. He hadn’t traveled at all since David was born, and of course the first week this snow-lover was gone we had a snow storm.

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March also brought a new experience for David (aside from snow). He ate solid food for the first time. His first experience was with pumpkin, which I think is quite fitting since he was born in October. He has pretty much been accepting of all solid food. The only thing he seemed unsure about was mashed up bananas. I’m wondering it if was the texture he didn’t feel comfortable with, since the bananas were mashed and not pureed.

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I didn’t realize how many bibs we had been gifted until I pull them all out. I found six more after I took this picture.

March also brought my and John’s last visit to the Washington DC Temple for the next two+ years while it’s closed for renovations. I wrote about our experience on The Faith Friends blog. For those living in the DC area, once the renovations are complete, the Temple will be opened for tours before it is re-dedicated.

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And finally, in less than one week, our little guy will be half a year old…crazy!

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