Rex is a quarter of a year old already, what?! I just looked back at Landri at this age – I seriously don’t even remember it (https://livinwiththelehnhoffs.com/2012/12/13/one-quarter-year-already/). And since Landri didn’t wear a girly outfit in her 3 month pictures, I used the same outfit for Rex for his 3 month iPad pictures (see his at the end of this post).
So, I always tease Scott (my football loving, meat-eating, “manly man” husband) that his worst fears might be realized when his son turns out to be a vegan pacifist who practices yoga and ahimsa. To be fair, Rex did spend a lot of time in Down Dog in the womb, LOL! And I would obviously be totally okay with this, but Scott might need some extra time to adjust should this become our reality someday, haha! But seriously though, sometimes I wonder how Rex’s personality will differ from Landri who is turning out to be pretty independent and outgoing. For example, when Landri was a baby, there was one song that could always soothe her during the most intense of meltdowns. And no, it was NOT a sweet lullaby, but rather an upbeat beer drinking song (see post describing this incredible phenomenon here: https://livinwiththelehnhoffs.com/2012/09/27/pontooning/). Well, Rex on the other hand, appears to be the opposite. He instantly is calmed by none other than Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up on Us.” If you’re not familiar with the song, you can listen to it here to get a sense of how sweet and gentle it is): https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_948399&feature=iv&src_vid=TdN5GyTl8K0&v=O1-4u9W-bns. And with lyrics such as, “I won’t give up on us, Even if the skies get rough, I’m giving you all my love,” I would say that this little one’s gonna be a lover, not a fighter! It’s soooo sweet! Also, one of my favorite things about Rex is how he spends at least 5 min stretching after he wakes up from a nap or from nighttime. It’s adorable!! See? He may just be my little yogi!
All in all, he’s a great baby. When he’s in a good mood (which is most of the time), the adjective I’d use to describe him, hands down, would have to be “jolly.” He’s just a jolly, happy fella! And also the opposite of Landri, he seems to LOVE diaper changes, smiling and even giggling the entire time. It goes with his jolly personality. If there was one thing he needs to improve, it’s sleeping through the night. He’s done it a few times, “FEW” being the operative word. In general he gets up once, although lately it’s been twice a night and it’s killing me. I get up early to work out (5ish), so when he wakes up and eats from 4-4:30, then I’m up and lose an entire hour of sleep (or more if he had a 1am feeding too).
Some of Rex’s skills are holding up his head, bearing weight on his legs, smiling, and of course eating. Scott has been quoted as saying, “Dude can pound a bottle.” Which is very true. He eats now what Landri had worked up to at her highest bottle consumption months and months down the road (6oz/feeding). Another skill of Rex’s is putting 8 of his 10 fingers in his mouth at once. It’s impressive. And annoying. I sure hope it’s not a habit in the making!!! And lastly, he’s a world champion drooler, soaking the entire top half of every outfit in drool daily. It makes me wonder if he will get teeth early like Landri did (4 months).
Speaking of food consumption… Rex seems huge to me for his age, and at his two month appointment he was 95% for height, 85% for head size (shout out to Scott, another large-headed individual), and 65% for weight. His cheeks are getting really chubby as you’ll see in the pictures below. They are adorable. I’m waiting for his juicy leg rolls to catch up; he’s still working on those.
So why is it that we shorten peoples’ names and give them nicknames? You know, like we call Landri “Lan” sometimes… Well, somehow this hasn’t happened with Rex. For some reason, I find ways to make it longer! First I started calling him “Rex Man.” Then somehow I changed that to “Rexie Roo,” and then “Rexie Roo Roo.” It just started getting longer and longer! But lately I dropped the “Rex” in the front and just started calling him “Roo Roo.” Poor kid. Landri has even said it a couple times, although she usually still calls him “Baby Rex” (you know, first name “Baby,” last name “Rex”). Scott says he calls him “Rex” because there’s nothing shorter than that (he was the one who implemented the “if-it’s-a-boy-he-has-to-have-a-one-syllable-name-no-matter-what” rule).
I have some bad news. I have to warn you that today’s Scott Says is really lame. And I’m so sorry. He was in quite a mood. I may need to start bribing him to participate somehow. Ideas?
M: What is your favorite thing about Rex?
S: I’m not doing this. I’m sick of these.
M: What is Rex’s cutest feature?
S: (rolling eyes) I’m not answering.
M: What is the worst part about having a baby?
S: Constant crying.
<I knew Scott would answer if I asked a negative question because he’s in a horrible mood due to a little bit of Rex’s crying while he had to watch both kids alone for a whole two hours which clearly overwhelmed him…also evident from the multiple panic phone calls I received while driving home>