24 weeks old & mouth trick

Brendan is 24w5d or a little more than 5 ½ months old. He is growing up sooo fast it makes my head spin. He eats about 30 oz of formula a day plus about 3 oz rice, oatmeal or barley cereal mixed with 1 oz of fruit for breakfast and 4 oz of veggies or veggies and pasta for dinner. He eats countless crackers, Gerber veggie wagon wheels and Zwieback toast too. He is on the verge of branching out soon- I pureed our chicken and dumplings one night and he adored it! He also loves pureed Spaghetti Os mixed with carrots! He gets a bottle of juice for constipation and sometimes drinks some practice diluted juice in his sippy cup too. He can even hold his own bottle, if a bit sloppily. He’s still a pacifier boy too. This is the messy stage, lol, we often have to vacuum his seat and the floor before we wipe it down!
I think Brendan is really a smart boy. We sometimes tap on his mouth when he is chattering or fussy to hear the funny “buh-buh-buh” sounds it makes. Well, now he does it on his own! He puts the back of his hand to his mouth and bends his wrist back and forth. It is soooo cute! :o) He will also say “Baba” when he wants a bottle and holds his hands out when he wants to be picked up! He rolls in all directions, but doesn’t travel too far yet (thank goodness). Last night, he and I took a bubble bath together. Darrell was holding him beside the tub while I got the water and bubbles ready. When there were bubbles in reaching distance, he stood him next to the tub so he could reach them- and he stood by himself! We were amazed. He also laughed hysterically every time I said “Bub-bles!” It was cute.
We met Waynell, Gene and Anthony in Waco again last weekend. Boy, they sure missed him! He loved going swimming in the big indoor pool at our hotel and just getting out in general. We took lots of pictures. We’re going to go on our annual casino trip in about 10 days. Sure will be fun! Brendan will celebrate his 6 month birthday while up there visiting the grandparents.
Brendan’s next doctors appointment is on the 23rd. I am so curious about his height and weight since he fits in several 18 month outfits already! I am a bit worried about his head circumference too.
Brendan has been congested lately. He hates the booger-sucker too. Makes me feel bad to use it but I feel worse hearing him struggle to breathe and drink a bottle at the same time. I’ve been giving him ¼ dropper of Little Colds decongestant several times per day. He also has a small diaper rash that is being stubborn and loose stools (for once). We’ve been having fun with applesauce since right now he can have it! But, he has no fever, so maybe he is just reacting to the high mold count right now.