Six months went by faster than I ever thought was possible! Â I feel like you should be about four months old – not six! Â You continue to be the light of the day to both daddy and I. Â We love you so much.
You are continuing to develop at a rapid pace. Â You learned how to crawl at the beginning of this month – at just about 5.5 months old. Â We transitioned you into your crib in your room by yourself and I think you were practicing in there. Â At first, you would get into crawling position and rock yourself back and forth hoping momentum would project you forward. Â Then all of a sudden you realized that you needed to pick up your hands and knees and you never looked back. Â You move all over the place and the days of you laying on the floor immobile are definitely over. Â I canâ€™t leave you by yourself for one second anymore. Â We purchased a play pen for our living room to contain you!
Once you mastered crawling, it was on the the next thing – pulling yourself up and standing. Â Daddy and I thought you were sleeping one day a last weekend and we went to check on you and you were standing up in your crib! Â We were surprised, scared and amazed at you. Â You are a strong and determined little mister. We love it.
Sleep has been an ongoing issue still. Â There was about a week that you were sleeping so well. Â You got over the 4 month sleep regression, got used to your crib and werenâ€™t going through a wonder week and were sleeping for about 4.5-5 hours in the first stretch and then about 3 hours in the next stretch. Â I was only getting up about 3 times from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am! Â It was glorious. Â Right when I was getting used to this and bragging about your sleep, a wonder week hit and you went right back to waking up about 4-5 times per night. Â Mama is tired and I would think you would be too. Â About half way through this month, you decided that 7:30 pm needed to be your bedtime. Â You get fussy and I know it must be bedtime. Â We read a book then I sing Brahmâ€™s lullaby (horribly) to you and you nurse to sleep. Â This takes us about Â½ hour and itâ€™s lovely! Â I love watching you fall asleep and then sleep on me for a little bit. Â You have the most peaceful expression on your face and your little body snuggles into me and youâ€™re out. Â You have also gotten into a nap routine of 2-3 naps per day though they vary between 45 minutes-2.5 hours. Â Each day seems to get a little more consistent. Â I have to plan our days more around naptimes now, which is totally fine. Â We want you feeling your best!
Your smile is contagious as is your laugh. Â You absolutely love Otis and are mesmerized by your daddy. Â You love me and are comforted by me, but you are infatuated with your dad. Â He is so much fun for you – your eyes light up when he walks into the room. Â It makes my heart sing to see the love between the two of you! Â I pray that it is always this way. Â You have started to get a little more clingy to your dad and I also. Â When someone else is holding you, you reach for one of us. Â Itâ€™s so sweet.
Grandma Nancy has seen you several times this month and you and her go over the animal sounds several times a day. Â You are quite the talker and grandma thinks you are trying to make animal sounds too because you do it right after she tells them to you. Â You enjoy this time and take an intense interest in learning them by getting really close to her face. Â We can see the thought process going on in your head. Â You love hearing your voice by babbling and screeching.
You also love to use your hands and explore new objects. Â Your favorite things are iphones, ipads and computers! Â You little tech nut. Your dad loves that you are so interested in technology and mom is of course freaking out because sheâ€™s stuck in the 90â€™s.
We had a few adventures in starting solids this month. Â We went to a baby led weaning class at the Motherhood when you were a little less than 5.5 months old.. Â They placed platters of fresh food in front of all the babies and it was a free-for-all to get what they wanted. Â I think you were overwhelmed and didnâ€™t really know what to do because you grabbed a slice of watermelon, looked at it and put it down. Â Then, within a couple minutes, you got fussy and wanted to nurse. Â You werenâ€™t interested in food at all. Â We waited a couple more weeks and tried to give you a banana and piece of watermelon at home in your high chair. Â You played with each piece of fruit for a few seconds and then wanted no more. Â We tried a few days after that with a piece of banana again and you went to town! Â You wanted to eat the peel first and I wrestled that away from you and then you stuffed the banana in your mouth. Â I was obviously freaking out about choking at this point. Â You gagged a little bit and it made me shake I was so worried. Â You got down a few bites. Â I tried to mash it up with a spoon and feed it to you, but you hate the spoon! Â Iâ€™m a little overwhelmed by the whole experience and Iâ€™m not sure where to go from here. Â I suppose weâ€™ll try again! Â Â Gosh starting solids seemed like a long ways away and now itâ€™s here!
I’m not too worried about starting solids other than I think you want to explore with food now. Â We haven’t had our six month doctor’s appointment yet, but I weighed you on our home scale and it said you were 18.2 lbs., so you’re somewhere in that ballpark! Â Right on par.
Tomorrow we are going to embark on a journey to California! Â I know youâ€™re way young, but itâ€™ll be interesting to see what you think of the ocean. Â You are not very fond of strangers holding you right now, so I donâ€™t know how that will go either. Â I guess time will tell.
Breastfeeding is going well. Â I love it – itâ€™s the best bonding experience I could imagine with you. Â I love being able to provide you with the best nourishment for you. Â There is so much research coming out about all the benefits of breastfeeding. Â I wish you the best health for the rest of your life. Â Iâ€™m excited that weâ€™ve made it this far and neither of us have plans to stop anytime soon.
Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s been going on with you this month! Â We continue to have so much fun with each other all day (and night)! Â I love showing you new things and giving you new experiences. Thatâ€™s the silver lining with you getting older I suppose! Â You are no longer the delicate little infant I brought home from the hospital. Â You have a personality and are striving for the next thing daily.
I love you so much and you are the biggest blessing to daddy and Iâ€™s lives!