Bean is now 6 months old! I’m late with this post, so he’s actually 6 months and 13 days today. He hit the 6 month mark on Dec, 23rd. We saw the pediatrician on the 26th, and these were his stats as of that visit:
Weight: 14 lb. 3 oz., 4th percentile
Length: 26 inches, 25th percentile
He has always been right around the 25th percentile for length and weight, but as you can see he has dropped off his curve. The pediatrician guided us on how to increase his solids, and at my decision, we have started bottle feeding more and mixing my milk with formula. He’s currently at half and half, but we will be working towards all formula over the next couple week. Breastfeeding was never easy for me at the start, and now he needs more than what I have been able to produce. He also has not wanted to nurse as well lately either, and while I don’t think he’s trying to wean himself, there’s definitely something going on, and feeding him is of the utmost importance, so formula is making it’s way into his diet.
I never did a 5 month post, mainly because I was very busy with him, and we didn’t have stats for him at 5 months. We can weigh him at home on the Wii, but those measurements are way off from the pediatricians, so they’re not reliable for anything other than how much he has gained, not his current actual weight. When he was 4 months old, we started solids. We began with rice cereal, and he eats that no problem. We tried oatmeal as well, but it just seems that he spits up more after eating that. He loves squash and sweet potatoes, and will eat store bought green beans now (but gagged on the ones I made), and tolerates carrots. We just tried bananas today, which he made faces at, and his next new food will be avocado. I also have zucchini made for him, and I have peas waiting to be made and store bought peaches to try. We also bought barley cereal to try at some point as well too.
Bean had his first ear infection about 2 weeks ago, and I’m wondering if he’s starting to develop one again today. We’re not having a great day today, and I’m wondering if that’s the reason. Hopefully he doesn’t take after his mommy! I had a lot of ear infections when I was little.
He does not sleep through the night yet. Or at least what I would consider sleeping through the night. He still wakes up at least once for a feeding, sometimes twice, but there are also other wake ups in there as well when I have to go give him his pacifier or rock him back to sleep. Bedtime is between 9:15-10pm and he usually wakes up for the day between 8:45-9:30am. He still only naps for 30 minutes at a time, and starts to get cranky if he’s awake for much more than 2 hours at a time. Once in a great blue moon we get a 1 hour nap from him. Problem is, we never know when that’s going to happen, and then we don’t really take advantage of it.
We have entered the separation anxiety stage as well. Whenever he sees one of us leave the room, he starts to wail. My parents tried babysitting one afternoon so Hubby and I could go Christmas shopping, and apparently he was inconsolable for quite some time. It’s sweet that he loves us so much and relies on us so much, but at the same time, it’s difficult to get anything done or leave him alone to play a few minutes or leave him with “babysitters”.
Two teeth have broken through on the bottom, but aren’t quite fully emerged yet. The first one cut through shortly after 4 months, and the second one followed at around 5 months. He’s been exceptionally drooly again, so I keep checking for more that might be cutting through.
He absolutely loves his taggie blankets (any tag he can find, really), his new big playmat, and his favorite new toys from Christmas seem to be the steering wheel and the bumble bee. He likes to listen to us read to him, and tries to “help” turn the pages.
His newest things? Growling, sticking his tongue out and blowing raspberries and kisses. My favorite thing, of course, is the kisses. It’s not a true kiss yet, as he just plants his mouth on your cheek or chin, but he does it after you ask him for “kisses”. He even goes “mmm” when he does it sometimes, because I sometimes give him a big “muah” sound when I kiss his cheek. The growling and raspberries are sometimes funny, not so much when you’re trying to feed him and he has a mouth full of food though. He’s also able to sit up on his own for longer now. We still are there to support him, since he sometimes topples over yet, but he’s getting so good at it! He has finally rolled belly to back a few times, but going the other way he only makes it onto his side. Which speaking of, he is definitely a side sleeper now. Always rolling to his side. I think he sleeps better that way a lot of times. We don’t seem to be anywhere near crawling yet though, since he is still not very fond of tummy time.
Here are his 6 month photos:
(We lost the pants because he was just too interested in trying to rip off Santa’s puff ball from his hat.)
And to compare the last 6 months, here are his birth, 4 week, 8 week, 3 month, 4 month, 5 month and 6 month photos:
If you notice, he also had his first hair trim already! And since I didn’t get to post this before, here is us celebrating New Year’s Eve: