M is SIX MONTHS OLD! That’s incredible. It was such a busy month, and time really seems to be going faster and faster now. I can so easily imagine what it will be like as she picks up each new skill and grows older. I’m excited for that, but I will definitely miss having her be this age!
Size: She’s 16lbs5oz and still around 25” long. Even though she’s fairly average sized, I don’t bother buying 6mos clothing, as I know she won’t fit into it for more than a few weeks. She’s started wearing 6-12mos size clothes in a few brands and 12mos Gerber onesies (but they run small). Sometimes I look at her nice, chunky legs and can’t believe how big they are. I cradled her while she slept the other evening, and I felt like this time will be gone in an instant and she’ll suddenly be too big to hold like that.
Likes and Dislikes: Some of her favorite toys this month have been stacking cups and various containers. I think they’re just easy to pick up and make a good noise if she hits them against something. She always wants anything electronic item I touch, so I’ve given her a spare remote control with no batteries. That’s pretty fun! Her FAVORITE activity lately is playing piano. It doesn’t matter what sort of mood she’s in — if we sit down at the piano, she’ll get a huge grin on her face and bang away at it. She does love anything that makes noise, and that’s probably the noisiest ‘toy’ she has! She likes when I kiss her feet or her tummy or gobble up her neck. Sometimes that makes her giggle and giggle. Big motions are fun for M, like when I lift her high over my head or gently swing her through the air in my arms.
She doesn’t have a lot of patience for getting dressed (it’s not terrible, but she has better things to do). And generally she doesn’t like being laid on her back when she’d rather be sitting up. Being in the car seat for a long time when she’s not tired enough to sleep gets boring, but short trips are fine.
Eating: She continues to take bottles well. She has four during the day (one before each nap and at bedtime, but the morning bottle is split in two between waking up and the first nap) and one during the night. She usually eats around 6oz for each bottle, although there have been a couple of times she’s had 7-8oz before bed. Once she drank 9oz, and I was afraid she would burst! (She didn’t.)
She started eating real solid food right before she turned six months old. Well, she doesn’t technically EAT much, but she likes to taste and chew on food. She really like cucumbers, which is handy — I don’t really care for them! Savory foods seem to go over better than sweet. Maybe it’s just that sweet sometimes goes along with tangy (like apples). Often when I’ve given her something I think is nice and sweet, she’ll make a sour face. She’s a great sport about tasting new things, though. Everything goes into her mouth, anyway!
Sleeping: Her sleep has remained more or less the same since last month. She still takes three naps a day, with no sign that she’s ready to drop the last one. In fact, I often have to wake her up from that last one so she doesn’t sleep too close to her bedtime or become undertired for nighttime sleep. Her bedtime is still at 6:00pm, and she usually is up for the day around 5:30-6:00am. I still give her a dreamfeed, but now it’s at 11:30pm. Once I accidentally turned off the alarm, and she didn’t wake up until 1:30am.
She had to get a ‘helmet’ to fix her flat spot, and I thought she’d get too warm if she was still wearing her Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit with the cap (it makes her head very sweaty). I had never had luck getting her to sleep in your crib without the sleepsuit, but she made the switch with no trouble when she ‘had’ to.
She almost always has a bottle before she goes to sleep (for naps or at night), and sometimes she’ll fall asleep while eating, sometimes not. If she’s in a good mood (not over-tired) when I put her down awake, she’ll wiggle around for a little bit and then turn her head to one side and fall asleep. If she’s been feeling fussy, she sometimes cries and doesn’t want to be put down in her crib. This has been happening more often when we are out and about before naptime. The other night, she had a really hard time getting to sleep; every time I’d come in and hold her, she’d settle down and drift off, but she’d wake up and cry when I put her in her crib. Eventually, I went and got her kitty cat doll and snuggled it up to her side. She cried for a minute when I left and then went right to sleep. Since then, kitty cat doll has been in the crib for every nap and nighttime, and she seems to like it. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of a nap and plays with it before falling back to sleep. And when she’s awake in the morning, before I come to get her, it seems to keep her occupied. I’m glad she has a little ‘friend’ for company!
Working On / Accomplishments: I suppose the biggest accomplishment this month was learning to sit up on her own! I’m still amazed by how quickly she became stable once she figured it out.
Getting out of the sleepsuit also seems like a big accomplishment, and it couldn’t have come too soon, as she was fitted for a hip brace the day before she turned six months old. We went in for a visit to one of her other doctors, and I happened to ask about her hips — for a long time, she’s slept with one leg straight and one turned out. He called in a hip doctor, who took one look at her x-ray and said her left hip was dysplastic. So now she has to wear a brace for many months. The first night was tough, as she likes to wiggle and turn around in her crib, and now she can’t.
Mostly, though, she simply continues to be a smart, funny girl. She usually knows exactly what she wants, and she likes to stand up at the footstool or coffee table to play with whatever she’s spotted. I know when she’s got something especially good because she opens her mouth and does funny, excited panting. She’s such an amazing baby, and I love her a lot!