I am woefully overdue for your 6 month letter…considering you’ll be 7 months in two days! This month was filled with milestones, struggles, and triumphs. One of the most difficult things that we went through was your 6 month doctor’s visit. We found out that you weren’t growing like you should and had lost weight in the past 3 months. I was devastated and scared. The doctor gave us 2 weeks to get your weight up by at least 1/2 a pound before we’d have to do a full battery of tests. I’ll save this for another post but long story short, you switched over to formula that day and stopped nursing by the next full day. But at your appointment 10 days later, you’d gained a whole pound! Baby boy, you love to eat.
This month in addition to figuring out the delicate balance and type of formula, we started purees. I had it in my head that we’d do baby led weaning, but like most things child-related, things didn’t quite go as planned. Nonetheless you gobble up pouches of food like it’s your last meal. Your first favorite was sweet peas with mint but have since moved on to also enjoying sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas, & pears, and carrots, parsnips, & apple. You’ll try a few spoonfuls of the puree that I lovingly made in the Vitamix but evidently still prefer the silky smooth texture of the packaged food. I am eager and nervous to try other foods and textures but have a feeling once you get the hang of it, you’ll love eating all sorts of things!
You have completely mastered rolling every which way but frequently get frustrated on your tummy because you’re dying to chase Rory & Lola or reach for a remote and can’t quite figure out how to get moving in the right direction. Try as you might, you seem to scoot backwards. I have a feeling you’ll be crawling everywhere in a matter of weeks and the cats won’t know what turned their lives upside down.
Lately your favorite activity is the jumperoo – we’ve had it for a month or so but only recently did you realize you could bounce and shriek with delight. We are very ready to move out of this tiny apartment so we can expand your activity toy selection. You also picked out a toy lion (ironically named Rory) while we were shopping at TJ Maxx and you love to squeeze and chew on her while riding in the car. You also spotted a bright orange mama & baby fox stuffed toy set at IKEA and favor those.
Everywhere we go, you smile and flirt with anyone in sight. People love to talk to you and always say how beautiful you are. And many times they mistake you for a girl in spite of my best efforts to dress you in clearly masculine outfits. You love to check out people in restaurants and make eye contact with anyone who glances your way. We have braved several restaurant outings this month with varying degrees of cooperation. I imagine once you’re a bit bigger, you’ll enjoy sitting in the high chair and having a meal with us.
Since sleep training at 5 months, we haven’t had too many hiccups or regressions. You were sleeping from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. like clockwork…until we switched to formula. You had a week were no matter what sort of MacGyvering we attempting with night time diapers and liners, you were soaked through and waking up at 4:45 every morning for a week. I spent hours poring over forums online looking for the holy grail of heavy wetters and finally tried a cloth diaper. It worked like a charm and we haven’t looked back. Except we’re still trying to break the 4:45 a.m. habit. I’d settle for 6 a.m. but 4:30 is a bit much. You’ve also greatly improved in settling yourself for a nap. At 2 hours of wake time, I put you in a sleep sack and briefly cuddle and sing to you and you’ll usually fall asleep within 10 minutes without much protest. Gone are the days of fussing for what seemed like an eternity! Lately you’ll wake after 25 minutes but I let you settle back down and you’ll typically nap for another hour or more. Thank goodness for our video monitor or I’d constantly go in to get you too soon!
It’s completely surreal that you are more than half a year old. I know I’ll say this in every letter and probably every year of your life, but I can’t believe how quickly time passes and I can’t imagine my life without you. You’re the best little sidekick I could ask for.
Love you forever & always,
Nicknames: Gray, Grammy Boo Boo, Peanut, Boo Boo, Squirt
Likes: eating solid foods, holding your bottle, laying on your back and kicking/flailing all limbs and laughing, jumperoo, practicing standing and sitting, chewing on fingers, cuddles, remote controls, watching the cats, baths & sucking on the washcloth
Dislikes: long car rides, changing clothes, being out of sight of mom & dad, empty bottles
Skills: scooting backward, “standing”, jumping, reaching for objects, practicing pincher grasp, learned when objects are behind, in front of, inside, etc. (like when I’m distracting him from an empty bottle or he’s craning his neck to look for Lola on the ground beside the rocker)